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About Gems of the Prairie Quilters


Gems of the Prairie Quilters is for quilters of all skill levels from Peoria and the surrounding area.  The monthly meetings consist of a program, which can be a lecture or demonstration, committee reports of upcoming events, optional block exchanges, other guild activities and show and tell.


Throughout the year, work is done on service projects and annual raffle quilt.  Monthly workshops and quilt challenges are offered to members as a means of developing and improving quilting skills.  Some of the workshops are devoted to service projects while others are given by members or by well-known teachers.  Gems puts on an annual quilt show that showcases 300-400 quilts.  Please refer to the Quilt Show Tab for the date of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show.


Gems of the Prairie Quilters was established in 1990 and is conducted on a not-for-profit basis.  The purpose of this organization is to:

Contribute to the knowledge of and to promote the appreciation of fine quilts;

Encourage quilt making and collecting;

Contribute to the growth of knowledge of quilting techniques, textiles, patterns, history and quilt makers through the education of members and the community through member-supported community services.


New members are always welcome!  Membership is $30, and includes meetings, monthly newsletter, many guild activities, reduced cost for workshops and friendship with other quilters. Please come visit!

Questions? Click on the Contact Us Tab above.

2018 Gems of Raffle Quilt

The 2018 Gems of the Prairie Raffle Quilt is called “Jeweled Medallion”. With dazzling blues and greens and in-betweens, this quilt is a true Gem!
Measuring 86” x 86”, Jeweled Medallion is suitable for a full or queen size bed.  The design is from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, with piecing instructions by Elise Lea.  Fabrics are from Lunn Studios’ Artisan Batiks Gemstones and Greenhouse collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  Pieced and quilted by Terry Weiss.


2004 NQA Raffle Quilt

“Play it Again”

The 2nd quilt being raffled this year is the 2004 NQA raffle quilt made by GEMS members for the National Quilting Association show the Gems of the Prairie Quilters hosted in June 2004.    This quilt was made in 2003 under the guidance of former Gems member Pat Olson.   The quilt is 86 x 102 inches.  The four center blocks were beautifully and meticulously hand appliqued by Gems member Niki Conklin and former Gems member Caron Beach.   Several other Gems members made log cabin blocks and borders to complete the quilt top and then it was hand quilted by various Gems members by being passed around each month.   The finishing touch was the Prairie Points which was the perfect binding for this quilt so proudly made by the Gems of the Prairie Quilters.  The 2004 winner Kathie Anderson from Iowa, re-gifted the quilt to the Gems of the Prairie.  This quilt is a significant piece of GEMS history!