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

Community Outreach

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!

Ongoing Community Outreach Programs

For our new members and a helpful reminder for those who have been active, listed below are our projects and where items will be donated this year:

Crib and Lap Quilts
ChildServe at Woodland Center. Help for children with special health care needs. Also the Linus Project.
Twin and Larger Quilts
Twin-size quilts are needed for the YMCA Supportive Campus. The program provides housing and supportive services to single men and women as they transition from being homeless to being self-supportive members of our community.
We collect placemats for Meals-on Wheels.  We have contacted Polk and neighboring counties who have homes for around 1000 placemats.  So you know what to do with your scraps, quilters!
We will occasionally have some kits available or you can supply your own fabric to make pillowcases.
Can Pull-Tabs
We collect can pull-tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Travel size or larger toiletries are brought to Local shelters
Veteran Quilts
Large lap quilt or bed-size quilts for the Community Living Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines
Alzheimer's Association Quilt Donation
Annually we donate a quilt to Alzheimer’s Association for their fundraiser
Fabric Donations
We encourage donations of 100% cotton fabrics and batting suitable for machine quilting. Please contact one of us or bring the fabric to a guild meeting.
Supplies for Des Moines Public School Sewing Classes
We send the following donations to the Des Moines Public School Sewing Classes:

  • 2 3/4 yd lengths of fabric (flannel or cotton) for pajama pants projects
  • 1 yd and 1/3 yd contrasting fabrics for middle school projects
  • 1/2″ wide ribbon
  • Knit, cotton and fashion fabrics in any size other than scraps
  • Interfacing
  • Insulbrite
  • Notions — zippers, thread, buttons, elastic, etc.

Please label these items with the words Des Moines Schools

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 Urbandale 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.