August 2019

Speaker: Laura Wasilowski, I Quilt, Therefore I Am

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 7:00 PM

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On August 20th we have internationally known quilter Laura Wasilowski of coming to our guild. Known for her teaching and beautiful hand-dyed fabric and threads, Laura’s work combines vivid fabrics and whimsical stories with fusing, hand embroidery, and machine quilting, resulting in her unique style of art quilt. Join us for a colorful and humorous history of the artist’s life presented with slides of her narrative quilts. The biographical section of the slide show is followed by information about the design process and techniques used in creating her quilts. Featured with the lecture is a display of small art quilts and a trunk show of hand dyed fabric and threads from the Artfabrik dyers.

Laura Wasilowski is a textile artist and creator of hand-dyed fabrics and threads. Her pictorial art quilts (created from fused fabrics and hand-embroidered or machine quilted) are collected and exhibited internationally. Wasilowski’s free-form embroideries share a similar style with her narrative quilts. Whimsical in nature, both textile art forms express her joy and love of creating art.

Owner of the dye shop, Artfabrik, Laura is also a lecturer, surface designer, quilt instructor, pattern designer, and author of many books, including her latest "Joyful Stitching: Transform Fabric with Improvisational Embroidery".

She will be presenting a workshop as well, “Woven Flower Basket Quilts.” Join Laura Wasilowski and create a colorful woven basket quilt full of joyful flowers and leaves. Learn fusing techniques like pattern transfer, bias weaving, and bias braiding for the basket handle. Pattern templates are provided, but you will also learn fusing tips and how to add hand embroidery to your small art quilt. Bring summer into your home and make a basket full of flowers from a kit of beautifully hand-dyed fabrics and threads.

We still have a number of openings for this workshop and it is open to the public. The cost for the workshop is $50 (register and pay online at our website) and there will be a kit for this one for $25 payable to Laura at the workshop. No sewing machine is needed.

Please join us for one of these wonderful programs and workshops and stretch your creative muscles while enjoying the company of your fellow quilters. No matter which teacher you choose, workshops with the Village Quilters are always fun!

Kathy Avellone and Kearstie Grenier, Program co-chairs

News from the President



It’s August and we have all turned in our entry forms and the pictures for our quilts. Congratulations to us all for meeting the deadline. It would be nice if the quilts would magically be displayed at our show. Alas, we have more work to do.

Today I was to read the reports for our quilt show set up and take down since Margaret is passing the grand poobah hat to me. Instead, I made a wall hanging using the appliqué technique taught by Jane Sassaman last week. I will get it done for the Silent Auction. The workshop was a great one. I have been taking as many workshops as I can and I feel that with each one, I am learning many tricks and that my skills are improving. I’ll read the reports tomorrow.

This weekend I received a request from a gal who would like to hang a quilt in her office. She asked if there would be anyone in our group who would sell her a quilt. I told her that she had come to the right place. So all of you who would be interested in either selling a completed quilt, or making a custom quilt, keep your eyes and ears open. I’ll pass on more information after she attends our show and has a clear idea of what she may want.

Barb Schober emailed today to tell me that we only have ten people signed up for the bus to Quilt Expo. I really thought that the bus was a good idea. It would be so convenient not to have to drive. And think about how much fun we could have! You know that you want to see the show, so sign up sooner than later.

Happy quilting to you,

Marti Austin, President

Quilt Expo Bus Trip


We will be chartering a bus to Quilt Expo, in Madison, WI, on Friday, September 6. The bus will depart from the Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. Hwy 45, Libertyville, at 7:00 am. Please plan to arrive by 6:45 am. We will return at about 6:00 pm. The bus is a coach bus with Wi-Fi and a restroom.

We will be offering registration for the bus trip to members and non-members. As this is our first bus trip to Quilt Expo, we hope to fill the bus to capacity of 56. However, if we do not have a minimum of 35 people by August 20, the bus will be cancelled, and your registration fee will be refunded by check. After August 20, all registrations will be non-refundable.

The cost of the trip will be $50.00, which includes your admission ticket. Please contact Barbara Schober for further information. Download the registration form from the home page of our web site.


Quilt Show News

Hospitality Committee: Edie Hirasawa, Alice Hutchinson, Yolande Sherrod
Watch for the sign-up sheet at the August and September membership meetings. You may also contribute cash instead of food.

Quilts of Valor Committee: Cheryl Mercy and Linda Spring
Invitations have been sent to 21 veterans for the event. We are not accepting any more nominations.

Silent Auction Committee: Kathy Sorkin and Cheryl Mercy
The Silent Auction committee has received 50 donations for the Silent Auction so far. We would like to at least double that amount for this year’s show.

Staffing Committee Needs You!: Andrea Krier
Each quilt guild member is expected to work for at least 2 shifts. Sign up now online through the Members’ Show Info page or at the August guild meeting. Available duties are:

  • Admissions

  • Raffle Quilt ticket sales

  • White Glove ladies

  • Boutique

  • Silent Auction

  • Hospitality

  • Vendor Host

Look for Quilt Show News in mid-August with more details from the quilt show committees!

Bernina rolling bags for sale

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I have a friend who would like to sell the rolling bags that came with her Bernina sewing machine. She has never used them. Bernina’s nomenclature for these cases is “Trolley XL”. They are designed for Bernina’s Series 7 & 8 machines. There are two major cases which include dividers and sub-bags. They list for $400 on Bernina’s website but she is selling them for $200. If anyone is interested they can contact me for the phone number.

Sue Minster

Treasurer’s Report

Balance as of 6/28/2019 $24,714.03
Income: $1,358.90
Expenses: $2,758.58
Ending Balance as of 7/25/2019 $23,314.35

Income this month was from retreat fees, membership fees, and a quilt show vendor. Expenses were for program fees, workshop room rental and raffle quilt permit.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Ellin Innes, Treasurer


Welcome to our new members - Gwendolyn Jaeger from Des Plaines and Lee Logeman from Park Ridge!


Happy August Birthday to:

Sally Evanshank - 8/4
Liz Greenhill - 8/17
Alice Hutchinson - 8/1
Laura Partridge - 8/1
Jean Rock - 8/26
Gayle Springer - 8/1

Kimberly Jurco and Celia Stratman, Membership co-chairs