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Family Jewels – Zoom Only

Heidi Kaisand. Heidi's website: In this popular presentation you'll get to know Heidi Kaisand and her creative family. You'll get to "meet" her grandmother, her quilting mentor, through the many quilts she made in her lifetime. Non- members may attend the meeting/program for $5.00 Pay Now

January Workshop – Chandelier Quilt

Zoom Only

This is a ZOOM ONLY workshop. The pattern is by Vanessa Goertzen, and can be found in her book "Charm School," or for free online on her blog. We will post a link to the free pattern on the Gems Facebook Members Only Page, or you can contact us and we will send you the link. Fabric requirements for a 60 x 60 inch quilt is 2 charm packs or 7 fat quarters, or scraps, plus 3 yards of background fabric. The blocks are simple, but set on-point, so if you've never tried doing that, this is a great time…

Intentional Piecing: Using Fussy Cutting in Quilt Designs – Zoom Only

This approximately 1-hour long trunk show will focus on the quilts found in Amy’s book, Intentional Piecing, but may include additional quilts as well. She will use these quilts to illustrate types of fussy cutting and to discuss fabric selection in general. How can you pick the best fabric for a pattern? How can a pattern really showcase a fabric design? Pay Now

February Workshop- Paper Pieced “L-O-V-E”

Zoom Only

This will be a ZOOM ONLY workshop. These paper-pieced letters spell out "LOVE" to be arranged in a row or in a square. Could make a cute wall quilt, table topper, table runner or pillow. We will share the link to the pattern soon.

Update Your Quilt Toolbox – Zoom Only

Trudy Cleveland . Learn how to use smart phones, apps, printers, and lasers to step up your quilting style and unleash your creativity. Trudy will follow the program with a trunk show of quilts made using modern technology. Non members may attend for a fee of $5 using PayPal. Pay Now

March Workshop- Service Projects

We are planning to meet IN PERSON to work together on Gems' Community Service Projects. Save the date! More details TBA.

Studio 180 Rulers

St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

Our very own Kelly Harvey is a recent graduate of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 University. She’ll share all the wonderful perks of these special rulers and the quilts that can be made with them.

To Be Announced

St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

Program details will be announced soon.


St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

Got stuff? Too much stuff? Seems like we all do, so let’s do something about it before our kids make decisions for us. Modeled after our friends in Champaign who’ve been doing this for many years at their guild, we’re going to have an auction, with the funds that we raise going to Gems to finance programs and other fun stuff. Bring us that fabric you no longer love, that project you’re not going to complete, that project you completed but hate, duplicate rulers, that weird notion you bought on impulse that you have no idea how to use…you get…

Connie Barr, Grandma’s Attic

St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

What did Connie find in Grandma’s attic? Come to the meeting and find out! 

Bill and Barb Gover of Thread and Timber Quilts

St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

The T&T Roadshow Barb is a quilter and Bill is a woodworker, and they’ve combined their loves into interesting art! Their lighthearted presentation shows the process of work, as well as former projects. Current works will be displayed. Questions are encouraged!

Quilt Show Recap

St. Paul Lutheran Church 1427 W Lake Ave, Peoria, Illinois

Ribbon winners should bring their quilts for a show and tell and recognition. Summary of quilt show.