The purpose of NILAG is to promote longarm machine quilting throughout Northern Illinois as well as providing a means of communication, education, and collaboration for all those who are interested in and practitioners of longarm and mid-arm machine quilting.
meetings are scheduled to be held at the PNC Bank, 250 E. Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton
level meeting room.Please use the lower
level parking area.
are 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. The bank opens at 9:00 AM.
the event of a cancelation due to bad weather, this blog will be updated a
minimum of 24 hours before meeting time. http://illinoislongarmguild.blogspot.com/
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.) http://www.quiltersrule.com/
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! https://www.facebook.com/julie.Lillo
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!http://www.patbarryquilts.com/
October 3, 2015
"Fresh Ideas for Quilt
Design" - Nancy
Wick (http://www.imapiecemaker.com/) 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
December 6th 2014 program was presented by local judge and appraiser Chris Moline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In December we had the results of the Zentangle skill builder
class, Batting, Thread & Needles - provided members with all of Linda's knowledge from
her batting test project.Linda brought over 100 quilted and washed samples
for us to touch, feel and compare.We
learned what batting works best for bed
quilts, and which batting works best for wall hangings.Many of us left the class choosing a
"new favorite" based on her informative lecture. We also learned how batting, fabric, thread and
needle choices affect our quilting.
afternoon, Linda taught - Borders Bonanza
- we learned numerous border ideas and how to evenly space motifs with Linda's
tips and tricks. This was a hands on drawing class and everyone went home with
a sketchbook full of patterns.
members gathered for two more classes, Fearless Feathersand More
Fearless Feathers.We learned how to put
feathers in borders, sashing, blocks and backgrounds. We learned several styles
of feathers and how to space them to fit areas of a quilt. Our sketchbooks are
brimming with new feather inspiration.
Here is some catch up on the August and October 2014
In August the guild brought in Cindy Roth from the LongArm
Cindy lead a drawing class on her Continuous Curve Quilting technique.We were able to draw along with Cindy as she
demonstratedideas for quilting blocks
continuously . Everyone went home with lots of ideas on continuous quilting.