Gizmos and Gear for Adventurous Quilters (lecture and trunk show)

Valli Schiller

Thursday June 21, 2019

Valli Schiller is an award-winning quilt artist from Naperville, Illinois. She finds some of her favorite quilting tools & materials in unexpected places. This presentation is packed with tips, tricks & step-by-step techniques for making great quilts by machine.

Valli’s love affair with sewing and design began 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 idea of a good time is experimenting with innovative sewing machine techniques and sharing them with others. In her quilting workshops, Valli’s emphasis is on teaching great skills while encouraging individual creativity.

Valli’s quilts have been exhibited internationally, in such venues as the IQA judged show in Houston, the AQS judged show in Paducah and the European Quilt Expo in Lyon, France. They’ve won multiple awards including Best of Show (MN Quilters 2006, Quilt Odyssey 2005), First Place blue ribbons (MQX Midwest 2016, IQA Houston 2005 & 2007, AQS Paducah 2005, MN Quilters 2005), Best Use of Color (Mid-Atlantic 2006, Pacific Int’l 2004), Best Domestic Machine Quilting (MN Quilters 2004), and Viewer’s Choice (MQX Midwest 2016). Valli’s 4 generation “Common Threads” quilt was a finalist in the 2007 $100,000 Quilt Challenge.

To learn more about Valli Schiller please visit her website:


Baker’s Dozen

Saturday June 22, 2019 – “A Baker’s Dozen”

In this class Valli will show us how to turn simple shapes into bright, bold, sculptural designs using fabric marker “faux couching” and freehand doodle quilting. You’ll make one 8” square mini quilt/potholder in this hands-on class and you’ll leave with patterns and ideas for a dozen more.

Class Length: Full Day

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm Please arrive at 9 so you can be set up and ready to go by 9:30am.

Supply List: Baker’s Dozen

Cost to Members: $45

Location: Rolling Meadows Library

To sign-up for workshops please stop by the Programs Table at all Guild Meetings or contact our Programs Chair at

Thank You!



  • Workshops are reserved for NSQG Members each new fiscal year, from June through the first of October. After October 1st, non-members may register for workshops anytime, providing there is an opening. NSQG members pay $45.00 for full day workshops and $25.00 for half day workshops. The non-member price for workshops is $55.00 for full day workshops and $35.00 for half day workshops.

  • No seat in any workshop is reserved until payment has been received.

  • Please come early enough to be set up for the start of the class. Doors will open at 9:00 AM; class begins at 9:30 AM unless otherwise indicated.

  • Be prepared. This includes having all items on the supply list, sewing machine in good working order, and basic sewing supplies. It is also a good idea to bring an extension cord, power strip, a small iron and an ironing surface that may be shared with other students.

  • If you need to cancel your attendance in a workshop, you will receive a full refund only if your spot can be filled.

  • Lunch is on your own. Most venues will allow you to eat in the classroom which means you can brown bag it. Some venues have a refrigerator available. An hour is built into the class time for a lunch break, which is flexible and could affect the end time of the workshop.

  • Cell phones should be silenced during class. If you need to make or take a call, please exit the classroom.

  • Visitors are very distracting to the teacher and other students, and should not be in the classroom.

  • If you know you have to leave class early, please try to sit in the back of the classroom.

  • In consideration of others, please refrain from wearing perfumes.