North Idaho Quilters

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

Welcome to North Idaho Quilters!

NIQ Needs YOU!

We are looking for our next President. As President, your primary job is to lead six Board meetings and six General meetings a year. The President also provides leadership to the Executive Board and committee chairs, as needed. This is a one year commitment, with the option for a second year. If you would like to consider the position, or have any questions, please contact anyone on the Nominating Committee.  We look forward to hearing from you!


The Nominating Committee:

     Sue Foster    [email protected]    509-891-2086

     Dana Stiegemeier

     Mary Wallgren   [email protected]   909-815-2596


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July Basket Raffle and Silent Auction - July 26th

Now is time to put your basket(s) together for the JULY basket raffle. If you have found some things you no longer need or realize you will never use, please consider putting those items together in a basket for either the basket raffle or the silent auction! The basket raffle/silent auction is our biggest fundraiser in a non-quilt show year. Given that we haven’t had a chance to meet, we haven’t had nearly as many people renew their memberships and we haven’t had any income from 50/50 drawings. Even though some of our expenses are down due to our inability to meet, we still have insurance and other ongoing expenses that don’t stop and some of our expenses have increased in price.


Remember, your basket or donation does NOT need to be sewing related! We have had some wonderful baskets in the past with themes like: wine, picnic, coffee or tea, game night, etc. ANYTHING goes!


Silent Auction items tend to be items that are higher in value. One year, someone donated a Featherweight! Quilts, wall hangings, place mats and table runners have also been popular silent auction items. The silent auction item could even be something like a boat trip on Lake Coeur d’Alene, or catering a dinner for 8 people. We ask the person submitting the silent auction item to set the starting bid. Bids on silent auction items will increase by 10% of the starting bid price. In other words, if the starting bid is set at $20, each subsequent bid must be $2 (or more) higher, even if the first bid is $25.


You may also put a reserve price on the item. The reserve price may be higher than the starting bid price. If the bidding does not hit or go over the reserve price, you may take your item back at the end of the evening, if you choose. After all, the point of the silent auction is to raise money for the guild, not just give things away.


If you have items you would like to donate, but in and of itself that item(s) isn’t enough for a basket, we would be happy to accept those donations and will pair them up with some items from others. We have already received donations of fabric, books, rulers, even a serger sewing machine! Please call Mary Wallgren at 909-815-2596 to arrange for pick-up, or better yet, just bring them to our June Activity Day on June 12th. Since we are very short of storage space, please hold on to your finished baskets and bring them to the July meeting. We will need to have them all there about 5:00 so we can get set up and people can purchase tickets and take a chance on your item.


If possible, PLEASE let me know if you or your small group will be donating an item so we can plan ahead and have enough space and coupon containers. Please call or text me at 909-815-2596 or email me at [email protected]


We look forward to having you join us for our Basket Raffle and Silent Auction and we appreciate any and all donations!


Don’t forget, you are welcome to bring your friends, even if they are NOT members of NIQ. There is NO guest fee for our July meeting.


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Kids Quilt Camp

The first two days of Kids Camp where the kids learn to sew is FULL.  However, there are still a few spots for the Quilting Camp on August 4-6.  If you have a child, grandchild, neighbor, or friend who is at least 10 years old, has basic sewing skills, and wants to learn to make a quilt, please get them registered soon.  Please look under the Activities tab of this website for more information and registration forms.


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North Idaho State Fair

There are several significant changes in the North Idaho State Fair this year, but the 2 biggest ones are expanding to 10 days and charging entry fees for all entries.  Here is a summary for our quilters:


"There's Magic in the Fair" is the theme for the 2021 North Idaho State Fair August 20-29. No, that's not a typo, the fair is expanding to 10 days this year (including 2 weekends) instead of the usual 5 days. Another big change is a $1 entry fee for each entry to offset the increased premiums.


All quilts (youth quilts too) will be exhibited in building 19 again this year, along with knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlework, etc. You can pick up an exhibitor handbook at the fairgrounds office or download an entry form and the departments you are interested in at (click on Participate, then Exhibit, then Home Arts, then Quilting for the class list and general rules). You can preregister online or drop off an entry form at the fairgrounds office by 5 pm August 2, then deliver your quilt to building 19 between 2-7 pm Thursday, August 5. You can also register on entry day in building 1, but expect to wait in line. The quilts will be judged Friday August 6. Other non-perishable items are to be entered Monday & Tuesday, August 9 & 10, between 2-7 pm. Entries cannot be removed until 3-7 pm Monday August 30.


North Idaho Quilters will continue to sponsor several special awards, which are a first place NIQ ribbon and $20 cash prize for: 1) Most Patriotic Quilt, 2) Best use of hand embroidery or applique', 3) Best use of machine embroidery or applique', 4) Best Group Quilt, and 5) Best Overall Youth Quilt. Second place special award winners will each receive a ribbon but no cash prize.


If you like challenges, the Quilt Challenge must be an original design, sewn and quilted by the entrant, maximum size 20"x20", and must follow the fair theme, :There's Magic in the Fair."


General rules, FAQ's, events calendar, map, and other details can be found online or in the exhibitor's handbook.

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Stash Buster Yard Sale - September 11, 2021

Mark your calendar!! NIQ’s Stash Buster Yard Sale will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Shriner’s Event Center from 9am to 2pm. There will be lots of wonderful shopping opportunities and we hope to see everyone there.


It’s also an opportunity to de-clutter your quilt room and make a little money at the same time. Sign up for a table at our yard sale. You can have your own table, or share one if you don’t have a lot of items to sell.


Vendor numbers will be issued as registration forms are received.


Click HERE to download the registration form.

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It's never to late to join the guild!

Please see the information under the "JOIN" tab where you will find a link to the membership form.

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