Events

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.
All programming — lectures, workshops and service — will be cancelled for April 2020 due to COVID-19. Happily, our April lecture/class will be re-scheduled for April 2021 (the second week in April, due to Easter and Passover holidays). Participants in the fabulous Tuffet class will have the option to keep their spot in next year’s class or trade for another class during the 2020-2021 season. Details when we get back together.
Regarding May’s lecture/meeting and class, we’re not sure yet.

2020-21 Calendar:
IQI Programs and Workshops

Latifah Saafir

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

Thursday,
August 6, 2020
(6:30-9pm)

Sarah Evans

Portrait of Sarah Evans
Zoom Program:
Rita’s Quilt


Thursday,
September 3, 2020
(6:30-9pm)

Pat Burke

Portrait of Pat Burke
Zoom Program:
Shannon Fabrics
Trunk Show

Thursday,
October 1, 2020
(6:30-9pm)

Pat Burke

Portrait of Pat Burke
Zoom Workshop:
Shannon Fabrics
Luxury Projects

Saturday,
October 3, 2020
(9am-12pm)

Guild Meeting

Portrait of Jean Impey
Zoom Program:
Cre-a-tiv-ity:
Has Someone Stolen
Yours?
Thursday,
November 5, 2020
(6:30-9pm)

Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden sign
Live Event:
Fine Art of Fiber
Quilt Show

Thursday-Sunday,
November 5-8, 2020
(10am-5pm)

Holiday Potluck

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

Thursday,
December 3, 2020
(6:30-9pm)

Maggie Weiss

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

Thursday,
January 7, 2021
(6:30-9pm)

Maggie Weiss

Portrait of Maggie Weiss
Zoom Workshop:
Irresistible
Shibori

Saturday,
January 9, 2021
(9-12pm)

Ann Duncan Gibbs

Accuquilt logo
Zoom Program:
Accuquilt
Demonstration

Thursday,
February 4, 2021
(6:30-9pm)

School House

Illustration of a little red schoolhouse
Live Program:
Members Share
New Skills and
Techniques
Thursday,
March 4, 2021
(6:30-9pm)

Quilting Madness

Photo of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension
Live Event:
Ice Cream
Quilting Madness

Saturday,
March 6, 2021
(9-4pm)

Cheryl Schenck

Portrait of Cheryl Schenck
Live Program:
From First Stitch
to Last Staple

Thursday,
April 8, 2021
(6:30-9pm)

Cheryl Schenck

Portrait of Cheryl Schenck
Live Workshop:
Tuffets
(Two Days)

Friday-Saturday,
April 9-10, 2021
(9-4pm)

Sue Pawlowski

Portrait of Sue Pawlowski
Live Program:
What Was
I Thinking?

Thursday,
May 6, 2021
(6:30-9pm)

Sue Pawlowski

Portrait of Sue Pawlowski
Live Workshop:
Stuffed Olives or
Oliver Quilt

Saturday,
May 8, 2021
(9am-4pm)

June Potluck

Photo of red casserole pot
Live Event:
Annual Meeting,
Potluck and Lecture

Thursday,
June 3, 2021
(6-9pm)

Suzi Parron

Portrait of Suzi Parron
Live Workshop:
Painted
Barn Quilts

Saturday,
June 5, 2021
(9am-4pm)

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 Days:
Due to Covid-19, Service will update their meeting dates this Fall.
Service quilts for kids
All IQI members are required to participate in service to the guild. Besides the Fine Art of Fiber quilt show, and sewing the Raffle Quilt, this means quilting projects for babies, children and teens. Area not-for-profits and DCFS related programs receive quilts.
“Service days” are fun and friendly — we’re an easy-going group and would love to have you join us. Quilt knowledge and help are freely given, so come with questions as you give some time. We meet at the church and enjoy sharing quilting for kids and teens. We’re always in need of “kid” fabrics, especially for boys (nothing scary or violent).
You’ll find we have quilts ready to be quilted and others for piecing. Some “quilt kits” are available for home sewing and are collected at our monthly meetings. OR you bring a service-related project to work on. Pack sewing machine and supplies, the irons and boards and a large cutting board are in the sewing room. Bring your lunch; tea and coffee are provided.
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 at lynn.bradburn@gmail.com or Diana Burrows at ddburrows@hotmail.com. 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.
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. You can purchase tickets in our Shop Tab or send a check to our PO Box address. The Membership Chair 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. Members are asked to buy or sell $25.00 worth of tickets yearly. The winner need not be present, and 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.
© Illinois Quilters, Inc.  |  Design: Steve Juliusson
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Latifah Saafir
Portrait of Latifah Saffir

Zoom Program:

How Many Ways to Sew a Curve?

Thurs., August 6, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Latifah Saffir's
Latifah Saafir is known for her bold and innovative modern quilts. Combining her training as an engineer with her lifelong passion for sewing, Latifah creates designs that are graphic and contemporary, featuring challenging techniques with meticulous attention to detail. A co-founder of both the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, Latifah will demo Pinless Curved Piecing! No workshop in August.
Sarah Evans
Portrait of Sarah Evans

Zoom Program:

Rita's Quilt

Thurs., September 3, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Rita's Quilt by Sarah Evans
In September 2019, Sarah volunteered to long arm quilt an unfinished estate sale find. By November, the project had garnered national media attention and required extra work. Before quilting it, she coordinated the preparation blocks (embroidered by 100 different artists) and supervised 35 hand piecing volunteers. She will talk about the process of creating Rita’s Quilt, from inspiration to completion, and share pictures.
Pat Burke
Portrait of Pat Burke

Zoom Program:

Shannon Fabrics Trunk Show

Thurs., October 1, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Shannon Cuddle Fabric kit
Pat Burke, a representative from Shannon Fabrics, brings a trunk show showing various types of fleece fabrics, including Cuddle that are now available on the market. Come explore all the luxury and softness this fabric company has to offer you!
Pat Burke
Portrait of Pat Burke

Zoom Workshop:

Shannon Fabrics Luxury Projects

Sat., October 3, 2020 (9am-12pm)
Half-Day Cuddle Projects Zoom Class
Detail of Pat Burke's Cuddle quilt
Learn how to quickly make a scarf and a cuddle pillow, and discover tips and tricks to make your sewing easier. Order your fabric in August from a local quilt shop. Quilter’s Destination will have two scarf choices for IQI. The luxury scarf and cuddle pillow will be demonstrated. Think Holiday gifts!
Workshop Kit Fee: $25.00  | Click for supply list

Members: $50.00  |  Non-Members: $60.00

Jean Impey
Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Zoom Program:

Cre-a-tiv-ity: Has Someone Stolen Yours?

Thurs., November 5, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Jean Impey's colorful eight-star quilt
Boost your passion for creativity! Jean’s trunk show and techniques to “boost” includes the tools and technology to build every quilter’s confidence.

Art has been a key part of Jean’s life since childhood. Intrigued with making things, Jean was encouraged by her mother and a lifelong journey began. Today Jean enjoys painting, sewing, photography, ceramics, embroidery and gardening.

Jean’s style, passion and energy is boundless; she loves discovering, seeing, doing and learning how others see. She doesn’t worry about doing it wrong; wrong isn’t in the creative process. Einstein said, “The easiest way to be creative: try something different, even if you don’t think it will work.”  (No workshop this month.)
Botanic Garden
Chicago Botanic Garden sign

Live Event:

Fine Art of Fiber Quilt Show

Thurs.-Sun., November 5-8, 2020 (10am-5pm)
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake-Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022
Exterior view of the Chicago Botanic Gardens
Join us at Chicagoland’s ultimate quilting exhibition, the Fine Art of Fiber. Held at the Chicago Botanic Garden, this one-of-a-kind venue provides our guild members with a unique opportunity to display their work. It’s definitely a great opportunity for quilters to see and be seen. IQI has been exhibiting quilts at the Chicago Botanic Garden for over 30 years along with the North Suburban Needlearts Guild and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. Attendance at the Fine Art of Fiber recently broke the 10,000 mark.
Holiday Potluck
Photo of red casserole pot

Zoom Event:

Share Your Covid-19 Quilts

Thurs., December 3, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Shannon Cuddle Fabric kit
Share what you’ve been sewing during this year of Covid-19 quarantine. Gather your projects and a holiday dessert and favorite beverage. We will virtually wrap up this year!
Maggie Weiss
Portrait of Maggie Weiss

Zoom Program:

Textile Adventures on the Tōkaidō Road

Thurs., January 7, 2020 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Shannon Cuddle Fabric kit
Traveling in Japan in the fall of 2019, Maggie returned with deep respect and admiration for Japanese textiles, people and many beautiful facets of Japanese culture. In this lecture Maggie introduces you to the incredible artisans, works of art, artifacts and landscapes encountered on her amazing journey.
Maggie Weiss
Portrait of Maggie Weiss

Zoom Workshop:

Irresistible Shibori

Sat., January 9, 2021 (9am-12pm)
Zoom Meeting
Maggie Weiss's quilting samples
Come experiment with a fun variety of folding, stitching, banding, tying, rolling, clamping or scrunching fabrics prior to coloring them for stunning effects. Like traditional Shibori which uses indigo dyes, we’ll have one dye bath with a deep indigo color. We’ll also apply color to other manipulated fabrics with textile paint using a rainbow of colors that will chase away the greys of winter.
Workshop Kit Fee: $40.00  |  Click for supply list (TBD)

Members: $50.00  |  Non-Members: $60.00

Ann Duncan Gibbs
Accuquilt logo

Zoom Workshop:

Accuquilt Demonstration

Thurs., February 4, 2021 (6:30-9pm)
Zoom Meeting
Accuquilt quilting machine
Ann Duncan Gibbs from Accuquilt will demo this time saving device. Come see what the pros already know about easily and accurately cutting fabric. No workshop this month.
School House
Illustration of a little red schoolhouse

Live Program:

Members Share New Skills and Techniques

Thurs., March 4, 2021 (6:30-9pm)
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
460 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, IL 60093
Wood blocks spelling out
Members will share their talents through live demonstrations. Sign up in February so kits can be made. Take home some new skills! Workshop: Ice Cream Quilting Madness on Saturday March 6th!
Guild Meeting
Photo of the Lutheran Church of the Ascension

Live Event:

Ice Cream Quilting Madness

Sat., March 6, 2021 (9-4pm)
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
460 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, IL 60093
Illustration of ice cream cone
Members will share their talents through live demonstrations. Sign up in February so kits can be made. Take home some new skills! Workshop: Ice Cream Quilting Madness on Saturday March 6th!
Cheryl Schenck
Portrait of Cheryl Schenck

Live Program:

From First Stitch to Last Staple

Sat., March 6, 2021 (9-4pm)
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
460 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, IL 60093
A brightly-colored fabric tuffet
Cheryl is a certified “Tuffet Source” instructor. Come Learn everything you need to know to make a Tuffet. Find Cheryl at www.unSpooledwi.com
Cheryl Schenck
Portrait of Cheryl Schenck

Live Workshop:

Tuffets (Two Days)

Fri.-Sat., April 9-10, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1133 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Making a tuffet
Spend two days sewing and making your very own tuffet! Go home with a completed project. Students are asked to bring their own lunch each day.
Workshop Kit Fee: $40.00 
(+ IL tax; make check payable to Cheryl Schenck and bring to the class.)

Members: $50.00  |  Non-Members: $60.00

Sue Pawlowski
Portrait of Sue Pawlowski

Live Program:

What Was I Thinking?

Thurs., May 6, 2021 (6:30-9pm)
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
460 Sunset Ridge Rd., Northfield, IL 60093
Olivia quilt by Sue Pawlowski
Come see some gorgeous quilts by a local creative quilt and pattern designer Sue Pawlowski. Sue is the owner of Jack Squares Studio and likes to work small!
Sue Pawlowski
Portrait of Sue Pawlowski

Live Workshop:

Stuffed Olives or Oliver Quilt

Sat., May 8, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1133 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Oliver quilt bu Sue Pawlowski
Students are asked to bring their own lunch.
Workshop Kit Fee: $50.00  | Workshop Pattern Fee: $9.00
Click for supply list

Members: $50.00  |  Non-Members: $60.00

June Potluck
Photo of red casserole pot

Live Event:

Annual Meeting, Potluck and Lecture

Thurs., June 3, 2021 (6-9pm)
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
460 Sunset Ridge Rd. Northfield, IL 60093
Potluck dishes
IQI members are the best cooks! Watch the newsletter for specifics about what to bring and share. The new programs for 2021-21 will be introduced and new officers voted upon.
Suzi Parron
Portrait of Suzi Parron

Live Workshop:

Painted Barn Quilts

Sat., June 5, 2021 (9am-4pm)
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1133 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062
Join the Barn Quilt Movement by creating your own painted quilt block. Suzi teaches you drafting, taping and painting, with careful attention to detail. Leave with a finished quilt block, ready to hang! Students are asked to bring their own lunch.
Workshop Kit Fee: $40.00 
(Paid to Suzi; fee includes primed 2’x2’ board, patterns, paint and foam brushes.)

Members: $50.00  |  Non-Members: $60.00