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!


October 13       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 2nd & 3rd, 2018   November to Remember  

From: 5:00p.m. Friday to 3:30pm Saturday

Where: The Life Together Center    3625 N. Sheridan Road • Peoria, IL

Cost: $35.00

Things to bring: Yourself, your machine, power cords, foot

pedal, sewing supplies, your Projects, a comfee chair if you want, extra

lighting, bedding & overnight bag if you are spending the night.

A cute pair of socks, with a Fat Quarter stuffed in each sock.

And if you want to enter this year’s fun contest, bring ……….


So pack your bags and get ready for this AWESOME mini Quilt Retreat!!

It’s a lot of fun and you get to meet & get to know other guild members.

Hosted by: Penny Mallow, Erin Norton & Sarah Swank

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!