August 26 & 27, 2016


Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm

Lunch & Snacks on-site

 Mention Quilt Show for Free Parking

Show Admission $7   /   Kids 6-12 $1   /   2-day pass $10

350+ Quilts, 30 Vendors,

Gem of the Year Display, Challenge Quilt Contest Display,

Tools & Techniques Demonstrations Throughout Both Days,

Bed Turnings Both Days, Community Service Projects Display,

Beautiful Raffle Quilt made by an Award Winning Gems Members

AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser (appointment needed)

Silent Auction Featuring Small Quilts

Themed Baskets


The Gems of the Prairie Quilters are celebrating 27 years of

community service and education in the Peoria, IL area.


The 2017 Gems of the Prairie Raffle Quilt is called “Galaxy.”  It is a design by Deb Tucker.  It was pieced by Isabelle Donnelly, Vicki DuBois, Georgia Schmidt, Carol Rodgers, Mary Schlumpberger and quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger.  The quilt measures 81″ by 104″.

Tickets will be sold at the Gems Quilt Show 

$1 each or 6 for $5

Drawing will be held December 6, 2017.  Do not need to be present to win

(License R-45-17 Peoria)


Quilt Appraisal Opportunity!

Once again we are going to have an opportunity to have Quilts appraised at the quilt show. AQS certified appraiser, Chris Moline, will be on site Saturday and Sunday.  
Interested?  Click on the link at the top of the page to email your inquiry regarding a quilt appraisal.
Each appraisal appointment last 30 minutes, will cover one quilt and costs $50. There are many benefits to having your quilt appraised, whether antique, vintage or current, you will know the replacement value or market value of your quilts. This is most important on your homeowners insurance. After the appraisal you can take the documents to your insurance company to have proper coverage of the quilts that you have at your house.  Hope to see you there!




Gems Quilt Show Vendors


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


Walk Down Memory Lane of the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show 2016!

Best of Show:  Crystal Clear by Jackie O’Laughlin/ Quilted by Sheri Zalar


Chairman’s Choice:  Star Wars Meets Legos by Cindy Peterson/ Quilted by Sherri Coppenbarger

Vendor’s Choice:  Exploding Star by Barbara Sehring/ Quilted by Mary Walck


Challenge Quilts: 6900

1st place     Why I Quilt by Martha Dakin
2nd place    Shaken-Not Shattered by Terry Weiss
3rd place   Ten Thousand Reasons by Lori LeVar


First Place Categories:  100–800

100     Large Bed Quilt – Pieced – Solitaire

Prismatic Star by Jackie O’Laughlin

200     Large Bed Quilt – Pieced – Duet

Crystal Clear by Jackie O’Laughlin /Quilted by Sheri Zalar

500      Large Bed Quilt Mixed Technique Solitaire/Duet

Stained Glass View of a Sister’s Love Jane Harrington and Janet Fancher

700     Medium Bed Quilt – Pieced – Solitaire

Valley of the Kings by Sue Krause

800     Medium Bed Quilt – Pieced – Duet

Three Tours by Charlotte Bateman Quilted by Sheri Zalar

 First Place Categories:  1100–2500

1100    Small/Medium Bed Quilt–Mixed Technique Solitaire/Duet

Star Wars Meets Lego by Cindy Peterson Quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger

1300    Small Bed Quilt – Pieced – Solitaire

Rising Stars by Sue Krause

1400    Small Bed Quilt – Pieced – Duet

Scraptacular by Ann Kamp

1500   Small/Smallest Bed Quilt-Applique

The Nature of Things by Liz Cheek

1900    Smaller Bed Quilt – Pieced

Color in my DNA by Martha Householter

2000    Smaller Bed Quilt – Pieced – Duet

Andre’s Astronomical Quilt by Jane Thompson / Quilted by Sheri Zalar

2500    Smallest Bed Quilt – Pieced – Solitaire

Pretty in Pink by Anne Unes / Quilted by Anne Shotick

First Place Categories:  3200–5000

3200    Child’s Quilt – Pieced, Mixed

Noah’s Arc by Beverly Blank / Quilted by Sheri Zalar

Olivia’s Blooms by Ann Unes / Quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger

4100    Machine Embroidered

Christmas Flowers by Carol Rodgers / Quilted by  Sherri Coppenbarger

4900 Medium Wall Hanging-Pieced-Solitaire

Diamond Log Cabin by Ann Kamp

5000    Medium Wall Hanging – Pieced – Duet

Exploding Star by Barbara Sehring / Quilted by Mary Walck

First Place Categories 5100-5500

5100     Medium Wall Hanging – Applique – Solitaire

Beautiful Bunch of Butterflies by Barb Crowson

5300    Medium Wall Hanging – Mixed Technique – Solitaire

Bella Italia B Suzette German / Quilted by Sheri Zalar

5500 Small Wall Hanging-Pieced

Tulips the Rabbits Didn’t Get To by Peggy Whaley

First Place Categories:  6000 — 6500

6000    Small wall Hanging – Mixed Solitaire 

Prairie Flower by Elaine Schumacher

6200     Miniature

Mini Rails by Carol Gaumitz

6400    Wearable

Grab, Go & Sew by Sandy French

6500    Home Fashion

Batik Bed Runner by Ann Kamp / Quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger

Embroidered Tuffet by Martha Dakin

First Place Categories: 7000-7200

7000     Art/Innovation/Pictorial

Gentle Breeze by Sherrie Coppenbarger

7200    Group Quilt

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Two by Jackie O’Laughlin and the 2015 Kindergarten Class of Germantown Hills Elementary School / Quilted by Sheri Zalar


 Honorable Mention Categories:  100-800

100 Large Bed Quilt-Pieced-Solitaire

Redeemed by Terry Joerger

200 Large Bed Quilt-Pieced-Duet

True North by Martha Dakin/ quilted by Mary Walck

500      Large Bed Quilt Mixed Technique Solitaire/Duet

Queen Ann Star by  Dolores Kerm

700 Medium Bed Quilt-Pieced-Solitaire

Summer Sun by Jane Harrington

800 Medium Bed Quilts-Pieced-Duet

Seaside Breeze by Jean Monroe Quilted by Anne Shotick

Willow by Martha Dakin Quilted by Sheri Zalar


Honorable Mention Categories: 1100-2500

1100    Small/Medium Bed Quilt–Mixed Technique Solitaire/Duet

Who Hooted?  by Alex Zalar

1300 Small Bed Quilt-Pieced-Solitaire

Lynda’s Retirement Quilt by Laurie Schierer

Twirls and Swirls by Sheri Zalar

1400 Small Bed Quilt-Pieced-Duet

Caramel Latte by Sue Drosner Quilted by Sheri Zalar

1500   Small/Smallest Bed Quilt-Applique

Spring Treasures by Barb Crowson

1900 Smaller Bed Quilt-Pieced-Solitaire

Remembering 9/11 by Sue Wozniak

2000 Smaller Bed Quilt-Pieced-Duet

Christmas Table Runner Quilt by Carol Rodgers / Quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger

2500 Smallest Bed Quilt-Pieced-Solitaire

Glyphs by Lori LeVar

 Honorable Mention Categories: 3200-5000

3200 Child’s Quilt-Pieced-Mixed

Bella Moracco by Peggy Johnston

Dragon by Jane Harrington and Tyler Spurlock

4100 Machine Embroidered

Let Sleeping Cats Lie by Lori Harris

4900 Medium Wall Hanging-Pieced-Solitaire

Girls Gone Wild by Sylvia Pace

Classic Block Color Wheel by Kelly Harvey

Alaskan Star by Liz Cheek

5000    Medium Wall Hanging – Pieced – Duet

Shredded! by Jane Thompson / Quilted by Sheri Zalar

Honorable Mention Categories: 5100-5500

5100 Medium Wall Hanging-Applique-Solitaire

Beauty of Fall by Jane Harrington

5300 Medium Wall Hanging-Mixed Technique-Solitaire

Be Attitudes by Carol Rodgers / Quilted by Sherrie Coppenbarger

Iris’s Blooming by  Jane Harrington
5500 Small Wall Hanging-Pieced 

Flowers for you! by Jeannette P. Hillyer

Honorable Mention Categories: 6000-6500

6000 Small Wall Hanging-Mixed Solitaire

O Tannenbaum by Kathy Coats

6200 Miniature

Twilight Flight by Joyce Blank

6400 Wearable

Mega Tote Bag by Laurie Schierer

6500 Home Fashion

Not Just your Grandmother’s Flower Garden Friends by Flo Banwart, Brenda Weiner, Vickie Lorenz, Noriko Yotsuya, Margie Britton, Annalies Van Gelder, Kristina Ahlricks, Anna Schupe, Gloria Teske, Sharon Kingsbury, Judy Morter, Darie Griffith, Jan Anglin, Peggy Manty, Annette DelLaCroix/  Quilted by Flo Banwart

Blue/Grey Tuffet by Candice Rizzo

Pillow Spot by Sheri Zalar

Honorable Mention Categories: 7000-7300

7000 Art/Innovation/Pictorial

Elusive Irises by Sherrie Coppenbarger
7200 Group Quilt

Morton Block of the Month 2011 by Erin Norton and Anita Obenhaus/ Quilted by Sheri Zalar

Silent Auction Quilts

Chairman’s Choice and Viewer’s Choice:  Fire and Ice by Jackie O’Laughlin

Honorable Mention:  Raggety Ann Meet Warhol by Cindy Peterson

Gems Boutique Pumpkin Winners!

Thank you Gems members for all the donated Boutique Items!

The winner of the $25.00 gift certificate for the most items donated to the Silent Auction and Boutique was won by Carol Walker.  Thank you Carol!