Our membership extends as far west as Libertyville, Illinois. The diversity of skills, interests, and passion for quilting our members share is what makes IQI so enjoyable -- there's something for everyone!
We meet the first Thursday of most months with a speaker or another program.
Meetings include a committees' report, reminder about future events, and the always-popular member quilt show-and-tell; members have time to browse our extensive library and check out books (our guild has the largest quilt-book collection in northern Illinois).
Doors open at 6:30pm and meetings begin at 7. After a short break, the presentation begins at 8pm and ends an hour later with a raffle giveaway. There's plenty of time for visiting.
IQI is a not-for-profit organization, and our dues and raffle quilt ticket sales fund our library and program costs. Members help make one raffle quilt each year and sell (or buy) 25 tickets to support the guild. Six tickets cost $5.00 or are $1.00 each. The raffle quilt is taken to other guild meetings during the year and tickets are sold there. The guild also shows the raffle quilt and sells tickets at some other guild meetings in the Chicagoland area.
The Fine Art of Fiber (FAOF) is our yearly quilt show held at the Chicago Botanic Garden. This outstanding venue offers an extraordinary space for showing and viewing member quilts and also features the work of area needle workers and weavers. Three guilds work cooperatively to host this stunning show the first full weekend of November.
Other yearly events at IQI include the Quilt-In, a long weekend of quilting at Techny Towers in Northbrook, Illinois in January; potlucks in June and December; and a September field trip to the Madison Quilt Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.