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.

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