Friday, July 17, 2015

In June, NILAG was pleased to present Julie Lillo.

Julie is a local area quilter that kept us busy with her "top 40 Freehand Overalls" We spent a beautiful June morning, drawing  swirls, pebbles, and branching designs.

The Skill Builder for June was feathers around applique.

And of course there was plenty of show and tell

Quilter's Rule at NILAG

The April 2015 meeting brought us Patricia Simons from Quilters Rule

Patricia gave a hands-on drawing demo using longarm templates and rulers.  We learned how to use simple shapes to create a large number of quilting designs.  Some of what Patricia covered can be seen on her YouTube channel

Show and Tell from Feb 2015 Meeting

On February 7, 2015  members of NILAG (the Northern Illinois Longarm Guild) came together for a "Share it Saturday".  Members that attended the Machine Quilters Exposition  (MQX) that was held in September 2014, shared what information about their favorite LongArm instructors.  There was also lots of show and tell.


Longarm Quilters in Northern Illinois

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

There is a temporary location change for the June 2015 meeting.
The Helen Plum Library
110 Maple St
Lombard IL
Tel (630) 627-0316
9:30 am to 12:30 PM

Friday, January 30, 2015


All meetings are scheduled to be held at the PNC Bank, 250 E. Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton Illinois, Lower level meeting room.  Please use the lower level parking area. 
Meetings are 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The bank opens at 9:00 AM.

In the event of a cancelation due to bad weather, this blog will be updated a minimum of 24 hours before meeting time.


February 7, 2015

“Share It Saturday” - Bring a show-and-tell item with your favorite OVERALL FILL . Small or large, computerized or hand-guided, first project or latest award winner, we want to ooh and aah over your work! NILAG is THE place where your quilting is valued & appreciated because we all understand the time, effort, and practice it takes to be a longarm quilter. Whether you have been machine quilting 1 month or 10+ years, we want to support and encourage YOU! Bring something to share (even if you’ve brought it before)!!
“Skillbuilder Saturday” - The Skill Builder for February uses both decorative fabric and plain fabric. Assemble these fabrics & a piece of batting into a sandwich, quilt it using whatever design you like, then use the quilted piece to make some kind of useful item . (Plain fabric on one side so you can see your quilting and the decorative fabric for the outside of your useful item.) This is a chance for you to sharpen your skills AND have some fun!
"What I Learned at MQX" - If you weren’t able to attend MQX (Machine Quilters Exposition) last September or haven’t been to a BIG conference/workshop/extravaganza, come hear from those who had a front row seat! They will share information on classes & presenters, tips, techniques, and observations about the show.

April 4, 2015
"Unlocking Your Creativity" - Ever dream of being able to create your own quilting designs? Are you convinced the Artistic fairy bypassed you when she was handing out talent? Join Patricia Simons from Quilters Rule in Wisconsin in a hands-on lecture/demo as she shows you how to move templates to create stunning designs that look complicated, but are in reality the simplest of shapes. These techniques can be used by all. Learn how to release the creativity inside you. ( Quilters Rule products will also be available for purchase.)

 June 6, 2015
“Top 40 Freehand Overalls” - Are you looking to expand your free motion repertoire? Julie Lillo from Accomplish Quilting in Michigan will share with you, her favorite overall quilting designs, including swirls, pebbles, crackle, maze, triangular maze, and branching with leaves. Go home with new skills, new confidence and a sketchbook full of background fills!

UPDATE: Temporary Location change for the June 2015 meeting.
The Helen Plum Library
110 Maple St
Lombard IL
Tel (630) 627-0316
9:30 am to 12:30 PM

August 1, 2015
“Take a Tour of my Quilting Studio--to see My Favorite Things!” - Pat Barry is set to take us on a photo-tour of her studio(s) at By Design Quilting! She will show pictures of her favorite quilting products (tools, templates, gadgets, supplies), explain the purpose of the product, the benefit to the quilter and how to use it. In many cases she will describe a low-budget alternative using household items that have been re-purposed. And what tour is complete without a trunk show? Pat will bring along some quilts in her collection. Pat is the author of the ABC’s of Longarm Quilting. In addition to teaching, writing and designing new products, Pat continues to do professional quilting. In 2014 a quilt she did, "Roses for Katrina" won Best Longarm Workmanship at the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show!

October 3, 2015
"Fresh Ideas for Quilt Design" - Nancy Wick ( ) from Minnesota will share her insights and provide fresh ideas on how to conquer the quandary of what design to put on a quilt. Nancy will guide us through the process and we will learn how the design elements in the quilt, fabric, style, and purpose of the quilt may impact design choices. Learn about software options available on the market (including an iPad option, as well as several Windows-based options) to help audition quilt designs before taking a single stitch. Nancy is the author of The Quilt Block Book.
December 5, 2015
"Holiday Gathering of Quilters" - Join us for a holiday potluck brunch ! Feast, socialize, & renew relationships with fellow guild members. Festivities will include games, gifts, door prizes, Show & Tell, and sharing of August's skill builder projects. (This meeting is open to NILAG members only).
2015 NILAG BOARD (Northern Illinois Longarm Guild)

President  - Marla Margelewski

2nd Vice President/Programs - Sandy Smith

            With help from Debbie Long

Membership - Mary Ann

Treasurer - Linda Frankiewicz

Secretary - Marlene

Yahoo/Blog Coordinator - Debbie Weber

If you would like to become a member, please contact Mary Ann at the Email address above

The December 6th 2014 program was presented by local judge and appraiser Chris Moline.
Chris shared her knowledge of what a judge looks for when doing show critiques. A trunk show  from Chris's personal collection was used, plus a few member quilts.
Chris identified areas that were done right for a competition quilt and what techniques could be improved on.  Sorry Chris's lecture is copyrighted, so no photos can be shared.  If you would like to hire Chris for a quilt appraisal please contact her at
In December we had the results of the Zentangle skill builder


A few more coloring book skill builders

And some wonderful regular show and tell