Lectures are held on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Bethesda Covenant Church, 2101 E. State Street, 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 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 $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 Roberta Suess 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.
June 2, 2022: Lilo Bowman (website) – Adapting for Change (afternoon) and Love Where You Create (evening). Book give away at each meeting!
July 7, 2022: Ice Cream Social
August 4, 2022: Incoming board members trunk show and opportunity to get to know one another
September 1, 2022: Julie Silber (www.juliesilberquilts.com) via Zoom
Julie Silber is one of the world’s most respected quilt experts. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968. Julie was the curator of the world-renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of modern times — those at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Afternoon: “Keep ‘Em in Stitches
Evening: “Dearest Quilts: A Collector’s Approach
October 5, 2022: Barb and Bill Gover (www.threadandtimberquilts.com) in person
Our art is a collaboration between Barb (Thread), a long-time quilter and Bill (Timber), a retired engineer and emerging woodworker. One of us is improvisational, one analytical. Our strengths combined, create a more dynamic whole.
Afternoon and Evening: “The Story of Thread and Timber Quilts”
November 3, 2022: Meg Cox (www.megcox.com) via Zoom
Meg is a prolific journalist (Wall Street Journal) and passionate quilter. Additionally, Meg served on the board of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance for 10 years and was president for 6 years. She writes a popular free monthly e-newsletter called Quilt Journalist Tells All.
Afternoon: “International Quilt Museum”
Evening: “Quilt Journalist Tells All”
December 1, 2022: Annual holiday party
January 5, 2023: Shelley Tobisch (www.easyprecisionpiecing.com) 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 (www.easyprecisionpiecing.com) 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 (www.kathykwylie.com) 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 (www.paullegerquilts.com) 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: Alex Anderson (www.alexandersonquilts.com) via Zoom
Alex hardly needs an introduction. She began quilting in 1978 and since then has authored numerous books, has hosted “Simply Quilts” on HGTV and is a founding partner (with Ricky Tims) of TheQuiltShow.com the world’s first full-service interactive online video/web TV created just for quilters worldwide. With over 140,000+ registered members in over 100 countries, The Quilt Show.com’s mission is to educate, inspire, entertain, connect and grow the world quilting community in a fun, positive and interactive environment.
July 6, 2023: TBD