July 2nd Meetings

Our July 2nd meeting will take place on the grounds of Bethesda Church at 1:00 P.M. and 6:30 P.M. We ask that you attend the meeting that you signed up for. Please bring a lawn chair. We also ask you to bring a mask. Treats WILL NOT be shared at this meeting, but if you want to bring a drink or something to snack on, please feel free to do so. We will try to make this as comfortable as possible. I know that all of you have been very prolific during this stay-at-home/ quarantine time; however, due to the expected hot weather I would like to limit the Sew and Tell to two items per person. Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Anne Biedowicz

Rose Bohn

Long-time guild member, Rose Bohn, passed away on June 20th. Click HERE for her obituary. A limited walk thru visitation is scheduled for Friday, June 26th, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Road, Machesney Park.

2020-21 Membership Dues

Membership dues are due August 1st for the upcoming 2020-2021 Guild year. Please print the membership form (click HERE), fill it out completely and turn it in with your check at the next guild meeting or mail it to Sinnissippi Quilters, PO Box 1556, Rockford, IL 61110-1556. Dues are $40.00

Support Local Quilt Shops

Please support our local and area quilt shops during this stay-at-home time. They are offering online shopping, phone orders, and curbside pickup. Check their websites or call. If no answer, leave a message because they may not be in the store during their “normal” hours but are checking messages. We certainly want them to all be here when we are able to go out and shop again.

Also support our guild members who are long arm quilters or have other quilting businesses. Member, Lori Dickman, is offering a Spring Mystery Quilt on her website. Click HERE for step 1, HERE for step 2, HERE for step 3.

Stay safe and healthy!

NICU Quilt Winners, Sewing Masks, and Banner Challenge

Thank you for everyone who came out to the March neo-natal sew-in. The winners of the most popular NICU quilts are:

1st: Ying Chi – Crayon quilt
2nd: Cecilia Mann – Circle and Squares quilt
3rd: Amy Ottens – Happy quilt
4th: Donna Shay – 25 Patch quilt

Pam Surmo will hand out the prizes to you when our next meeting occurs or she can send it to you. Let her know.


Elizabeth Franck has reported that face masks can be dropped off at Joann’s for distribution. Elizabeth is making masks to send to her niece who is a pediatrician in San Antonio, TX and if anyone wants to make and donate to her cause, please contact her. There are several online tutorials being circulated. Many of them use 1/4″ elastic, but if you don’t have the elastic on hand, there are some instructions on how to make fabric ties or use elastic hair ties instead.

I’ve also received an email from Michelle Watson that our healthcare workers in Rockford would love masks to put over their paper masks. You may want to call your healthcare friends/family or your doctor’s office to find out where the need is.


Announcing our guild banner challenge: “The Alphabet of Flowers”. Click HERE to view the complete details. Since we don’t know when our next meeting will occur, please email Robin Gausebeck to receive your assigned letter of the alphabet.

Stay safe everyone.

Cancellation of April Meeting

Good morning,
I contacted Bethesda this morning. The church is abiding by the CDC recommendation
of no gatherings of more than 10 people. They are following this policy until April 30th
or until changes occur; so that means we will not have a Guild Meeting on April 2nd .
Needless to say, the workshop on April 3rd also has been cancelled. We are looking at
having Lynn Schmitt speak later this year.

We have an opportunity to catch up on all our quilting projects and maybe even starting
a new project that has been tugging at our creative spirit. Please, everyone stay safe
and healthy. I look forward to seeing you all in May with some wonderful “Sew and

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Anne B.