Quilting events draw 100
participants from all over the state
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[April 24, 2017]
- Fifty-one quilters from all around Illinois attended a
quilting workshop Friday, April 21, 2017. The event and next day
meeting were held at Jefferson Street Christian Church.
Penny Haren of Ohio taught the workshop.
Haren has been a quilter for 30 years, and owns a quilting shop. Her
biography says "Haren has been developing and teaching techniques
that make it quick, easy and fun for quilters — even beginners — to
create heirloom quality quilts with stunning results." Haren is a
member of Creative Grids® team whose work includes developing rulers
to help quilters "achieve perfect piecing with ease," which she
calls " her favorite part of the job! "
Haren has also written several books on her technique, Pieced
Appliqué™ "which eliminates y-seams, inset points and curves from
even the most complicated blocks."
These are intended to make quilting easier. She also writes a
newsletter for Checker Distributors and a column for Fab Shop.
At the workshop, quilters learned tips to quickly put together
blocks "so beginners to experts can sew them in a matter of
Demo rulers helped them with cutting the fabric and they were able
to sew twelve sample blocks to take home.
Checker Distributors representative Stacie Wachtel said Creative
grid makes 116 different rulers that are no-slip, so they keep the
fabric in place, making it simpler to cut.
The sewing machines used for quilting range from a few hundred to
several thousand dollars.
Some machines even have flash drives with the patterns on them.
One quilter call the top-of-the line Janome machine the Cadillac of
At the end of the day, quilters had sewn twelve blocks.
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On Saturday, 100
members of the Land of Lincoln Quilters Association attended a
Sue Bidwell of Lincoln said the quilter's group meets four times a
year in various parts of the state.
The owner of the "Make It Sew" shop also had a table with some of
the shop's fabrics.
At the meeting, Haren said she had found a better way to reorganize
her fabric stash by cutting strips and putting them in drawers and
putting fabric in bundles.
As the meeting drew to a close, Haren showed quilts she had done
using several different techniques. Haren said it takes her anywhere
from four to twelve hours to make the quilts which range from simple
to very complex designs. Quilts included log cabin quilts, crazy
quilts, square on square, and ones with various patterns.