Education Outreach

2016 Annual Report

One of the goals of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild is to educate the public. This year, that goal has been reached and then some. It has been a record year in every area of endeavor.

Creative Vision

The Creative Vision Quilting Class was in full force with an average of 15 ladies of the inner city participating each week during the school year. Members of the guild helped by assisting the class members, pinning the quilt tops and making needed kits. Over 150 quilts were made by the participants to use in their homes with their families. The learning of English while practicing quilting skills was an added benefit since many of the ladies are from other countries.

Kid’s Classes

The Kids Classes helped 50 students learn to quilt by making a lap quilt that they could take home and enjoy. It is a very popular program with all classes full at the West Des Moines and Pleasant Hill libraries. Guild members and former students guided the children to find success.

State Fair Sew In

The State Fair Sew-In was also a huge success with 450 quilts completed. These were donated to Bidwell Riverside, Camp Dodge Family Services, Angel Tree Camp, Children’s Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran Social Services of Iowa and to Child Serve. New this year was Adoption Saturday for Polk County where 70 quilts were given to 40 families. Quilters from 80 counties, 35 states and 4 foreign countries helped and learned about quilting. Many of these were people of all ages that had never before used a sewing machine.

The Community Closet

A Charity Closet is maintained with donations from Guild members and members of the community. Creekside Quilting continues to have a donation basket that enables people to donate to this closet. It provides the fabric for these projects as well as many others in the community:

  • Fabric was donated to 6 groups of Days for Girls (sanitary kits for girls in Third World Countries)
  • Operation Christmas Child (West Kirk Presbyterian),
  • God’s p\Pattern of Design (Lynda Charleston)
  • Boppies for Parent-Child Program for Casy, Mississippi
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Quilts for Honduras)
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Clare, Iowa
  • Modern Quilt group (Quilts for fallen local police officers)
  • Weekly Creative Vision Quilt Group
  • State Fair Sew-in

Several Small groups went beyond the call with donations of fabric, time and talent. The Warren County Piece Makers made 100 large ready-to-quilt kits. The Binding Sisters made many yards of binding ready to attach to quilts. The Creative Vision Quilting Group donated the machines and tools needed for the Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In.

Several companies also donated to the Education Committee Projects. They were Leo 9 Textiles (fabric), Creekside Quilting (50 two yard cuts) , Hobbs Batting Co.(batting), Metro Sales and Service (15 machines cleaned and serviced), Meredith Publishing (tops and fabric) , Piecework Quilt Shop (fabric) and Warm and Natural Co (batting).

Education is our goal and educating we have done in a big way. We all should be very proud of the lives touched by our projects.

Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber, Education Outreach Co-Chairs