Winter Picnic – 2024


To register for Winter Picnic please Complete the Sign-up form below in the Description area – click the blue SUBMIT button at the bottom of the form.  This form will let us know which class(es) you’d like to take

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Winter Picnic will be on March 9th, 2024 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church (1234 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL)
Morning Classes are 9:00-Noon
Lunch Noon-1pm
Afternoon Classes are 1pm – 4pm

Bring a dish to share for our Pot-Luck Lunch!

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Please complete this form to Sign-Up for classes, be sure to click “Submit” at the bottom, your choices will appear on your screen:

64 Squares Bag and Duckworth Quilt classes are FULL as of 3-1-24.  If you’d like to be on the wait list please use the ‘Additional Comment Area’ to let us know your choice, thank you!

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Description of all classes:

Charity and Accuquilt Die cutting                                                                 Deb Szott

Deb will be available all day in the charity room. She’ll have a mountain of fabric scraps, a couple of AccuQuilt cutters, a variety of AccuQuilt dies, an iron, mats and blades and rulers… the only thing missing is YOU!

Have you wondered about the AccuQuilt and would like to try one for yourself? This is the ideal way to do that, while also helping the good work that our guild does to aid different organizations.

Have you wondered about what size/color/other requirements are needed by the groups we help? Come get that information in the charity area.

You can stay as little or as long as you like….Stay all day, half the day or just stop by if your class ends early and you want to help out. Pop in to pick up materials to make a charity quilt. Bring your machine and sew here if you want to. How you use this ‘class’ is up to you.

The goal is to use up the fabric that has been donated to our guild for charity work.  This day will be all about prepping the fabric by pressing and cutting, so that members can take pre-cut pieces to put together quilts for the various organizations we support. This is a great way for you to come lend a hand to get that done. Our charity work is ongoing, and the stash of donated fabric has swollen to the point where it truly needs to be tamed. If people can spend some time here, getting things cut and sorted and if people stop by to pick up ‘kits’ to take back home to sew together, then this will be a Very.Good.Day.

Get Ready to Make your Jelly Roll Rug                                                                          Janet Leach

Have you admired the jelly roll rugs your friends have made to match the décor in their homes, and wanted to make one of your own? Here’s your chance!

Janet will help you get yourself set up for success to make your own jelly roll rug. After making several herself, she’s learned a few things, and is here to help you with several tips and tricks. There won’t be enough time to actually make your rug in this afternoon class, but you should be able to finish all the prep work, and be totally comfortable going home ready to sew it together. As Janet is a snowbird,  she’ll be coming to us via her PowerPoint and (depending on how many people we need to accommodate) using Zoom or Messenger. She will be available the whole afternoon, though, so you will be able to ask questions and have her help throughout the entire class.


Make Your Own Pet Collars                                                                                               Cathy Steiner


How fun will it be to have holiday or seasonal or novelty collars for your pets?! Make some for all the pets in your family, or to keep on hand for gifts. It’s not hard, and you’ll have the best dressed pet in town!

Use supplies you probably already have on hand to make fun and functional collars for the animals in your life. The process is exactly the same for dogs or cats, but of course, there’s a difference in size.

Cathy will show you how in her afternoon class. See the supply list, because you may need to pre-order the hardware kit if you don’t want to source the pieces yourself. The $5 hardware kit will be purchased directly from Cathy.

FULL!  64 Squares Bag                                                                                                                       Gina Ordonez


Gina will teach you how to make a big tote bag, like the Mondo bag, but with so many alterations that it is now her own pattern. In this morning class, you’ll take 64 squares, and turn them into a fun and useful bag. A great way to use scraps, for sure, but think about using that charm pack or a few fat quarters, to make something in YOUR own favorite colors. PLUS! This is a great gift…. Once you have the technique down, you can keep going, making them for friends and family. You will not finish in the morning, but you will be well started. If you choose to, you may come back after lunch to finish, so that you can go home with a completed project.

The special fusible fleece and interfacing is sometimes difficult to source. Gina has purchased a quantity of it, though, and will make a kit available for $15, which includes the interfacing, the fusible fleece and the instructions. Additional kits without instructions may be purchased for $10. Both may be purchased directly from Gina.

FULL!  Duckworth Quilts                                                                                                                  Marcia Bowen

Have you heard of a Duckworth quilt? No? Well, it’s a quick way to whittle down your abundance of scraps, easily. Whaat? You don’t have to cut mountains of same-sized pieces to use up the bits you have kept. Yes, tame that mountain of scraps with a sort of wonky, improv log cabin kind of block, and turn those blocks into a truly one-of-a-kind quilt. For the curious, google Jo Anne Merrill-Duckworth, but I’ll warn you, it’s a rabbit hole of eye candy you just might fall into. There is a Facebook Group called Scrap Quilt Enthusiasts, too, and the pdf Jo Anne made is available in that group’s files if you want to look ahead of time. On this afternoon class, Marcia will show how to group your scraps into a color family, and then sew the improv-style log cabins so you can make a wonderful, colorful, playful quilt of your own, and use up what’s already on hand at the same time!


English Paper Piecing                                                                                                                         Cindy Kiel

This is a introduction to English paper piecing using the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern. If you’ve always wanted to try this method, here’s your chance to do it! Cindy will supply the hexagon papers, so you only need to bring a minimal amount of fabric and a few supplies. I know that EPP stands for English Paper Piecing, but after Cindy’s morning class, you’ll see why it might also be for Easily Portable Project!  Waiting rooms, school events, practice, and games… anywhere you have a few minutes of time, you can stitch away happily, and soon, you’ll have an entire quilt made in those moments that were otherwise wasted.



Bucket Hat                                                                                                                                              Debbie Yates

It may be grey outside now, but it’ll be sunny soon, and you’ll need a cute hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face! Why settle for something everyone else can buy – when you can make your own out of a favorite fabric !

Join Debbie as she teaches how to turn a little bit of fabric into a really cute bucket hat… it’ll be so fun that you’ll want to make another one as soon as you finish this one! One for the beach, one for the garden, one ‘just because’…..

Winter Picnic – 2024