Our next program

February 4th, 2023

Jamie Wallen

Thread Painting Techniques

February 4th, 2023

Join Jamie for an Hour Long Lecture on His Award Winning Thread Painting Techniques. Jamie will give an abbreviated explanation from his 3 day workshop on how to prepare fabric, what threads he uses and how to get a true photorealistic rendering to incorporate into your wall art or quilt. For those that feel they don’t have the artistic gift Jamie will show how to use photos to perfect your special art project.

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About NILAG

The purpose of NILAG is to promote longarm, mid-arm and machine quilting, as well as providing a means of communication, education, and collaboration for all those who are interested in and practitioners of longarm, mid-arm and domestic machine quilting.

Although we are based in Northern Illinois, we have become an online/Zoom only organization. We welcome members from all over the United States and all countries around the world.

We meet 6 times a year on the first Saturday of the month. Generally the business meeting portion starts at 9:30 A.M. US Central time and programs generally start at 10 A.M. Some months there is also a workshop (for an additional fee). The workshop start time varies by the speaker, but are typically between 12:00 and 12:30 P.M.


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Supported Charities

Quilts of Valor

The Mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing quilts of valor.

We work through the Land of Lincoln QOV group.

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Quilts Beyond Borders

Quilts Beyond Borders is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which reaches out to under-served children, mainly orphans, across the world to provide a handmade quilt and spread love and hope.

Over 140 million children in the world today have lost one or both parents. Quilts Beyond Borders was born in March 2007 with the desire to reach out to these children.  We originally focused on Ethiopia where in 5 years we delivered over 1,000 quilts to orphans.   Sub-Saharan Africa is home to an estimated 50 million orphaned children, and in Ethiopia alone, there are currently an estimated 4.8 million orphans.

While we continue our work with Ethiopia, we have expanded to provide quilts and the comfort and love associated with them to children in at least 25 countries.  Since 2009 we have also provided thousands of quilts to people in need in Haiti, Japan, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Uganda, Burundi, Cameroon, Romania, Russia, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, Rwanda, Zambia, Peru and Greece, and we continue to distribute quilts to those in need living in other places where the warmth of a quilt is needed at night. Currently, our priorities include Syrian refugees, and children and elders living in the Navajo Nation. We work with vetted partner organizations to distribute donated quilts and we provide quilts to those in need without regard to race, nationality, religion, or grade point average.

Learn more about Quilts Beyond Borders