2019 Calendar of Events

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Gems Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at St Paul Lutheran Church.  Doors are open at 6:00 pm and locked at 6:45 pm.

Visitors: There is no charge for a first time visit to the Gems Meeting unless there is a posted Guest Fee for the Program. A visitor log will be maintained.  Subsequent visits will incur a $5 fee for a regular meeting / or the posted Visitor Fee for the program.  If one chooses to become a member, all visitor fees paid in the calendar year will go towards the $30 Gems Membership 

Special Events and Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church unless otherwise noted.  Fees are noted if applicable for Members..

Gems Meeting:  May 1 – Bonnie Langenfield, “The Art of Realistic Fabric Art” $10 non member fee applies  The essential art elements and techniques for realism, e.g. using lines of perspective and use of color for depth.

Special Event Workshop: May 2: Beginning Landscape, 9am-3pm, Member Fee:  $55 Non Member Fee:  $65  includes kit

Learn how to use simple perspective, art principles, fabric choices and stitches to make realistic landscapes. Bonnie provides a ‘kit’ with patterns, stabilizer and fabric choices. Each student is free to choose their fabrics and picture arrangement. Project is 8”x10”   www.landscapesinfabric.com

Gems Meeting:  June 5th  Sue Krause

Sue Krause, Gems Member and our President Elect will show the concept Sharyn Craig’s “Great Sets”–using orphan blocks, BOM blocks, etc.  and putting them together in pleasing arrangements for quilts.  Examples of each kind will be shown.  If anyone has quilts, made from the time Sharyn was her (years ago!), Sue encourages you to bring them.

July 10   Gems Meeting:  Ice Cream Social….more information, coming soon!

July 16-21 Heart of Illinois Fair at Expo Gardens, Peoria

 Gems Meeting August 7, From GE Designs Iceland, Gudrun Erla, $10 non member fee applies  Quilts of Iceland – Join Gudrun on a journey through her home country of Iceland as she beautifully documented in her new book.

Special Event Workshop:  August 8, Lupine & Aurora,  Full Day,

Member Fee $45 Non Member Fee $55

Focus is on 2 different projects from the book, using fat Quarters and the Stripology ruler.

Special Event Workshop:  August 9, Lopapeysa, Hekla & Nordica,

Full day, Member Fee $45  Non Member Fee $55

Focus is on 3 Scandinavian style projects from the book Quilts of Iceland. Students choose 1 to work on but will learn all 3. www.gequiltdesigns.com/

Gems Quilt Show:   August 24-25 Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show, First Federated Life Together Center, see Quilt Show tab for details

Gems Meeting September 4th – Quilt Show recap, Show and Tell of Viewer’s Choice Awards

September 5th   BusTrip Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Cost:  $50   Includes ticket to the show. Not a Gems Member? Use “Contact Us” tab if interested.  Please provide email address and phone number.

Gems Meeting October 2, Tara Curtis “Wefty Needle – Innovative crafts”

Tara inventor of the Wefty Needle will tell us about how new innovations are impacting the quilting industry.

Special Events Workshop: October 3 “WEFTY Weaving Panel” Full day, NO SEWING MACHINE NEEDED!

Member Fee $45  Non Member Fee $55

Walk through every step of the weaving process to learn solid, ombre, or rainbow stars patterns.  Students will make a woven panel 16 x 18 inches, and includes instructions for pillow or a tote bag.  www.weftyneedle.com

Gems Meeting November 6, Ann Loveless, Collage-like “Landscape Art Quilts” $10 non member fee applies

Ann’s inspiration and designs come from nature and the beautiful lakes and woods of Northwest and Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann works from photographs and has developed three distinctive quilting techniques. www.quiltsbyann.com

December 4, Christmas Party, Program to be determined…

No workshop – Holidays are too busy