2019 Calendar of Events

Interested?  Questions?  Use the “Contact Us” Tab

Special Events:  Kelly Harvey and Sandy Sanders  Corresponding Secretary:  Joan Krogman

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614

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.

Special Events are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St Paul Lutheran Church,

February 13  Art Quilting Bee 1-4pm, Prairie Points 8851 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL
March 6–Gems Meeting 6:30 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1427 W Lake St. Peoria.
 Stephanie Soebbing from Quilt Addicts Anonymous Blog and shop in Rock Island IL
Stephanie is young and fun and accomplishing great things on the quilting industry.  Her trunk show will be based on her book Simple Quilts for the Modern Home www.quiltaddictsanonymous.com
March 16–Gems Workshop “Make Someone Happy.  See Gems Workshop Tab for details
March 28, 2019 Bus Trip to International Quilt Festival, Rosemont Il.

Due to the cancellation of the Gems meeting in February, anyone interested in the March 28th Bus Trip to the International Quilt Festival, Rosemont, IL is requested to us the “CONTACT US” tab.  Provide your Name, email address, phone number and state you have an interest in going on the Bus Trip.  Your information will be sent to the Chairperson and she will contact you with further details.

Gems Meeting:  April 3 – Becky Wright “Importance of Quilts During the Civil War“

Becky will entertain and educate us on the role of textiles and quilts during the Civil War, focusing on one particular soldier’s quilt.  Watch for her book in 2019, Quilts of Love and Valor: Reproduction Quilts and an Authentic Civil War Love Story www.thecivilwarquilter.blogspot.com

Gems Meeting:  May 1 – Bonnie Langenfield, “The Art of Realistic Fabric Art” $10 guest fee for lecture

The essential art elements and techniques for realism, e.g. using lines of perspective and use of color for depth.

Workshop May 2: Beginning Landscape, 9am-3pm, $55 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”

Workshop May 3: Dying for Landscape, 9am-3pm, $50 includes kit

This class begins with simple dyeing of sheer silk. Then we make a simple landscape picture over the silk. AND you will learn some free motion stitching for the trees and grasses.  www.landscapesinfabric.com

Gems Meeting June 5 Mary Kerr, “Twisted” $10 guest fee for lecture

Celebrate quilts from Mary Kerr’s newest book, Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist. This fabulous collection features modern quilts that were created using vintage textiles. Join in the fun as Mary shares her unique approach that gives us permission to play with vintage textiles in new and exciting ways.

Workshop June 6: A Wonky Star: Improv with a Vintage Twist, Half Day 9-12, $35
Embrace the magic as you are given permission to combine the love of vintage with a fun modern aesthetic. The workshop is packed full of tips for working with vintage fragments and ways to showcase these treasured pieces. Students are encouraged to bring their own vintage blocks and fragments or they may purchase a kit of their choice in class. www.marywkerr.com

Gems Meeting July 10 – Program to be determined

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

 Gems Meeting August 7, From GE Designs Iceland, Gudrun Erla, $10 guest fee applies

Quilts of Iceland – Join Gudrun on a journey through her home country of Iceland as she beautifully documented in her new book.

August 8, Lupine & Aurora, Full Day $45

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

August 9, Lopapeysa, Hekla & Nordica, Full day $45

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/

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

Gems Meeting September – Quilt Show recap, Show and Tell of Viewer’s choice

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.

Workshop: October 3 “WEFTY Weaving Panel” Full day, NO SEWING MACHINE NEEDED! $45

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 guest 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