FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where and When are the monthly meetings?
The Guild meets at the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.

The meetings are the fourth Tuesday of every month with the following exceptions:
November – No Meeting
December – “December Tea” held at 9AM on the 1st or 2nd Saturday depending on Church availability.

There is an afternoon meeting at 1PM and an evening meeting at 7PM. Guests are always welcome. There is a $10 guest fee.

Program and meeting information can be found here on under the heading of Programs>Meeting Presentations. Click here to visit now.

There is also a Facebook page under the name of “Des Moines Area Quilters Guild”, where meeting information is often posted. Click here to visit that page now.

How can I donate fabric and/or sewing supplies?
Thank you for thinking about the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild for your donation. The Guild welcomes donations of fabric, batting, thread, books and other sewing and quilting related items. Donations may be dropped off at our monthly guild meetings, which are held the fourth Tuesday of every month except for November and December. There is an afternoon meeting at 1PM and an evening meeting at 7PM. The Guild meets in Building 2 at the West Des Moines Christian Church. 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.

If you have an exceptionally large donation or want to coordinate a different drop off day please contact our Education Outreach Chairperson, Sharon Meisenheimer at 515-986-1145 or rmeis@aol.com.

What do you do with donated fabric/materials?
The guild finds the appropriate home for everything that is donated. Members of our Education Outreach and/or Community Giving groups sort through every donation. Education Outreach and Community Giving use the majority of the quilting fabrics that are donated.

Through Community Giving, much of the fabric is distributed to the general membership as a kit and then returned back as a completed quilt, which is then distributed to the community as current needs dictate.

Education Outreach needs quilting fabric for Children’s Classes that are held every summer. Donated fabric is also needed each year for the “Sew-In” at the Iowa State Fair. Over the last five years, at least 700 quilts have been made at the State Fair Sew-In. These quilts are then donated to various organizations throughout Iowa.

The Retreat Committee often requests quilting fabric for a group charity project to be completed at one or both of the guild retreats.

Fashion Fabrics, felt, upholstery fabrics, etc are donated to local schools. The schools use them in a variety of ways – from making costumes to home economics classes.

Donated sewing supplies such as thread and notions are used by Education Outreach and Community Giving, given to local schools, or in some cases sold at our annual sale Mall in the Hall. Funds received at Mall in the Hall support all our charitable efforts.

What level of experience is needed to take a Workshop or Class?
Each year the Programs Chairs select workshops that are suitable for any expertise level from Beginner to Advanced. Each participant should possess basic sewing and/or quilting skills and basic knowledge of their own sewing machines (when machines are required). Workshops and Classes are generally a relaxed atmosphere, extremely fun and a great way to get to know other members of the guild.
Does the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild work on Charity projects?
Part of the guild’s overall mission is focused on Community Giving. Over the years, the DMAQG has donated hundreds of quilts, placemats and pillowcases to various charitable organizations in the greater Des Moines area and other parts of Iowa. Just a few of the recent recipients have been Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Veteran Organizations, Dorothy’s House, Alzheimer’s Association, Ronald McDonald House, JOPPA Outreach and Meals on Wheels.
Why am I not receiving my Newsletter?
Generally, there are three reasons.

  1. Occasionally, a human error is made in transcription, when email addresses are entered into the membership system and we simply have the wrong email address on file.
  2. The recipient’s email system is marking the Newsletter as Junk and it is in a spam folder.
  3. The recipient has accidently un-subscribed to the Newsletter.

What you need to do:

  • Add dmaqg@etmcreative.com to your address book and/or contacts list
  • Re-subscribe to guild newsletter by visiting dmaqg.org/newsletter. Enter your e-mail and contact information and press the “SUBSCRIBE” button. By adding your e-mail address yourself you can be assured it was indeed entered correctly. It also gives us permission to add you back to the list if you’ve been unsubscribed.
  • Email us to check your newsletter subscription status and investigate further. Email: dmaqgweb@gmail.com
What is the password on the website? What is password protected?
The current membership list is the only part of the website that is password protected. The web password is changed every year in the March/April timeframe. The password is mailed to the current, paid-up general membership. If you have forgotten or did not receive the password, please send an email to dmaqgweb@gmail.com and once your membership has been verified the password will be emailed to you.
How can I get in touch with a specific board member?
If you have a question you would like to contact a specific board member about, that is a great way to get questions answered fully and quickly. Their contact information is often included in our newsletter stories, but is not published on the public side of the website for privacy reasons. However our board members are very helpful and would be interested in talking to members. Visit the Directory page, login to view the directory and the first page lists the board members’ contact info.
If you have questions that have not been answered here, email dmaqgweb@gmail.com with them and we will be happy to answer them.