Quilty things to do!

There are many wonderful events in our area relating to quilting. If you would like our visitors to know of an event, please contact our Webmistress and she can help you get the info online. Any specific shows are listed below, and it starts with a couple favorite resources for finding Shows, Shops and general quilting activities!

Kimball Thimble Quilt Guild invites you to the

 ‘Come As You Are’  Quilt Retreat

No assigned projects, no education sessions, no games,just a lot of hard-core sewing and yakking! (Okay, maybe not so hard-core sewing… more like work at your own pace, share your knowledge and  HAVE A GREAT, RELAXING TIME!!)

May 22-25, 2017  At the LaQuinta Inn  4389 Venture Dr   Peru, IL        Starts at 9:00 am on Monday  Ends around noon-ish on Thursday                   Come for one, two, or all three nights!

Breakfast is provided by the hotel.  Lunch and dinner are at one of the many local restaurants. A refrigerator and microwave populate each guest room and there is a small refrigerator in the meeting room for your beverage of choice.  There is also a swimming pool and hot tub available – perfect for soaking those sore backs after a day of sewing!   Snacks to share during our sewing times are always welcome.

Most rooms are on the first floor adjacent to the meeting room.  The meeting room is available 24 hours a day for marathon sewing!

Prices:  2 days/one night: $60 double occupancy; $100 private room…  3 days/2 nights: $120 double occupancy; $200 private room…Stay for the whole thing!  $150 double occupancy/$300 private room

$50 refundable deposit required  Deadline for sign-up May 15th      Call Chris Macenski 708-989-1217 to sign up!


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 www.opchurch.org

Upcoming Quilt Shows

Pride of the Prairie
A Twist on Tradition Quilt Show
March 12 & 13, 2016
Richland Grade School
1919 Caton Farm Road
Crest Hill, IL  60403
Sat–9am to 5pm
Sun–9am to 4pm

2016 Q.U.I.L.T.S.
Biennial Quilt Show
March 18 & 19
Illinois State Fairgrounds
Orr Building (Gate 9)
Springfield, Illinois

Decatur Quilters Guild
The 36th Annual Quilt Festival
“Quilting Around the World”
April 1 & 2 2016
Decatur Civic Center
Corner of US Route 52 and US Route 36
Decatur, IL

Hands All Around Guild of Central IL
Quilt Spectrum–Eat, Love, Quilt
April 1 & 2 2016
Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center
1413 Leslie Drive
Bloomington, IL


Salt Creek Quilt Guild  “Traditions with a Twist”  April 2 & 3, 2016


String-A-Long Quilt Guild of Valparaiso, IN    “Quilted Crossroads”  April 2 & 3, 2016


International Quilt Festival
April 7, 8 & 9, 2016
Donald E Stephans Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

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