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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pine Ridge, South Dakota

July 17, 2011 the Donna from the Feathered Nest is going quilting in South Dakota. Gunderson Clinic in Lacrosse partners with Global Partners in providing health care and is expanding its services into community education. You are invited to partner with us by donating working sewing machines, fabric 100% cotton, batting, sewing supplies such as thread, scissors, cutters, ribbons, embellishments. Donna and other quilters will be spending a week sharing patterns, skills, and ideas to get a cottage industry seeded. If you would like to give a donation of items or cash or time please email There are several pick up sights in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, so if you have the items, we'll get it there. Become a partner in planting seeds for quilting and friendships.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Eggstravaganza 2011

Eggstravaganza JANUARY 15, 2011 Come, Dance with the Chickens!

Mark your calendars to attend this “egg-citing” quilting day. Classes and projects fill your day with fun, food and friends while hatching quilting techniques, learning new methods, all in one place—St. Marks Lutheran Church, 675 N Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107

Bring your sewing machine. Set-up 8:30-9:30
Lecture --Bricks, Sticks, and Charity Tricks at 9:30 presented by the Little Red Hen, Colleen Gift and Mother Hen Donna Slater. Discussion and work group following until 11:30.

11:30-1 Lunch on your own. You can brown bag it and eat in the cafeteria or take the time to go to one of many restaurants in the area. You might even be able to get in some shopping at the local quilt shops.

Lecture--Scrapples, Scraps of Purple at 1PM presented by Donna Slater, Trunk show of Scrap ideas and projects. Sorting scraps and sewing a Scrappel Table Topper until 3pm

Show and tell Hen Party at 3pm.

Cost is $30.00 Includes lectures, trunk show, sewing on charity quilts and Scrapples Table runner in handicapped accessible location with plenty of room. Coffee will be served. Includes lectures notes, information packet, and Scrapples book with bonus pattern for the Table Topper.

Send $30 registration fee with name and address (preferably email, if you have one) to The Feathered Nest, 6308 Parks Edge Drive, Loves Park, IL 61111.

Thursday, May 06, 2010


My newest acquisition is an AccuQuilt cutter and I absolutely love it. You can order your own AccuQuilt through the Feathered Nest and any dies that you desire can be ordered. If you haven't tried one, make an appointment and try mine. It makes quilting more accurate and cuts the time it takes to cut in half, even more!

Place your order today.

phone 815-275-7465 or email

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Scraps of purple!  Method of easy strip piecing for the begginner as well as more advanced.  Scrapples is a study of colorwash and using value of color.  The method is a great teaching tool to use.

The book is in full color with professional photography of completed projects.  Get your copy today.  $15.00 plus shipping. 

To contact for speaking, comments, or ideas email at

Monday, August 24, 2009

Strip Addiction Book

Newest book! Four colored pages of designs made with 2 1/2 inch strips. Scrappy Trails, Checkered Chicken, and Scrambled Eggs are "eggciting designs to mix and make! The price is $17.00 for an autographed copy. E mail or call 815-282-1838 and leave your name and number.

On the Road Again

May 15 Hen Party in Rockford
May 19-21 Quilt Market
June 5 Platteville, WI
August Oelwein, Iowa



This is my newest pattern that I am working on. I call is Scrapples as it is all from scraps of purple. Queen size, all strips, no matching--it is a wonderful way to create in one color family.

Pink color rendition of my purple scraps. I finished this quilt and gave to my good friend Dorothy. It is made from all scraps of pink!!!! Now I am working on a blue and yellow one. Merry Christmas!

Hatching new ideas

Need a program for your guild? Hatching new ideas and creating while having a hen party is what we do best. Donna Slater and Colleen Gift share, cluck and create so the whole group can learn while enjoying an eggciting time. Contact us at to book your party. We also can do 3 or 6 hour workshops. We love to quilt and we love to explore new quilt stores and make new quilting friends. Go Chicken is a game with fabric strips , exercise to the Chicken Dance, and have a Hen Party.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Road to My Heart

Road to Freeport