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.

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!

 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

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

 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: Dying for 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: Beginning 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.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

December 4, Christmas Party, Program to be determined…