Park District Quilters’ Guild off to great start

By on February 12, 2009

Participants say it fills need in village

by Susan O’Neill
The Sugar Grove Park District held its first Quilting Guild meeting in January, and expected twice as many people at its February meeting.

The Sugar Grove Library cancelled its Late Night Quilters group meetings several years ago due to lack of funding. Member Joan Perrin said that some of the quilters continued to meet at the Community House, but she felt there was still an unmet need in the community. She approached the Park District about sponsoring a group.

Jan Carroll, who moved to Sugar Grove from Peoria several years ago, has 40 years of experience quilting. Carroll was the president of the Peoria Quilters Guild and taught quilting for the Peoria Park District.

The guild meets on the second Wednesday evening of the month at the Prairie Building in Sugar Grove. The meetings include guild business, members’ show and tell and new quilting tips and techniques.

“We’re in the formation stage, but everyone seems to want a working, hands-on group, where they learn new techniques and new ideas,” Perrin said. “For new people, there will be plenty of experienced people to get them started.”

Perrin said that in addition to having varied skill levels, the participants range in age from the late 20s or early 30s to the mid-70s.

Carroll said she also wants to offer a day-long workshop each month. The workshops, which will alternate between Wednesdays and Saturdays, will typically be planned around a specific project and led by a quilter from outside the group.

February’s workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25, will feature the Disappearing Nine-Patch. The group will take apart an existing nine-patch quilt, and put it back together in a different pattern.

Prairie Shop Quilts owner Bonita Deering will lead a quilting game with prizes for the guild’s March meeting. Prairie Shop Quilts, located in Batavia, offers everything one might need for quilting and other fabric crafts, as well as classes for various techniques and projects. She said the game, Great Moments in Quilting History, should be fun, but members will also learn a few things, as well.

Carroll explained that a quilting guild is different from a quilting group in that it is more formal, with a board and bylaws and committees. She eventually hopes to have a newsletter and a committee to search for people to offer workshops.

She said the hospitality committee will be an important group, as social contact is what most quilters want.

“Quilters do most of the work on their projects at home, but it’s always fun to share what you do with others who understand it,” she said.

Sugar Grove Quilting Guild
Sponsored by Sugar Grove Park District
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
second Wednesday of each month
Prairie Building
Volunteer Park, Sugar Grove
Monthly workshops as scheduled
(630) 466-7436

February Workshop
The Disappearing Nine-Patch
Wednesday, Feb. 25
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March Meeting
Wednesday, March 11
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.