Programs

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 info@illinoisquilters.com 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.

2021-22 Calendar:
IQI Programs and Workshops

Guest Zoom Program

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

Thursdays
for 2021
(7pm)

Rose Parr

Portrait of Rose Parr
Zoom Program:
Sew Smart:
The Ergonomics of
Healthy Quilting
Thursday,
July 8, 2021
(7pm)

Fall Potluck

Photo of red casserole pot
Zoom Program:
Social Meeting
and Potluck

Thursday,
September 2, 2021
(7pm)

Suzi Parron

Portrait of Suzi Parron
Live Workshop:
Painted
Barn Quilt

Saturday,
September 4, 2021
(8:30am-3:30pm)

Maggie Weiss

Portrait of Maggie Weiss
Live Workshop:
Exploring
Shibori-Style
Fabric Dying
Saturday
September 11, 2021
(9am-4pm)

Dr. Traci Vaughn-Manley

Portrait of Tracy Vaughn-Manley
Live Program:
Quilting and the
African American
Aesthetic
Thursday,
October 7, 2021
(7pm)

Jen Kingwell

Portrait of Jen Kingwell
Zoom Program:
Amitie
Textiles in Torquay,
Australia
Thursday,
November 4, 2021
(7pm)

Pam Holland

Portrait of Pam Holland
Zoom Program:
Life Journals
in Textiles

Thursday,
December 2, 2021
(7pm)

Jeff Mishur

Portrait of Jeff Mishur
Zoom Program:
Faith Ringgold’s
Story Quilts and
Paintings
Thursday
January 6, 2022
(7pm)

Carolina Oneto

Portrait of Caroline Oneto
Zoom Program:
Friends of Color


Thursday,
February 3, 2022
(7pm)

Carolina Oneto

Portrait of Caroline Oneto
Zoom Workshop:
Playing
with Color Value

Saturday,
February 5, 2022
(9am-1pm)

Jenny Doan

Portrait of Jenny Doan
Zoom Program:
Q & A Session


Thursday,
March 3, 2022
(7pm)

Lynn Schmitt

Portrait of Lynn Schmitt
Live Program:
Mixed
Medium Textiles

Thursday,
April 7, 2022
(7pm)

Lynn Schmitt

Portrait of Lynn Schmitt
Live Workshop:
TBD


Saturday,
April 9, 2022
(9am-4pm)

Judith Gauthier

Portrait of Judy Gauthier
Live Program:
Quilting
with Scraps

Thursday,
May 5, 2022
(7pm)

Judith Gauthier

Portrait of Judy Gauthier
Live Workshop:
TBD


Saturday,
May 7, 2022
(9-4pm)

June Potluck

Photo of red casserole pot
Live Meeting:
Potluck
& Elections

Thursday,
June 3, 2022
(7pm)

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 info@illinoisquilters.com 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 info@illinoisquilters.com 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 info@illinoisquilters.com 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 info@illinoisquilters.com. Service Days run from the Fall to Spring; see our dates in the Events.
IQI’s Block of the Month by Moda Blockheads 3
IQI’s Block of the Month
by Moda Blockheads 3

January

"Lucky Penny"

February

"Love"

March

"Bachelor Buttons"

April

"Fractured Rainbow"

May

"Fixer Upper"

June

"The Proposal"

July

"Walking In Circles"

August

"Hampshire Star"

September

"Compass Point"

October

"Blooming Love"

November

"Won't You
Be My Neighbor"

December

"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 https://my.modafabrics.com/inspiration-resources/block-heads-3-archive. 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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