Welcome to our 2017-2018 Guild Year of Programs and Workshops!

Below you will find our list of speakers, workshops & supply lists (if available) and general information. Our speakers give two lectures (topic noted below) and a full day workshop (unless otherwise noted below). Monday evening meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday morning meetings start at 9:30 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Workshops are 9am to 4pm, unless otherwise noted. Both chapter meetings and workshops are held Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, IL located at 1145 N. Fifth Ave (also known as Route 25), about 1/2 mile north of Main St (also called Route 64). Visitors are always welcome to our meetings! Guest fee is $10.

Registration for workshops is open to all members at both chapter meetings. Payment for the workshop is required to hold your registration. Cash or checks (made out to PSQG) are accepted at the time of registration or can be mailed to our Programs VP, Chris Berry at the address below. All workshops are open to visitors, two months before the scheduled workshop, at a non-member rate. For visitor registration, please email our Programs VP, Teresa Kasch at for details.

To mail in registration payments:
Chris Berry
470 N. Cambridge Drive
Geneva, IL 60134

June 26 & 27, 2017

June Gives a Nod to Contemporary Art Quilts

Cindy Grisdela will visit us in June to explore the world of color and improvisation!  Cindy is an award-winning fiber artist with over 30 years’ experience creating eye-catching quilts.  She specializes in improvisational quilt designs and dense free motion quilting.  Cindy is the author of Artful Improv: Explore Color Recipes, Building Blocks & Free Motion Stitching. She will present two lectures, Monday, Cindy invites you to come play and create your own beautiful piece of art at her workshop Artful Improv – Permission to Play!  We invite you to look further into Cindy’s colorful world of quilts by visiting her website and blog,

Lecture Information
Monday evening, Playing With Color
Tuesday morning, Combined Stitches

Workshop Information
Monday, June 26th, 9am to 4pm
Artful Improv – Permission to Play!
PSQG Members $65
PSQG Visitors $75
Supply List available at time of Registration

July 10, 2017

(NOTE: Our Annual Summer Gathering comes a bit early this month. The day starts at Noon with a workshop, followed by the Ice Cream Social at 6pm and a very special Quilts of Valor presentation to our family veterans at 7pm. There is NO lecture.)

Bring Out the Red, White and Blue for July’s Summer Gathering

Is there anything that speaks Summer like the colors of the American Flag, well loved quilts, melty ice cream and the beloved American soldier? Join us for a very special Summer Gathering as we celebrate patriotism and honor the soldiers that gave so much so we could live in freedom. Quilts of Valor will honor our family veterans with quilts at the evening social (ice cream too..and lots of it!)…but first, we start the day off with a workshop!

Lydia Ziegler, a Certified Deb Tucker, Studio 180 Design Instructor, kicks off our Summer Gathering with Tumbling Triangles! By combining two contrasting fabrics you will create triangles tumbling down the quilt! Using the Studio 180 Design V Block tool this quilt is fun and quick! Jump right in and give it a whirl!!!  Lydia has made a beautiful sample just for our workshop, honoring the red, white and blue! Stop by the Programs Table to see the quilt and register for this wonderful workshop! Want to see more, visit  Pattern and/or tool are available for purchase before or on the day of the workshop.

Lecture Information
No Lecture this evening.

Workshop Information
Monday, July 10th, Noon to 4pm
Tumbling Triangles!
PSQG Members $30
PSQG Visitors $40
Supply list and Prep Worksheet available at Registration

August 28 & 29, 2017

You Have the Freedom to Quilt this Summer!

Natalia Bonner will visit us in August to explore the world of machine quilting! Natalia is an award-winning quilter (most recently at QuiltCon 2017 for “Best Machine Quilting” for Madonna by Brittany Burton) who has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine eventually moving on to her current longarm. Natalia’s passion for quilting has grown each day becoming more innovative & inspiring. She teaches at Road to California, QuiltCon East and has filmed TV shows with Nancy Zieman and Jodie Davis. Besides the numerous awards for her beautiful work, she has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, and in more magazines, books, and blogs than we have room to type here! She is also author of several best selling quilting books including – Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers.  She also co-authored, Modern One-Block Quilts & Cabin Fever:20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Natalia is a Gammill Quilt Artist and a Craftsy InstructorFor more of this exciting and talented quilter visit her website,

Lecture Information
Both meetings, A Creative Journey

Workshop InformationTHIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
Monday, August 28th, 9am to 4pm
Beginners Guide to Free Motion Quilting (Beginner to Advanced)
PSQG Members $60
PSQG Visitors $70
Supply List

In this class you will learn all the basics of free-motion quilting, including choosing the correct thread, batting and fabric to the basics of stitching on your quilt top.  Then, you will have a chance to try out your skills with more than 50 illustrated tutorials for stitching allover quilting, quilting borders and sashing, and adding background fillers as well as quilting on individual blocks and applique.

September 25 & 26, 2017

Those Crazy Quilters!!

Janet Nesbitt of ONE S1STER is going to make us all crazy – for piecing! You may find her name and work familiar as Janet has owned and operated Buggy Barn Quilts in Reardan, WA for the past 18 years! She also designs Buggy Barn’s popular line of quilt patterns and Henry Glass & Co. fabric collections.  Janet is an avid scrap quilter with a passion for mixing prints and plaids that incorporate a unique sense of color. With her new company, ONE S1STER, she is focusing on creating fun and whimsical designs through her popular “crazy” piecing technique. This trademark piecing method is easy and forgiving, ensuring quilting success for stitchers of all levels.  Don’t miss this special visit from this much beloved quilting designer! For more on Janet’s new adventure, visit her website,

Lecture Information
Both meetings, My Quilting Journey

Workshop Information
Monday, September 25th, 9am to 4pm
Piece Like Crazy!
PSQG Members $70
PSQG Visitors $80
Supply List

In this class, students can select ANY crazy quilt from any One Sister or Buggy Barn publication. That’s right-each student could potentially be making a different quilt! This is a fun class and students learn my popular “crazy” piecing technique (stacking fabric, cutting on the lines, shuffling, and stitching it all together). This trademark piecing method is easy and forgiving, ensuring quilting success for piecers of all levels. This fun technique keeps you coming back for more, one quilt after another, and will keep you “piecing like crazy” long after the class is over!

October 23 & 24, 2017

Happy Autumn, Happy Halloween, Happy Quilting!!

Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting is stopping by in October to sprinkle her quilting joy! This delightfully enthusiastic quilter hails from Cedar City, Utah where she shares her love of quilting thru Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, blogging, her website & shop, Craftsy and YouTube! Her fresh designs have been published in over 25 issues of various quilting magazines. Join Melissa for a trunk show and lecture focused on stretching our creative muscle! She will share techniques and ideas to stretch your creative boundaries while explaining her design process for many of the quilts in her book, Irish Chain Quilts – Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design!

Lecture Information
Both meetings, Stepping Outside our Creative Comfort Zones

Workshop Information
Monday, October 23rd, 9am to 4pm
End of the Rainbow
PSQG Members $50
PSQG Visitors $60
Supply List given at registration

Join Melissa for a full day of happy quilting with End of the Rainbow! 

November 27 & 28, 2017

A Treasury of Quilts and a Beloved Diva!

Betsy Chutchian brings her love for fabric, quilts, sewing, reproducing 19th Century quilts and history this November! Betsy began teaching in 1990 and she shares her passion for quilt-making through teaching, presentations and bed-turnings. She is the author of several books – her latest being Treasury of Quilts from Martingale. Her previous books include: Gone to Texas, Quilts from a Pioneer Woman’s Journal, Lizzie’s Legacy, Classic and Heirloom Quilts published by It’s Sew Emma and Just Treats, No Tricks with Kansas City Star. She also co-authored History Repeated and Block Exchange Quilts by the 19th Century Patchwork Divas. Betsy is also the co-founder of the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, a block exchange group dedicated 1800’s reproduction fabric. Betsy also designs beautiful reproduction fabric for Moda. To hear more from Betsy, visit her blog at

Lecture Information
Monday evening, My Moda Life
Tuesday morning, Patchwork Divas

Workshop Information
Monday, November 27th, 9am to 4pm
Hope’s Journey
PSQG Members $60
PSQG Visitors $70
Supply List and pattern available at registration




January 22 & 23, 2018

A True Prairie Star!

Barb Vlack, a member of Prairie Star Quilters Guild (that’s us!), warms us up this January with her love of quiltmaking! She has been learning and teaching quiltmaking since 1976. She labels her style of quilt designing as “innovative traditional,” because she loves to take traditional patterns and make them look new and different. Working with the Electric Quilt software makes that focus easy for this expert user of the program.

Her specialties, in addition to EQ7, include borders, freezer paper foundation piecing, and vintage quilts from the 1930s. She has taught at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, the AQS show in Paducah, Quilter’s Heritage in Lancaster, PA; the Martha Pullen Quilt Academy, Quilting in the Tetons, and at symposia sponsored by statewide guilds in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, the Gulf States, and North Carolina.

Lecture Information
Monday evening, Head for the Borders
Tuesday morning, Ruby Beauties

Workshop Information
Monday, January 22nd, 9am-Noon and 1pm-4pm
Tuesday, January 23rd, 1pm-4pm
The Prairie Star: A Quick and Easy Way to Foundation Piece

PSQG Members $40
PSQG Visitors $50
Supply List given at registraton

We are celebrating our beautiful Prairie Star quilt block featuring Barb’s Press, Piece and Peel method of foundation piecing done with freezer paper!

February 26 & 27, 2018

Spring has Sprung!

Corey Yoder, a neighbor of Ohio’s Amish country, will bring a big dose of sunshine to cure our winter blues this February!  Corey creates and publishes for Coriander Quilts showcasing her love for putting a modern twist on traditional block designs.  She is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books, a Moda fabric designer and she is the author of Playful Petals.  For a peek into Corey’s day-to-day quilt and sewing projects, be sure to visit her on Instagram where she is -corianderquilts.  It’s where she shares all things quilty, as well as upcoming Moda fabric collections and quilt patterns.

Lecture Information
Monday evening, Meet Moda Designer, Corey Yoder
Tuesday morning, Fabric Design

Workshop Information
Monday, February 26th, 9am to 4pm

Cross Stitch
PSQG Members $65
PSQG Visitors $75
Supply List and pattern available at registration



March 26 & 27, 2018

A Special Guest from Down Under!

Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession ( will visit us in March of 2018 to explore the world of quilting thru an innovative mixture of colors and patterns!

Kathy Doughty remembers a simple childhood spent playing on green grass and exploring the forests accessed through her yard in Ohio. Upon graduating she landed in the punk rock era of the East Village of NYC where she spent ten years working in advertising, fashion and marketing, which taught her to look at traditional things with a new eye. It was her move to Australia in 1990 that brought Kathy to sewing and quilting. She found the “American” activity of sewing and quilting connected her to roots in the USA and filled a big gap in her life.

In 2003 she co-founded Material Obsession, then in 2008 became a sole owner/director of the popular patchwork shop where you can find her every day listening, learning, and helping customers select fabric for their projects. Material Obsession made a dynamic entry into the quilt world by embracing the newest FreeSpirit designers including Denyse Schmidt, Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner as well as Kaffe Fassett. The shop encourages quilters to experiment with textiles, design and method.

In 2014 Kathy designed her first collection of fabric inspired by her personal collection of Kantha quilts from India. Her second fabric collection was inspired by the pond-side environments of her youth.  As an avid quilter, Kathy’s quilt designs reflect her eclectic interests in a wide range of techniques from modern quilting to paper piecing.

Lecture Information
Both meetings, A Creative Journey

Workshop InformationTHIS WORKSHOP IS FULL, Taking names for waiting list
Monday, March 26,2018
Garden Party (Intermediate to Advanced)
PSQG Members $75
PSQG Visitors $85

Supply List available at Registration

Garden Party, a Modern Wedge workshop, is for playing with the wedge ruler and exciting fabric combinations.  Garden Party plays with an 18 degree wedge ruler.

May 21 thru 23, 2018

Our Annual Banquet and then some!!

Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio ( is our Banquet speaker and teacher…and we are THRILLED!! Please read this introduction Karen received at a recent guild visit. After reading this, we think you will be “over the moon” too about her talent, her art, her story and her visit!

“Tonight we are in remarkable company.  Tonight our Guild welcomes the beautiful, eccentric and upbeat Karen McTavish — a woman of extraordinary substance who is deliberate in action and word, self-reliant, fierce and afraid of nothing.  As you will soon find out, her best asset cannot be measured, copied or calculated, it’s her energy, wisdom and mojo.  

Sort of like love or happiness, Karen’s personal and professional success is a practice and has stayed on a steady, upward trajectory.  In her youth, she faced struggles, found her bearings, submerged herself into the soothing effects of quilting and used those life-changing experiences to become the one of the greatest quilting mavens of our time.  

Karen won’t tell you this (as she is perhaps the most low-key, humble, non-bragging, grateful professionals in the quilting world) but she is one of the most sought-after quilters in the professional circuit of quilting.  

Other great and famous quilters and fabric designers hire and collaborate with Karen to quilt their masterpieces, including Judy Neimeyer, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Heather Givans of Crimson Tate, and the list goes on.  

Almost all of Karen’s customers and students win ribbons and best-in-show at local and national levels. 

And this year started off with Karen being awarded the 2017 Road to California “Outstanding Modern Quilt” Award and the 2017 Minnesota Quilter of the Year.  

Beyond these merits, what I most want to share with you is the Karen inside here (touch heart) and here (touch head). 

Karen has paved the way for so many with her great wisdom, deep wit, huge empathy, a spectacular sense of humor and a profound resonance and resilience you rarely see in any one, man or woman.

Karen is a total love and an artist of the highest order as she lives to express herself freely in all things that she pursues.

She has always been an artist by choice, a quilter by profession, and above all, an artist of life.

As a loving mother and daughter, she operates with a grateful heart.  

And as a sage beyond her years, she has come to accept life as a process and is satisfied that in her ever-going process, she is constantly discovering, expanding and finding that there is something new to learn and be grateful for every day. 

Karen believes that all knowledge is self-knowledge and finding your own personal authenticity carries great weight and ultimately becomes the only real measure of success.  You must be YOU, and embrace your gifts, in order to make your life click and to rise to any challenge.

To be of quality in quilting, or any art form, means putting in lots of hard work, learning lots of lessons and giving all your dedication and attention to your skill.  That is why Karen is sought after and that is why she remains at the top in our field.

Beauty, clarity, authenticity and singleness of purpose:  These are the attributes I ultimately use to describe Karen and her priceless work.  

Without further hesitation, please join me in welcoming the beautiful Karen McTavish”

– Written by Longmont Colorado Quilt Guild President – Rebecca Weise of Weise Studios

What BEAUTIFUL words, thank you Rebecca! I cannot add to perfection…except to say, don’t miss this opportunity to hear, visit and take a workshop (or more) from this extraordinary woman and artist!

Lecture Information
Banquet Lecture and trunk show
May 21, 2018


Workshop Information
PSQG Members $100 per class
PSQG Visitors $110 per class
Supply Lists available at Registration

Monday, May 21, 2018
9am to Noon
How am I Supposed to Quilt This?

Tuesday, May 22
9am to Noon
Victorian Feathers

Wednesday, May 23
9am to Noon
Custom Heirloom
Modern Machine Quilting





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