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Following the pattern

Longtime quilter to offer sewing advice at March show

Featured quilter Veronica Johnson, who has been sewing for more than 30 years, sits next to a couple of her quilts.
Featured quilter Veronica Johnson, who has been sewing for more than 30 years, sits next to a couple of her quilts.

Veronica Johnson of Lisbon has learned after her many years of quilting that you don’t need the big names to learn something new and fun.

There are always new techniques to learn, even after over 30 years. 

Johnson is the featured quilter this year for the Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild.

Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild will present “Quilting through the Decades” Quilt Show during the Home, Health and Craft Expo from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Jennifer’s Garden, 555 West Gore Road in Morris.

Veronica will present a Bed Turning several times during this show.  She enjoys sharing what she has learned by giving lectures, demos and workshops at area guilds.

Veronica took her first quilt class in 1975 during the bicentennial when she was living in a suburb of Philadelphia.

After the family moved to Illinois in 1977, Veronica became a charter member of the Joliet Quilters Guild.  After 17 years in that guild, Veronica became a charter member of the Pieces from the Heart Guild and resigned from Joliet. She continues to keep in touch with them.

After she retired in 1994, she joined the Kalico Kwilters of Yorkville, Ill., a daytime group where the members hand quilt one another’s quilts. She also joined the daytime chapter of the Prairie Star Quilt Guild of St. Charles. 

Veronica has continued her membership in Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild.

Over the years, Veronica has collected numerous first and second place ribbons for her quilts at the Grundy County Fair and the Sandwich Fair.  Her hand embroidery, however, is the only area in which she has won the purple ribbon at Sandwich.  One of these days – maybe – she will win the purple for one of her quilts. Several years ago, one of Veronica’s miniature quilts was published in a quilt magazine.

While a member of the Joliet Guild, Veronica met Janet Uebler and Linda Lamb, the first of many wonderful friends she has made through quilting. 

With them, she began to take classes and attend quilt conferences. At those conferences, she was fortunate to be able to take classes with Maryanne Fons, Liz Porter, Jinny Beyer, Carol Bryer Fallert and other well known quilters, all of which helped to improve Veronica’s skills.

Veronica now lives with her husband of 44 years in a 160-year-old stone house in Lisbon.

Pieces from the Heart Quilt Guild was founded in January 1996, when 40 ladies first met at Peace Lutheran Church in Morris. The guild is a non-profit organization encouraging the art of quilting. The guild meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 202 West Jefferson St., Morris. Today, the guild has approximately 75 members from the Grundy County area.

Throughout the year, quilt guild members enjoy renowned speakers and workshops  By bringing these benefits to members, the guild helps to educate everyone on new techniques and styles of quilting. It also offers special social events to encourage members to share their friendship and love of quilting.

This past year, the guild has faced numerous challenges, met some new faces and enjoyed many successes. The quilt guild had a very busy year and highlights included: the hanging of the Cystic Fibrosis Quilt at the Rosemont Quilt Show; the Flying Geese Dimensional Workshop; the “Something New” Challenge; the beautiful “Midnight In The Garden” Charity Quilt; and the basic nine patch quilts. 

The most challenging project was the creation of 400 pillow cases. Guild members achieved the goal and delivered them to Kuzma Care Cottage in Wilmington. This was a “feel good” project that everyone thoroughly enjoyed. As busy as the guild members were, the guild was never too busy to lend a helping hand.

Guests are always welcome at  meetings. Membership dues for the year are $20. For more information, visit

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