2017 Events

Chairpersons

Sheri Zalar and Nancie Cassidy

Questions?  You can send an email info@gemsoftheprairie.com with link above

April Special Events Workshops

 

Christa Watson:  April 6, 7, 8, 2017

Christa Watson lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the author of two books, Machine Quilting With Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. She loves making modern quilts from start to finish and enjoys teaching others that they can, too! Visit her at ChristaQuilts.com and on Instagram @christaquilts.
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Christa Watson Workshops

Christa finds joy in teaching others to love quilting as much as she does. She is the author of Machine Quilting with Style, co-author with Angela Walters of The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, and her patterns have been featured in many publications. Find out more about Christa at christaquilts.com.

All classes are $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers, and will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the classes, including supply lists, visit the Gems website.

To sign up on line, click on the link below.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084aafab2da1f49-christa

 

April 6  Modern Logs

Put a modern spin on the classic Log Cabin block when you create your own unique improv blocks.

April 7  Facets: Structured Improv

Learn how to dive into improvisational piecing but in an organized way. Students will create their own crazy-pieced fabric, and then give it some structure when they make their own Facets quilt top.

 

April 8  Modern Machine Quilting

Unleash the potential of your domestic sewing

machine by utilizing both free-motion quilting and

walking-foot techniques.

 

 

April 6, 2017 Modern Logs

Skill level: All

Length: Full Day (6 hours)

Pattern Fee: $11 (Payable to teacher during class, or purchase ahead of time at christaquilts.com/patterns)

Description: 48” x 54” (But can easily be made larger)

Put a modern spin on a classic block while you learn to create improvisationally pieced Log Cabin blocks. Choose two sets of fabrics that have good contrast, such as solids and prints. Great for fat quarters or scraps!

Special Equipment

Rotary cutter with new blade and cutting mat (approximately 18” x 24”)

Acrylic ruler size 12 ½” x 12 ½” square

Acrylic ruler, at least 24” long

Neutral colored 100% cotton thread for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50 weight)

Sewing machine in good working order with ¼” seam guide

Basic sewing notions – sewing machine if applicable, seam ripper, pins, scissors, etc.

Fabric Requirements for Quilt Top

11 Fat Quarters of Solids (Fat Quarters measure approximately 18” x  21”)

11 Fat Quarters of Prints

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April 7, 2017 Structured Improve Piecing (Facets)

Skill level: Intermediate

Length: Full Day (6 hours)

Book Fee: $25 for Machine Quilting with Style
Payable to teacher during class, or purchase ahead of time at christaquilts.bigcartel.com

Description: 63” x 70”

Learn how to dive into improvisational piecing, but in an organized way. Students will create their own crazy pieced fabric, then give it some structure when they make their own Facets quilt top.

Special Equipment

Rotary cutter with new blade and cutting mat (approximately 18” x 24”)

Creative Grids Triangle Squared Ruler

Creative Grids Perfect Rectangle Ruler

Acrylic ruler, at least 6” x 12”

Neutral colored 100% cotton thread for piecing (I recommend Aurifil 50 weight)

Sewing machine in good working order with ¼” seam guide

Basic sewing notions – sewing machine if applicable, seam ripper, pins, scissors, etc.

Fabric Requirements for Quilt Top

28 Fat Eights or approximately 3 ½ yards of assorted scraps for blocks

Or assorted precuts (jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes) to total this amount

2 7/8 yards white solid for background

1 1/8 yards of red solid for binding

**Bundles of Christa’s Kona Solids Designer Palette used to make this quilt are available at ThePrecutStore.com***

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April 8, 2017 Modern Machine Quilting
Modern Machine Quilting (6 hours + Lunch Break)

Description:

Take your modern quilts to the next level by adding depth and dimension to your designs. The secret is learning to let go of perfection by practicing over a dozen different asymmetrical textures that require little to no marking of the quilt. Students will utilize both free-motion and walking foot techniques by practicing on small practice samples or leftover quilt blocks. Students may bring in their tops for a discussion of possible quilting ideas.

Supply List

  • Recommended – Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites by Christa Watson. Or The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting by Christa Watson and Angela Walters.
  • 12 practice quilt sandwiches consisting of two large squares of solid or tonal colored fabric basted together with batting in between. I recommend at least 10” for the top square, 11” for the batting, and 11” or more for the bottom square of each “sandwich.” For variety, you may substitute single quilt blocks in any size, or printed fabric for a few of the practice squares.
  • Thread to match your fabrics – I recommend cotton, 50 weight Aurifil
  • Extra bobbins, thread snips
  • Washable marking pen and straight edge, or painters’ tape to use as a guide
  • New machine needle – I recommend size 80/12 sharp, topstitch, or machine quilting
  • Sketchbook and pen or pencil for note taking and FMQ sketching
  • Sewing Machine in good working order with manual and all attachments

Note: please be sure you know how to use your sewing machine and switch out your feet. Unfortunately we won’t have time in class to trouble shoot your machine.

  • Free motion foot to fit your machine – please make sure it fits before class
  • Walking foot to fit your machine, open toe is recommended – arrive to class with the walking foot already attached to your machine

 Calendar of Events

Barb Crowson

Corresponding Secretary

April 5 

Gems Meeting                 6:30

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W. Lake Ave.

Peoria

 

April 6

Bus trip to International Quilt Festival

Donald E. Stevens Center

Chicago (see article on page 3 for details)

 

April 6–8

Christa Watson Workshops          9-4

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W. Lake Ave.

Peoria

(see page 5 for details)

 

April 14                        1:30

Executive Board Meeting

Schnucks Comm. Room

4800 N. University

Peoria

 

April 15

Newsletter articles due

 

April 22

Quilts of Valor                9-3

workshop

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W. Lake Ave.

Peoria

 

April 26

Quilt Show Meeting         6:30

Schnucks Comm. Room

4800 N. University

Peoria

Quilt Shows and Opportunities in our Area:

March 31-April 1

Hands All Around Quilt Guild          Fri. 9-6/Sat. 9-4

Parke Regency Hotel

1413 Leslie Dr., Bloomington

 

March 31-April 1

A Parade of Quilts                                            9-4

Channahan United Methodist Church

27751 W. Eammes St. (Rt. 6), Channahan, IL

 

April 26-29

AQS Quilt Week, Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

 

April 27-29

Kalona, Iowa, Quilt Show and Sale

Kalona Historical Museum

katie@woodinwheel.com

 

May 6-7

Bits and Pieces Quilt Show        Sat. 9-5/Sun. 10-4

Indoor Sports Center Sportscore II

8800 Riverside Drive, Loves Park, IL

March 18                                    Cabin Quilters Quilt Show And Quilters Garage Sale 9 to 3

Alpha Park Library

Airport Road, Bartonville, IL   Free admission

 

March 31-April 1                       Hands All Around Quilt Guild Quilt Show

Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-4

Parke Regency Hotel, Bloomington, IL

 

March 31-April 1                         A Parade of Quilts   9-4

Channahan United Methodist Church

27751 W. Eammes Street (RT 6)

Channahan, IL

 

April 6-7                                     International Quilt Festival Chicago

David E. Stevens Center

Rosemont, IL

 

April 6                                        Bus Trip to International Quilt Festival Chicago

 

 

April 26-29                                 AQS Quilt Week Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

 

April 27-29                                 Kalona, Iowa, Quilt Show and Sale

Kalona Historical Museum

Katie@woodinwheel.com

4/27:Eve. Only  5 – 8 pm / 4/28,    9 am – 7 pm / April 29,    9 am – 5 pm

 

May 6-7                                    Bits and Pieces Quilt Show

Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4

Indoor Sports Center Sportscore II

8800 Riverside Drive, Loves Park, IL