Quilt Gatherings

Each of the three NSQG Regions periodically hosts a "Quilt Gathering", bringing a variety of quilt programs to all areas of the state. These programs give us the opportunity to reach out to all quilters, whether they are members or not, and share our love of this enduring art. 

There are more Quilt Gatherings in the works and we will post the details here when we get them.

Recent Gatherings

  • Region I Quilt Gathering

    On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, quilters of southeast Nebraska met at the Homestead National Monument Educational Center in Beatrice to share a fun and educational afternoon. Irene Fisher and Linda Myers greeted 43 quilters as they arrived for the event.

    Prior to the program, attendees could view an English paper piecing demonstration by Lynn LaBalle, a red and white quilt display by local quilters and photographs of the barn quilts made by previous participants in the barn quilt classes held in Beatrice.

    As the program began, Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director, welcomed everyone to the quilt gathering. Sharon invited everyone to join the Nebraska State Quilt Guild and informed attendees on some of the activities that are sponsored by the Nebraska State Quilt Guild.

    The featured speaker of the day was Tresa Jones of Seneca, Kansas. Tresa is the organizer of Baltimore on the Prairie. Baltimore on the Prairie is held every September in Nebraska City at the Leid Center. Tresa’s program for the day was Infinite Amazement: The Red and White Quilt Show of the Century. Tresa talked about her trip to New York City and the Red and White quilt show held at the Park Avenue Armory in March, 2011. The quilts were on loan from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. When Mrs. Rose was asked what she wanted for her 80th birthday, she told her husband two things, something she had never seen before and a gift for New York City. Her family, with the help of the American Folk Art Museum, arranged the display of 651 red and white quilts from Mrs. Rose’s collection. It was the largest exhibition of quilts ever held in the city.

    Tresa’s pictures of the show were inspiring and beautiful; the pictures make you wish you were there to see them in person. For the next best thing you can see photos of the event at
    A book of the event is available from the American Folk Art Museum.

    The next speaker was Kay McKinzie of Beatrice. Kay talked about the history of barn quilts in Nebraska and the quilts that can be seen locally in Southeast Nebraska. She had several small barn quilts on display and a slide show of many others. The slide show provided many ideas of ways to display a barn quilt even if you don’t have a barn. After the slide show, a representative from Homestead told everyone about the Barn Quilt Tour on the Homestead website. Currently, 33 barn quilts in southeast Nebraska are registered. To see the tour go to:

    The morning of the quilt gathering, Friends of the Homestead sponsored a barn quilt class. The instructor, Kay McKinzie of Beatrice, displayed several barn quilts to inspire everyone before they started drawing their own quilt block. Kay McKinzie and her team provided class participants with a board, paint and all the supplies they would need to complete their project. Everyone was encouraged to add their barn quilt to the Homestead Barn Quilt Tour.

    Thank you to everyone who helped organize the event.

    Submitted by Jill Vanderboegh, Region 1 Director, Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director and Carol Woerlen

  • Region II Quilt Gathering

    Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha NE, August 29, 2015
    Our Speaker was Marilyn Clark of Fremont.  She detailed her journey through life with aprons and as a retired home ec teacher.
    The subject turned to table runners and many patterns and ideas were shared.
    After a catered salad lunch, bed runners were displayed and shared.
    The project was a hand-made mug rug to learn wool felt applique.
    27 attended the fun day.  Thanks to all who helped!

  • Region III Quilt Gathering 

    Sutherand NE, April 25, 2015
    We had a very good attendance of 82 ladies from an area from Grand Island on the east side, Valentine on the north end, Smithfield on the south end and Grant on the west. The Sutherland Methodist ladies did an excellent job as hostess and providing an exceptional luncheon.

    The presenters for the day were Susan Smith, White Glove Coordinator for the State Fair, on behind the scenes activity in the quilt room, how to enter a quilt at the fair and other interesting facts on showing quilts. She was followed by Joyce Snyder on interesting facts about Grace Snyder's life and quilts. She had 2 quilts that Grace had made. One was Joyce's wedding quilt as Joyce's husband was a grandson of Grace's and the second quilt was her hand appliqué of Buffalo Bill and the Wild West. Carolyn Lane provided instructions on making a water bottle cover from quilted material, Nancy Shavlik presented a trunk show of projects that had been completed from State Convention Classes.

    The afternoon was a presentation by Sharlene Rodewald from Maxwell on Acu Cutter and a trunk show by our featured speaker Patricia Pressler. She told us how each of her award winning quilts had been made and shared many ideas with us.

    Thank you to the committee of Barbara Shepardson, Bee Bauerle, and Jan Dancer.