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Gain a front-row seat to all the stories, comments and jokes when our speakers present, as well as the artwork, quilts and insights explaining their creative processes. It’s fascinating!

Our guild hosts numerous events yearly, with visitors are welcome as space permits. Events are casual; members come with projects to share and questions to ask one another. Photos are usually allowed, and a question-and-answer session ends the lecture. Often a display table with the speaker’s supplies, materials, CDs and books is available during the meeting.

IQI meetings are at 7pm on the first Thursday evening of most months and feature presentations on a wide variety of quilt topics. Workshops may follow presentations on subsequent days.

Our programs are held at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah, 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, at 7 pm (March 2019 TBD). Workshops are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1133 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook.

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2018–19 Calendar:  IQI Programs and Workshops

Debbie Pine

Portrait of quilting expert Debbie Pine

Program:

Tales Of
A Fearless Quilter:
Be Brave, Go Bold


Thursday,
September 6, 2018
(6:30-9pm)

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Debbie Pine

Portrait of quilting expert Debbie Pine

Workshop:

Liberate
The Log Cabin



Friday,
September 7, 2018
(9am-3pm)

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Bus Trip

Photo of charter tour bus

Outing:

Madison
Quilt Show



Saturday,
September 8, 2018
(Departs 8am sharp)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for September



Saturday,
September 22 2018
(9am-4pm)

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Amy Walsh

Portrait of quilting expert Amy Walsh

Program:

Beyond Color
Confidence



Thursday,
October 4, 2018
(6:30-9pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for October



Saturday,
October 20, 2018
(9am-4pm)

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Botanic Garden

Photo of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Event:

Fine
Art Of Fiber



Thursday-Sunday,
November 1-4, 2018
(9am-5pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for November



Saturday,
November 10, 2018
(9am-4pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of casserole dish

Event:

IQI Holiday
Potluck



Thursday,
December 6, 2018
(6:30pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for December



Saturday,
December 15, 2018
(9am-4pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for January



Saturday,
January 19, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Techny Towers

Photo of Techny Towers

Event:

2019
IQI Quilt-In



Friday-Sunday,
January 25-27, 2019
(9am-5pm)

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Jerry Hug

Photo of quilting expert Jerry Hug

Program:

How To Take
Better Quilt Photos



Friday,
February 7, 2019
(6:30-9pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for February



Saturday,
February 16, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Sue Nickels

Photo of quilting expert Sue Nickels

Program:

Quilting Makes The Quilt: Ideas For Deciding How To Quilt Your Top

Thursday,
March 7, 2019
(6:30-9pm)

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Sue Nickels

Photo of quilting expert Sue Nickels

Workshop One:

Free-Motion
Machine Quilting:
Focus On Feathers


Friday,
March 8, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Sue Nickels

Photo of quilting expert Sue Nickels

Workshop Two:

Rose Of Sharon:
Machine Appliqué



Saturday,
March 9, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for March



Saturday,
March 23, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Akemi N. Cohn

Portrait of quilting expert Akemi Nakano Cohn

Program:

From Traditional Japanese Arts & Crafts To Personal Stories


Thursday,
April 4, 2019
(6:30-9pm)

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Akemi N. Cohn

Portrait of quilting expert Akemi Nakano Cohn

Workshop:

Sashiko
And Untraditional
Stitching


Saturday,
April 6, 2019
(9:30am-3:30pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for April



Saturday,
April 20, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Phyllis Faye

Portrait of quilting expert Akemi Nakano Cohn

Program:

Discover Studio 180
Design Tools



Thursday,
May 2, 2019
(6:30-9pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Event:

Service Day
for May



Saturday,
May 18, 2019
(9am-4pm)

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Gloria Dei

Photo of casserole dish

Event:

IQI Annual Meeting
and Potluck



Thursday,
June 6, 2019
(6:30pm)

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IQI members being briefed on the yearly challenge quilt

Challenge Quilt

The Challenge Quilt is an event offered to the membership yearly: One or two members create a challenge for members to participate in, with the specifics of fabric, size, theme and techniques pre-determined.

At the August and September meeting, members often purchase fabric packs for a minimal amount of $10.00 and then have until the June meeting to complete the challenge. The fun is seeing the variety of responses to the original challenge! Challenge Quilts are displayed as a group at the Fine Art of Fiber each fall.

Service Days

All IQI members are required to participate in service to the guild. Besides the Fine Art of Fiber quilt show, and sewing the Raffle Quilt, this means quilting projects for preemie babies, children and teens. Area hospitals neonatal ICU’s receive the premie quilts and DCFS the child and teen size quilts.

Contrary to the term, “service days” are actually fun and friendly — we’re an easy-going group and would love to have you join us.

There are only two rules: your project must be service-related, and as much as possible, please bring your own sewing machine and basic supplies. And if you have any extra, we’re also always in need of “kid” fabrics, especially for boys (...but nothing scary or violent). Of course, we’ll have irons and boards available and usually we have a large cutting board available.

We usually have quilts ready to be quilted and some for piecing. Some “quilt kits” are available for home sewing and are collected at our monthly meetings. Pack or buy your lunch; tea and coffee are provided.

Any questions? Email either Lynn Bradburn at lynn.bradburn@gmail.com or Diana Burrows at ddburrows@hotmail.com. Service days run from the Fall to Spring; see our dates above.