single_snowflakeWinter Picnic 2019 – Saturday, March 9, 2019


You know when you’re sick of the snow, but it’s not quite time to start your gardening chores, it’s time for Winter Picnic. Get out of the house! Come spend the day with your quilting cronies, share great food, and get stuff done! Choose to take a class, work on charity projects, or sew on your own UFOs. Most importantly, bring a dish to share for lunch!

We need help!!! We need greeters, set-er-up-ers, kitchen helpers, clean-er-up-ers and more. Please contact us at and pitch in to make this annual event great!



Location and time: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church is located at 1234 N. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. We’ll gather from 9am to 3:30pm.  We hope everyone plans to stick around and help clean up. Remember, many hands make light work.

Registration: $6.00 if preregistered, $7.00 at the door. You can mail a check to our PO Box (check the page footer), or sign up at a monthly meeting beginning soon.
Lunch: Lunch is potluck and never disappoints!  Please bring a dish to pass at lunch (don’t forget to label your serving dishes). NSQG supplies plates, cups, plastic flatware and bottled water.  All other beverages are BYOB.



This is our usual agenda (of course subject to change as the event gets closer).

9:00 am – Doors Open: Come early to check in, get your name tag, put your food away, and find your place so you are ready to go at 9:30am.

9:30am – 12:00 noon: – Morning Classes

12:00 noon – 1:00pm: – Lunch break

1:00pm – 3:30pm: – Afternoon Classes

3:30pm: Clean up (the church has another group using the same area starting at 4:40, so we need to be cleaned up and out of the building by 4 pm).


Here is a peek at what is coming for classes at the winter picnic (may not be complete, subject to change):

Class Picture Description     Supply List Time Offered/Status

Charmed Stars

(Janice Cronkright)

All you need are two high-contrast squares of the same size to make this star block!

Based on a Missouri Star free video tutorial.

YOU pick the size squares you start with, which will determine your finished block size. Why don’t you bring several sets so you can experiment? The samples shown were made from a variety of sizes, starting out with 10” squares, all the way down to a bitty that started out as 2 ½” squares. Use what you have on hand….. Just make sure they are high contrast, so people can see your sharp points ! AM

Quiltsmart Introduction Sampler

(Gail Gregory)


Gail will teach you how to use Quiltsmart to make your next project, big or small. Come learn how this printed guide can make your piecing more accurate…. Just look at the points in the center of the star in the sample!!! You, too, can have a project that will win you admiration from fellow quilters and awe from those who don’t quilt. Come learn how.

-Basic sewing supplies, including “purple thang” or point turner

-Sewing machine with straight stitch, zig zag and/or blanket stitch helpful

-Iron, pressing surface and Teflon pressing sheet

-Rotary cutter, board, and rulers (long, square)

-Teacher will provide kits with Quitsmart and fabric for several samples to be made in class.


Mosaic Mini-Quilts

(Joyce Drenth)

Joyce will have cut millions of tiny batik squares for you to work with. Learn how to turn these scraps into something FABULOUS! You know how gorgeous batiks are…. You know you want to do this 😊

Supply List

Joyce will provide the template to create this design in the color combination of your choice.

AM to start AM and PM to complete entire project.
Crazy Quilt with Hand Embroidery (Alice Jenks) An introduction to crazy quilting with a small project; see examples. Alice is an accomplished needle artist, and will share her knowledge and expertise to help you begin. Use a variety of fabrics, trims and hand embroidery stitches to make this little piece of art your very own! You are only limited by your own imagination! You’ll need basic hand sewing supplies and all the little bits of fancy fabrics you couldn’t bear to part with. PM

Beaded Jewelry

(Jan Riedl)

JR-Beaded Bracelet and earrings


This is an intermediate class using duo beads to make a flower-themed bracelet and earrings set. Make either or both of them.

If you only want to do the earrings, sign up for the morning session. To make the bracelet, you need to sign up to stay all day. (Both projects start the same way.) The bracelet has more beading to do, and the lessons after lunch will help you to finish it later at home.

Experience in beading is a must. This should not be your first beading project.

Supply List

Earrings: AM

Bracelet: Full day

Machine Appliqued Project Binder

(Karen Snell)

Look how cute these are! You will learn how to do machine applique for the cover, and then turn your finished piece into a project binder, so you can carry hand work or other supplies with you. Supply List AM

Zippered Bags from Placemats

(Debbie Yates)

Turn a placemat into a zippered bag! Any size placemat will work, so start looking at placements in a whole different way. Ideal for a traveling sewing kit, or storage for any small items. Samples shown are made with both a quilted placemat and a regular, unlined one. This one is FUN! Supply List AM

Charity Christmas Stockings

(Pat Flaherty)

For years now, we have been helping Pat fulfill her parish’s goal of having over 1000 Christmas stockings for their sister parish in the city. Each year, Pat has managed to get it done, often with our help. She’ll have the stocking pre-cut fabrics and waiting for you to sit and sew them. Sign up to sew in the morning or afternoon – OR – If you haven’t signed up for enough to keep you busy all day, drop in on Pat in the main room, and just put a few together. Sewing machine, thread, and general sewing supplies. Material for stockings supplied. All day in the main room

Wool Applique Candle Mat

(Renee Puccetti)


Eight fluffy baby chicks surround this cute 8″ candle mat, just in time for spring.  This class is beginning wool applique and embroidery.
  • 9″ x 9″ black wool or wool felt
  • 9″ x 9″ brown wool wool or wool felt
  • 3″ x 6″ Light yellow wool or wool felt
  • 3″ x 6″ yellow wool or wool felt
  • 2″ x 3″ Orange wool or wool felt
  • DMC floss in #783 yellow, #310 black, #976 orange, #3821 light yellow
  • or threads that match wool colors
  • Double sided fusible Heat and Bond Iron on adhesive Lite or your favorite brand of lightweight fusible webbing
  • Straight pins ( the smaller ones work best)
  • applique needles
  • pressing cloth
  • pressing cloth
  • Pencil
  • scissors for cutting paper
  • scissors for cutting wool

Personal Ironing Station

(Karen Spellman)

Turn a wooden TV tray into an ironing station the perfect size to take to workshops and retreats! The supply list is pretty much items you have on hand….. Karen will bring her staple gun to help those who don’t have one of their own.

  • 1/2 Yard Ironing Board Fabric
  • 1/2  Yard Fabric to Cover
  • 1 Wooden Tray Table
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun & Staples


 There will also be a sewing area for those who want to work on their own projects as well as those who wish to work on charity projects.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  Help make our annual Winter Picnic a success by signing up in the following areas:

Please contact us at to sign-up!

See you on March 9th!