March 2018

March Speaker: Susan Cleveland, , My Eclectic Quilt Pageant
Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 7 PM - 9 PM

Location change: This meeting will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 680 W. Deerpath Rd, Lake Forest, Illinois.

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Come to our March meeting and enjoy an entertaining evening with Susan Cleveland. Her presentation, My Eclectic Quilt Pageant, will give us a “plethora of tips to increase accuracy and add fresh, interesting detail with piping, prairie points, heavy threads and embellishments”. We will learn how she takes show pieces to new levels and adds charm to simple pieces. Susan is a quilt designer, author, teacher, inventor and all things “quilterly”. Her quilts are loosely based on traditional designs with a fair bit of unexpected surprises and details. Her work showcases precision piecing, thread embellishments and bold color. She enjoys sharing her quilts and passing along her techniques to others. Susan’s works have won awards at the International Quilt Festival, American Quilter’s Society, the National Quilting Association and Minnesota Quilters. Susan has published numerous books, patterns and designed tools for quilters! And she offers classes on Craftsy.

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March Workshop: Susan Cleveland,, Double-pointed Dresdens, Design Your Own (or not)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9 AM - 4 PM

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Susan Cleveland's double-points design puts a contemporary spin on this long-time favorite and eliminates the need for a traditional appliquéd circle in the center! Learn Susan's tips for turning wedge points with the Prairie Pointer Tool and use a foundation sew & flip method to assemble arcs and rings. Follow the Seven Ringie Dingie pattern or design your own Dresden in class! Design possibilities are endless!


President’s Letter


Our March meeting will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 680 West Deerpath Road, Lake Forest. This one-time location change is necessary as Grace Methodist will be a polling place on March 20. Faith Lutheran is where we hold our workshops. Thanks to Sue Minster for securing this location for us.

Our Brown Bag Auction was a huge success. Thanks to Donna Fitzgerald and her team for organizing this event. We had fun shopping and sharing our purchases. It was a great opportunity to review your quilt stash, books, etc. I came home with some wonderful fabric, and I hope others will enjoy the items I brought. If you did not bring your items to the Brown Bag or you have more, Sew N Save will hold a rummage sale in May. Proceeds go to the Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. I will post the date in a future newsletter.

Happy Quilting,
Barbara Schober


Treasurer’s Report


Balance on 2/1/18: $31247.14
Income (2/1/18 – 2/23/18): $824.25
Expenses (2/1/18 – 2/23/18): $9.00
Balance as of 2/23/18: $32062.39

Income for this period came from 2 new members joining in February as well as the Brown Bag Hustle raffle ticket sales.
Expenses for this period were for kitchen towels to be donated to Grace United Church.
Submitted by Judi Young, treasurer


Nominating Committee Report

The 2018-2020 Executive Board and Committee Chair slate is filled. Thanks to Linda Spring for her hard work to deliver a full slate! Here is the list:


Executive Board
President – Marty Austin
V.P. Membership- Celia Stratman and Kimberly Jurco
V.P. Programs – Barb Jolley and Edie Hirasawa
Advance Programs – Kearstie Grenier and Kathy Avallone
Secretary - Sue Minster
Treasurer – Laura Partridge (2018-2019)
Assistant Treasurer – Mary Ellen Innes (Treasurer 2019-2020)
Newsletter – Kate Brennan
Member-at-large – Barb Schober
Quilt Show Chairs – Christine Tindell and Madge Pierce

Historian – Kearstie Grenier
Library – Christine Tindell and Maggie Schmude
Ways and Means – Donna Fitzgerald, Tera McBlane, and Heidi Stark
UFO Challenge (Birthday blocks on vacation)- Nancy Smith and Edie Hirasawa
Friendship – Claire Machinist
December Social – Jo Bailey
April Potluck – Sylvia Bath
Service – Peggy Schemenaur and Andrea Krier
Webmaster – Margaret Martin


2018-19 Program Year Starts in May


A new fiscal year means we have new programs starting in May. Barb Jolley has done a great job. She listened to your survey answers: you wanted to use your stash (including those irresistible pre-cuts), you wanted some new easy techniques for designing and making quilts, and you want to finish those UFOs, not add to them. She has lined up speakers and workshops to address your needs,

The program listing follows. Please note: the May Workshop is coming up fast and is already open for registration on our website. Only $50 for a day-long workshop. Reserve your spot today!

Details on the other workshops will follow next month.

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May Speaker: Valli Schiller, My Life in Quilt Years
Valli Schiller has been making quilts since 1990, right around the time she discovered rotary cutters and computerized sewing machines. She's an avid sit-down machine quilter who loves experimenting with new techniques and sharing them with others. Valli’s quilts have won multiple awards, including blue ribbons at the Houston International Quilt Festival and the AQS show in Paducah.For "My Life in Quilt Years" Valli presents a slide and trunk show of ~20 quilts. As she shares the stories behind them, we'll laugh, we'll cry, we'll experience the common threads that bind all quilters. With quilts ranging in style from traditional to modern, there's something for everyone. 

You can see her work and follow her on Facebook by going to

Confetti Ninepatch Workshop

Confetti Ninepatch Workshop

May Workshop: Valli Schiller, Confetti Ninepatch
The Confetti Ninepatch quilt is a great way to have fun with your fabrics – ALL of them!  The more fabrics (even the oddballs), the better. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn several methods for rotary cutting and machine piecing scrappy nine patch blocks with speed and precision. We’ll explore lots of design variations. You’ll have the option to trade fabrics for even MORE variety in your quilt. The workshop handout has step by step instructions and yardage/cutting charts for crib through king sized quilts.

June Program: Members Teaching Members; Workshop: UFO Day
July Speaker: Phyllis Fay, Studio 180 Design Tools;  Workshop: Phyllis Fay: The LeMoyne Star; Website:
August Speaker: Creekside Quilts: Have Your Cake and Make It, Too!; Workshop: Sliced Up!; Website:
September Speaker: Mickey Depre, Quilts Young and Old; Workshop: Abacus Workshop; Website:
October Speaker: Jim Deibler, Machine Maintenance; Workshop: Guild Organized, Ornament Making and UFO Finishing
November Speaker: Mary Jo Busch, Color Theory for Quilt Design;  Workshop: Mary Jo Busch, Color College
December Program: Winter Holiday Party
January Program: Ways and Means
February Program: Service
March Speakers: Longarmers, Preparing Your Quilts; Workshop: UFO Day
April Program: Annual Meeting, Budget, Election of Officers


Quilt Show 2019 - Just Around the Corner

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Ready or not, we will soon be setting the date and reserving the sports complex for Quilts from the Village XI!

Your help is needed!! Please think about what committee you would like to chair or serve on. If you were on a committee for the last show and would like to chair it for 2019, please step forward! We won’t start meeting until the fall but we need the chair positions filled before we start meeting. The show is so much fun, especially when you meet people who love quilting as much as you do..

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We already have volunteers for: Art Quilt Challenge; Quilt Travel; Raffle Quilt; Quilt Appraisals; Set Up and Take Down; Quilt Check In and Check Out; and Cataloging.

The committees still in need of chairs or co-chairs are:
Raffle Tickets
Show Layout
Silent Auction

Thank you for considering volunteering. It’s our volunteers who will make the “2019 Quilts from the Village” a success.
Madge Pierce and Christine Tindell, your 2019 Quilt Show Chairs


Ways & Means Report


Congratulations Village Quilters! You have done it again! The Brown Bag Hustle was a huge success.  Thanks to the committee's endeavors, hard work and frivolous presentation we made $722, tying with last year's proceeds. It was astonishing to see all your donations. Thank you for being so generous. Thank you Kathy Sorkin, Jo Bailey, Celia Stratman, Laurie Waldron and Christine Tindell. You have established a tradition and the saying is: "We Cannot Do Brown Bag Without You".

Thanks All!
Donna Fitzgerald, Ways & Means Chair


Service Reminder

Remember, Iron Quilter is due at the April meeting. How is your Iron Quilter project going? We can’t wait to see what you’ve done with your bag of fabric!



This month we welcome two new members to Village Quilters: Ann Keil from Vernon Hills and former member, Donna Joplin from Beach Park.

Snow is disappearing and we can wander outside and enjoy the sunshine a bit… then back inside and get those quilts finished before it's time to work outside in the garden.


Happy March and April birthdays!
Carol and Patricia

Happy Birthday!

March Birthdays
Kathleen Coughlan, 3/2
Bobbie Etchell, 3/3
Sandy Schraml, 3/12
Madge Pierce, 3/20
Christine Siqueira, 3/25

April Birthdays
Peggy Williams, 4/5
Erica Jarrett, 4/6
Linda McCabe, 4/20
Margaret Martin, 4/21
Edythe Hirasawa, 4/28
Mary Ellin Innes, 4/30
Enid Mattimiro, 4/30