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*Chapters & Regions
*Heartland Region Notebook
*Forms & Documents
*Free Patterns from Heartland Region Members

Read the next issue of Heartbeats for detailed information about:
  • seminar, meetings, exhibits & workshops
  • membership & dues
  • Heartland on Facebook
  • scholarhips & awards
  • chapter outreach activities
  • committee reports
  • meeting minutes
  • registration forms.
Contact Marilee Sagat for a copy of the newsletter.

Region Board Members

Region Dir/Outreach:
Gini Adkins
Asst Reg Director:
Marietta Mason
Recording Secretary:
Darla Bohn
Vickie Patchin
Education Chair:
Terry Hanson
Solveig Walstrom
Nominating Committee:
Deborah Powell
Region Fund Raising Chair:
Deborah Powell
Nancy Crow
Marilee Sagat


The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc.

Great Lakes Region of EGA

National Academy of Needle Arts

Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts

Royal School of Needlework

Williamsburg School of Needlework
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The mission of The Embroiderers' Guild of America
is to inspire passion for the needle arts through
education and the celebration of its heritage.

Whether through Chapter affiliation or as a Member-At-Large, this is your opportunity to make new friends with stitchers of all skill levels! For more information, look around this website, send us an email below or find us on Facebook by searching Heartland Region Embroidery.

JOIN US ! Membership is open to all stitchers interested in the study of various embroideries, amateur or professional, beginner or advanced, regardless of age, gender, or national origin. Our youth membership is open to anyone 8-17 years of age.

Heartland Region has numerous chapters in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Gay Phillips Education Grant
Each Heartland Region chapter may apply for a $500 in education grant from the Heartland Region. This is made possible by the donation of the Gay Phillips Estate and the Heartland Region. Please see additional information on the Application Form. Following the grant funded event, a Report must be sent to Heartland Region.

Future Heartland Region Meetings

  • "Fountains of Fun" Fall Region Meeting and Workshop - Unity Village (Kansas City), MO
    October 21-23, 2016

    Hosted by Santa Fe Trail Chapter
    Check out the Workshop Brochure and Registration form.

  • "Froggin in the Coulee" Heartland Region Seminar
    March 16-19, 2017

    Radisson Hotel, LaCrosse, WI
    Hosted by Coulee Country Chapter

  • 2017 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop - Wichita, KS
    Hosted by Neeedle Arts Guild of Wichita

  • 2018 Spring Region Meeting - Quincy, IL
    Hosted by Quinsippi Needleworkers

  • 2018 Fall Region Meeting and Workshop - Quad Cities
    Hosted by Mississippi River Valley chapter

Chapter Events

  • "Through the Needle's Eye"
    August 6-October 8, 2016
    The Embroiderers'Guild of America - 20th National Exhibit
    Marion Heritage Center, Marion, IA
    Sponsored by the Cedar Valley Chapter of EGA

Region Events of Interest

  • Saturday, May 28, 2016 - "It's Not Your Grandmothers Needlepoint Extravaganza"
    Sponsored by Greater Kansas City Needlepoint Guild
    (Demonstrations and Exhibit)

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    10 AM - 5 PM
    Ritz Charles
    9000 West 137th Street
    Overland Park, KS 66221

National Events

  • "Star Spangled Seminar" - Alexandria, VA - November 2-6, 2016

  • "Blue Ridge Rendezvous" - Asheville, NC - August 16-20, 2017

  • "Diamond Jubilee" - Louisville, KY - October 3-7, 2018

  • [Heartland Region]- 2019 Date, place, theme to be determined.


Soldier Family Kissing Pillows are needed!

If you are willing to stitch a few Kissing Pillows for our military families, please contact Hazel Lundeen or Assistant Region Director Marietta Mason (email listed on left). Regular deployments are scheduled throughout 2016, so the need for pillows remains. Hazel has put together kits for stitching and has them available. Mail your stitched pieces to Hazel Lundeen for finishing. In addition to finishing, she will also stitch the stars if you choose. Hazel is requesting the stitched pieces be sent to her before Christmas, if at all possible. Either Hazel or Marietta can send you a copy of the pattern.

To date Heartland Region has contributed approx.1,650 pillows to the total of 32,000 that have been distributed through the Washington distribution site. The Evergreen Chapter of EGA in Washington state has been instrumental in getting these into the hands of our troops.

Your generous donation is greatly appreciated.

Correspondence Courses

At the fall 2013 region meeting, Heartland Region decided to suspend sponsoring an EGA correspondence course for a year. Instead, Heartland Region will encourage members to take advantage of the “The GCC Lightning Rounds”. Quoting from the national website, The latest BIG news in the GCC Program is the introduction of “The GCC Lightning Rounds”! These are four rotating courses that are offered quarterly for all EGA members to register for without a group. This is particularly favorable for Members-At-Large and small EGA chapters that have difficulty filling a larger group in order to take a Group Correspondence Course. “The GCC Lightning Rounds” will include four courses every three months. The schedule for these quarterly courses is as follows: March to May, June to August, September to November, and December to February. The time to complete your course remains the same – just the window for registration is limited. Generally there will be four courses available each quarter, however look for "Bonus Rounds" to be added some quarters and the newest twist in the GCC Program - "Flashback Lightning Rounds"! Look for courses that you may have seen before coming back for a limited time.

 Heartland Region Scholarship

Heartland Region is providing a $200 scholarship to any EGA member whose primary chapter is within the Heartland Region. The intent of the scholarship is to assist a member in broadening or continuing her study in an area related to needlework. The scholarship can be used for an Extended Study Program sponsored by EGA, personal research of some aspect of needlework or fiber arts conducted with the EGA Collection or at a museum or similar facility, toward cost or fees associated with travel to another country to study needle art, or other activities approved by the Education Chair and Region Director.

For details on the scholarship process review the complete Scholarship Guidelines. Click to download the Scholarship Application Form.

EGA Scholarships, Grants, Awards

There are many awards and opportunities available from EGA. Detailed information is available in the Education Catalog or on the EGA website.
Mary-Dick Digges Scholarship – to study surface embroidery defined as crewel embroidery, Japanese embroidery, and stumpwork. Deadline is April 1.
Penny Evans Memorial Scholarship – for an embroidery-related class, study project or similar education offering by EGA, The Royal School of Needlework or the City and Guilds of London Institute, in the US or UK. Deadline is April 1.
Research Fellowship Grant – for in-depth research in all areas of embroidery and allied textile arts, and to create a basis for dialogue between EGA and other grand and research institutions. Deadline is June 1.
Bobby Pilling Memorial Award – for an original piece of needlework, titled, in any technique accompanied by a short description of what inspired the piece and inspired the stitcher “to go outside the line.” Deadline is May 5.
Marjorie Jones Scholarship – for the benefits of students of crewel embroidery taking a crewel class at EGA’s National Seminar or an EGA region seminar. Deadline is April 15.
Gold Thread Award – for a person in your chapter or region you think should be recognized for their efforts for EGA? The Gold Thread Award is given to a member of each region annually to recognize outstanding individuals who have given freely of their time and talents, and best exemplify the mission of EGA. Deadline is May 1.



Newsletters & Contact Information

If you would like to receive a copy of the EGA E-Newsletter from National, contact Tonya Parks , to have your name added to the list.

The Heartland Region newsletter, Heartbeats, is available electronically to any Heartland Region member. If you wish to receive an email with the link to the newsletter, contact Marilee Sagat, editor, and she will add your name to the yahoo group.

Any changes to a member's contact information should be directed to the member's membership chair AND to Tonya Parks at This includes name, address, email address and telephone numbers.

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