2020-21 Programs & Workshops

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.

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 Amy Salamone 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.


February 4, 2021: Christine Tina Hager-Braun – “Create with Confidence and Find Your Artistic Voice”
1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Zoom lecture
As art quilter Christine enjoys not only the malleability and colors of fabric, but also the process of ‘painting’ artwork with fabric and thread.
Fascinated by the inner strength of humans to cope when faced with adversity, tragedy, or severe health issues, the topics of Christine’s artwork revolve around mindfulness, emotional well-being and resilience. Her own resilience gave rise to her artistic voice and every new art quilt is influenced by personal growth.
Christine uses her visual voice to speak up, to encourage, or to invite for a pause as her art quilts are displayed in public exhibitions and private homes, and as commissions for hospitals and places of worship.
In the lecture ‘Create with Confidence and Find Your Artistic Voice’, Christine will discuss the obstacles we all face in our creative expression and how we can overcome them, individually, in one-on-one settings, or as a member of a group. She will offer a mixture of practical steps, plenty of inspiration for a positive mindset, and some not so serious stories about her own creative journey. Of course, lots of images of her art quilts accompany this lecture.
You can see Christine’s art quilts and find out more about her lectures on her website
(www.soularpowerfabricart.com). You can also follow her on Instagram
(www.instagram.com/soularpowerfabricart/) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/SoularPowerFabricArt).

March 4, 2021: Neonatal Sew-In – Details on how we will do this to be announced later

April 1, 2021: Brita Nelson – Disappearing Quilt Blocks, 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Zoom presentations

May 6, 2021: Diane Murtha (website) – Quilt-as-you-go hexies

June 3, 2021: TBA

July 1, 2021: Ice Cream Social, Covid permitting