A Message from Sharon Thomsen – President

I would first like to take this opportunity to thank Kathy Mueller and all of the retiring officers and board members for their tireless efforts to foster the art of quilting through continued education and the fellowship that feeds the souls of the many talented members of Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild. I would also like to thank those who are newly elected
to the board and look forward to working with you and all of the membership to make
this a guild we continue to be proud of.  The 2019 schedule looks very exciting with an
interesting lineup of speakers and workshops as well as the celebration of our 35th
anniversary in April. You won’t want to miss the festivities so mark your calendars and be sure to attend. Don’t forget about our new workshop/class  credit lottery! Check out the
information detailed in the newsletter.

Our 2020 Quilt Show Committee will be coordinating the sale of tickets at Quilt Festival
Chicago in Rosemont on Friday, March 29. Check with either Sandy Piatek, Carol O’Dell or Jennifer Henry to see how you can help with their needs to fill some “Quilt Angel” slots.
There are so many ways to be involved in Pride of the Prairie. This is your guild and we are so glad to have you among our membership.

Happy Stitching!
Sharon Thomsen – President

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International Quilt Show

Our Opportunity Quilt will be displayed at the International Quilt Show in Rosemont on Friday, March 29, 2019.   You can purchase tickets for a chance to win this beautiful quilt!  Stop by to see us!

For more information on the IQS Show, click here!

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A Message from the President

HAPPY 2019! Another year is beginning and what a year of opportunity is ahead for each of us!  A new slate of officers and board members will be presented at the January 2019 meeting. They are voted on at the February meeting and take office March 1st. A lot of new ideas and talent will guide our guild in the coming year(s) and as preparations for our 2020 Quilt Show rev up. Thank you to those who have volunteered for a position.

Other opportunities for everyone include:

* A great selection of programs and workshops for us to hear world class speakers and   learn new things.

* Saturday Sews that provide uninterrupted sewing time with fun and friends.

* Retreats that allow us to enjoy quilting with friends away from home with the added bonus of the stunning water backdrops.

* Philanthropy projects that allow us to contribute to the well being of others.

* Volunteering for the 2020 Quilt Show.

Anyone of our members can participate in any or all of the above opportunities. Our guild is full of wonderful, talented ladies and I can’t think of a better way to learn, get to your know your fellow guild members and have lots of fun.I hope 2019 is your best year ever. Do what makes you happy! Stay healthy! Enjoy your family and friends! And keep on quilting!


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Opportunity Quilt

If you missed our August guild meeting, the Opportunity Quilt kits were available to be picked up.  The kits will be available again at our Saturday, September 8th sew-in.  If you will not be available on the 8th and would like a kit(s), please get in touch with Aniela Levin (anielaml@aol.com).

Thank you!  Each member is encouraged to sew a block for the guild’s quilt.  The blocks are paper pieced.

Opportunity Quilt Committee

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POP 35th Anniversary

April 2019 will be our 35th Anniversary as a Guild and our meeting will be a celebration of that.  I am looking or members to assist in sorting through the archives with me to get our history in order.  I bet there are a lot of interesting and fun things over the past 35 years that can be found and shared with our members.  When was our first quilt show?  What were the early programs?  Do we have any members who were at that first meeting?  (I believe we do!)  What did our first Raffle Quilt look like?
meeting? (I believe we do!)

Anyone having information on our history, old newsletters, retreats, quilt show info, etc., please contact Kathy Mueller.  If you are interested in delving into the archives or planning our 35th Anniversary Celebration, please contact Kathy Mueller at www.scpbklane@aol.com.

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Thank You!

A big “Thank You” to Laura Blanchard, Olive Herman and Sharon Thomsen for planning a fun picnic.  Great food and fun was had by all.  It is always a treat to be able to socialize with our fellow members and what a better way than over a picnic.  I can’t wait to see blocks that come from the Fat Quarter Exchange.

Thank you also to all of our members who volunteered to be docents at the recent US National Parks Quilt Exhibit at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.  The quilts there and the other locations were spectacular.  I had so much fun visiting with the guests that attended.  Ladies (and husbands) were on road trips from Madison, Indiana, Chicago, etc. and making it their own “Quilt Hop”.

Kathy Mueller, President

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Picnic Fun!

A big THANK YOU to Laura Blanchard and Olive Herman (and helpers) for hosting such a fun evening.  The food was perfect and the company of friends was even better.  It was a nice evening to visit and enjoy conversation with other guild members!

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Quilt Show 2020

We are currently securing a date in March 2020 at Richland School for our next Quilt Show.  HOWEVER, we need members to chair the show and we need a committee to design our Opportunity Quilt and get it completed (with the help of ALL our members) so it can be traveling in 2019 and tickets sold on it.  Our Quilt Show proceeds support our guild activities for 2 years.  Our Program Budget is approximately $8,000-$10,000/year with speakers fees, travel costs, etc.  Without the Quilt Show profits, we will not be able to continue our excellent and nationally recognized speakers or offer the workshops.  We would not have Saturday Sewing or perhaps even our meetings at Zion (we pay them for the use of their facility).  Our guild is dependent on the proceeds from the Quilt Show to get through the next 2 years.

There are members with Quilt Show Chair experience who can answer questions.  There are written reports of prior shows.  The 2018 Quilt Show Wrap Up meeting had many good suggestions to go forward with.  BUT, WE NEED SOMEONE TO STEP UP AND COMMIT TO THE 2020 QUILT SHOW CHAIRMAN(S).  AND WE NEED A COMMITTEE TO DESIGN OUR NEXT OPPORTUNITY QUILT.

This is your guild.  Please consider volunteering.

Kathy Mueller, President

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A Message from the Quilt Show Chairs

Please let me know if you have any of these items that need to be turned and put in the tubs:
Raffle Tickets
Plastic Bags – strip search
Table Covers
Accucut strip die
If you have these will you please bring to the April 2nd meeting.
Also, ALL requests for reimbursements need to be in by the meeting – could you please let Kathy Mueller know what bills need to be reimbursed prior to the meeting. There have been no reimbursement requests for table covers, magazines, raffle baskets, cable ties, etc.

We have a meeting on April 2nd at 6:30 after the Board meeting.

Lana and Lynn
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Quilt Show 2018 – Your help is needed


As a Pride of the Prairie Guild member, part of each members OBLIGATION is to sign up for at least one 2hour time slot during the show. Friday set-up and Sunday take-down do not count.

There are still many time slots to be filled – Books/magazines Saturday pm – Strip search Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Silent auction Saturday am / Sunday pm – Quilt check – in and runners Friday after 4:00 – Quilt take down Sunday 4:00 – Guild table Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Bake sale Saturday pm / Sunday am & pm – Show props Saturday/ Sunday am & pm – Gym entrance greeters (1 hour time slot) Saturday am & pm / Sunday am & pm


These are one (1) hour time slots. If you have only signed up for this it does not meet membership requirements so please consider signing up in an additional time slot.

Personal: For my first show, everyone kept saying how much fun it is. Yeah, yeah, yeah! I was not a believer. This is my 3rd or 4th show and I was and will be there everyday having fun. Yes, it is work too, but you get to work along other members and get to know them. Another face to say hello to at a meeting

We all need to do our part to make this show as successful as our past shows have been

Thank you Aniela Levin   (anielaml@aol.com)  630-715-6315

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