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

March 17           Butterfly Batik Exchange  

Don’t miss out on our March 17, Butterfly Batik Exchange Workshop. Attendees will be swapping batik fabric to use in their butterfly project. Whether you want to make a full size quilt, a table topper, or a pillow — this Edyta Sitar butterfly design is a guaranteed showstopper.

Workshop Fee:  $20.00*   Included in the $20.00 workshop fee is a plastic template for drawing accurate butterfly pieces.

To enhance a wider range of fabric selections, attendees will be swapping batik fabric. Each person is asked to take one yard of quilt store quality batik fabric and cut it into 16 nine-inch squares. These squares will then be distributed among the other attendees. If you wish for even more fabric square choices you are welcome to bring additional squares to swap.

April 14             Quilts of Valor

Workshop Fee:  $5.00

We are also taking signups for our April 14, Quilts of Valor (QOV) workshop led by Cindy Peterson. Attendees will be making quilt tops, creating bindings, and also discussing the request from QOV to formalize a Peoria QOV group.

As a bonus Cindy has prepared a lunch time presentation demonstrating the process she uses when designing quilts from blocks

Click on the links below for the Quilt of Valor Block Patterns

May 3-5               Fiber on a Whim Special Events Workshops

Details and Costs for Fiber on a Whim Special Event Workshops are on the Calender of Events Tab

June 16               St. Jude Denim Quilts

July 21                Sit-n-Sew Workshop

August 25-26     No Workshop—Quilt Show

September 15   “I Spy” Fabric Exchange

October 13       Exploring Color

November 2-3  No Workshop—November to Remember

December         No Workshop—Holidays are too busy



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!


Workshop Pictures!

March 19, 2016 Mystery Workshop Quilts Completed and Displayed at the Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show

April 16, 2016                  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!