North Idaho Quilters

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2022 NIQ Retreat on Lancaster

Happy New Year!


NIQ is changing retreats this year. I am planning a 4-day retreat at the Shriners Hall on Lancaster. It is scheduled Monday May 9-12, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

The price is $60.00 for all 4 days. The deadline for NIQ member sign-up is April 8th. If the retreat is not full as of April 8th, non-members will be allowed to sign-up for a fee of $80.00.


This is a no frills retreat, meaning:

  • Bring your own lunch and beverage (in a covered container). 
  • There will be a Keurig coffee café, but you must bring your own Keurig coffee pod.
  • There will be no door prizes.

What do you get for $60.00??

  • An 8 foot table.
  • A wonderful time with your quilting friends.
  • The best part, you may come and go as you want.
  • There will be cutting tables, ironing boards and irons. 
  • You may bring a small iron and ironing pad for your table.

There is a 40 person limit. All registrations will be numbered in the order they are received. I will keep a list and call you if someone drops out.


Retreat Registration Form

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2022 Raffle Quilt

Special thanks to Shirley Koning for our 2022 Raffle Quilt!  It is truly beautiful!  Tickets will go on sale at our general meeting on January 24th. They are $1 each or 6/$5.

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Show and Tell


Activity Day, WILL be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1011 Compton, Post Falls, ID from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.


Currently, there is NO POTLUCK so bring your own brown bag lunch and beverage.  A Keurig coffee machine will be available for your use.  Please bring your own beverage pods - coffee, tea, hot cocoa, IF you want a hot beverage!!  You are welcome to bring snacks or finger foods. 


The 2022 mystery quilt will begin in February.  The charge is $10.  


Let’s have a fun filled day of sewing and holiday cheer with friends!  Please bring a project of your choice to work on, OR you can help tie a charity quilt.  


Masks are totally your choice.



Hello Members!  Community Service Quilt Tying will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 1:00 - 3:00pm at the Human Rights Education Institute.  The address is;  414 W. Fort Grounds Dr., Coeur d'Alene. It is the 2 story brick building across the parking lot from the Merry-go-Round.  


Once you enter the front door, we will meet in the large room to your left. I will have parking passes ready for your car, there is no charge to either park or participate!  Masks are encouraged.


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.

If you have a quilt top or finished quilt to pass to Community Service, please contact me and we can arrange to meet.

Catherine Ghirarduzzi



If you can't help out on Tuesdays, we also make a huge presence at each Activity Day by setting up quilts to be tied. This is a great way to help complete the many quilts that are needed throughout our community. Come join in!


Watch this site for more information. We'd LOVE to have you join us!


"KINDNESS. Easy to do. Easy not to do. Choose the latter, no one will notice. Choose the former and lives may change." - Julian Bowers Brown 



The 2022 Kid's Sewing & Quilting Camp will be held August 1-5.  The first two days are the sewing camp for $30 and the last three days are the quilting camp for $45.  Mark your calendars and watch this space for registration forms and more information.


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After the coronavirus forced us to cancel the 2020 kids camp and left us with a “lost year”, the kids were eager to get back in front of a sewing machine again to create exciting items for themselves and others. Since they’re eager to get back to school too, this year’s theme was “School Days”.


We started with reading pillows (a.k.a. pocket pillows). They decorated a colorful panel for the outside of each pocket, created their own pillow forms from batting and fiberfill, and assembled the layers to produce a pillow with a handle and a pocket that doesn’t require a zipper, buttons, or Velcro for the closure.

Elizabeth and Stephanie


Next they sewed pillowcases for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane through the Ryan’s Case for Smiles program, as well as making one for themselves.

Snappy pencil bags to take to school followed, as shown by Molly below.

We finished with individually crafted journal covers decorated with fusible designs the kids cut out themselves.

The kids were obviously proud of how much they accomplished in 2 days.  Did we have fun?  Yes, we did!

"Pluses" in 3 different sizes was this year's quilt design.  Yes, they really can finish a quilt in 3 days!  There were lots of "Pluses" and smiles at Friday's Show and Tell.