North Idaho Quilters

  North Idaho Quilters




    "Our love of quilts is what brings us together." 





Bring your sewing machine and a couple or three projects to work on, either to complete or start anew and join the group attending the Spring Retreat at Palouse Divide on April 12-15.

Palouse divide is a conference center in the woods east of Potlatch, Idaho at the top of Palouse Divide (old ski resort). It is about 95 miles from Coeur d' Alene via US 95. Directions: Drive south on US HWY 95 toward Moscow/Lewiston for about 66 miles and turn left onto HWY 6. Drive about 23 miles and turn right onto NFD 377 Road. Palouse Lodge is approximately 6.2 miles.

Each attendee will have an individual banquet size table to set up your own sewing area in a large room with a beautiful mountain view. The sleeping area is downstairs where 2-4 people share a room with twin beds with the bathrooms and showers down the hall. Since we are usually all girls we can use the men’s bathroom facilities too. Shirley will prepare our breakfast about 9 and a dinner at 5 for our enjoyment so we aren’t interrupted to go fix dinner! She will accommodate dietary restrictions if attendees have any. She is a pretty good cook too!





The fall NIQ quilt retreat will be held once again at

Spruce Lodge @ Glacier Camp,
West Shore Flathead Lake, Montana                         

September 27-31: 4 days/3 nights.                          (Thursday 4 PM till Sunday 1PM- Mountain Time)
Includes lodging & 6 meals (Brunch 10 AM/ 6 PM dinner)


Think of 4 days of fellowship, shopping, no meal planning or cooking and sewing to your heart's content without interruption!




Activity Day

Do you want to make new friends? Do you have a favorite technique to share? Activity Day is the place to come. We meet at the American Legion Post 143 in Post Falls on the second Saturday of even months.  


Our next Activity Day is February 10th at the American Legion Post 143 , 1138 E. Poleline Avenue, Post Falls. Please bring a luncheon dish to share. We gather at 9:30 am and have the room until 3pm. There are many things to do at Activity Day: Vilene will have a Community Service quilt to tie. You can bring your hand work or bring your sewing machine and sew a project. Bring the supplies on the supply list for the Chenille Potholders and join in the fun! There will be a few extra supplies for making the potholders. Supply list below.

Project for February Activity Day.


Which Way Do I Go?" - Chenille Potholders

Chenille potholders are planned as the "activity" for NIQ Activity Day on February 10, 2018.

These potholders are easy to make, are sure to be a hit with family and friends and (for those of you who want to make one or more extra) promise to be a best seller at the Country Store during the 2019 NIQ Quilt show or our yard sale in Sept 2018.

SUPPLIES NEEDED for each potholder:


- New, unwashed cotton flannel: Cut five 9 inch squares (can be anywhere between 7 and 10 inches – whatever is comfortable for you) Only the top and bottom squares will be visible. Find good contrasting colors for the middle 3 layers – patterns will not show after they are "chenilled".

 - Thin batting, ironing board fabric or Insul-Bright – 1 square same size as above squares

 - 1 package of extra wide, double fold bias tape – color to coordinate with above selected fabric. Can make binding from bias strips of flannel, but does not wear nearly as well as the commercial bias tape.

 - Bring cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter if you would prefer to cut squares at activity day.

 - Bring your sewing machine. A clover slash cutter or good sewing scissors and a walking foot will be helpful.

If you have made similar potholders, please bring to share ideas.


*Clarice Drube

Four by Four Big Square

Materials: White (solid or small prints) and brights

Makes a 12 1/2" block.

Please make 2 blocks: 1 for door prize drawing, and one for Community Service. Blocks do not have to be identical

From white fabric, cut 2 - 6 1/2" squares for the two "A" blocks. From bright fabrics, cut 8 - 3 1/2" squares to form the two "B" blocks. Stitch together four of the bright fabric squares to make a 6 1/2" four-patch block; make 2. Sew the four small blocks together to make a 12 1/2" block matching the diagram.


Happy New Year everyone! Here comes another year, with all the hopes and ideas we all plan to achieve. I am making my lists with great expectations of getting them all done.....LOL!! As you do YOUR planning, please include coming to help with Community Service projects.

We meet at Bear Paw on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Our next events are January 9th and February 13th. I also be setting up quilts to be worked on at Activity Day. We have a lot of fun and get a lot of quilting done. The magic is in our fingers and hearts and are poured into every quilt we complete.

The guild gives many quilts to a variety of charitable organizations and worthy causes. Community Service meets the second Tuesday of every month (EXCEPT July and December) from 1-3 pm at Bear Paw Quilting in Coeur d'Alene. The public is welcome to join and help assemble and tie quilts. We accept donations of fabric, quilt blocks, quilt tops, and finished quilts. Check the guild calendar for exact meeting dates for Community Service.