It’s a Date!

Dating is an opportunity to meet new people and enjoy new experiences.
“Hey, let’s go to Wild Rivers Quilt Guild! They’ve got Quilts!”

Note: Tips ‘n Techniques are “free to you” Presentations, held at the monthly Guild meeting. Events: workshops, retreats, trips have a cost, and you must register/pay in advance.

OPEN SEWS: See new offerings, dates, and RSVP on the Gatherings page.

There are 2 ways to sign up & pay for Workshops and Events:
*at the regular Monthly Guild meeting
*mail your check and completed Workshop Registration Form to:

Wild Rivers Quilt Guild
c/o W8879 Lakeview Dr
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

2024 Programs:

April 23 – Tips ‘n Techniques: Thread, Tension, and Needles: Pam Trieber, a local quilter, will spend the evening with us to help us learn about the different types of  threads and weights, how to pick which thread is best for your quilting project. She will also go over which needles work best with each thread. She will discuss tension adjustment to give the best result for your thread and bobbin. Bring your sewing machine manual!


April 24 – Vintage Sewing Machine Maintenance: Lori leads this small group, hands-on workshop on maintaining your vintage sewing machine. She is a self-taught restorer of vintage and antique sewing machines, having mechanically rehabbed machines from 25 to 147 years old. There will be two sessions of 1.5 hours each. Each session is limited to 4-5 participants (minimum of 4).

Session one 9:30-11:30 covers Featherweights. Session two 12:30-2:30 covers maintaining your Singer 301, Singer 400-600 series machines. Other brands may be brought in, as well. If you are having difficulties with your machine, eg thread breaking, tension issues, etc, diagnosis and repair will be covered after the maintenance portion is complete. It will be helpful to let Lori know in advance of the workshop what issues you are having. If you need parts such as bobbin winder tires, belts, spool pins, etc., Lori will recommend a trusted parts source. Workshop fee is $30. Register by April 10. 

May 28 – Tips ‘n Techniques: Civil War Quilts: Allison Rainboth, Quilt historian and AQS Certified Textile Appraiser and a NACQJ Certified Quilt Show Judge, and owner of Sisters Choice Quilting Service in Berlin, WI, Allison will share a trunk show of civil war era quilts, etc. The civil war was one of the most turbulent in American history.  Quilts made before and during the war years are evident of the impact on daily living.

Allison will discuss the changes in fabrics, patterns, and quilting designs, using examples from her collection of battered beauties. This will be an informative and very interesting evening as we learn about, and view quilts made during the Civil War era.


May 29 – Quilt Appraisals: Allison Rainboth will meet with you individually to appraise your quilts. .Appointment schedule will be available in February to start signing up for your appraisal and slots are very limited. Appraisal fee is $65 per quilt.


June 25 – Guild Picnic: a great time just sharing food and visiting with our wonder Guild “sisters.” The guild will provide the burgers and tableware.  For meal planning, We anticipate 25-30 quilters will attend .A potluck sign-up sheet will be distributed at the April meeting.  Please feel free to sign up together with friends to provide a larger item such as potato salad.  Florence Community Center, 5-7 pm

July 23 – Tips ‘n Techniques: EQ8 Quilting Software: Barbara Vlack is a Professional National/International EQ8 Instructor. will lead the Guild through the EQ8 Quilting Software that can be used on home computers to design quil

ts, print applique designs to use, color quilt designs before you cut your fabrics to be sure you are pleased, find how much fabric of each color is needed, and so much, much more. It will be a very informative evening. It will be fun to see her quilts too! 

July 24 – Workshop: Paper Foundation Piecing: 
9:00 to 3:00 pm.  Barbara Vlack is a true pro at paper piecing and will lead us through a small project to learn / improve our paper piecing skills – sure to be a great time! Workshop cost is $45.00 for members; $55 for non-members.

August 27 – Tips ‘n Techniques: From Traditional to Original:  Colleen Ansbaugh will highlight tradition from traditional quilting to original quilting artwork. The discussion will inform you how to get started creating your own art quilts. Many samples of non-traditional technique, including hand work embellishments, piecing, and dye painting. The talk will center around the initial inspiration through the challenge of creating fiber art.

August 27 – Workshop: Fabric Dyeing and Discharging:  from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. With Colleen Ansbaugh. Plan to have fun with wet work while we explore color-removal process called discharging along with hand-dyeing. We will be removing color rom dark cloth and then add color to white cloth. These are great techniques to make your quilts unique. *Location of this class to be announced – it will not take place at the church. Workshop enrollment fee is $35.00 for members; $45 for non-members.

September 24 – Tips ‘n Techniques: Needle Turned Applique:  Peggy Eggers makes very beautiful needle-turned applique quilts – that means, she hand-sews the appliques onto a background. Peggy will share many of her quilts with us during her program. She has had entries the National Paducah Quilt Show, won best of show with her quilt, Magical Medallions, at our Quilt Show this past September. An evening of beautiful and amazing quilts.

September 25 – Workshop: Needle Turned Applique Flowers:  from 9:00 am to noon.  Peggy Eggers has a small project for us to work as she leads us through all the steps to learn how to do beautiful needle-turned applique. Pattern provided; supply list available upon registering for her class. Workshop enrollment fee is $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.

October 27 – Tips ‘n Techniques: Round Robin: JoAnne Friberg – Crumb Quilts and Christine Vross – Cork Purses. During the Round Robin meeting, JoAnne Friberg will teach us how to make Crumb Quilts – a terrific way to use up many scraps of fabrics – fun, colorful quilts! Christine Vross will share purse-making with an unusual fiber: cork fabric! Sure to be an informative and interesting evening.

Nov – No meeting

Dec 2 – Christmas Gathering: We will enjoy an evening of food and fun visiting with our Guild sisters. Details will be available in October. Always an enjoyable evening.