Workshops  2018

Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614


Monthly Workshop Doors Unlock 8:30 am    Relock: 9:15 am

If you know you will be later than 9:15 am, please arrange to call a friend to let you in

If you leave for lunch, arrange to call a participant for re-entry.

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

Laura Tomblin and Gwen Chandler

Workshops are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   

Please note the Workshop Door Unlock/Lock Schedule above for Safety

St. Paul Lutheran Church

1427 W Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614

General Cost:  $5.00 Exceptions are noted

Thanks for joining us  at a Gem’s workshop!

They are always a lot of fun and  a great way to learn new skills and to get know other Gem’s members.

Gems will provide:  Extension cords, irons, starch, communal cutting mats, thread catcher sacks

You will need to Bring:  Sewing  machine, cords, scissors, rulers,  rotary cutter, seam ripper, thread, extra bobbins, extra needles, pins

Optional items: Marking chalk, pencil, or marker, ccomfortable chair, task lighting, water bottle.

Beverages:  We provide coffee. There is a vending machine for  soda ($.50 — Quarters only).

Snacks:  You may bring your own snacks — any extras to share  are always welcome!

Lunch:  you may bring your own (refrigerator is available) or  go out to nearby restaurants

Time:  setup time 8:30-9:00  workshop begins at 9:00  and wraps up around 3:00

Why should you attend a workshop? You’ll meet new friends. You’ll have time to visit with old friends. You’ll be benefiting our charities. You’ll get to tackle old UFOs. You’ll learn new skills. You’ll be expanding your fabric selection. You’ll be sharing your expertise with other members. You’ll be quilting. And you will definitely have fun!


August 25-26     No Workshop—Quilt Show

September 15   “I Spy” Fabric Exchange

Have you been collecting your “I Spy” fabrics? In September we will be swapping novelty prints to be used in making “I Spy” quilts for those special youngsters in our lives. Swapping fabric with others is great way of expanding the variety in your quilt. We are asking that you bring ten 5” squares. Beyond that you may bring additional squares to barter with other attendees. The design of your quilt is up to you. Search Pinterest, quilt books, and your patterns to see what design would make a fun quilt that utilizes 5” squares. If you would like to make a quilt and donate it to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, I’m sure it would brighten a little one’s time while in the hospital. Remember to bring fabric for accents, borders, and the backing. It takes a lot of “I Spy” fabrics — so keep searching for them.

October 20       Exploring Color

COLOR: TOOLS NOT RULES is our approach to learning about COLOR during our workshop in October. This is a no-sew workshop, so leave your sewing machine at home because we will be cut-n-pasting our blocks. Come and learn color tips on how to improve your quilts. Due to some great suggestions at the August meeting, we made a few changes. Instead of receiving a free color wheel you will receive a free 3-in-1 Color Tool designed by Joen Wolfrom. This is an incredible value since they cost around $20 in the quilt stores.
 “Color skills are more about practice than knowledge”  Katie Masopust Pasquini.
 So let’s practice —
  How can I make the energy of color work for me?
  Why does value make all the difference?
  Does it really matter if it is a pure color, tint, tone, or shade?
  How will my choice of colors help with the way my quilt block “reads”?
How can I use the 3-in-1 Color Tool when I’m in the quilt store or going through my stash?
Through interaction with other attendees and lots of trial and error, you will definitely learn tips to improving the “color” of your quilts. The Tools Not Rules Workshop is Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 to 3:00. Cost is $20. Everyone will receive a free 3-in-1 Color Tool! Signup soon, seating is limited!

November 2-3   November to Remember  More Details to Come

New Location:  Life Together Center,  3625 N. Sheridan Road • Peoria, IL

December         No Workshop—Holidays are too busy



Workshop Pictures!

 Mystery Workshop Quilts Completed and Displayed at the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show

 Quilt of Valor Workshop

March 19, 2016                Mystery Quilt Party–a few pictures!


Sorry for the sideways pictures if you are using a Windows computer!  The pictures were taken with an iPhone and our Website program cannot rotate them!  Turn your head and enjoy!  If you open the website with an Apple iPhone or iPad..they are correct!  So goes technology!