Gain a front-row seat to all the stories, comments and jokes when our speakers present, as well as the artwork, quilts and insights explaining their creative processes. It’s fascinating!

Our guild hosts numerous events yearly, with visitors are welcome as space permits. Events are casual; members come with projects to share and questions to ask one another. Photos are usually allowed, and a question-and-answer session ends the lecture. Often a display table with the speaker’s supplies, materials, CDs and books is available during the meeting.
IQI meetings are at 7pm on the first Thursday evening of most months and feature presentations on a wide variety of quilt topics. Workshops may follow presentations on subsequent days.
Our programs are held at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, 460 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield, IL, at 7 pm. Workshops are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1133 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook.
Scroll down to sign up early for all of our events below. For those who’d rather download and mail a registration form, please click this link.
Due to COVID-19, all Fall programming — lectures, workshops and service — will be held virtually until the State reaches Phase 5 of the reopening.  Members, please watch for guild emails with Zoom Links to the guild meetings and workshops. Guests, please contact to register for a lecture and guild meeting. A $10.00 fee will be charged, and will be discounted from your membership fee when you join the guild.

2020-21 Calendar:
IQI Programs and Workshops

Guest Zoom Program

Computer monitor in green circle
Zoom Programs:
How Guests
Can Attend

for 2020-21

Latifah Saafir

Portrait of Latifah Saffir
Zoom Program:
How Many Ways
to Sew a Curve?

August 6, 2020

Sarah Evans

Portrait of Sarah Evans
Zoom Program:
Rita’s Quilt

September 3, 2020

Pat Burke

Portrait of Pat Burke
Zoom Program:
Shannon Fabrics
Trunk Show

October 1, 2020

Pat Burke

Portrait of Pat Burke
Zoom Workshop:
Shannon Fabrics
Luxury Projects

October 3, 2020

Jean Impey

Portrait of Jean Impey
Zoom Program:
Has Someone Stolen
November 5, 2020

Holiday Potluck

Photo of red casserole pot
Zoom Program:
Share Your
Covid-19 Quilts

December 3, 2020

Maggie Weiss

Portrait of Maggie Weiss
Zoom Program:
Textile Adventures
on the Tokaido Road

January 7, 2021

Maggie Weiss

Portrait of Maggie Weiss
Live Workshop:

January 9, 2021

Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill

Portrait of Sheri Cifaldi Morrill
Zoom Program:
Presentation &
Trunk Show
February 4, 2021

Jaimie Davis

Portrait of Jaimie Davis
Zoom Program:
History &
Mystery of Baltimore
Album Quilts
March 4, 2021

Brenda Gael Smith

Portrait of Brenda Gael Smith
Zoom Program:
Quilts &

April 8, 2021

Patricia Belyea

Portrait of Patricia Belyea
Zoom Program:
World of Japanese
Yakata Quilts
May 6, 2021

June Potluck

Portrait of Suzi Parron
Zoom Program:
the Barn Quilt
June 3, 2021

Rose Parr

Portrait of Rose Parr
Zoom Program:
Sew Smart:
The Ergonomics of
Healthy Quilting
July 8, 2021

Suzi Parron

Portrait of Suzi Parron
Live Workshop:
Barn Quilt

September 4, 2021

Fall Retreat

Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook
Fall Retreat:
Crowne Plaza
October 1-3, 2021
(2 days)

Challenge Quilt

The Challenge Quilt is an opportunity offered to the membership yearly: One or two members create a challenge for members to participate in, with the specifics of fabric, size, theme and techniques pre-determined.
At the August and September meeting, members often purchase fabric packs for a minimal amount of $10.00 and then have until the June meeting to complete the challenge. The fun is seeing the variety of responses to the original challenge! Challenge Quilts are displayed as a group at the Fine Art of Fiber each fall.
Service and Friendship Days:
Due to Covid-19, Service will post their meeting dates when available.
Please make kids’ quilts at home per guidelines below.
Top ready for quilting are available.
Contact with questions, donations or pickup of tops.
Service and Friendship Days:
Due to Covid-19, Service will post their meeting dates when available.
Please make kids’ quilts at home per guidelines below. Top ready for quilting are available.
Contact with questions, donations or pickup of tops.
Service and Friendship Days:
Due to Covid-19, Service will post their meeting dates when available.
Please make kids’ quilts at home per guidelines below. Top ready
for quilting are available.
Contact with questions, donations or
pickup of tops.
Service quilts for kids
All IQI members are required to participate in service to the guild and the greater community. IQI offers volunteering at the Fine Art of Fiber show, sewing the Raffle Quilt, or quilting for children and teens. Area not-for-profits and DCFS related programs receive our quilts.
“Service days” are fun and friendly, an easy-going group who would love to have you join us. Quilt knowledge and help are freely given, so bring questions as you give some time. Service meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and there is always a need for “kid” fabrics, especially for boys (nothing scary or violent).
You’ll find we have projects ready to be quilted and others for piecing. Or bring a service-related project to work on. Some “quilt kits” are available for home sewing and are collected at our monthly meetings. Pack a lunch, a sewing machine and supplies; the irons and boards and a large cutting board are in the sewing room. Tea and coffee are provided, and a refrigerator is nearby.
Quilt Sizes needed: Younger children (5-10 years): 40-45″ x 48-60″. Older children (11-18 years): 36-44″ x 36-48″.
Any questions? Email either Lynn Bradburn or Diana Burrows at Service Days run from the Fall to Spring; see our dates in the Events.
The 2021 IQI Raffle Quilt
The 2020-21 IQI Raffle Quilt ("Ruby Jubilee")
Raffle Tickets for the 2021 Raffle Quilt (“Ruby Jubilee”) will be on sale until 3:45pm, Sunday, November 7th 2021 at the Fine Art of Fiber, held at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Because of Covid-19, this Raffle quilt will be raffled until November 7, 2021. If there is no live show at the Botanic Garden, our Raffle Quilt tickets will be mixed up and the winner chosen by our guild president and the winner called.
The 2020-2021 IQI Raffle quilt celebrates the 40 years of Illinois Quilters Inc.  The quilt is based on “The Washington Medallion”, a Sue Garman feathered-star quilt pattern.  All fabric was donated by members and was quilted by Evanston Quilt Company.  Twenty-one members helped to piece this stunning quilt.
Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or six tickets for $5.00, and cash or checks are accepted. Members are asked to buy or sell $25.00 worth of tickets yearly. You can purchase your tickets on our Shop page, or send a check to our P.O. box address (Illinois Quilters, Inc., P.O. Box 39, Wilmette, IL 60091).
The Raffle Ticket Chairperson will write your name and phone on all on-line purchased tickets. Each ticket needs a phone number on each stub to go into the drawing. The winner need not be present, the winner will be called, and arrangements made to deliver the quilt.
Thanks for your support! All Raffle Quilt proceeds are used to cover our program costs in the next year. This is a vital effort, and a creative expression of our guild.
IQI’s Block of the Month by Moda Blockheads 3
IQI’s Block of the Month
by Moda Blockheads 3


"Lucky Penny"




"Bachelor Buttons"


"Fractured Rainbow"


"Fixer Upper"


"The Proposal"


"Walking In Circles"


"Hampshire Star"


"Compass Point"


"Blooming Love"


"Won't You
Be My Neighbor"


"Crown And Star"

Welcome to IQI’s Block of the Month! We’ve chosen 12 blocks from the Moda Blockheads 3 collection to create.
Each block is designed by a different designer and many give instructions to make 4”, 6”, 8” or 12” blocks. For further tips on block construction and to see the entire Blockheads 3 collection, visit Moda’s blog at For inspiration on color placement, sizing and setting ideas, follow Moda Blockheads’ Facebook page.
Each month, the featured block will become “live” and you can download the pattern. The remaining blocks will not work until their month arrives! Make your block and share it at our meeting during Show and Tell. Use your stash or make the blocks scrappy. More details will be in each Oakleaf during 2021. We can’t wait to see your quilts at the end of the year!
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