2014-2015 PROGRAMS

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  • Workshops are reserved for NSQG Members each new fiscal year, from June through the first of October. After October 1st, non-members may register for workshops anytime, providing there is an opening. NSQG members pay $42 for workshops through June of 2015. The non-member price for workshops is $50.00

  • No seat in any workshop if reserved until payment has been received.

  • Please come early enough to be set up for the start of the class. Doors will open at 9:00 AM; class begins at 9:30 AM unless otherwise indicated.

  • Be prepared. This includes having all items on the supply list, sewing machine in good working order, and basic sewing supplies. It is also a good idea to bring an extension cord, power strip, a small iron and an ironing surface that may be shared with other students.

  • If you need to cancel your attendance in a workshop, you will receive a full refund only if your spot can be filled.

  • Lunch is on your own. Most venues will allow you to eat in the classroom which means you can brown bag it. Some venues have a refrigerator available. An hour is built into the class time for a lunch break, which is flexible and could affect the end time of the workshop.

  • Cell phones should be silenced during class. If you need to make or take a call, please exit the classroom.

  • Visitors are very distracting to the teacher and other students, and should not be in the classroom.

  • If you know you have to leave class early, please try to sit in the back of the classroom.

  • In consideration of others, please refrain from wearing perfumes.

For additional information on any of our programs or to sign-up for our workshops, please contact Nancy Liston at nancyapl@aol.com, or Judith Thompson at nsqgjudith@gmail.com.

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DENISE HAVLAN - Denise is an award winning studio artist from Plainfield, Illinois. Her work has appeared in galleries and national and international quilt exhibitions. Color, composition, and design combine to play significant roles in her work.

Thursday's lecture Humble Beginnings will be held at 7:30PM on January 15th at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL (see map)

Experience a journey from the beginning of Denise's quilting career up to the present. We will hear how an unplanned stop at a quilt shop awakened the "quilting bug" hidden in her heart that fueled many years of study and work to gain the skills recognized in her quilts today.

Our vendor will be Custom Laser Templates

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: CONEFLOWERS - In this class we explore free motion embroidery to emphasize areas in your quilts. These are the details that make a quilt stand out and it is not difficult to do. Using fusible web, thread, and stabilizer we will create these wonderful flowers in your choice of colors.

Friday workshop held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: TINY VISIONS - Get ready for freewheeling design fun. No patterns and no measuring. You will use fusible web and free cut strips of fabric to create an original land or seascape. These will be small works of art so you can make a few as gifts.

Saturday workshop held at the Rolling Meadows Library, Rolling Meadows, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, Jan 15 Lecture
Humble Beginnings
Fri, Jan 16 Workshop
supply list
Sat, Jan 17 Workshop
Tiny Visions
supply list

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CARA GULATI - Cara has some of the best jobs in the world! She designs and publishes quilt patterns for the Doodle Press line. Her first book is published on her 3-D Explosion series, so now you can make one too! She also lectures and teaches about quilting around the world. One of her favorite jobs is making very large art quilts.

Thursday's lecture So, You Want to Make An Art Quilt?! will be held at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL (see map)

Would you like some inspiration to get started making art quilts? Are you afraid that it's too hard and only gifted people can make art quilts? Then this lecture is for you! Cara will talk about how making art quilts from a traditional stand point and work her way up to making the giant art quilts like the 3-D Explosion series. She will discuss art fabrics and techniques to make them as well as show examples.

Our vendor will be Quilter's Haven from Rockford, IL

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: RADIANT SUNS - The secret to making suns radiate will be revealed in this workshop! Blocks are created using curved seam piecing. But fear not, a no-pin method will make these seams a cinch! This workshop sells out whenever it is offered. Please don't wait and find you waited too long!

Friday workshop will be held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library - Henderson Room, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: SCROLL-A-LUSCIOUS - This one-day workshop from Cara's 3-D Explosion series. Find out what all the excitement is about! Create 3-D Wrapping Paper Scrolls! In class you will talk a little about color and why this design looks three dimensional. You'll use the same pattern you see in the photograph, but with your own fabrics. Cara teaches you machine applique with freezer paper templates. This technique works for anything your mind can think of in a quilt design.

Saturday workshop held at the Rolling Meadows Library, Rolling Meadows, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, Feb 19 Lecture
So, You Want to Make an Art Quilt?!
Fri, Feb 20 Workshop
Radiant Suns
supply list
Sat, Feb 21 Workshop
supply list

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MARCH 2015

CATHERINE REDFORD Catherine, a teacher at Pieceful Hearts in Lisle for the last ten years it was open, has turned her teaching focus now to other avenues. You may recognize her from episodes of Quilting Arts TV, her work in Modern Patchwork magazine, or her classes at the NQA or IQF shows. She'll also be at QuiltCon in Austin, TX this year. Catherine is a great example of a local quilter who is making a national name for herself!

Catherine will present her lecture and trunk show: Safari Through African Folklore Embroidery which includes embroidered samples and an interactive discussion on South African wildlife, the Ndebele tribe and techniques used for completing an African Folklore Embroidery design. The lecture is humorous, educational and entertaining with a pop quiz included where audience members can win hand-dyed African threads for correct answers.

Thursday's Lecture will be held at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, Mar 19 Lecture
Safari Through African Folklore Emboidery

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APRIL 2015

SUE GARMAN is a quilt designer who loves all aspects of quilting. Applique is her first love, but she is also very fond of complex, intricately pieced quilts. Sue wants to inspire quilters with an innovative selection of exclusive patterns featuring her pieced and applique designs. Once you have seen a few Sue Garman quilts, you will recognize her distinctive style wherever you see it again! She'll join us from Friendswood, Texas, to bring us two traditional workshops this month, both with paper-pieced points 'so sharp you could cut yourself'. ALL skill levels are welcome in either class.

Sue's Creativity and the Design Process Lecture/Trunk Show will be held at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL (see map)

In her lecture, Sue shares a retrospective view of how her quilt designs have developed across time. With photos, stories, and quilts, she will inspire, educate, and humor you. Along the way, you'll learn a lot about how you can incorporate some of her experiences and knowledge into your own quiltmaking. You will go home ready to dive into your sewing area with fresh new ideas and energy!

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: NEW YORK BEAUTY - Sue's own "Sleeping Beauty" is a lovely quilt - and with Sue's help, it is a simple quilt to make. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of paper-piecing, as well as how to piece curved units with ease. The workshop includes a ton of tips and all of the foundations for a four-block quilt. Supply fee: $12 (includes pattern and over 40 pages of foundations).

Friday workshop held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: FEATHERED STAR - The Feathered Star block is loved by nearly everyone, but is often been considered too difficult to make. In this workshop, learn the basics of easy foundation piecing without hassles. Spend the day making a feathered star block that you can use as the center of a medallion quilt -- or make several stars and sash them together for a larger quilt. Supply fee: $12 (includes pattern and foundations for four blocks).

Saturday workshop will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, Apr 16 Lecture
Creativity and the Design Process
Fri, Apr 17 Workshop
New York Beauty
supply list
Sat, Apr 18 Workshop
Feathered Star
supply list

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MAY 2015

Nancy Mahoney is everywhere.... Her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and in over 100 national and international quilt magazines, with more books and patterns always in the works. She has, also, created over 90 quilt patterns for a number of fabric manufacturers. Nancy has designed many fabric collections for P & B Textiles and is working on her NEXT fabric collection.

She has written 13 books for Martingale! She teaches extensively, and even has quilting cruises scheduled! We are very fortunate to have been able to book her for our guild, because she already accepted many engagements well into 2016. Please join us in welcoming Nancy Mahoney to our guild.

Unlock the mystery and double your quilting fun by placing two different blocks side by side to create extraordinary quilts. You'll learn how every quilter, regardless of the skill level, can make unique quilts. Nancy will share tips and quilts from her book Pairing Up, plus many other two-block quilts. After the lecture, the audience is encouraged to examine the quilts close-up.

Nancy's Two Block Wonders Lecture/Trunk Show will be held at Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL (see map)

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: DOT TO DOT - This charming little quilt is one of Nancy's most popular designs. Class time begins with using strip piecing techniques to make the patchwork blocks. Then we'll shift our focus to easy invisible machine applique techniques. You'll receive tips for sewing accurate patchwork and all aspects of invisible machine applique. Learn how to use your sewing machine to achieve finished appliques that look hand stitched. Pattern included for each student. Finished size: 59" x 59". Based on Simple Circles and Quick Curves book.

Friday workshop held at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: WILD WAVES - Create a dynamic design with this off-center Pineapple block, while learning all the tricks of foundation paper piecing. In this fast-pace class, all aspects of foundation paper piecing will be covered, including how to measure, cut, and correctly position the right fabric piece. This is a great class for mastering foundation paper piecing! Pattern included for each student. Quilt size: 60" x 60". Supply list includes materials and cutting for table runner and small wall hanging.

Saturday workshop will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, May 21 Lecture
Two Block Wonders
Fri, May 22 Workshop
Dot To Dot
supply list
Sat, May 23 Workshop
Wild Waves
supply list

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JUNE 2014


Instead of our regular Thursday night meeting in June, we are moving the meeting to an all-day sew-cial on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. We have made arrangements to use our regular meeting room, the auditorium at the Rolling Meadows Community Center, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. (see map)

This is in response to the folks who answered the survey saying they'd like to have more social time, as well as get some of their UFO's under control. There is no fee for the day, since it is in place of a regular meeting, and so is not considered a Special Event. There will be a short meeting in the morning, but after that, you can use the day as you see fit.

So, we invite you to:
  • Get together with people from workshops you've attended, and get some of those workshop projects moved closer to completion.
  • Bring a quilt that needs to be pinned.
  • Bring something that needs to be cut out.
  • Bring some handwork if you don't want to lug a machine that day.
Pretend you are going on a retreat...bring everything you need to work on your own project. There will be areas that have access to electricity for those with machines, and there will be areas that are designated for cutting/pinning/handwork that don't. There will be a couple of ironing stations.

To help us plan the table arrangements, please sign up at the Programs table. If you are planning on working on a workshop project, please make a note of it, so we can try to group people together if possible.

You'll be on your own for lunch, so plan to bring it or go out for it.

We hope you enjoy this change in our program lineup!

DATE: Saturday, June 20
TIME: 9:30AM-4:30PM
PLACE: Rolling Meadows Community Center

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