Ties, Needles, and Thread Guild

Who We Are

We are a group (not for profit) of needle work enthusiasts: quilting, crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, weaving, garment making, etc.—anything you can make with needle and thread.

What We Do

We meet to share techniques, talk, and plan community service events. Meetings feature speakers, trunk shows, demonstrations of various needle art skills, show & tell (an opportunity to share finished projects or seek advice), community service projects, and a chance to make new friends with a common interest!

Where We Meet

We meet at the Glen Carbon Community/Senior Center each month for a meeting. We open the doors 30 minutes prior to the meeting.

Glen Carbon Senior/Community Center
157 N Main Street
Glen Carbon, IL 62034

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    We meet twice each month at the Glen Carbon Senior/Community Center. The monthly meeting is not all business. We open the doors 30 minutes prior to the meeting for socializing, and end with a presentation. The Sew-Ins are primarily a do-your-own-thing get together which can also be utilized for a community service project or a small class.

    Meeting: 3rd Tuesday at 6:30p
    Sew In: 1st Friday at 9:00a


    Marilyn Delay - Chandelier Quilts

    Marilyn will be showing us a quick and easy method to make the popular chandelier quilt.

    April 7

    Chandelier Workshop

    9:30a at Glen Carbon Senior Center

    Marilyn is offering this workshop free to members where she will walk us through making a block. We will spend the day working on our quilts together.

    Marilyn will provide a supply list for the workshop. Bring your machine and supplies.

    Plan on bringing your own lunch and beverage. Shared snacks are always welcome.


    Tea Mahone Trunk show

    arranged by Alanna and Sara

    Tea Mahone, a talented local quilter, will share with us many of her projects in this trunk show. She is very creative, and uses fabrics wisely.

    Visit her website: https://www.teaquilts.com to get this block pattern for free.

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    Ranger's Pride


    TNT Birthday Party

    Dessert Served

    This is the month it all started back in 1991. We will have birthday cake, decorations and a gift exchange.

    Each person is asked to bring a non-sewing related gift ($15-$20 value). Everybody will get a number. Then the fun begins. For example, person 1 will exchange gifts with the person with the longest hair. Person 2 will swap with someone wearing red. Person 3 will swap with whoever's birthday is closest. You get the idea.



    Garage Sale and Ice Cream Social

    Now is the time to start going through your fabrics, notions, patterns, books, etc. Bring items you no longer use, or have duplicates of to sell at our garage sale. The seller keeps all the sale proceeds. Please provide your own change. We will arrange time for sellers to shop also. It may be a good idea to bring a tote or two for your purchases. If there are specific items (perhaps larger items you are interested in selling) we can mention these items in the May newsletter.

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    July 7

    Scrappy Table Topper

    9:00a at Glen Carbon Senior Center (doors open at 8:30)

    Marilyn will be leading us in how to use up scrap fabrics to make a table topper. You can bring left over jelly roll pieces or 2 1/2" squares.

    For the jelly roll version, you will need 30 2.5" strips that are at least 11" long. 2.5" pieces of fabric from your stash would also be fine. If using 2.5” squares, you will need 180.

    We will be learning a "quilt as you go" (QAYG) method of using scraps to create a table runner. We will be using muslin from the guild stash as backing. Batting lengths from the stash will be leftovers too.

    You will need your machine, thread, cutting tools, pins and a mat.

    Irons, backing and batting will be provided.

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    Panel Quilt Demo

    Jane Coons

    Jane has been involved with making quilts for 43 years. She began teaching hand sewing and was making her quilts completely by hand until she purchased her first longarm machine in 2001. She has done both free motion and computerized quilting. Most recently she has been working on Judy Niemeyer paper-pieced quilts. Jane can be found working at The Quilted Fox quilt shop in St Louis 2-3 days a week.


    President's Challenge

    Fall is Coming

    Create anything you would like relating to the Fall season: quilts, cross stitch, needlepoint, knitting, table runners, Halloween, Thanksgiving projects. We will not categorize, nor judge projects. All participants will get their names entered into a drawing for a President’s Challenge prize.

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    More details to come



    Felt Banners and Quilts?

    More details to come



    Annual Guild Auction

    This is our only fundraiser with all proceeds going to our guild for future speakers and expenditures.  We ask that each member bring at least one handmade item to contribute. It can be a food item or anything handmade.  NO white elephants.

    Please attach a description of your item to it. If food, please include the ingredients; if handmade, include any pattern information and/or size. This will help to move things along. Cash or checks only. 

    Bring family members and friends. Remember to bid high and bid often!!!

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    Christmas Party

    More details to come

    members only

    We will have a catered meal provided by Bella Milano. Entertainment will be provided by Donna Carli.

    It wouldn’t be a holiday party with a GIFT EXCHANGE. For those that wish to participate, bring a Fat Quarter, along with a sewing related gift NOT to exceed $10.

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    January 2024

    Demo month

    There will be four 15 minute demonstrations.

    • Faux Piping in Binding, by Ruth Gevers
    • Card Case, by Joan Barrett
    • English Paper Piecing, by Mary Dellamano
    • Making Ruffles, by Susan Miofsky

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    Me, Myself and My Quilts

    Susan Marth

    Susan Marth will be sharing how she got started quilting and her quilting business, how she designs quilts, where her inspiration comes from and how she sells her designs world-wide. A trunk show is included.

    March 1, 2024

    Community Service

    9:00am Sew-In

    We will be making cancer caps. Joan Barrett will be organizing this project.

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    More details to come