Programs & Workshops

Programs are held on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Creekwood Church, 5973 Darlene Drive, Rockford, IL

Click on each speaker’s website to learn more about them. We are now back to meeting in person, but will continue to Zoom the speaker and business meeting if you cannot attend the meeting.

Workshops are held on the following Friday and/or Saturday in a location to be announced. Full day workshops are 9:30-4:00 at a cost of $40.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members. Half day workshops are 9:30-12:30 at a cost of $25.00 for members and $30.00 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 Robin Gausebeck 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.


December 1, 2022:  Annual holiday party

January 5, 2023: Shelley Tobisch ( via Zoom
Shelley has been a passionate quilting instructor for 30 years. She has developed many new methods and tools, to help you get spectacular results. She is the author of ” Easy Precision Piecing” from C&T Publishing. Shelley’s new System for accurate piecing, and organization, are getting rave reviews from beginners and seasoned quilters alike!

February 2, 2023: Bernie Tobisch ( via Zoom
Bernie is a sewing machine technician with 44 years of experience. After moving to Canada from Germany at the age of 6, he traded his lederhosen for jeans and has never looked back. In his career, he has serviced over 50,000 sewing machines of all brands. He is the author of “You And Your Sewing Machine” and “Sewing Machine Reference Tool” from C&T Publishing.

March 2, 2023: Neonatal Sew-In

April 6, 2023: Kathy K. Wylie ( via Zoom
Kathy K. Wylie is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She has lectured and taught all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and now offers online workshops and presentations. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts.”
Afternoon: “The Art of Applique”
Evening: “Beauty is All Around”

May 4, 2023: Paul Leger ( via Zoom OR in person
Paul lives in Ottawa, Canada where he worked for the federal government for 16 years after spending 21 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and retiring to pursue his quilting passion in 2016. His journey in quilting in May 1990 when his mother, a quilter and dressmaker, encouraged him to buy a sewing machine “for sewing emergencies”.
Afternoon: “My Journey in Quilting”
Evening: “Journey the World”

May 6-7, 2023: Paul Leger Workshop “Square Peg-Round Hole”

June 1, 2023: CHANGE:

Unfortunately, Alex Anderson has let us know that she will not be able to be our June speaker. Alex was diagnosed with breast cancer last November and has since undergone a double mastectomy and several breast reconstruction surgeries. While she is continuing to heal, her lack of stamina has made it impossible to do any lecturing or workshops.

She has a message that she wanted me to pass on to all of you. Please have your annual mammogram and do regular breast exams. Early detection of breast cancer is so important.

In place of Alex, we will welcome one of her good friends Sujata Shah. Sujata will present two different lectures:

Afternoon: “The Root Connection”
Evening: “Stories in Stitches”

July 6, 2023: TBD