As we move forward the cases of Covid-19 continue to be high in the state so wearing masks is even more important now than ever. The last of the masks we had made were delivered on August 31st. We are officially on break but we do have an ongoing request from the Veterans Hospital. Please consider making a few more masks to donate to the VA. All types of masks are appreciated while pleated masks with elastic or t-shirt ties are preferred. If you are willing to sew more masks, please bring them to the next quilt drop-off September 22nd at the West Des Moines Christian Church between 1-3:00 pm. You may also email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange another time and place.
Thank you again for helping with making masks and help keep our communities safer.
17,079 Total Masks for Round 2 (July 20th-August 15)
14,375 Masks delivered to the Des Moines Public Schools
3,000 T-shirt ties made by Helen Nielsen
2,704 Masks delivered to the refugees in Cedar Rapids following the derecho, VA, Creative Visions, Children and Families of Iowa, Child Serve (August donations in addition to DMPS)
1,500+ Yards of fabric needed
525 Hand cut and sewn Olson masks for pre-K by Sharon M.
504 Kits cut and made available at Lion’s Park
32+ Tubs of fabric used from Sharon’s basement
153 People who made masks for the DMPS
84 Non-guild members who helped sew masks
79 Guild members who helped sew masks
43 Number of school buildings served in the DMPS
25 Number of masks in each kit
7 Number of different size/styles of masks offered
6 scheduled pick-up and drop-off days at Lion’s Park in Urbandale
7 Guild members helping at Lion’s Park: Elaine V., Carol H., Beth F., Mary F., Sandy P., Phylis B., and Kim P.
3 AccuQuilt cutters: Elaine V., Marilynn D., and Kim P.
1 Amazing job by the Des Moines Area Quilter’s Guild!
We can’t get together in person, but we can still make a difference together! Our communities continue to need quilts!!
Our August Community Giving Day was a huge success!
Another Community Giving Day has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
Join us from 1-3 pm or 6-7 pm at the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. We will meet in the parking lot. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing.
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. Finished quilts, tops, pillow cases, and placemats may be turned in. We are also in need of larger pieces of fabric, 2 or more yards, suitable for backings. We are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 22!
If you have questions, email Mary Franck email@example.com
Thanks to everyone for participating! Together we make a difference!
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
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:
Our focus for 2020 will be to continue providing quilts for those in need. The sizes we are looking for are in these ranges:
We appreciate your generosity In sharing your talent with those in need of assistance in our community.
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:
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:
Several small groups and individuals have taken on special projects that help to support the work of this committee:
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!