GEMS 2018 Programs

6:30 pm at St Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614

2018 Programs and Special Events

Kelly Harvey and Sandy Sanders


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Gems Monthly Meetings:  Doors Unlock 5:30pm    Relock:  6:45pm

If you know you will be later than 6:45, please arrange to call a friend to let you in

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


Are you ready for a great year of programs? We’ve got an exciting lineup for 2018!


March 7

Danira Parra, pastor of Dayspring United Methodist Church in East Peoria and co-owner of Classic Metal Company (they make those metal barn quilts we all love), will give an inspirational talk about the different types of people we need in our lives and how each type of person correlates with a quilt block.


April 4     Barn Quilts

Suzi Parron will take us on a journey along the barn quilt trail. Her presentation will include over 100 stunning photographs of barn quilts, some of which rival cloth quilts in their intricacy. You will hear stories of some of the individuals who have painted quilt blocks to honor loved ones or their local culture, along with a few humorous anecdotes.


May 2     Harnessing My Creativity–Fiber on a Whim

Kristin Rodrigues and Jan Girod, the mother/daughter team behind Fiber on a Whim, will show us examples of what they do with all their stimulating creative ideas, words, phrases, photos, magazines and miscellaneous day-to-day ephemera, and how to trap those ideas before they escape their memories and are lost forever. This lecture includes an unusual trunk show of journals, scrapbooks, and inspiration boards to art pieces.

May 3-5 Special Event Workshops with Fiber on a Whim 

Kristin and Jan will be teaching three workshops while they’re here; Stacked Landscape, Textured Collage and Layered Pages.  See details and pictures of samples on our Calendar of Events page.  Use “Contact Us” to sign up or ask questions.


June 6     Feed Sacks

Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, as well as a frequent writer for quilting magazines, will talk about the humble feed sack and show us many examples.


July 11     Treasure Thy Friends

The Tea Ladies will share a lovely program about the special meaning of friendship through words and tokens of the Victorian Era.


August 1     100 Things To Know if You Own A Quilt                    

Ann Hazelwood, AQS quilt appraiser, author of many fiction and non-fiction books, former quilt shop owner, and current president of the National Quilt Museum board, will enlighten us with information on quilt care, insurance, and appraising.


September 5     Quilt Show Recap

Don’t miss this meeting. Quilt show winners will be awarded certificates, and we’ll also be discussing the new quilt show location and if we want to continue having the show yearly or every other year.


October 3 Paula Nadelstern

Lecture on Wednesday evening.  Paula’s Kaleidoscope designs make her well known as a quilt artist, author, teacher and fabric designer.  Her lecture will be about kaleidoscopes as a design inspiration and the class is “Opulent Ornaments.”  


 October 4 Paula Nadelstern Special Event 9-3:00 pm

Paula Nadelstern will teach us how to use great quilting fabric to make awesome ornaments.  Kits will be provided. Learn more at


November 7    Basic Tools, Great Designs

Cathie Lockhart, a certified Studio 180 Design instructor and owner of The Lucky Duck Quilter in Moline, will acquaint us with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 design tools, followed by a trunk show of quilts that were made using the tools.


December 5     Christmas Party