By Nancy Sturgeon
Special to PN
Riverwalk Quilters Guild was founded in 1994. Today we are 90 quilters strong with members living in Naperville and 15 nearby towns.
Our membership ($35 per year) is open to quilters/quilt lovers of all levels and ages. We promote quilting with programs, workshops and philanthropic endeavors. Meetings are at 7PM on the second Tuesday at Knox Presbyterian Church and on Zoom.
This January and February we’ll be meeting via Zoom only. Every month members unable to meet in person can join our Zoom meeting online. Zoom has enabled us to enjoy speakers from all over the U.S. and around the world. These presentations give us a fantastic live up close view of the speaker and her quilts in real time.
In 2021-22 Maria Shell showed us her modern quilts from her studio in Anchorage, Alaska. We were nose-to-nose live with Helen Gooden in Australia when she spoke about her top 10 art quilt techniques. Also from Australia, Gloria Loughman showed her spectacular landscape quilts.
Timna Tarr revealed the map quilt she was sewing of her New England town.
Last year, we also learned about quilts of India from Sujata Shah of California, and we had a lecture and trunk show of Bargello and 3D quilts. We learned to design and make a pieced-picture quilt with freezer paper. Several speakers were fabric designers.
We’ve had a quilt historian, a trunk show of quilts made from upcycled vintage materials, a longarm quilter, and a prize-winning artist of modern foundation paper pieced portraits and large-scale designs. More exciting speakers are on our calendar for 2023.
Riverwalk Quilters also are dedicated to philanthropy. In 2022 we made 165 quilts, 152 pillowcases, 264 Christmas stockings, 166 burp bibs and 22 receiving blankets from donated fabric—and all were given to 17 different local organizations.
To learn more, visit us at Riverwalkquilters.com.
We’re really a nice group. Come join us!