Programs & Speaker Workshops
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: 6:45pmArrange 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.
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
Thanks to everyone who submitted a response to our Programs Survey. It provided a lot of insight and we are excited to offer the type Programs and Classes that you have requested. Remember, because of the chance of inclement weather, the January and February meetings are member driven, meaning we need your help in some way or another to make them terrific!
January 9 – Sandy Sanders “Quilted Art That Tells a Story”
Gems member and designer at Really Designs, Sandy Sanders will inspire us with techniques and tips for incorporating sentimental memories into quilts. Sandy will show us quilts that tell a story about an event, and she invites members to bring their own quilts that tell a story of memories. www.real-ly.com
February 6 – Sue Krause “Great Sets”
Gems member and our favorite Pre-Elect will be showing the concept behind Sharyn Craig’s “Great Sets”. Using orphan blocks, BOM blocks, etc., and putting them together in pleasing arrangements for quilts. Examples of each kind. If anyone has quilts made from the time Sharyn was here (years ago!) they could be encouraged to bring them.
March 6 – 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
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
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, Full day, $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, Full day, $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
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, Full Day, $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
July 10 – Program to be determined
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/
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! $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
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…