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    • August 19, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom

    The IQI Board meets monthly via Zoom.  The meeting is open to members.

    • September 05, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

     Raw edge appliqué is a wonderful   technique to create naturalistic portraits of animals and people, and to create landscape scenery in fabric. For experienced and newer quilters, it can be a liberating extension of their skills in planning and executing visual images in fabric. This lecture will review how the combination of fabric collage with quilting and thread painting techniques can create expressive images.

    Josh has been quilting and doing other textile arts for 35 years, often using batiks and upcycled fabrics from menswear (cotton, silk, woven woolens). He does both modern functional quilts, and art quilts, with a special focus on a raw edge applique technique. This lends itself well to animal portraiture. “I use quilting as a way to closely observe the world around me”. He plays with color, texture, and dimensions to create beautiful things and connect with other people. He also collects and restores vintage sewing machines. 

    • September 07, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Doors Open at 9:00 am and the workshop begins 9:30 am until 1:30. This is a half-day workshop. Bring a snack if you wish as there will be no break for lunch.  The workshop will be hands-on, with participants working on pieces of their own making. We will start by transferring the image from the black/white photo to craft cellophane, and then onto the muslin backing. Participants will then begin building their collage portraits using scrap fabrics and Steam-A-Seam Lite2. We will cover picking fabrics, using a color value finder, and working effectively with Steam-a-Seam. We will focus on eyes, noses and other critical features, along with choices on what to use fabric for vs. what to use thread painting and quilting for. We will cover how to bond the appliqué for the backing fabric, and then how to plan and execute the quilting and thread painting.  A level of sewing competency is assumed; this workshop will not cover sewing basics.  Appliqué portraiture is time-consuming, so some participants may not finish their projects in the workshop. But all will have the skills they need to complete their portrait at their own pace.

    Supply List and Required Kit Information:

    $70  registration includes supply kit.

    Supply Kit: which will include the following: a 16" by 20" foam work surface; a box of pins; a fine point Sharpie; a sufficient quantity of Steam-a-Seam Lite2; a 16" by 20" piece of muslin; 16" by 20" sheet of craft cellophane; a spool of clear or smoke monofilament, 16" by 20" batting; 16" by 20" plain backing fabric; and a gray scale/value finder card,

    Participants should bring the following supplies and equipment:

    Ideally, a sewing machine with zigzag capability (but a straight stitch machine can also be used);

    2 sets of scissors - a larger pair and small detail scissors;

    A variety of fabric scraps (fat quarters or smaller scraps are usually sufficient - I recommend a box of 30-40 different fabrics in a range of colors and color values that the participant wants to work with);

    A photograph they want to work with as a portrait that is approximately 12" by 16"( it can be smaller than this, but not too small or the details will be hard to apply). The photo should be in Black and White, and it should be the reverse of how they want the image to appear in their final piece.

    • September 20, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • September 22, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL


    You don’t want to miss this fun event!

    A terrific weekend of sewing, socializing and creativity

    Registration Form     Registration Deadline: August 15th, 2024.

    Costs: Registration fees are $325 for double occupancy (shared room) and $450 for single occupancy.

    Registration Includes: Your hotel room for sleeping, Friday dinner, three meals on Saturday and brunch on Sunday, sewing room for registrants to sew as a group. 

    Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL, just west of 294 and just south of Willow/Palatine Road

    Time: Friday, September 20 starting after 3 pm and ending after brunch on Sunday, September, 22, 2024.

    The focus for the weekend will be on your own projects. Participants will be nearby to share enthusiasm, advice, and tips. There will be a 6-foot table for each person in the sewing room at the hotel. Ironing stations and cutting stations will be shared.  You can post your work on the wall with painter's tape or Command strips.  

    Two short demonstrations will be offered (accordion half-square triangles and a cushion stand suitable for a phone or tablet).  You are welcome to participate or continue with your own projects. During the retreat, enjoy Show & Tell, Quilt Stories, and a swap table

    During the summer, registrants will receive email updates, supply lists and workshop patterns.


    • October 03, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Carrie Quinn will be offering a trunk show talking about her Snippet Stew Patterns. She will give a description of her process for making quick cut scrap quilts using the June Tailor Shape-cut Plus ruler, and Layer Cakes.

    Carrie has loved working with textiles for as long as she can remember, and quilting runs in her family. She is fortunate to have several quilts made by her grandmothers and great grandmothers, some dating back to the Civil War. This is what inspired her to begin quilting in the early 1990s.

     In 2006 she opened the Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop in Fox River Grove, Illinois, with a focus on reproduction quilts and fabrics. She designed quilts inspired by antique quilts, and offered classes and clubs that taught people to make antique style quilts, using modern methods.

    2012 the shop was featured in Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler magazine as one of the Top 10 shops in North America. Around that time, Carrie designed her first reproduction print line. She now designs fabric lines for Marcus.

    • October 05, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    IQI member, Chris Deering will be offering tips and tricks on the use of Layer Cakes. Layer cakes are curated bundles of 10" squares of coordinating precut quilt fabric from a designer's collection. 

    Let's have a fun day of sewing and fellowship.

    Chris has been quilting for over 20 years and an IQI member for most of that time. She loves all aspects of the craft, especially applique and scrappy quilts. Chris has had to stop going to quilt shops, as she is a sucker for the pretty fabrics – and especially layer cakes! She’s hoping that teaching this class will help her use up some of these lovely collections.     

    This is a Half-Day workshop for $45. Doors open at 9:00 and workshop starts at 9:30. 

    Supplies: Bring a  layer cake packet of fabric along with general sewing supplies and your machine. 

    • November 01, 2024
    • November 03, 2024
    • Chicago Botanic Garden

    The Fine Art of Fiber (FAOF) is one of the oldest and most prestigious needle art shows in the Midwest. FAOF is the combined efforts of Illinois Quilters Inc., North Suburban NeedleArts Guild and Weavers Guild of the North Shore. The combined show and sale is an outgrowth of earlier exhibits and sales that date back to 1981. 

    See the Fine Art of Fiber web site for full information.

    • December 05, 2024
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    • January 09, 2025
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
    • Zoom Lecture--Link to be sent later

    What exactly is an art quilt? What can you look for in the art quilt category at a quilt show? Deborah will share an overview of art quilting materials and techniques. This is a great program for guilds who want to get a taste of the art quilting world… even if they make mostly traditional quilts.

    Deborah Boschert is an artist, author and teacher. She creates art quilts with layers of fabric, paint and stitching. The personal symbols and details in her work reflect her experiences and feelings about places she’s lived and the things she’s done. In her art quilts, the tiny details are as important as the over-all design. As in life, every-day little joys complement the bigger adventures. Deborah also serves on the board of Studio Art Quilt Associates. She lives near Dallas, TX with her husband and two kids. She loves to travel, do crossword puzzles, drink coffee, practice yoga and listen to podcasts.

    For more information see:

    • January 11, 2025
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Virtual Workshop--Zoom Link to be Sent Later

    Explore eight design guides that get the creative juices flowing. Look at examples of captivating compositions from fine art and the quilt world. Create a “sketch” for each of the design guides using fused fabrics. Learn to edit, audition and improvise using a super helpful design checklist. Consider adding details with machine and hand stitching. Your completed set of fabric sketches can be used for reference and inspiration for future art quilts.

    • February 06, 2025
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Photos and description to come

    • April 03, 2025
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    A humorous, educational and interactive lecture including a game with prizes! I’ll take you on a trip around the globe with the quilts from my exhibit that debuted in April 2017 at International Quilt Festival in Chicago and was at Houston in October that year. Learn how I found my inspiration, the stitches I used and the finishing techniques I employed.

    About Catherine: 

    Catherine was born and raised in the northwest of England and now lives in Naperville, IL. 

    She believes we all have an innate need to create in some sphere of our lives, being made in the image of a creator God. Quilting is her outlet of choice. She shares her love of quilting as an inspiration to others. She has found that as she passes on the knowledgeshe has gained on her journey she learns more tips and techniques that take here still further.

    She has contributed to several magazines , has 2 books, and has appeared on Quilting Arts TV.

    • April 04, 2025
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Use Catherine’s pre printed design to learn your choice of embroidery stitches. The class can be tailored to fit the skill level of the group. Everyone welcome!

    • April 05, 2025
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Learn to make a beautiful bowl or table runner from clothes line and fabric on the sewing machine. We’ll start with the basic no fuss techniques, then choose your project and start stitching. Go home with the skills necessary to start your next fabulous piece.

    • May 01, 2025
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Imagine a world where every seam you stitch is perfect...every block true to size. Can you also imagine precisely matching stripes, accurately piecing circles (with ease!), and eliminating bias stretch forever? Wanna dream even more? Imagine never having to rip again! Sue Heinz guarantees you will achieve your wildest piecing dreams when you use this simple technique that requires no pins, clips, or gadgets. A MUST-SEE lecture that will ROCK your piecing world! Sue will have books and notions to sell after the lecture.

    • May 03, 2025
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lutheran Church of the Ascension

    Sue Heinz has brewed up energy-infused, organic designs that will look stunning on your next quilt! Based on her book by the same name, this class will leave you filled to the brim with new grid, block, and linear designs that are easy to master – especially with Sue’s one-on-one teaching style. So, what are you waiting for? Come play – leave caffeinated! Handouts will be provided at a cost of $5 per student.

Meetings and Workshops:

Lutheran Church of the Ascension

460 Sunset Ridge Road

Northfield, IL  60093

Contact Information:

Illinois Quilters, Inc.

P.O. Box 39

Wilmette, IL  60091

Service Quilting:

Immanuel Lutheran Church

School Building (2nd driveway)

1850 Chestnut Avenue

Glenview, IL  60025

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