Saturday, November 17, 2018

****Our December meeting will be in a different location****
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Please mark your calendar to note that NILAG will meet at  The Lisle Park District Recreation Center located at  1925 Ohio Street in Lisle9:30 a.m. We will be in the small multipurpose room. Click on the address to view a map. The Recreation Center is located just west of Rte. 53 and south of Ogden Avenue (Rte. 34) and the railroad tracks. The parking should be good. Games and prizes. You will receive a December newsletter in addition to this notice. 

Bring a small batch of cookies to share.
Coffee and tea will be provided.  
Bring your show and tell.
Bring your completed Challenge Quilt.
Bring your quilted Quilts of Valor quilts.
Do not bring your Quilts Beyond Borders quilts as Carla is in Florida until April.

See you then

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 5, 2017 -- Feature Program“Quilting Vintage!”
Kelly Cline’s passion is turning ordinary antique linens and quilts into heirloom pieces, completely on a long arm machine!  She will have a trunk show of her favorite pieces and talk about this wonderful twist on quilting that connects our past and present.

Kelly is a Handi Quilter Ambassador who hails from beautiful Lawrence, Kansas and loves to travel.  Browse her website ( and visit her daily posts on Facebook, Kelly Cline Quilting.  And if you are a subscriber to QNN TV, look for Kelly in the episode “Quilting Vintage Linens”!

The meeting starts at 9:30 at
Gary United Methodist Church
224 N. Main St
Wheaton IL 61087

Use door #5 in the rear of the building, that is where the parking lot is located.
Take elevator to lower level and walk ahead to meeting room.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 1 when NILAG will host a day-long workshop
featuring DeLoa Jones, a nationally known longarm quilter and MQX Teacher of the
Year in 2012! Prepare to be inspired, learn a lot, and leave with many ideas to put into
practice on your own quilts.

Session 1: Got stencils? Use them! In this 2 hour lecture DeLoa will explain what to
look for in stencils to build a versatile stencil “stash”, how to look for inner less
prominent designs to “double” your stencil collection, how to add free motion to
stencils to adapt them to areas or styles of the quilt, & how to fit a border stencil
without the math! We will get a chance to have some “hands on” drawing practice to
try out what we’ve learned. (9:30am-11:30am)

Session 2: Discover the Ghost Block Discover the block within your block. Creating
alternate quilting spaces with a quilt can take a quilt from ordinary to extraordinary! In
this hands-on drawing class, DeLoa will teach you how create these spaces (both
pieced areas & background spaces) and designs to quilt within them. Learn to
combine stencils and other designs to enhance the quilt to another level.

Session 3: Practical Tips for the Machine Quilting Business DeLoa will share her
knowledge, first-hand experience, and practical advice for the business of quilting for
hire. She will address the ups and downs of the machine quilting business, helping
customers, incorporating other services, setting up your work area efficiently and
working efficiently, pricing and different types of quilting, and making the business fit
into your lifestyle. Whether you currently run your own business or are just
“considering” it, take advantage of DeLoa’s business experience and expertise! Come
ready to ask any questions you may have. (3:00pm-4:30pm)

Some practical notes for the day...
Brown bag lunch (11:30am-12:30pm) Bring your own lunch to munch on. DeLoa will
give us a chance to shop her “store at our door.” Be prepared!
Snack break (2:30pm-3:00pm) A chance to relax & refresh with goodies from the
Because we want to make the most of our day with DeLoa, there will be no Guild
business meeting, show & tell, or Board meeting on April 1st! Life will return to
normal at our next meeting on June 3rd.

And the BEST NEWS OF ALL! This workshop is offered AT NO COST TO OUR NILAG
MEMBERS!! Guests are welcome to join us for a fee of $30 for the day. We also
welcome our guests to join the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild (NILAG) for an additional
$25 membership fee.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE!! Our guild meetings are held at the Gary United
Methodist Church, 224 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187. Please park in the lot behind the

church building. Enter door #5 and take the elevator down to the lower level.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


We have a new location for our meetings....

Gary United Methodist Church
224 N. Main St
Wheaton IL 61087

Use door #5 in the rear of the building, that is where the parking lot is located.
Take elevator to the lower level then walk ahead to the meeting room.

Dues for 2017 are $25.00 
Guest Fee: $10.00

The next meeting is

DATE:  Feb 4, 2017 

TIME:  9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (we have to do our own set up and take down, so anyone that can help please come at 9:00 AM)

Please see the new Calendar Page for a full list of programs.

Bill Kerr Program

On December 3, 2017 NILAG members were treated to the "eye candy" of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.  Bill presented his program "Color in a Supporting Role". We learned how great quilts use color to support a big idea or design intention. Members came away with a new understanding of how color can be used to create unity, movement or to give "edge" to areas of our quilts.  

United States of green

 Glyphs (featured in Modern Quilts Illustrated #9)
Pacific (featured in Modern Quilts Illustrated #8) 

Argyle  (featured in Modern Quilts Illustrated 11)

 Pickup Sticks  (featured in Magic Inch Quilts)

Jewel Box  (featured in Modern Quilts Illustrated #8)

Please visit their web site to see more quilt photos or to purchase books and patterns.

We also had great show and tell:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

On Oct 1, 2017, NILAG was pleased to present Sandy Smith's No Hassle Feathers  lecture and drawing workshop.    Sandy showed us many types of feathers that are easy to accomplish since they have no backtracking.  We all came home with our sketch book filled with ideas.   

Sandy's workshop is the basis for our next Skill Builder project.  Use the feathers presented in Sandy's workshop to make your own feather sample.  Size should be at least 18 inches, pieced or whole cloth.  The layout is your choice and you can use any many feather as you like.  Bring your project to the Feb meeting. 

Show and tell from Oct 2017

Friday, September 30, 2016

Review of Aug 2016 Meeting

NILAG would like to thank our three "schoolhouse" presenters for sharing their knowledge and talent at our Aug 2016 meeting. Members were able to rotate and see all three presentations. 

Presenters were:

Carla Treimer - “Information for Showing Your Quilts”

Amy Parker - “Keeping a Quilt Square and Straight”

Kathy Downie - “Fabric Painting”

And of course there was show and tell...