Monday evening meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday morning meetings start at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted.

Programs and Workshops  2016-2017

Contact information for all programs and workshops: Teresa Kasch and Chris Berry, PSQG Program Vice Presidents and


Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson

Susan Carlson has been developing and practicing her own technique of fabric collage quilting for over thirty years, teaching it for 20 years, and has written two books describing it (Freestyle Quilts and Serendipity Quilts). Each year she travels around the country and internationally helping hundreds of students to discover and set free the quilt artist inside. Her quilts have won awards from the American Quilter’s Society and the International Quilt Festival. Susan is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and a long-time student of the Meta Carlson Studio of Fabric Creations.

More information is available at her website.

May Workshops

2 Day Workshop - Cutting Loose

Cutting Loose

This class combines aspects of my earlier classes with my evolving techniques of fabric collage. Cutting Loose demonstrates a looser approach to the piecing and assembly of a wall quilt. Emphasis will be placed on the collage piecing process. Patterns or templates will not be used, although designs will be available from Susan for a small fee. Students will sketch their design onto a foundation fabric and fill in the design with fabrics of their choice. This encourages playfulness, serendipity, and a willingness to “cut loose.” Due to time constraints, students need to create a fish, butterfly, or bug. The supply list for Cutting loose is now available.

Length: 12 hours (two 6-hour classes)

Date: May 23 & 24,2016

Location:  Bethlehem Lutheran.

Workshop - What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Learn Susan’s fabric collage method using a simple yet dynamic spiral as your subject. This abstract project will give a you a complete overview of the technique, which can then be used for more complex subjects. Skills covered include: piecing, gluing, quilting, and finishing. The supply list for What Goes Around is now available.

Length: 6 hours  Date: Sunday May 22, 12:30-7:30 at Christ Our Savior Church, OS501 Summit Drive, Winfield, IL.

June Workshop  Suzi Parron


The American Quilt Trail Movement is coming to the front door of the Prairie Star Quilters Guild with Suzi Parron leading the way! Suzi will arrive in her RV for our June 27 and 28 chapter meetings where she will speak to us about this phenomenon called the Quilt Trail Movement! Also, on Monday, June 27 from 1-4pm you will have an opportunity to create your own painted quilt block in her workshop – Barn Quilt Painting Workshop! Come and join us for this “come as you are” workshop and leave with your own piece of the trail! Suzi will have kits available for all your supply needs, except for a pencil and a 24″ ruler or yardstick! IMG_0060

Want to know more? Visit Suzi’s website and Facebook page!


The Registration form for the June workshop – Barn quilts – is now available.




On the Street Where She Lives…goes the song from the musical My Fair Lady and so goes the inspiration for your July speaker, Sherri McConnell–Moda fabric designer, blogger extraordinaire, pattern designer, Etsy shop owner, and much more!

Sherri will join us for our annual Spring Gathering on Monday, July 18th!  Starting the day with her workshop offering, Maholo (Noon to 4pm). Maholo is a brand new pattern – debuting at this Spring’s Quilt Market!  Inspired by a much loved McConnell family quilt and named after the street Sherri lives on, Maholo, in it’s full size is 60″ x 60″…but there is also a mini version for lovers of the small quilt! The pattern will be available for you to purchase at the workshop.

Sherri has a great technique for making this block, so don’t let the curves give you hives!  You can expect to complete one of the the nine blocks in this 3-hour workshop! Now, what can be better than spending the day with a Moda fabric designer….oh…ice cream…yes! Following your workshop will be our guild’s Ice Cream Social with Sherri presenting her lecture, A Quilting Life and trunk show…now that’s pretty much a very fair day! Supplies for the workshop.

P.S.  Want to see more Mahalo (called FunFare for the article)…visit Sherri’s blog at

PSQG Year at a Glance

Contact Teresa Kasch or Chris Berry  or to register for a workshop.

May Banquet speaker: Susan   Carlson

June                           Suzi Parron

July  Annual Summer Gathering with Special Guest –
_                                 Sherri McConnell of Moda _

September                  Michelle May of Folk Art Fusion

October                       PSQG Quilt Show Review

November                    Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love


January                       Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness

February                      Gudrun Erla of Stripology

March                          Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake

April                           Annual Business Meeting

May                            Carrie Nelson of Moda

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