The following workshops are now OPEN to non-guild members.

Elements of Art for Quilters by Lyric Montgomery Kinard  on Feb. 22nd  and by Mary Sorensen  two workshops:  What’s the Buzz? on March 28th  and Spectacular Blooms: Shading Floral Applique on March 29th.

Please refer to the Programs/Workshop page of the website for more information about each workshop and how to register.

Annual Banquet

The Annual Spring Banquet with our guest speaker Susan Carlson will be held at the Gaslite Manor Banquet in Aurora on Monday, May 23, 2016. This is a time to celebrate ending the Guild’s current year and the start of our new Guild year starting June 1, 2016. The location of the Banquet is Gaslite Manor Banquet, 2485 Church Road, Aurora, Illinois. Social hour will start at 6:00pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. The dinner tickets will be $35.00 and there will be a cash bar. The dinner menu chooses are Broiled Breast of Chicken Marsala, Broiled Alaskan Cod Filet, or Vegetarian Lasagna.

Sign up for the banquet will be at the Chapter meetings starting in February Or you can contact Barbara Stewart at  The group registration sheet is now available.

Quilt Show Kalona, IA

45th Annual Kalona Quilt Show and Sale 2016

Thurs. April 28 Evening Only 5 pm- 8 pm

Fri. April 29 9 am – 7 pm

Sat. April 30 9 am – 5 pm

Admission $5.00 (only pay once, good for all three days!) Located in the Kalona Community Center, on the corner of 6th & D. Ave. in Kalona, IA.  Over 300 New and Antique Hand Quilted quilts will be on display and for sale.  Many are Amish – Mennonite made.  Don’t miss the Fabulous Kalona Quilt and Textile Museum just one block east of the show.  There will be a craft show at the museum.

The City of Kalona will also has 39 Quilt Blocks throughout the downtown sidewalks. Come take the walking tour and see the show!  We have nice gift shops, fabric shops, antique stores, restaurants, the Methodist Church does a special turkey dinner for the show, Large groups welcome!

For info call  Katie at the Woodin Wheel  319-656-2240  or email   Website:

Paducah in 2016

AQS Quilt Show – Paducah, KY (2016)* This is the GRANDDADDY of all quilt shows!!! So big and so well attended by people from all over the country. You can’t get a hotel within a 100 miles of Paducah. But we did! Fee includes 3 nights deluxe accommodations at Harrah’s Casino/Hotel in Metropolis, IL, 5 meals – 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, admission to the AQS Sneak Peak Tuesday Night, admission to the National Quilt Museum, admission to the Rotary’s Antique Quilt Museum, a visit to Hancock Fabrics – a quilter’s heaven, and Finkle’s – the AQS book outlet store, 2 days admission to the AQS quilt show, free time to explore the quaint downtown of Paducah with its painted murals, cute shops and eateries and deluxe motor coach transportation. $75 deposit due at registration. Final balance due March 10, 2016. Non-refundable without optional insurance (additional $36 per person, non-refundable and payable to LTPD at time of registration). Cancellation fees will apply in all cases. Code Date Time Day Reg. by 540AQ135 4/19-4/22 8:00am-6:00pm Tu-F 3/19 Fees: $628/Resident/pp/double occupancy Add $256 for single rate Add $10/pp for Non-resident rate Ages: All, Min./Max.: 20/50

Link for more information and details.

Early November

We have received the following information. Even small groups can get a discount so it might be something your Bee is interested in ordering. The Guild is NOT involved in their publication nor ordering.


October news

             Sew, Sew, Sew

          Spring Retreat 2016

Do you want to have some uninterrupted sewing time?  Please come join other guild members and friends at the March PSQG retreat at MaryTown Retreat Center in Libertyville, IL.  You have a choice of joining us for three nights and 4 days for $319 or two nights and 3 days for $219.  You will experience wonderful sewing time with others who enjoy quilting too!  The venue is beautiful and the sewing room is spacious and quiet.  The sleeping space includes private bathrooms and meals are provided!   No cooking for a few days! We can start checking in at 10 A.M. on March 10th and meals start with lunch that day. Registration forms are available at chapter meetings at the retreat sign-up table, on the website, or request a form from Diane Moore at 1631 South 4th Place-  ST. Charles, IL 60124, contact her at, or call her at (630) 587-2475 for more information.


Mary Town center 2

Mary Town center 1








We had a fantastic time at the Fall retreat.  Don’t miss out on the fun. Be sure to register for the March retreat.  Pictures below are from the October retreat. 

Dawn's quiltConnie's Quilt



Barb's cat quilt

Ruth's quilt





Tumbler quilt

Beth's quilt




Rebecca's quilt

Table runner & door





                                             Rebeccas maybe














August Update

Quilting Acronyms

UFO:  Unfinished Object
WIP: Work in Progress
PHD:  Projects Half Done
PIG:  Project in Grocery Sack
WOMBAT:  Waste of Money, Batting and Time
NESTY:  Not Even Started Yet
PFC:  Professional Fabric Collector
STABLE:  Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
WITHWIT:  What In the Heck Was I Thinking?
CRAFT:  Can’t Remember A Flipping Thing
HSY:  Haven’t Started Yet (pronouned Hussy)
PIPS:  Project in Process
PITS:  Project in Totes
TOAD:  Trashed Object Abondoned in Disgust
COP:  Creative Ongoing Project
CAT:  Creating Artistic Treasures
QFH–Quilt From Hell
RUF:  Really Ugly Fabric


Mindy’s First Quilt

Amish with a Twist

Amish with a Twist












About 1/3 of our members attended the picnic and enjoyed each other’s company. Diane’s version of Family Feud  gave many surprising results for top answers.


Missouri Star Quilt Company

Sew Generously is planning a bus trip to Hamilton, MO on Friday Sept 25-27th. For more information they can be contacted at 630-444-1504 or



Our Sept 30th – October 4th retreat at the Carmelite center in their new building still has space available. If there are still openings after September 1st, the retreat will be opened to non-guild members.


September Quilt shows

Quilt Expo
September 10-12, 2015
Madison, Wi

Winding Path Quilt Show

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
1023 Mc Henry Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Sept 25th 10am-6pm
September 26th 10am-3pm

Gems of the Prairie Quilters Autumn Gems Quilt Show

Peoria Civic Center
201 SW Jefferson-Hall D
September 26th 9am-5pm
September 27th 11am-4pm

Prairie Sisters Quilt Show

Columbia Junior High
94 W Richton Road
Steger, IL
September 26th 9am-5pm
September 27th 9am-4pm

July Update

July News

From Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild in Minooka, we have information about their upcoming Quilt Show. If you’re interested, please go to this link –Pieces from the Heart.


2015  Fall  Retreat

September 30 to October 4

Carmelite Spiritual Center

8419 Bailey Road

Darien, IL 60561

We look forward to sharing this retreat with you!  Please go to the Activities Page for additional information.


Other Opportunities

The Petunia City Quilters in Dixon have openings for Jane Sassaman’s workshop and lecture on Monday August 3, 2015. They will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third Street, in Dixon. The workshop is from 2-5 PM. The lecture begins at 7:00 PM.

Jane Sassaman’s art quilts have been shown in many national and international exhibits. Her quilt “Willow” was named as one one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the Century. Jane is also the author of “The Quilted Garden”. The book includes twenty years of her work and excercises for making nature inspired quilts.

Her half day workshop will be “Leaf Sampler-Personalities of a Leaf”. Machine embroidery will add personality to your quilts and needlework. The stitches you choose affect the emotion and atmosphere of you your work. In this workshop you will make a simple sampler using a repeated leaf applique, but by changing the finishing embroidery stitches, each leaf takes on a different personality and attitude. This is your chance to get familiar with the stitches contained in your sewing machine or to sample some stitches you have never tried before. Whatever machine you have, you will find the stitches that speak your language and will make your needle projects more expressive. For this class, prep work will need to be done before class. Cost for non-members: $30.

Her evening lecture will be “Quilting Against the Odds”. This visual lecture is about accomplishing your work inspite of obstacles-family life, space limitations, etc. It is a pep talk and slide show that cover her inspirations and obstacles. Guest fee: $10

If you are interested in the workshop, please contact Nancy Wadsworth at: or (815) 677-0119.

June Update

July 2015 Guild Picnic

Monday- July 27th

For detailed information please go to the Activities Page


2015  Fall  Retreat

September 30 to October 4

We look forward to sharing this retreat with you!  Please go to the Activities Page for additional information.


Other Opportunities