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Due to Covid 19, Gems meetings are virtual until further notice.  Speakers will be presenting through Zoom.  Non-guild members are welcome to join in for a fee of $5.50 through PayPal

Zoom links will be emailed to members and paid guests the Sunday prior to the scheduled meeting. 


November 4:   6:30 PM    ZOOM Presentation   Shelley Cavanna of Cora’s Quilts (corasquilts.com)

Lone Star quilts are beautiful but they have a nasty reputation for being difficult to piece. If you’ve previously been scared off by bias edges, inset seams, complicated diagonal cutting, or templates, fret no more. Shelley has devised a way to eliminate all the things that have kept you from making one of America’s oldest quilting patterns. In her Zoom program, Shelley will share a brief demo of the techniques she uses, along with projects from her new book, Spectacular Stars Simplified. Prepare to be amazed at the diverse looks that can be achieved with her technique, and then join her for a Zoom workshop on November 7 (see below) to try them out for yourself!




November 7: Stitch-and-Flip Stars  12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (central time)

Class Cost: Members, $20; non-members, $25

Book Cost: $18

Save the date! In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn Shelley’s techniques, tips, and tricks for working through the various building blocks used to make her signature stitch-and-flip projects. Shelley will focus on one project from her book, but you can apply the techniques to a variety of her patterns. Shelley’s book, Spectacular Stars Simplified, is required for the class. (You can see photos of all of the book’s projects at martingale-pub.com.) We’ve made arrangements to offer this book at a special price of $18, but orders must be placed before October 20. Payment for the class and/or book can be made on the website or you can mail a check for the appropriate amount to Laurie Baker (please call before mailing your check to make sure the class isn’t full). Please make out your check to Gems of the Prairie. Class size is limited to 20 people.

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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.

Click on the Links below to review our Bylaws and Policies

20190312 Gems of the Prairie Bylaws

Gems Policies 20190411