GEMS 2019 Programs & Speaker Workshops

6:30 pm at St Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614

Gems Monthly Meetings:  Doors Unlock 5:30pm   

Relock:  6:45 pm Arrange to call a friend to let you in if you arrive after 6:45 pm.

You can leave at any time but the door will lock behind you.

Visitors: There is no charge for a first time visit to the Gems Meeting unless there is a posted non Member 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 

2019 Programs and Special Events

Kelly Harvey and Sandy Sanders

All 2019 Class signups will begin Jan 1, 2019

Interested?  Questions?  Use the “Contact Us” Tab

 Workshop May 2: Beginning Landscape, 9:00-3:00,

 May 1 – Bonnie Langenfield, “The Art of Realistic Fabric Art”

$10 non-member fee applies

Bonnie will have a truck show and discuss 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 Member Fee  / $65 Non-member Fee    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

**attendees must have a machine with free motion capabilities 

 June 5th  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 – Ice Cream Social….more information, coming soon!

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.

Workshop: August 8, Lupine & Aurora,

Member Fee:  $45  Non Member Fee $55

Full Day 

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

Workshop: August 9, Lopapeysa, Hekla & Nordica,

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

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/

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

 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!

Member Fee:  $45 Fee 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

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…