Change of Venue for the Banquet!

Because of a mix-up on the part of Eagle Brook Country Club (as in signing contracts with two different groups for the same space on the same day!), we are moving the Prairie Star Quilt Guild Banquet to the Mill Creek Golf Club.  The Mill Creek Club is located at 39W525 Herrington Drive, Geneva, IL 60134 (Phone: 630-208-7272).  It is located less than 10 minutes away from Eagle Brook Country Club and is easy to find if you enter on Brundage Road off Kesslinger.

The cash bar will be open at 6:00, and our dinner will be served at 6:45.  Our program, a wonderful lecture by Jan Krentz, will begin at 8:00.  We will still be collecting non-perishable items for the Northern Illinois Food Pantry.  Each donor will receive a raffle ticket; raffle prizes include three one-year memberships to the Guild and three gift certificates to local quilt shops. We look forward to seeing you all!

May Update

Welcome to PSQG as we begin our 36th year. There are many exciting events to look forward to this upcoming year

Our last event for this 2014-2015 will be the Banquet on May 18, at Eagle Brook Country Club. Jan Krentz will be with us at the Banquet and her program will be Great Star Review! which will showcase a variety of star quilts from the traditional to the innovative art genre.

Karla Alexander will be visiting the guild’s Chapter meetings on June 22 and 23. Karla’s presentation at the Chapter meeting will be Lift the Quilts Out of Your Stash. Karla’s workshop on Monday, June 22, will be Curved Piecing/roundabout and Tuesday’s workshop will be Wedge-Wise. If you are interesting in signing up for a workshop, please contact Joanne Sattler at as workshop sign-ups are still available.

We have a great line-up of speakers this year. More information will be listed on our website and in the newsletter shortly.

The above are just a couple of things on the calendar for the next couple of months. Make sure to visit here again soon for more fun events.

Enjoy the cold with a warm project…

We’re right around the corner from Spring, or so the calendar says! The view outside the window says, not so much, but the activities inside at guild are heating up. As our year draws to a close we have a few more speakers/workshops and then on to a new full year of amazing talent coming to our guild. In March we have Sue Spargo and even though the workshops are filled she is coming to dazzle us with her lecture. April is our annual business meeting and the new board has been revealed for you to see in our February newsletter. You will need to come and vote for our newest positions and Barb is planning some kind of audience participation entertainment so be sure to come! May is our banquet with Jan Krentz, who is also doing two workshops which still have openings. So don’t let this COLD weather keep you at home. Come, brave the cold and warm up with your quilting friends at our guild meetings! See you there!

Workshop Happenings and Quilt Help 911

So February is just around the corner and a large part of our winter is behind us….. hopefully! But here at PSQG we are just warming up for our Spring speakers and workshops. February brings us Mickey DePre. March is the fabulous Sue Spargo. May is our banquet with Jan Krentz and that is just our Spring line-up. Even if you were not able to get into a workshop (some still have a few openings) you have the opportunity to hear them speak at either of our two monthly meetings. So plan on braving the cold and enjoying a few hours of total entertainment and inspiration. Guests are always welcome!

We also are introducing a social media help page on Face Book. If you are a member, search for “Quilt Help 911″ and click “Join”. We are using this avenue to help us in getting our projects finished. If you were, for example, in need of a little bit more of fabric to finish a project, and you just don’t quite have enough, then you would post a picture or description of what you need on this page. Hopefully someone will have that in their stash and be able to help you…… before you go out and end up buying yardage. Also, help with directions, missing a pattern or book…… or even needing a ride to guild. This could be a 270 member generated page. You just need to join!
Catch up on all the guild news in our latest newsletter.

The latest RETREAT BUZZ!

Now that our wonderful 2014 quilt show is behind us, isn’t it time to start on quilts for the next one?  What better way is there to do that than to attend our next Guild retreat, where you can spend up to five days working on your next special project.  The retreat will be held at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin, right on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The serene setting invites contemplation and creativity.  Our quilting room has huge windows overlooking the lake, lots of light, and space for us to spread out our projects.  The dates are March 25 through 29, 2015; you may come for five, four, or three days.  See further details and registration information on the Activities Tab.

From the President’s Desk . . .

It is the Monday after PSQG’s 2014 Quilt Show and I am still in awe of the past couple of days. The Show was such a success because of all the wonderful members of PSQG especially Jan Sharpless, Show Chair, who worked so tirelessly the past couple of years until everything was absolutely perfect, Chris Schwarz and Leslie Nyckel, 2014 Co-Chairs who were available to all of us all of the time, Edith Hubbard and Lynn Murphy, Quilt Display Co-Chairs, who set up every quilt and inch of space perfectly. Thank you to all of our wonderful Show Committee Chairs, and PSQG members who contributed so much to the success of the Show.

As I have said previously, I dropped off some items at the Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall Wednesday afternoon and it was nothing more than a empty area. Thursday, set-up day, I walked in and all of the hardware, drapes and tables were in place and by 2 p.m. the Show had become a magical quilt world.

Before I knew it, the Show was over, but I will treasure the memories of the past week and will cherish the closer friendships I now have and my friendship with our new honorary member, Carol Cunningham, Jan’s cousin from the east coast who was as dedicated to the success of the Show as was every member of PSQG!

AND, thank you to all of our visitors who were so gracious with their kind words about our Show and the smiles I saw as they left the venue.

Thank you all and now I will look forward to our 2016 Show.

Joyce Jaksa


It’s October! And coming up this month is the Prairie Star Quilt Show on OCTOBER 17-18 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, in Wheaton, IL. You can review all the details by using the tab above marked “2014 Quilt Show”. In that tab, we have information on our vendors, for attendees coming to the show, and for our members.

But I can provide a few highlights here! We will have 21 vendors, offering a wide selection of quilt related items- books, fabrics, tools and more! Plus thanks to the generosity of our vendors, we will have an hourly drawing for door prizes with items donated by our vendors. Everyone who comes to the show is eligible for a door prize. And we will be showing approximately 300 quilts, all from our guild members. Some of these quilts will be part of our “judged” category, with ribbons awarded. And we will also have a display of small quilts entered into our guild quilt “Challenge” with the theme of “My Hometown”.
In addition to our vendors, the guild will have a “Boutique” booth where small items, made and donated by guild members, will be for sale. We also will have the “Scraps” booth: members have donated quilt-store quality fabric scraps and yardage throughout the past 2 years. The scraps have been sorted and placed in paper bags, with the assortment noted on the bag. These bags will be $1 each, and No Peeking! It’s a surprise! All yardage will be reasonably priced as well. Finally we will have a booth selling gently used magazines (all less than 10 years old), books, and patterns.
Rounding out the fun at our show will be the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the raffle baskets and for our raffle quilt. We have a couple of extra special items with the raffle baskets this year!!
And once again, the Quilter’s Cafe will be selling “Elaine’s Pulled Pork”, along with other munchies to keep our energy levels up. How many of us buy an extra pulled pork sandwich to take home for dinner??
We look forward to seeing YOU at our quilt show on Friday October 17 between 9a and 6p, and on Saturday October 18 between 9a and 4p at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton, IL! Be ready for FUN!

From the President’s Desk…

Thank you for stopping by and visiting Prairie Star Quilters Guild’s website! It is the start of a new month, and I would like to share some Guild events with you. . . .

PSQG has more than fifty Bees with varieties limited only by our members’ imaginations – hand quilting, wool, art, long-arm and so on! We love our Bees and our Bee sisters! If you are looking for a Bee or more information on starting or joining a Bee, visit our Beekeeper, Cindy Krelle at

Prolific quilter Nancy Mahoney is visiting our Guild Chapter meetings on August 25th and 26th. Yes, we have 2 Guild meetings each month. Members of PSQG have the opportunity to attend one or both Chapter meetings. And, many do attend both meetings as the lectures often times are different and our Show & Tell always has different quilts and wonderful stories. If you find you are curious about PSQG, come and visit us at one of our Chapter meetings! You will find more information regarding our meetings on this website or contact Chris Berry at about joining the Guild. Nancy will host a full day machine applique workshop on Monday, August 25, and will debut her new workshop, Twirly Swirly, on Tuesday, August 26. For more information on this and other workshops we offer, please visit the Programs and Workshops tab, again, on this website.

Thanks for visiting with me, and do stop by anytime for more PSQG news!!

Joyce Jaksa
Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild


2014 Quilt Show Information Now on Website

A new button has been added to the header: 2014 Quilt Show!

You will find information for Vendors, show attendees, and a special section for PSQG members. The pattern for the tissue holder is now available, as well as the quilt entry form for the show. And we ESPECIALLY need HELP now staffing the showings of our RAFFLE QUILT and SELLING TICKETS. Please contact Barb Gillespie to help!!

Also note we have a new photo!! A sneak preview of our 2014 Raffle Quilt led by Caron Carlson. Stayed tuned for more updates!!


Janet Miller and our library team have been hard at work making our library more accessible for you!  Go to the Library tab and check out the link to the Book List.  You can search our entire collection and find out more about books you might like to borrow.  (Also see our borrowing policy on the same page.)