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...

Review of June 2016 Meeting

In June 2016, Nancy McNally brought a wonderful trunk show. She shared information on design and finishing choices.  You can view more of Nancy's quilts and purchase her patterns at

Other show and tell

Review of April 2016 Meeting

In April the guild brought in Lee Ann Clarbour a  licensed massage therapist.  We learned stretching exercises, how to properly set up and work at our machines for less stress to our bodies.

In addition to our speaker we had great show and tell.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


October 1, 2016

"Less Stress Feathers" by Sandra Smith
Do you love the look of feathers but get stressed out quilting them?  Learn 8 different easy-peasy, no back-track designs that will have you feathering up a storm!  Please bring these supplies:  paper/sketchbook, pencil, & clipboard (there aren't enough tables for each to draw on)

Location: PNC Bank, 250 E Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187 Lower Level Meeting Room,  Also, please remember to use the lower level parking area.
TIME: 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are 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 6, 2016:  “Organize Your Sewing Room!”

From notions to fabrics, scraps and unfinished projects, this presentation will cover it all!  Beth Randall, a professional organizer will explain exactly how to tackle your organization project from start to finish with great storage ideas.  You will be motivated to organize your sewing room so you can do what you love to do — be creative and quilt!

April 2, 2016:  “Moving Smoothly Through Your Day”

Join us for a spa day as Lee Anne Clarbour, a licensed massage therapist, will explain and demonstrate how posture alignment, stretching and the use of props can refresh and rejuvenate your body and mind, ease the stress of overuse and keep you quilting longer! 

June 4, 2016 "What was I Thinking"
Nancy McNally talks about design, piecing, and quilt finishing choices as she shares her trunk show featuring many quilts from her collection and includes her newest patterns. She will touch on her quilting adventures as her path has taken her from quilter to pattern designer & longarmer.  Nancy’s work has been featured in Love of Quilting, Scrap Quilts, Quilter’s World, and Quiltmaker  magazines.  She has been a guest on the PBS TV show “Quilting Arts” and has three online classes through Annie’s Craft Store.  Her class “Whole Cloth Collage Quilting” was featured in the March/April issue of Quilting Arts magazine. 

August 6, 2016:  “Quilters Schoolhouse”

August means Back to School!  Gather in our classroom as the bell rings!  Our own NILAG instructors will share their knowledge and teach you new techniques, tricks & tips that will put you at the head of the class!

October 1, 2016:  TBA

December 3, 2016:  “Color in a Supporting Role”

Using examples of his own work as well as images of art, sculpture, architecture, garden design, and product and package design, Bill Kerr from Modern Quilt Studio will explain the role of color in design.  Bill will show how great quilts (ranging from traditional to contemporary) use color to support a “Big Idea” or design intention.

2016 NILAG Board

President-Donna Westerkamp
Vice-President/Programs- Sandy Smith

Membership- Debby Connor

Assistant to Membership-Erica Lauf 

Treasurer- Linda Frankiewicz

Secretary:  Marlene
Blog Coordinator/Yahoo Moderator:  Debbie Weber

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

On Dec 5th 2015, members of the NILAG, Northern Illinois Longarm Guild gathered for a Holiday Get Together.  There was food, games and eye candy in the form of lots of Show And Tell.

On August 1st 2015, the guild's speaker was Pat Barry.  Pat is the author of the ABC's of Quilting,  a Longarm and Statler.  In addition to teaching, writing and designing new product, Pat quilts professionally for others. Here are some photos of Pat's collection of quilts.
Here are a few quilts pieced and appliqued by Gail Smith that Pat Quilted. Roses for Katrina shown first below, won Best Longarm Workmanship at the AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show.
 Here is some wonderful show and tell from our guild members...