July 2017

July Speaker: Lenore Crawford, Award Winning Techniques to Create an Art Quilt
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm


We are pleased to have Lenore Crawford as our July speaker. Lenore will show how she has progressed from creating art with different media to using 2” squares to create impressionistic fabric art. After some years using this technique, she changed her style from squares to fusing and fabric painting and has won many awards for her work. She will show how she creates an art quilt from her photos and what elements can make an art quilt a winner.

Lenore Crawford started a career in a medical laboratory and chemical research laboratory. After many years, she decided to pursue art as a full-time endeavor. Creating art is her dream job. Lenore’s work has appeared in over seventeen publications and has been presented in thirteen exhibitions. She has won many prizes over the years including Moda Best Wall Quilt at the 2011 AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky, and most recently won the “Outstanding Art Quilt” at Road to California 2017. You can find her beautiful work at her website, www.lenorecrawford.com.


Workshop: Fusing and Fabric Painting to Create Realistic Fabric Art, Lenore Crawford
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9 am - 4 pm

Under the direction of Lenore Crawford, participants in this workshop will begin designing a small fused project. Students will select one of Lenore’s patterns, Yellow Poppies, Yellow or Magenta Cone Flower, One Poppy, or Red Poppies.

Using Lenore’s simple fusing technique the design will be created on a fabric background. No sewing will be done during this workshop, so no need to lug in your machine! Students will learn how to make patterns from their own photos, how to see value differences, and create texture with fabric. Lenore will also demonstrate how to add fabric paints to the finished design to add detail and depth.

To see samples of the gorgeous projects on our website and download the supply list, visit our workshops page.


President’s Letter

This week I will be busy finishing up my Quilt of Valor and another quilt for our show.  After those are completed, I will be working on my contribution to the Silent Auction.  Lots to do, and you can feel the excitement building toward the show. Linda Halpin gave us a wonderful lecture last month. I love it when speakers bring quilts or tops along for us to see. Linda’s workshop was a lot of fun, and I love the pattern we used.  It is very versatile and would make a great children’s quilt or Habitat quilt. Thanks to Marti Austin for another interesting speaker. Lenore Crawford, our guest speaker in July, has won national awards for her art quilts. Most recently, her quilt, “Emma in the Looking Glass”, won Outstanding Art Quilt at the Road to California in January. I  encourage you to go to Lenore’s website and become acquainted with her work.  

Happy Quilting, Barbara


Treasurer’s Report

Balance on 6/1/17: $29,133.97
Income (5/23/17 – 6/23/17): $  1273.00
Expenses (5/23/17 – 6/23/17): $  2170.55
Balance as of 6/24/17: $28,236.42

Income for this period included membership renewals, raffle ticket sales to guild members and other guilds, quilt show vendor, and workshop.

Expenses for this period included annual tax filing, church rental fees for meetings and workshops, June speaker fees, quilt show expenses.

Submitted by Judi Young, treasurer


Quilt Registration Deadline July 31!

The deadline for registering your quilts is really upon us now! At the moment, we have about 75 quilts registered. All quilts that are to be hung must be registered by July 31; this includes Art Quilt Challenge and Quilts of Valor that you wish to have hung. Register your quilts using the link on the Member's Show Info Page of our website.

If you are making a Quilt of Valor to be awarded but not hung, you have until September 8th to register it. All quilts must be registered.

If you need to have a digital picture of your quilt taken for registration, the July meeting is the last chance. Please do the online registration ahead of the meeting if at all possible, and email Kearstie so that she can plan to take the photo. 


Service Committee

If you are making a Quilt of Valor (QOV) for the quilt show, you do NOT have to also nominate a Veteran to receive it AT the quilt show.  Your quilt will be added to the ‘at the ready quilt supply’ and awarded to an eligible Veteran when a request is received.

The nomination form is available on the Service page to nominate a friend or relative who is a Veteran, who can attend the quilt show on Sat Oct 14 and be awarded a QOV. This is a once in a lifetime award, a Veteran only receives one QOV. Active duty military members are eligible to receive a QOV. Currently we have 13 nominations; we can take up to 20. Nominations from guild members will close at midnight on Friday, September 1. After that date, we will contact Veterans that have been nominated via other sources IF we still need to reach our maximum number of 20.

What do I put on the quilt label for my QOV?  The following information is from the Policy and Procedure Manual found on the Quilts of Valor website , Appendix E and is reprinted from the March 2017 VQ newsletter.

A Quilt of Valor must be labeled as such and include the following information:

  • The words “Quilt of Valor”
  • The quilt maker(s) name including city and state – include maker of the top and quilter
  • While full names are allowed, IL state QOV coordinator prefers first name & last initial only
  • Must include space for name of recipient
  • May include date and location of award – leave blank if donating for future use
  • May include washing instructions (cold water, mild soap, “color catcher,” dry on low heat)
  • May include an expression of gratitude or a dedication (i.e, “My dad, a Vietnam Veteran”)
  • CANNOT include a religious or political message

The label can be a purchased label (some quilt shops sell individual QOV labels) or can be a label of your own design (hand written in permanent ink, embroidered, pieced, computer generated, or screen printed).

Service Committee, Deb Sherrock and Cheryl Mercy


Quilt Appraisals at Quilts from the Village XV

As you work on finishing your quilts for our quilt show, please consider signing up for a quilt appraisal. Sandy Schweitzer, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser, will be appraising quilts during our show in October. Appraisals take approximately thirty minutes and each appraisal is $50.00 (cash or check); Sandy also donates $5.00 from each appraisal back to our guild.

Quilts are appraised for one of three reasons: Insurance (replacement value); fair market (comparable sales value); and donation (comparable sales value).

If you would like to sign up for an appraisal, I will be located at a table by the entrance at our general meetings, or you can call or email me to sign up or ask questions.

Judy Hillebrand


Silent Auction

Have you been admiring the lovely new items contributed for the Silent Auction? Make sure that you too contribute to this important fund raiser. We have about twenty items so far, but we need many more so that we can have an abundant display for bidders. Your efforts are greatly admired and appreciated.


Birthday Blocks

No birthday blocks are due for the July meeting. Enjoy the break and get your quilts registered for the VQ Show!



The June meeting certainly took me back to the days of watching Little House on the Prairie. Thank you, Linda!

In addition, we welcome new members:  Kathy Downie from Spring Grove and Kathy Hunt from Round Lake Beach.

Carol and Patricia


Happy Birthday!

July Birthdays
Peggy Schemenauer, 7/9
Carol Swartz, 7/10
Deb Sherrock, 7/16
Sylvia Bath, 7/28

August Birthdays
Alice Hutchinson, 8/1
Laura Partridge, 8/1
Gayle Springer, 8/1
Kate Mayer Tekampe, 8/25
Jeanie Rock, 8/26