Meetings Fourth Tuesday of Every Month at Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 7 pm

Community Outreach

Current Community Outreach Projects

Due to Covid-19 Our Commitees Have Changed Focus and Ways of Working

Covid-19 Face Mask Sewing Details

We are so proud of all the masks you’ve made this year. Our current project is 8,000 masks are needed by August 15th for the Des Moines Public Schools.  Please consider helping with this project.

  • You can help by picking up a kit of precut, ready-to-sew supplies. Kits will contain: 25 masks of the same style and size, ties/elastic, and instructions 
  • Or you can use your own supplies with this specific pattern please: Click here for directions for the school’s intended style. 
  • Return finished masks in previously labeled Ziploc bag. Bags will be available at the park if you are using your own supplies. Do not bundle the masks.


  • Lions’s Park in Urbandale at 72nd and Aurora Avenue.
We will be on the west side of the park near the Gazebo and in the shade. 
  • Each Monday and Thursday starting July 20th from 9:00-11:00 am 
  • Please wear a mask and also pay close attention to the suggested 6ft of social distancing.

Thank you all so very much for your continued support.
We are an amazing team! We can collectively make a huge difference by sewing these masks for the schools. Our masks will help keep everyone safer in each building when the kids return to learn. 

If you have any questions about masks, email Kim

Community Giving Assistance is Needed August 18

What part of the State Fair will you miss most this year? Corn dogs, the Butter Cow, or the Sew-In for Kid’s Quilts? The agencies who receive the Kid’s Quilts each year will be missing those quilts made at the Fair. Their needs and others we serve with donations of quilts and placemats through Community Giving have not diminished. Since we have not been able to meet, our supply of quilts for donation has shrunk. Community Giving has planned an opportunity to help meet those needs.

Community Giving has scheduled special sessions for picking up quilt kits and dropping off finished Community Giving projects on Tuesday, August 18. Please join us from 1-3 pm or 6-7 pm in the parking lot of the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, WDM.
There will be a variety of Community Giving quilt kits from which to choose. Precut kits to make the  simple Kid’s Quilts will be available. We have tops with backing and batting to be quilted. Over 100 completed quilts need binding.

August is also the month when our guild usually has the Mall-In-The-Hall and the Charity Auction, to raise money for charity. This year that will not be possible, due to the need to control Covid-19. Supporting local charities is an important part of our Community Giving Program. Over the last 21 years the guild has raised over $200,000 for charity. We would like to continue that tradition. Please consider donating to two local charities, The Food Bank of Iowa and the Unity Point Nurse Navigator Program.

There will be a box to put checks in on August 18th at the West Des Moines Christian Church when we hand out and collect State Fair Children’s quilts and Community Giving quilts.  Or you can mail a check to Des Moines Area Quilters’ Guild PO Box 71709 Clive, IA 50325  Checks may be made out to Unity Point Foundation Compassion Fund or Food Bank of Iowa

Since 2018 Community Giving and Education Outreach committees have been working together to better use all of our resources. 

Community Outreach:  Mary Franck and Carol Hendrick
Education Outreach:  Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber

Community Giving

In 2019 206 finished quilts were donated from the members of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild to a total of 11 agencies.   The primary agencies were:

  •    ALS Foundation, Iowa Chapter/Family Assistance Program 
  •    Bidwell Riverside Center-Holiday gifts for kids
  •    Blank Children’s Hospital -NICU
  •    Habitat for Humanity 
  •    MercyOne Children’s Hospital,Des Moines 
  •    On With Life – rehabilitation center 
  •    Refugee Relocation Program/Catholic Charities 
  •    Sleep in Heavenly Peace-Iowa (Bunk beds for kids in need)

Our focus for 2020 will be to continue providing quilts for those in need. The sizes we are looking for are in these ranges:

  • BABY Quilts –   36 x 36
  • KIDS Quilts –  40s x 60s      
  • LAP Quilts –  50s x 70s for Habitat for Humanity, House of Mercy + others
  • TWIN Quilts – 60s x 80s for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, JOPPA, Refugee Relocation + others
  •  RED/WHITE/BLUE Quilts – any size for Veterans Home   

We appreciate your generosity In sharing your talent with those in need of assistance in our community.

Education Committee

The goal of the Education part of the Community Giving Committee is to serve the community and educate others about quilting.  With those goals in mind the committee endeavors to teach quilting skills and make donations to many agencies that help the community. 

The Kids Classes, an annual summer activity. We hold all classes at the Pleasant Hill Library.  We have to beginner classes with a simple design and one two day class for the advanced class, where they can choose a bit more complicated design.

The State Fair Sew-In was also a huge success with 642 quilts completed, in 2019.  These were donated to:

  • Bidwell Riverside Pre-school      
  •  Camp Dodge Family Services
  • Angel Tree Camp
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital
  •  Lutheran Social Services of Iowa
  • Child Serve
  •  Adoption Saturday
  •  Family Promise
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  •  House of Mercy  
  • Polk County DHS

Additional agencies are being investigated.

The Creative Vision Quilting Class is continuing to help inner city ladies learn to quilt.  Each week during the school year 8-20 ladies come to sew.  Members of the guild help with instruction, pinning quilts, cutting blocks, and making kits. Around 120 quilts were made in 2019.  Clothing construction has been very popular with ladies making clothing for themselves and their families. Quilting is the common language in these classes, with English being learned as the ladies sew and communicate with fellow quilters.

The Charity Fabric 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 give fabric.  The Fabric Closet provides fabric to anyone who needs fabric for their charity project.  This year the following groups have found needed fabric:

  • Des Moines Schools Home Arts Department
  • Quilts for Men
  • Days for Girls (6-8 groups)
  • DMAQG Charity Auction
  • Mall in the Hall left over items
    • West Des Moines Senior Center
    • Capital Hill Clothes Closet
    • Jefferson Methodist Church
    • Des Moines School Programs
    • Many Hands Thrift Store
    • Planned Parenthood Book Sale
    • ARL
  • Cary Christian Center in Mississippi (state fair batting and fabric scraps), they made 15 boppys for nursing mothers.
  • Little Dresses for Africa
  • West Des Moines Home Arts (9th grade)

Several small groups and individuals have taken on special projects that help to support the work of this committee:

  • Warren County Piece Makers-Nancy DeLay (200   large quilt kits)
  • Binding Sisters (Yards of binding for the fair)
  • Patchwork Pals ( whatever needs to be done)
  • Creekside Quilting (2 yard cuts and donation basket space)
  • Warm and Natural Batting Co. (batting)
  • Metro Sales and Service (service on 15 machines)
  • Piecework Quilt Shop (fabric)
  • Woodside Quilting (fabric)
  • Leo 9 Textiles (many bolts of fabric)
  • In-Stitches in Memory of Diane Myers (fabric)
  • Roberts Biro (fabric)
  • June Hyatt (fabric and notions)
  • Shenandoah Corner Quilters-Mems Henstorf (strips, binding, fabric)
  • Creative Vision Pinning Committee- sorting, pricing, making kits and organizing the Fabric Closet and work space)
  • Guild members ( cutting bags of fabric for strips and blocks)

The Education Committee wishes to thank all who help us have to have a successful year meeting the goals of the guild.  It takes a lot of people helping out to do all the things we do.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!