Block Lotto: Four times a year a pattern for a quilt block is published in the newsletter. Fabric is sold
for $.50 to use in the, block. At the first meeting of the next month a winner is drawn from the names
of those participating and that person wins all the blocks. This activity is open to all members of the
Challenges: The purpose of a challenge is to challenge the imagination and the skills of any quilters
who choose to participate. A challenge is voluntary, as not everyone has enough time to give in
making an entry. Do not be disappointed if only a few participate. It will have been a learning
experience for those few, and an eye opener for others who witness the results.
Holiday Party: At our only December meeting the guild members meet to celebrate the holiday
season with a salad and dessert potluck
Library: The Jean Taylor Memorial Library has been set up through purchased and donated books.
Any Guild member may check out a book. See a Library Committee member for a list of available
books or how to check out a book. Jean Taylor was a long-time member of ICS who had a great
interest in continuing education of quilters. Jean passed away in 1991.
Quilt Show: The Guild holds a Quilt Show every 2 years on odd years.
- Swaps: Swaps are started by the swap committee, suggestions are appreciated. Signups are taken at
all meetings. Once you sign up for a swap it is your responsibility to keep current with the swap. You
are in the swap until the swap ends or you say you want to get out of the swap. You are to use good
quality 100% cotton quilting fabric.
Website: Our website includes an introduction to the ICS Quilt Guild and guild activities including
each month's calendar, workshops, and programs. Also listed are quilt stores and guild in Illinois,
quilt organizations, favorite online places, and other resources.
Mail List on Yahoo: Our mail list is open to all members of ICS. The list is a quick way
to exchange guild information or other quilt related information. To join the list go to
http://www.groups.yahoo.com. In the search box type in icsquilt (all small letters) and
left click on Go. This will bring up a page that has a short paragraph describing the
group. Left click on the icsquilt. This will bring up a page that you can then join the
group. To avoid spammers joining the group you must now be approved for membership.
Nametag: Each member is invited to make a nametag using white or white-on-white
background with a navy print and an orange print. The pattern is available from the
President's Blocks: At the summer picnic the outgoing president is presented with the
President's Blocks. Information as to color, size, and choice of the pattern will be in the
newsletter sometime in the spring. All members are invited to make a block.
Show and Tell: Show and tell is held at every meeting of the month. Members love to
see any and all projects.
Summer Picnic: The second August meeting is an indoor picnic. Members get together
for a Salad and Dessert potluck. The location changes from year to year.
Crisis Nursery: Crisis Nursery is a community service project. The Guild collects various items
from Members several times a year to donate to the Crisis Nursery. The Crisis Nursery is a
Champaign County child abuse and neglect prevention center that provides emergency services for
families and children five years of age and younger. When parents are unable to care for children or
parental responsibilities become overwhelming, children may be brought to the Nursery for up to 72
hours. The Nursery offers a safe and loving environment. http://www.crisisnursery.net
Project Linus: Project Linus provides blanket or quilts for children facing substantial distress in
their lives. Our guild members will participate by making and donating quilts for seriously ill
and traumatized children and teens in need of comfort. The goal is to donate the same number of
quilts as we have members. Thank you members for your generosity!
State and National Quilt Organizations
American Quilters Society: AQS is a national organization that sponsors an annual
quilt show and contests during April in Paducah, KY, where their office and museum are
located. AQS sponsors several shows throughout the year. The American Quilter is the
quarterly publication. http://www.americanquilter.com
IQRP: The Illinois Quilt Research Project registers bed and crib quilts that are made or
reside in Illinois. Land of Lincoln quilters Association and Early American Museum in
Mahomet are sponsoring the Project to preserve the history of quilting in Illinois. The
IQRP Quilt Registration Form and information is available at
Land of Lincoln Quilters Association: LLQA is a guild open to quilters throughout the
state. Meetings are held five times a year in various locations. A newsletter is published
six times a year.