August 2018


General Meeting: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:00 PM 8:00 PM – Social time @ 6:30

Patti Hellenbrand, “Have Your Cake and Make it Too”

Patricia Hellenbrand is the creator and author of these patterns. Located in Lodi, Wisconsin along the beautiful Wisconsin River Valley, Patti has owned and operated Village Creek Quilt Shop since 2004, and in 2006 started writing quilt patterns under the name Creek Side Stitches. 

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Many of the patterns are using precuts such as Layer Cakes, Charm squares and Mini Charm squares. Patti has been quilting for more than 25 years, she took her first quilting class through the local Technical College back in the '70s. She put quilting on the back burner to raise 3 beautiful daughters but kept up with sewing by making clothes and items for local craft shows. In the late 1990s she got back into quilting and has not stopped since.

Since I saw Patti last year at Madison my mind is looking at my stash fabrics with a more - “Now I can do something about that” - attitude. I have made 3 quilts and a table runner from her books. My daughter who can sew a broken pants seam was able to make her first quilt from one of Patti’s patterns and Dori Botimer and I used one of the patterns to make our iron quilter entry.

You will enjoy Patti’s welcoming personality and her extensive trunk show. When it comes to her workshop – well – quite frankly you are going to have one of your most enjoyable days ever. Let your personal creative side free to explore what is possible with precut fabrics whether they are commercially made or put together by you from your own stash. Let’s show Patti that the members of this terrific guild want to spend some quality time learning from her so we can find fast and easy stash lowering ways to make our lovely pieces of fabric into lovingly easy on the eyes, FINISHED quilts. 

I see that we still have room for more of you to sign up SO come spend the day with Patti and several of your fabulous friends here at VQ. Go online and sign up for this workshop. If you would rather send a check you can download the form or you can contact me at

On Facebook look for Village Creek Quilt Shop (@villagecreeklodi) to look at many photos of quilts made by this speaker and her shop employees.

Workshop: Wednesday, Aug 22
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sliced Up Bed Runner or Lap Size Quilt

You select the size you want to work – Make it yours – you decide. This is a workshop that will give you the inspiration to create something from a specific collection or from a box in your sewing room. You will no longer look at a piece of fabric and say “I have no idea what to do with it”. Patti has an infectious enthusiasm about getting this done and sending the quilt out into the world. These are for the most part not going to be your “work of a lifetime” quilts but rather they are great quilts to be used and loved.

When you leave the workshop you will have another tool in your “go to” box. When you want to get something done quickly that needs to look like it took a long time or effort. Also – don’t discount the use of fussy cutting for a spectacular special something.

This quilt is creatively cutting a half square triangle and then doing a little rotating and then sewing it back together. Depending on layout and cut sizes you can get a different look each time you make it.

Register online today!


President’s Message


Summer is half over. Eeks! I have not come close to finishing all that I hoped to accomplish. 

The response to the idea of a Village Quilters retreat was amazing. We had thirty members indicate an interest. I should have lots of information to share at our August meeting about this event. 

I have been thinking often about our 2019 Quilt show and our silent auction. We have someone who agreed to chair this important role. Thank you. Her name will be announced at this month’s meeting. 

This is an important fund raiser for our programs, and the rental cost of our meetings. All members benefit from the money raised through this effort. So please when you need to take a break from a big project, take an hour or two and stitch together an item to donate. Having your item(s) completed early will give you a pleasant feeling of satisfaction.

Quilt on, enjoy your friends and feel pride in your creativity and its results, 



2018 – 2019 Service Project Kids Quilts for Staben House

This year we will make quilts for the children who live at the Staben Center, a facility in Waukegan for homeless women and their children. Last year, 47 children entered the program, with 25 children under the age 5. Lety, the program director, would like to give a quilt when a child enters the program to provide comfort at such a transitional time. So, we thought it would be fun to make smaller quilts, lap quilts, all youth orientated. 

Since there is an unpredictable mixture of arrivals, we will focus on creating quilts that can be given to any child, regardless of age or gender.

We will dedicate the February 2019 guild meeting for a Patch Party. We would like to make two quilts during our meeting time. More specific information will be provided later in the year. In the meantime, here are some guidelines for anyone or group who would like to get started prior to then:

  • Youth appropriate, think fun, bright! An array of sizes!
  • Minimum width of 45 inches
  • An average size might be 55 in. x 70 in.

We look forward to everyone’s participation in the guild’s commitment to providing service to the community. We hope to present the Staben House with many comforting quilts to distribute to the children during a difficult time in their young lives. 

Andrea Krier and Peggy Schemenauer


Quilt Show Corner

We are looking ahead to the Quilt Show already! Begin your silent auction and boutique items now (the more items we have, the more funds we can raise!!!)

We have a few positions available as well…many hand make light work!

Contact Madge Pierce or Christine Tindell to volunteer or ask questions. It is not too early to get started.


Membership Corner

We welcome new member Joyce Herringer from Grayslake, who joined at our July meeting! Our total membership now stands at 85.

If you have any questions about renewing, please contact Membership (Celia Stratman and Kimberly Jurco).


Happy Birthday!

Happy August Birthday to:

Alice Hutchinson - 8/1
Laura Partridge - 8/1
Gayle Springer - 8/1
Sally Evanshank - 8/4


Brown Bag News

Thank you Mary Dietz for donating our first 4 quilts to "Brown Bag Hustle" Silent Auction. Look what a good pressing can do. I'm so excited… we may be able to get $5 for this one. Any takers? 


Call Donna Fitzgerald to sign up on the bid sheet. 


Donna Fitzgerald


Treasurer’s Report

Balance on 6/30/2018: $32,358.83
Income: $714.75
Expenses: $715.00
Balance as of 7/24/18: $32,358.58

Respectfully submitted,

Laura Partridge, Treasurer


Save the Date

Calling all Quilters!

Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center's 19th Annual Quilt Show
Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, 2018

We would love to display your quilts throughout our greenhouses for people to view. Every year our quilt show has grown significantly thanks to quilters like yourself. We would take great pride in displaying your beautiful quilts, promoting your organization and if nothing else, we would love to have you visit!

If you or your quilting group would be interested in displaying, or demonstrating quilting at our show, please contact me at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center (815) 459-8130. Thank you!

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Marcy L. Cronin, Special Events Coordinator