2018 Programs & Workshops

Lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, Rockford, IL. Click on each speaker’s website to learn more about them.

Workshops are held on the following Friday and/or Saturday in a conference room at Swedish American Heart Hospital (Charles Street entrance … follow the signs once you enter the building). Full day workshops are 9:30-4:00 at a cost of $35.00 and $45.00 for non-members. Half day workshops are 9:30 to 12:30 at a cost of $20.00 and $25.00 for non-members. We are now extending our reduced fees to members of other quilting guilds. There may be an additional kit/supply fee. Please contact Any Otten to sign up or fill out the Contact Us form.

Kit fees are payable directly to the instructors. You should only pay Sinnissippi Quilters for the workshop cost. Please do not pay Sinnissippi Quilters for your kits – it only makes things complicated for the guild and for our speakers.


MARCH 1, 2018: Neonatal Sew-in. 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Please see page 10 of the current newsletter for all the details. Click HERE.


APRIL 5, 2018: Donna Mather (website)
Donna is a certified instructor for Judy Niemeyer.  “My love for precision is what initially attracted me to paper piecing. Converting template and traditional patterns to paper pieced patterns also grabbed my attention. Then, Judy Niemeyer came into focus. Naturally, I gravitated towards her beautiful and sometimes challenging patterns. Judy Niemeyer raised my paper piecing world up to a whole new level, which later included certification.” The mere excitement of helping other quilters choose fabrics that reflect color, texture and value to take full advantage of the intricate patterns, to show them the techniques to create their own masterpieces, to be a part of the joy that a student can discover for the first time or once again, I not only find incredibly rewarding…it’s what I love to share. Perhaps, now is the time when I can share my time and knowledge with you.

Lecture, 1:00 and 7:00: Judy Niemeyer Trunk Show

Friday, April 6: Impatiens Placemats, 9:30-4:00, Swedish American Hospital, Conference Room 6

Spring is right around the corner and what better a time to create a set of playful placemats for your table. We will make 4 placemats and Donna will teach us how to piece curved petals and bind scallop-like edges. The Impatiens pattern lends itself to any style of fabric and all colors.

The workshop fee is $35/$45. You will be able to purchase your pattern through Sinnissippi Quilters at a discount or order it yourself at Quiltworx.com.



MAY 3, 2018: Linda Halpin (website)
I am a graduate of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s Teacher Certification Program in Quiltmaking. The intensive two year examination program tests not only the candidates’ stitching skills but also their knowledge of color and design, history of their chosen field, and classroom abilities. I am one of only a handful of instructors nationwide who have been certified by the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA) as an Instructor in Quiltmaking.

1:00: Thinking Outside the Box. Nothing sparks your creativity like thinking outside the box. This presentation is chock full of tips on improving your construction techniques, unconventional tools, how to make the best use of your time, and more. I also share ideas on how to organize an efficient workspace with tons of storage. Whether you have the luxury of having a separate room for your sewing area, or it is a corner of your dining room, this program will be sure to give you ideas you can use. And because no program would be complete without quilts, this presentation includes a trunk show of over two dozen quilts.

7:00: Quilting with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie. Children and adults alike continue to be fascinated by Laura’s engaging tales. Her Little House books, made even more popular by the Little House on the Prairie television series, tell of her life as she grew up on the Prairie. In an age when people had to make do to survive, quilting played a natural role. Not only are specific patterns mentioned throughout Laura’s books, but many existing quilt patterns reflect the adventures of life on the prairie.
This presentation is a combination slide and trunk show which explores quilts as Laura would have known them, tracing the history of quiltmaking during Laura’s life.

Friday, May 4: Prairie Lily Scrap Quilt, 9:00 – 3:30, 
Swedish American Hospital Conference Room 6

Applique combines with piecing in this one day workshop. Joyous colors combine to create Prairie Lilies, constructed in my two-for-one technique. Piecing in this method creates cutaways that are ready to go into a bonus quilt, so you are actually making two quilts at the same time. Make use of every bit of fabric. It is such fun! Students start with how to choose and combine fabrics for a quilt, giving valuable fabric selection skills that can apply to your future quiltmaking. This is followed with my two-for-one piecing method, then adorn with applique, utilizing a very nifty stem technique. In addition to the Prairie Lilies quilt, students will also be making a bonus quilt out of the cutaways. Students will determine the size of their finished project by choosing a 2 or more block table runner, a 4 or 9 block wall hanging, a quilt or even a one block display item.


JUNE 7, 2018: Margaret Willingham


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