GEMS of the Prairie 


August 25 – 26

Saturday 9 – 5

Sunday 11- 4

New Location!  New Location!

Life Together Center

3625 N. Sheridan Road • Peoria, IL

*Admission $7 • 2-Day pass $10

kids 6-12yrs $1 • under 5yrs FREE


350+ Quilts

Gem of the Year. Barb Crowson

Visit her Booth at the Show!

Vendors & Vendor Demos

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Two Raffle Quilts!

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Quilt Appraisals

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Bed Turning

Holidays and Special Occasions


Baskets & Quilts

Sit and Sew

For Charity

Food & Free Parking


Saturday: August  25th

10:00 Presentation of Quilts to the NICU

10:30 Vendor Demo – Old Masters Pen Shop – Topic To Be Announced

10:45 Vendor Demo – Fabric Patch – “The ABC’s of Couching – Adorn-Beautify- Create”

12:00 Bed Turning – Holiday and Special Occasion Quilts

1:00 Presentation of Quilts to St. Jude

1:30 Vendor Demo Crystal Mountain Gifts “Scarf Presentation”

2:00 Vendor Demo “QCR Ruler”

3:00 Bed Turning – Holiday and Special Occasion Quilts

Sunday: August 26th

11:30 Presentation of Quilts to The Center for Prevention of Abuse

11:45 Vendor Demo – Quilt Box “Magic Ruler

12:30 Presentation of Quits of Valor

1:30 Vendor Demo – Prairie Points “Moda Cake Mix and Cupcake Quilts”

1:45 Vendor Demo – Feed Mill Fabrics “Basic Servicing of your Sewing Machine”

 2:30 Bed Turning – Holiday and Special Occasion Quilts


  2018 Gems of the Prairie RAFFLE QUILT 

“Jeweled Medallion”


The 2018 Gems of the Prairie Raffle Quilt is called “Jeweled Medallion”. With dazzling blues and greens and in-betweens, this quilt is a true Gem!
Measuring 86” x 86”, Jeweled Medallion is suitable for a full or queen size bed.  The design is from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, with piecing instructions by Elise Lea.  Fabrics are from Lunn Studios’ Artisan Batiks Gemstones and Greenhouse collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  Pieced and quilted by Terry Weiss.

2004 NQA Raffle Quilt

“Play it Again”


The 2nd quilt being raffled this year is the 2004 NQA raffle quilt made by GEMS members for the National Quilting Association show the Gems of the Prairie Quilters hosted in June 2004.    This quilt was made in 2003 under the guidance of former Gems member Pat Olson.   The quilt is 86 x 102 inches.  The four center blocks were beautifully and meticulously hand appliqued by Gems member Niki Conklin and former Gems member Caron Beach.   Several other Gems members made log cabin blocks and borders to complete the quilt top and then it was hand quilted by various Gems members by being passed around each month.   The finishing touch was the Prairie Points which was the perfect binding for this quilt so proudly made by the Gems of the Prairie Quilters.  The 2004 winner Kathie Anderson from Iowa, re-gifted the quilt to the Gems of the Prairie.  This quilt is a significant piece of GEMS history!

YOU can own a piece of GEMS history…purchase your Raffle Tickets from Gems Members !

Raffle Tickets:

1 for $1.00

6 for $5.00

 Drawing will be December 5th at the Gems Meeting. 

Need not be present to win.

Quilt Appraisal at the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show August 25-26th.

Cost:  $50 for each 30 minute appraisal

Payment:  Cash/ Check to the Quilt Appraiser:  Sandy Schweitzer

Request your 30 minute slots on:  

Saturday, August 25 from 9 am-4:30 pm


Sunday, August 26 from 11:00 am-3:30 pm

Complete the “Contact” form below with preferred day and time.

Committee Chair will contact you via email/ phone if provided to confirm a schedule




Contact Gems of The Prairie

2018 Gems Quilt Show Vendor Preview….so excited!!


Bolines Quilt Fabric Warehouse

414 Olympia Dr.
Bloomington, IL  61704

Claude’s Country Threads

P.O Box 686
Stover, MO  65078

Crystal Mountain Gifts

248 Blackberry Rd.
McLean, IL  61754

Feed Mill Fabric and Quilting

246 West Highway St.
Oneida, IL  61467

J & A Stitches

N 3914 Welsh Rd.
Juneau, WI  53039

Old Master Pen Shoppe

711 Crestview Dr.
Metamora, IL  61548
309/657-1751 or 309/660-4476

Ann Pastucha

5105 W Greenridge Ct
Peoria, IL  61615

Peddler’s Way Quilt Co.

127 Peddler’s Way
Washington, IL  61571

Prairie Points

8851 N Knoxville Ave
Peoria, IL  61615

Quilter’s Harvest

105 W. 15th
Higginsville, MO  64037

Sew Sassy Stitchery

136 N 6th Ave
Morton, IL  61550

Tailormade by Design

517 Oak Ave SE
Saint Michael, MN  55376

The Fabric Patch

208 N 2600 East Rd
Pana, IL  62557

The Quilt Box

109 E 3rd St
Kewanee, IL  61443

The Quilt Corner

2037 S. Main St.
Morton, IL  61550

TJ Woodworm and Blue Essence

26484 Pine Creek Ln.
Steuben, WI  54657-8700

Torys Woolyrainbows

1066 Grandview Ave
Lockport, IL  60441


912 W Hill St
Champaign, IL  61821




2017 Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show


Please thank our volunteer photographer Carol Walker for the wonderful pictures of all the quilts!

Best of Show:  


Chairman’s Choice:  


Vendor’s Choice:  

Challenge Quilts: 


Little Auction Quilts: Chairmen and Viewers’ Choice


First Place Categories:  100–800


First Place Categories:  1100–2500


First Place Categories:  3200–5000


First Place Categories 5100-5700

First Place Categories:  6000 — 6500


First Place Categories: 7200-7300




 Honorable Mention Categories:  100-800



Honorable Mention Categories: 1100-2500



 Honorable Mention Categories: 3200-5000


Honorable Mention Categories: 5100-5700

Honorable Mention Categories: 6000-6500


Honorable Mention Categories: 7200-7300

KEY: Quilt Categories

Category Number Description
100 Large Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire
200 Large Bed Quilt-Pieced, Duet
600 Large Bed Quilt-Mixed, Duet
700 Medium Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire
800 Medium Bed Quilt-Pieced Duet
1100 Medium Bed Quilt-Mixed Solitaire or Duet
1300 Small Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire
1400 Small Bed Quilt- Pieced Duet
1900 Smaller Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire
2000 Smaller Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire or Duet
2500 Smallest Bed Quilt-Pieced Solitaire or Duet
3200 Child’s -Pieced Solitaire
3300 Child’s-Pieced Duet
3600 Child’s Mixed, Solitaire or Duet
4100 Machine Embroidered
4400 Large Wall Hanging-Pieced Duet
4900 Medium Wall Hanging-Pieced Solitaire
5000 Medium Wall Hanging-Pieced Duet
5100 Medium Wall Hanging-Applique Solitaire
5200 Medium Wall Hanging-Applique Duet
5300 Medium Wall Hanging-Mixed Solitaire or Duet
5700 Small Wall Hanging-Pieced Solitaire
6000 Small Wall Hanging-Mixed Solitaire
6200 Miniature
6400 Wearable
6500 Home Fashion
7200 Group Quilt
7300 Art/Innovation/Pictorial Quilt



2017 Gems Quilt Show Vendors

Thanks for your support of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show.


Special Thanks to Greenview Nursery for supporting our members purchasing Mums for the stage!

Bolines LLC                            

414 Olympic Drive

Bloomingon,Il. 61704


Contact: Becky Boline


TJ Woodworm & Blue Essence

26484 Pine Creek Lane

Stueben, Wi.  54657-8700


Contact: Thomas Venne

Web site:


Peddlers Way Quilt Co

127 Peddlers Way

Washington, Il.  61571


Contact: Debbie


Prairie Points

8851 N. Knoxville Ave

Peoria, Il.  61615

692-4340 or 251-6840 ©

Contact: Denise Riggio


Harold Coats

121 Morrow St

Roothouse, Il.  62082


Contact:  Harold Coats


J.A. Stitches

N 3914 Welsh Road

Juneau, Wi.   53039


Contact:  Addie Bahls


Ann Pastucha

5105 W. Greenridge Ct

Peoria, Il.  61615-2215

309-692-0394 (H)

309-231-6998 ©


Galesburg Sewing Center

243 E. Main St

Galesburg, Il.  61401


Contact: Karen Reese


Peace and Applique

145 E. Main

Rochester, Il. 62563

217-498-6771 or 309-846-0258 ©

Contact: Gretchen Quistgaard


The Quilt Corner

2037 S. Main St.

Morton, Il.  615550


Contact: Michelle Lohrenz


Sew Sassy Stitchery

136 N. 6th Ave.

Morton, Il.  61550

Contact: Nicole Friend


The Fabric Patch

208 N. 2600 E. Rd

Pana, Il.  62557

217-562-4725 or 217-561-1157

Contact: Brenda Gelsinger


Mobile Craft Options, LLC

141 Woodland Dr.

Medina, Oh  44256
216-545 6395

Contact: Julie Piechowski



364 University Dr.

East Lansing, Mi.  48823

Contact: Wendy Paskus


Quilting In The Valley

177 Gooding St.

LaSalle, Il.  61301

Contact: Lisa Furleigh


Taylor Made by Design

1002 W. Merkel Lane

Edelstein, Il 61526

Contact: Melanie Greseth


Crystal Mountain Gifts

248 Blackberry Road

McLean,Il.  61754

Contact: Vicky Shaffer


Quilting Bee

1580 E. Knox St.

Galesburg, Il.  61401

Contact: Carol Ulm/Sheryl Nyman


Tory’s Woolyrainbows

1066 Grandview Ave

Lockport, Il

Contact: Tory West


Magic Moments Quilting

1348 Babler Park Dr.

Wildwood, Mo.  63038

Contact: John


Accomplish Quilting

810 Napier Ave

St. Joseph, Mi.  49085

Contact: Eileen Sweeney


Quilter’s Garden

527 S. Main St.

Princeton, Il. 61356


Contact: Carol Keller


Magic Moments Quilting

1348 Babler Park Dr

Wildwood,Mo 63038


Contact: John


Old Master Pen Shoppe

711 Crestview Dr.

Metamora, Il. 61548


Contact: Richard Fandel


On the Brighter Side Fabrics

200 S. Kimberlin

Troy, Il.  62294

Contact: Heather Mantz


Pins & Pieces Quilt Shop

208 Main St.

Darlington, Wi.  53530


Contact: Heidi Brenum


Quilt Box

109 E. 3rd St.

Kewanee, Il.  61443

Contact: Linda Murray/Denise Bates


Donna Lee Design Studio

309 N. Center
Melvin, Il. 60952
Contact: Donna Lee

 Feed Mill Fabric and Quilting
    246 Hwy St. US 34
    Oneida, Il.  61467

Contact: Beth Rylander

 Princess Pantographs

523 Plum Lane

New Baden, Il.  62265


Contact:  Cynthia Hagen