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.

Dues for are $25.00 

Guest Fee: $10.00 (Except June 2018-Guest Fee will be $25.00)


February 3, 2018 : Quilters Schoolhouse & Garage Sale

April 7, 2018: NILAG MEMBER Carolyn Mack Trunk Show, Carolyn has been quilting for 30 years, making over 200 quilts. She is passionate about solving complex design problems, working with friendship exchange blocks, pushing the boundaries of machine quilting and experimenting with new techniques.  Her quilts have a contemporary look noted for their intricate quilting, innovative piecing and artistic feel.  Accolades include  numeroursViewer's Choice Awards and prizes at local show. Her quilts have been exhibited at AQS-Paducah and had a quilt published in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

June 2, 2018:  Pat Barry will show us how to design pantographs.  This class is for computerized and freehand quilters.  Computerized quilters are encouraged to bring their laptop or Ipad with their particular program on it.  Freehand quilters should bring drawing paper and pencils.  This is an all day program, please bring a brown bag lunch. Guest Fee: $25

August 4, 2018:  NILAG member Rebecca Hall-Martinez of Rockford will present "Designing a Whole Cloth Quilt".  This is a drawing class. Students should bring pencils, paper and other drawing tools that you might need to design your own quilt using Rebecca's tips and tricks.

October 6, 2018:  NILAG member Lawana Perez of Sullivan, WI  will present "Design As You Go".  Teaching us the techniques she used in the wedding gown quilt.  The quilt was made from bridal gowns and other fancy clothes.  This is a DRAWING CLASS.  Please bring pencils, paper and other tools that you might need to sketch all-over quilting designs.

December 1, 2018:  HOLIDAY CHALLENGE for NILAG Members.  Completed 35 by 35 inch square quilts will be presented.  Quilt must be "December Holiday Themed". All work must be entirely the work of the guild member.  Quilt must have a 4 inch sleeve attached at the top.  Prizes will be awarded in Freemotion and Computerized. Please CLICK HERE to open a link the rules and an entry form 


October 7, 2017: Terri Watson of
Grandville, MI: Lecture/trunk show—how to decide what kind of quilting to put on a top. She has a website and blog:  Terri was featured in a 6 part series in the June, August, October and December 2015 issues of our NILAG newsletters.

December 2, 2017: Holiday party with show and tell.  More info to follow.

August 5, 2017  Kelly Cline - 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”!

Feb 4, 2107  Valli Schiller  MY LIFE IN QUILT YEARS

Valli will bring a trunk show of approximately 20 of her bed and wall quilts and the stories behind them. Her style ranges from traditional to contemporary with an emphasis on innovative sit down machine techniques to encourage and inspire you.  Valli began her love affair with sewing and design at age 10 when she transformed a castoff chenille bedspread into a decidedly unusual angel costume. Many garments, costumes, curtains and quilts later, her passion for creating wonderful stuff out of fabric and thread continues.  Valli’s quilts have been exhibited in the US and internationally in such venues as the IQA judged show in Houston, the AQS judged show in Paducah and the European Quilt xpo in Lyon, France. Her quilts have won multiple awards including Viewers Choice (MQX Springfield 2016), Best of Show (MN Quilters 2006, Quilt Odyssey 2005), First Place blue ribbons (IQA Houston 2005 & 2007, AQS Paducah 2005, MN Quilters 2005), Best Use of Color (Mid - Atlantic 2006, Pacific Int’l 2004) and Best

Domestic Machine Quilting (MN Quilters 2004). One of her quilts was a finalist in the 2007 $100,000 Quilt Challenge. Her work has been featured in many publications including Quilter’s Newsletter, the $100,000 Quilt Challenge Magazine, Quilter’s World, Quilt It for Keepsakes, American Quilter Magazine and the AQS 2006 QuiltArt Engagement Calendar.

We will also have show and tell from the no backtrack feather skill builder.

April 1, 2017 DeLoa Jones  FULL DAY OF WORKSHOPS

In the last 14 years DeLoa has quilted over 5000 customer quilts, and now she returns to NILAG to share her knowledge in a hands-on drawing class! Many of her classes feature free motion designs that can be quickly completed but have a very traditional look. Her quilts and customer quilts have won at many national shows. DeLoa travels throughout the country teaching at many national shows, and she holds many private retreats and seminars. DeLoa's classes are informative and fun both for quilters who quilt as a business and for those who quilt for themselves. 

Because of time constraints, we will NOT hold a regular business meeting, show and tell or board meeting.

9:30 - 11:30 AM "Got Stencils? Use Them!" (2 hr lecture)
11:30 - 12:30 PM Brown bag lunch bread and a chance to shop Deload's stores
12:30 - 2:30 PM "Discover the Ghost Block" (2 hr drawing class)
2:30 - 3:00 PM Snack break (and maybe a little more shopping)
3:00 - 4:30/5 PM "Practical Tips for the Machine Quilting Business" (1 1/2 hr lecture)

****The guest fee for this day will be $30, guest can become members but the guest fee will not be waved.

THINGS TO BRING: lunch, beverage/water, drawing pad, pens, camera.

June 3. 2017: Barbara Vlack: High Tech meets High Touch, a lecture/demonstration of EQ7 software and a trunk show of quilts Barb has designed using Electric Quilt.

August 5, 2017: Kelly Cline: Quilting Vintage lecture and trunk show. She has a website and blog.

October 7, 2017: Terri Watson: Lecture/ trunk show—how to decide what kind of quilting to put on a top.  Terri was featured in a 6 part series in the June, August, October and December 2015 NILAG newsletters. 


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
GUESTS: $10.00

December 3, 2016 "Color in a Supporting Role" by Bill Kerr

Using examples of his own work, as well as, images of art, sculpture, garden design, architecture, and product and package design, Bill Kerr from the Modern Quilt Studio https:// of Oak Park, IL, 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. 

Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr are professional quilt makers and co-founders of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Having written the first book on Modern Quilting, Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live. Having sewn since he was 8, Bill began designing and making modern quilts in 1995. Modern Quilt Studio launched the first ever magazine exclusively dedicated to modern quilting, Modern Quilt Studio continued— Modern Quilts Illustrated, in 2011. Their books on modern quilting and design include Transparency Quilts, Quilts Made Modern, The Modern Quilt Workshop, Quiltmaker’s Color Workshop and A Kid’s Guide to Sewing. Their work has been featured widely in the national press including in O:The Oprah Magazine, TIME, The New York Times, Dwell, American Patchwork & Quilting, Patchwork Tsushin, France Patchwork and Country Living among others. In addition to having worked with various fabric companies, Bill and Weeks have developed bedding and textiles for Crate and Barrel. Weeks and Bill have taught extensively throughout the US, Canada, Japan (classes taught in Japanese), England and France (classes taught in French). In addition, Weeks has taught two online classes, Designing Modern Quilts on Craftsy and Solids Revolution on When not busy designing and sewing, Weeks writes about craft and creativity on her blog Craft Nectar. When he’s not working in the studio, Bill can be found at Dominican University in River Forest, IL where he is Director of the Graphic Design Discipline and former Chair of the Art Department.