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2014-2015 PROGRAMS




2014 SPEAKERS:
    August   l    September   l    October   l    November   l    December   

2015 SPEAKERS:
    January   l    February   l    March   l    April   l   




WORKSHOP POLICIES

  • 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. 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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AUGUST 2014

ROBBI EKLOW recently won Second Place in the Small Wall Quilts: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted division in Paducah this year with her Delightful Spirals quilt. Congratulations, Robbi!

Quilters have been using tools meant for other activities to aid in their work for years. Robbi will show you how to use it, where to get it and why wandering the aisles of the home repair store can lead to better quilting tools and more efficient storage at reasonable prices

Robbi's Transcendentools: New Ways to Get Quilting Stuff Done Lecture will be held at 7:30PM on August 21st at Chandlers, Schaumburg, IL (see map)

Our vendor for the night will be : Sew Moving from Gurnee, IL

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: FREE EXPRESSION BUFFET - Learn Robbi's innovative techniques to create sophisticated art quilts as described in her book Free Expressions. In this fun and relaxing class, each student will create an 18x24" fused quilt top, using their choice of a pattern from Robbi's current selection. Robbi will bring at least a dozen different patterns to class for students to choose. Patterns range from simple to complicated allowing everyone to decide their own challenge level for the day. KIT FEE of $5 payable to instructor.

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

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: EXPRESSIVE UNMARKED FREE MOTION QUILTING - Robbi shares her award winning, time saving techniques to fill your quilts with lavish designs. It's fun and easy. We'll be practicing on inexpensive felt rectangles in the morning, switching to muslin sandwiches in the afternoon. Beginner / Intermediate levels.

Saturday workshop will be held at Elk Grove Library, Elk Grove Village, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thurs, Aug 21 Lecture
7:30pm-9:30pm
Trancendentools: New Ways to Get Quilting Stuff Done
Fri, Aug 22 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Free Expression Buffet
supply list
Sat, Aug 23 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Expressive Unmarked Free Motion Quilting
supply list

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SEPTEMBER 2014

LINDA POOLE comes to us from Pennsylvania, right before her stint at the MQA in Springfield, Illinois. She is a quilter, a lecturer, and an author. Her fourth and newest book, Painted Applique: A New Approach will be the subject of her workshops on Friday and Saturday. Please join us on Thursday night for her lecture A Quilted Journey Around the World II - Seeing The World Through The Quilter's Eye.

Linda's A Quilted Journey Around the World II - Seeing The World Through The Quilter's Eye lecture will be held at 7:30PM on September 18th at Chandlers, Schaumburg, IL (see map)

Our vendor for the night will be : Harvest House from Plainfield, IL

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: PAINTED LITTLE HELPERS - Learn to paint and applique these darling little birds perched on a pincushion and a spool of thread. Linda shows you how to color, blend, shade, and outline using her Painted Applique technique. Kit fee price $25.00.

Friday workshop held at the Schaumburg Township Central Library, Schaumburg, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: LITTLE BIRD - It's a great, doable and small enough project to learn how to paint on fabric! Kit fee $27.00.

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

Date Event Name Supply List
Thurs, Sept 18 Lecture
7:30pm-9:30pm
A Quilted Journey Around the World II - Seeing The World Through The Quilter's Eye
Fri, Sept 19 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Painted Little Helpers
supply list
Sat, Sept 20 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Little Bird
supply list

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OCTOBER 2014

JOAN DERYLAK believes everyone can have a quilted jacket that fits their body type and is made to flatter them. She brings quilted clothing patterns made especially for your body type. Her popular designs now available in Plus Size 1X-4X, Full Fit/Large Bust, Regular/Average, Slim/Pear or Slender/Petite fit.

To choose the body type that best describes yourself, go to the How To page for full descriptions on her website: www.figureflatteringquiltwear.com.

Joan's Figure Flattering Quiltwear lecture will be held at 7:30PM on October 16th at Chandlers, Schaumburg, IL (see map)

Joan's lecture will review the rules of Style, Design and Color for creating figure flattering quiltwear. Whether you are an x-small petite OR a voluptuous XXXX-L plus size you can create figure flattering quiltwear. Includes hands-on trunk show.

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: BATIK BLUES - This BEGINNER LEVEL class will start with a short version jacket fitting class (2 hours). Then go directly into the jacket class (6 hours). Students will create a scrappy design using a micro-fleece fabric base. Students will trace their custom fitted jacket pattern, into micro-fleece base. They will learn techniques for applying scraps using the flip and sew method, no lining needed on this one. This jacket style has a figure flattering belt at the back waist and is attractive on all body types. See supply list. There is prep work required for this class! Pattern $20. Purchase micro-fleece from FFQ for an additional $20. See Programs table for micro-fleece color selections.

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

Date Event Name Supply List
Thurs, Oct 16 Lecture
7:30pm-9:30pm
Figure Flattering Quiltwear
Sat, Oct 18 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Batik Blues
supply list

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NOVEMBER 2014

CJ SPENSLEY has taught quilting, sewing and serger classes since 1993, including a long stretch at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, from opening in 1998 until the shop closed in 2013. She has made over 400 quilts, and quilted many quilts for others. Her quilt "Stitches in Time: The Turn of the Century" appears in the "Dear Jane Design Software" product by The Electric Quilt Company, and has been included in numerous "Dear Jane" quilt exhibits, and her work has been published in McCall's Quilting and Unlimited Possibilities magazines.

CJ's Exploring a World of Sampler Quilts...One Little Block at a Time lecture will be held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center, Rolling Meadows, IL. (see map)

Dear Jane, Nearly Insane, Civil War Diary...what makes these samplers so special? And why do quilters love them so much? CJ Spensley takes you on a journey through her experience with Dear Jane and other small-block samplers and how they have changed her life as a quiltmaker. Come see her quilts and hear her story!
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DECEMBER 2014

There is no NSQG meeting in December. Enjoy your holidays!

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JANUARY 2015

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 Chandlers, Schaumburg, 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
7:30pm-9:30pm
Humble Beginnings
Fri, Jan 16 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Coneflowers
supply list
Sat, Jan 17 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Tiny Visions
supply list

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FEBRUARY 2015

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 Chandlers, Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg Township Central Library, Schaumburg, 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
7:30pm-9:30pm
So, You Want to Make an Art Quilt?!
Fri, Feb 20 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Radiant Suns
supply list
Sat, Feb 21 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Scroll-A-Luscious
supply list

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MARCH 2015

NANCY LEE CHONG Nancy learned to make Hawaiian Quilts in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. After taking a class from her, both beginners and experts agree that applique is not only possible, but positively addicting! Her specialty is stress-free needleturn applique. She'll show how incredibly easy applique is!

Thursday's First, Make it Fun! Lecture will be held at Chandlers, Schaumburg, IL (see map)

Our vendor will be Stipples, Etc. from East Lansing, MI

FRIDAY WORKSHOP: TWO-FABRIC APPLIQUE - Nancy shares the recipe for a good time and a stunning quilt. She'll show you how easy it is to use her stress-free needleturn applique techniques. You'll get a good introduction to the pattern and applique process while starting an 11"x17" quilt. Students will have a variety of quilt designs from which to choose. All skill levels are welcome.

Friday workshop will be held at the Palatine Public Library, Palatine, IL. (see map)

SATURDAY WORKSHOP: HANDQUILTING - This process class is for you! While working on muslin in a hoop, you will learn the basic running stitch, the rocker method, and how to start and stop a quilting line. We will discuss fabric, batting, markers, thimbles, threads, needles, hoops and frames. All skill levels welcome.

Saturday workshop will be held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Rooms 5 and 7, Arlington Heights, IL. (see map)

Date Event Name Supply List
Thur, Mar 19 Lecture
7:30pm-9:30pm
First, Make it Fun!
Fri, Mar 20 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Two-Fabric Applique
supply list
Sat, Mar 21 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Handquilting
supply list

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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 Chandlers, Schaumburg, 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
7:30pm-9:30pm
Creativity and the Design Process
Fri, Apr 17 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
New York Beauty
supply list
Sat, Apr 18 Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm
Feathered Star
supply list

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