Speaker: Cheryl Sleboda
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker: Cheryl Sleboda

In Cheryl Sleboda's presentation, Working Weekly – “Staying Inspired” - How small quilts helped me find my artistic voice, she will share with us her year long journey of finding her artistic voice from comic books to fiber artist. She will show us how working weekly and working small can help us define our artistic visions and make us better quilters.

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Tiny Visions
Oct
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tiny Visions

Less CAN be more! Create “eye-popping” land and seascapes by cutting strips of fused fabric, laying them onto a foundation then stitching back and forth with beautiful color threads. Small projects; more than one may be made during the workshop day.

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Hexagons!
Aug
16
9:00 AM09:00

Hexagons!

Create a one of a kind project with design assistance. We will cover design options, planning, assembly tips, techniques, and finishing options. Make hand stitched hexagons florets to use in a quilt or sewing accessory.

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Speaker: Jerry Hug
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker: Jerry Hug

Join us as retired educator and professional photographer Jerry Hug presents tips and tricks for obtaining high quality photos of our quilts. 

The program will inform us about lighting, how to edit our photos, how to share our photos on the internet and how to make good prints for our records. He will demonstrate picture taking techniques of quilts so that our quilts look as good in photos as they look in our homes.

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Quilt of Valor Sew-In
Feb
22
9:00 AM09:00

Quilt of Valor Sew-In

Have you started making your Quilt of Valor? If not, do you need a little encouragement and support to get started? Or better yet... to get it finished? Join other like-minded sewers at the Quilts of Valor “sew-in” on Wednesday, February 22 at Faith Lutheran Church, 680 W. Deerpath Road in Lake Forest (the usual location for workshops).

So bring fabric, your sewing machine, and supplies to work on your quilt… to have it ready for the show in October.  It will be fun to see everyone’s quilts!  If you have any questions about the "sew-in", contact Deb or Cheryl...  and we hope to see you on Wednesday, February 22nd.

IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Deb Sherrock by Tuesday, February 14 if you plan to come to the QOV “sew-in” on February 22. If we need more space at the church due to an overwhelming response, we need to let them know a week in advance.

There is no fee for this workshop.

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Speaker: Jane Reents
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker: Jane Reents

Join us for a special lecture and trunk show presented by our own member, Jane Reents as she shares with us her Love of Paper Piecing!

Jane Reents became a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor in May 2014. Jane began quilting 9 years ago. She became hooked on quiltworx.com 's paper piecing in 2010 and began to make 30 + quilts. You will see many quilts with different techniques that even a beginner can accomplish. You will hear about Jane's quilting journey and the Love of Paper Piecing.

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Quilts of Valor
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Quilts of Valor

Come and join the fun as we cut, piece and complete a Quilt of Valor quilt top in 2 hours!  Once it’s finished it will be quilted for the Quilts of Valor presentation during the 2017 Quilt Show. 

Plan to arrive EARLY, by 6:00 for set up. The short business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  We aim to start sewing at 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Deb Sherrock or Cheryl Mercy.

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Walking Foot Quilting—Beyond the Ditch
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Walking Foot Quilting—Beyond the Ditch

Catherine Redford teaches ways to quilt using the walking foot that go beyond just "Stitch in the Ditch".

Learn to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of your walking foot. Brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work. Be inspired to turn your tops into quilts.

This workshop is now open to the public.

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Speaker: Catherine Redford
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Speaker: Catherine Redford

Join us for an inspiring, informative, and entertaining evening as Catherine Redford presents her program “Lessons Learned While Quilting”. This lecture and trunk show promises to be all that and more!

Catherine Redford took her first quilting class at Stitches and Stuffing in Naperville. There seemed to be a lot to learn. Five years later she started teaching classes at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, continuing until the shop closed in June 2013. She now teaches and speaks at Guilds around the country.

As a member of the quilt guild, “Riverwalk Quilters Guild,” she has served as program chair, vice-president, co-chair of “the Gathering” committee, and also a 2 year term as president. She is a member of the Fiber Art Divas, an art group that meets at Naperville Art League and of PAQA, the professional art quilt group. In 2012 she co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild to further explore the modern quilt aesthetic.

She has appeared on Quilting Arts TV, is a regular contributor to Modern Patchwork magazine, and the author of two Modern Machine Quilting QATV workshop DVDs.

Her style could be described as “eclectic”, but she is known best for her originality and innovation, particularly in the realm of free-motion quilting and embellishment.

See catherineredford.com for more.

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    Speaker: Sandy Schweitzer, "What were you told a girl/woman couldn't do?"
    Aug
    16
    7:00 PM19:00

    Speaker: Sandy Schweitzer, "What were you told a girl/woman couldn't do?"

    Join us for a very special presentation by Sandy Schweitzer, developed just for our guild: "What were you told a girl/woman couldn't do?"

    The Village Quilters know Sandy as the very knowledgeable quilt appraiser at our Quilt Shows, but like many of us, she has many roles. When we asked for a bio, she listed the following: Girl child, woman, wife, mom, grand mom, master's degree, psychotherapist, artist, quilt historian, certified quilt appraiser, and community servant. Obviously, she can do many things.

    The very timely theme of her presentation was inspired by current events and a recent visit to two exhibits at the Indianapolis Museum of Art: "A Joy Forever, Marie Webster Quilts" and SAQA's (Studio Art Quilt Associates) "Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts", as well as a visit to the Quilter’s Hall of Fame, which is housed in Marie Webster’s former home. The lecture will focus on these, as well as “woman” as “powerful” artist, the changes afoot today, and the minimalist problem for the Quilter’s Hall of Fame. It will feature a small trunk show that will provide a look at three trends in quilting from past to present. This is a presentation you don’t want to miss!

    If you're curious to learn more about the exhibits, follow the links on the IMA exhibit website, http://www.imamuseum.org/exhibition/joy-forever-marie-webster-quilts. To learn more about the Quilter's Hall of Fame, visit their website at http://quilterhalloffame.com/.

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    Dancing Spools, Ami Simms
    Jul
    20
    9:00 AM09:00

    Dancing Spools, Ami Simms

    Celebrate your love of quilting with this new twist on the traditional spool pattern. Spools are three-dimensional and made from folded squares—there are no set-in seams. Striped fabric will make your 3-D fabric spools look just like the real deal as they dance around on this pushed-neutral background.

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    Speaker: Ami Simms
    Jul
    19
    7:00 PM19:00

    Speaker: Ami Simms

    Join us for a fun and informative evening presented by the always entertaining Ami Simms. According to Ami herself, over the years she’s made some horrible mistakes. In this presentation she will pass on some tips on what NOT to do! You'll see an assortment of quilts, from her very first to the more recent and she'll pick them apart before your very eyes! Topics covered include Cutting On Sewing Lines, “Mystery Batting,” Bedsheets For Backing, Pre-Washing is a Waste of Time, and the “Jam & Cram” Method of Binding Attachment.

    If any of this sounds familiar, this is the lecture that birthed her book of the same name.

    Ami's easy-going teaching style and incorrigible sense of humor have made her a sought-after instructor and lecturer on the national circuit for more than 25 years. She has presented lectures and workshops to more than 400 quilting groups in 45 states and seven foreign countries. An elementary school teacher by training, she transforms complex skills into small, easy-to-master tasks which make learning easy and fun. Ami was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter magazine.

    First introduced to quiltmaking in 1975 while conducting research among the Old Order Amish, Ami is the author of nine quilting books, numerous patterns, and is the creator of the infamous Worst Quilt In The World Contest®. She is also the founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Ami has designed two fabric lines, appeared on five different television shows, and was invited to the White House in 2004 along with other artists who participated in the Art in Embassies program.

    Find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmiSimmsQuilter/ 
    or visit her website: http://www.amisimms.com/index.html

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