Ugly Fabric Challenge

Did you know that over 13 tons of fabric and textiles are discarded by Americans every year in the United States? That is equivalent to 126 million cubic yards every year, an average of 65 pounds per person, occupying nearly 5% of our local landfills! The Earth Care Team at Oswego Presbyterian Church has a challenge for you. We invite local quilters and fabric artists to enter our “Ugly Fabric Quilting Challenge”. What is an “Ugly Fabric Challenge”? Here’s how it works.    

Challenge Rules:

  1. You must register and pay the fee ($5.00) to participate.                 2. You must donate at least 1/2 yard of ugly fabric. “Ugly” is in the eye of the beholder. Donated fabric does not have to be brand new, but must be free of tears, holes, or stains and must be what would considered as quilting fabric. We will collect one four inch square from everyone’s piece to display with your finished quilt. Fabric should be dropped off at Oswego Presbyterian Church, 1976 Route 25, Oswego, Il, 60543.                                                                                               3. You will choose an ugly fabric to take home with you. Fabrics will be wrapped so no one can see what they are choosing, and can be picked up at OPC starting March, 27th, 2017.                                                     4. Have fun creating a quilt using your ugly fabric.                                 5. Your finished quilt should measure at least 36” x 36” but can be any larger size you wish. Ugly fabric must be used in the quilt top. Ugly fabric should not be used as backing fabric.                                         6. Quilt must be finished and returned to Oswego Presbyterian Church by June 14th, 2017.                                                                          7. Quilts will be displayed (numbered and anonymous) at OPC on June 16th and 17th during Prairiefest. We invite the public to come view the finished quilts and vote for “Best in Show”. One vote per person.             8. “Best in Show” vote winner will be awarded $50.00.                        9. Additional money collected will go towards the purchase of materials for the Blackhawk Presbytery service kits challenge, which supplies school kits and clean up kits to those in need.                                    10. Quilts will be available for pickup starting June 18th. Oswego Presbyterian Church 1976 Route 25, Oswego, IL    1 (630) 554 – 8194

February News

International Quilt Festival – Rosemont

Every U.S. Quilt Show & Expo in One PlaceApril 6-8, 2017  Classes begin April 6


        Volunteer to work the show


March Quilt show

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April trip to Missouri Star Quilts



The Annual Spring Banquet with our guest speaker Carrie Nelson will be on Monday, May 22, 2017. This is a time to celebrate ending the Guild’s current year and the start of our new Guild year starting June 1, 2017. The location of the Banquet will be at Villa Olivia at 1401 W. Lake Street, Bartlett, Illinois. Social hour will start at 6:00 pm 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 Baked Virginia Ham, Chicken Parmesan, or Vegetarian—Eggplant Parmesan. A registration form for your group is available.

Sign up for the banquet will be at the Chapter meetings starting in February or you can contact Barbara Stewart at

Sue Garman

Sue Garman has just passed away. The following is an excerpt from her blog -October 2, 2014- after she had visited our guild.

First of all, I did two lectures and two workshops with the Prairie Star Quilt Guild in St. Charles, Illinois (outside of Chicago).  What a fabulous group of quilters!  After a day of stitching, five of the gals came to one of the lectures with the progress they had made on their Rose Fans blocks from my Bed of Roses quilt.  They were super students and so much fun!

One of the students was actually from the Pride of the Prairie Quilters guild in Naperville; I’d given a lecture and done a workshop with them in August, and Cathy and her friend came and took more workshops in St. Charles.  Cathy was determined to finish her block… and she sent me a picture of it, below.  What a splendid job!

Meanwhile, at Show and Tell time at the Prairie Star Quilt Guild, I got to see the work of many other quilters.  Below is a most beautiful rendition of Ladies of the Sea.  The woman who made it was a joy to talk to – her work was exquisite!

Below is my And To All A Good Night quilt.  I thought I’d show it to you  before I show you the next picture so you can see the difference that color choices make.

Barb Vlack – whom some of you may know through her book and classes on Electric Quilt software – made her own And To All A Good Night.  Look how she chose a vibrant blue for the night sky that Santa and his reindeer are gliding through – and then she incorporated some of that same blue fabric into the blocks below.  It is a grand quilt!



  1. From  Sarah’s Grove Quilter’s Circle, a small guild that meets monthly in Schaumburg, IL.  We are excited to have Amy Walsh of Blue Underground Studios come to lecture and teach for our guild in March, which is National Quilting month, and would appreciate any support or publicity you can provide by passing this information on to your guild’s members.  We still have some openings in the class, and it is open to non-members.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Ann Kelly Programs Chairperson

    Sarah’s Grove Quilter’s Circle

    Home:  847-608-6420


  2. From the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild, a large guild that meets monthly in Rolling Meadows, IL.  We are excited to have Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness come to lecture and teach for our guild in February, 2017, and would appreciate any support or publicity you can provide by passing this information on to your guild’s members.  We still have a few openings in the class, and it is open to non-members.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Ann Kelly Publicity Chairperson

    Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild

    Home:  847-608-6420  


  3. Quilter’s Thread     This is a virtual community of quilters. You can sign up for free stuff at Their guilds, shops, and service providers pay for a dedicated channel in the community. [It sounds like they’re soliciting email addresses in order to send you some free stuff and their advertising. The Board was sent this information and doesn’t know anything else about it. ]




International Quilt Show-Rosemont

Entries are being taken Nov 14-Jan 13 for the Rosemont Quilt Show. Go to for more information. 


Upcoming Quilt shows


Quilt Festival Houston  November 3-6   Houston Festival

George R. Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, Texas, USA 77010

November 4-6, 2016
Fine Art of Fiber
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022

Nov 19th & 20th, 2016
Northern Lake County Quilters Guild
Lake County ImpressionsXIII   Quilt Show
Antioch Township Center
1625 Deep Lake Rd
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Admission $5
For More Info Visit

Prairie Treasures Quilt Show 2016

Friday October 14:  9 am-5pm   Saturday Oct 15:   9am-4pm

DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, IL

Admission: Adults $8.00; $7.00 with bookmark  Children under 8 are free.

On display at our fabulous show will be over 250 quilts made by our members including a unique 3-D quilt challenge where attendees can vote for their favorite.  There will also be wonderful gifts, tools, kits, fabric and more to buy from our 30 vendors.  Gently used books, magazines, and patterns are available for sale as will be yardage, fat quarters, and scraps at incredibly low prices.  Our Instant Gratification Boutique will have many hand-made items to purchase for yourself or as gifts.  If you need a break the Quilter’s Cafe will have a variety of refreshments.  Over 20 themed raffle baskets will be on display, and you won’t want to miss the chance to buy tickets to win one or more of them.  You also will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for our stunning 2016 quilt “Friendship Chain”.   50% of the proceeds from the raffle quilt will benefit the Living Well Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, IL.  Please join us at the show!
2016 Raffle Quilt




Guild Members Quilt Drop Off and Pick Up
Drop Off: Be sure to bring your labeled quilt(s) to your nearest drop-off Hostess house on Sunday October 9, 1 – 4 pm. Locations, including the Quilt Merchant in Winfield, are in listed in your envelope with the instructions.
Judged quilts only are to be dropped off at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Noon – 3 pm (if you have a judged quilt you may also bring your non judged quilts to the Church).
Quilt pick up is Saturday Oct 15  from 5:15 pm -6 pm at the Fairgrounds. Be sure to bring your receipt!

Houston Quilt Show + Madison,WI Show

 Registration for classes is now open.

Quilt Expo in Madison

 Quilt Expo
Madison, WIS
September 8th–9-6pm
September 9th–9-6pm
September 10th–9-5pm
Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI

International Quilt Festival 2017

New exhibits and contest open for 2017!

We are now accepting submissions for five exhibits debuting
at the 2017 Quilt Festival in Chicago, including two returning
favorites, two new exhibits, and a judged competition.

A Celebration of Color

This new judged competition and exhibit is open to quilters
working in any style. Artists are invited to play with color
and design to create a vibrant work that truly celebrates color!
$5,000 Best of Show Award; $1,000
First Place in each category: Traditional, Art, and Modern.

Quilting personality Mary Fons will jury this exhibit of scrap
quilts open to quilters from around the world. You are invited to
submit up to two recently made (January 2014 to present)
scrap quilts for consideration.

Hexagon RevolutionEntries for this new exhibit should be
quilts based on the book, The New Hexagon:
52 Blocks to English Paper Piece
by Katja Marke,
and/or The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along.

Mod Squad Quilts and
Traditional Midwest and Canadian Quilts

Both of these annual exhibits are open to quilters
in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota,
Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and the
Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Ontario.


             APRIL 6-8, 2017


Quilt Week Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI – Workshops 2016

QuiltWeek– Grand Rapids, Michigan 2016 registration is now open!

Show is August 10-13.