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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, January 26, we welcome Lynn Witzenburg.

Lynn has been machine quilting professionally since 1996. She is the author of Machine Quilting, The Basics & Beyond, a quilting teacher, and a past president of our guild. If you have seen her work, you know that it is beautful. 

The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Choosing Quilting Designs".  The evening lecture is titled "Life of a Mad Mad Quilter".


Guild meetings are held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, in West Des Moines.



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Piecetime News
  January 2010

The board had a great retreat day in early January. We got to know each other and learned what each of our jobs entail. Even more importantly, we got fired up to make 2010 one of the best years ever for our guild!


One of the exciting changes is that we will be switching to an email newsletter. The January newsletter will be the last one that will come to you by snail mail. Be sure to add the address to your approved sender list in your email program so you don't miss out on all the news. 


Our Program Chairwoman Peggy Kirk has an exciting schedule of lectures and programs lined up for 2010. Taking a workshop is a great way to improve your skills, have a fun day, and get acquainted with some of your fellow guild members.


As a board, we came to the realization that small groups are essential to the vitality of our guild. After the guild meetings, we will have a special table set up in the refreshments area to help facilitate the formation of small groups. If you are already in a small group but need some "new blood" in your group, come join us to meet some folks who would like to join or form a small group.


I hope you have all been getting lots of quilting done on the many cold and snowy days we have had.


Liz Porter

Board Openings

Carol Freeland volunteered to be fill the open position of Director at Large. At its January retreat the Board voted to appoint her to that position for a one year term.


Val Russell volunteered to fill the position of Program Chair Elect.  Val will need to be approved by the guild membership at the January 26 guild meeting.

Exciting News About the Guild Newsletter

The DMAQG Board has voted to move forward with switching to a new format for the Guild newsletter. In February the newsletter will arrive in your email inbox rather than through US mail. The Board feels that this will have advantages for the members and for the Guild.


·     Timely Delivery:  Members will receive the newsletter on a more timely basis. Currently with the mailed version, the newsletter arrives just before the meeting and sometimes after the meeting and after some of the activities listed in the newsletter have already occurred.

·     Live Links:  We will include live links to speaker's and advertiser's web sites so you can easily check out upcoming programs and other items of interest.

·     Color Photos:  We can feature your wonderful quilts and those of our speakers in color, as opposed to black and white.

·     More Frequent and Up-to-Date Information:  If new information becomes available after the newsletter is emailed, we can send an updated or new edition.

·     Delivery Anywhere:  If you are out of town, the newsletter can be just as close as a computer connected to the internet. Just think, you can sit in your favorite coffee shop that has internet access, sip on a latte, and catch up on the guild news on your laptop.

·     Cost savings:  Currently the annual cost of producing and mailing the newsletter is nearly equivalent to that of producing the quilt show. Emailing the newsletter will make it possible to put the savings towards programs for the benefit of the membership.

·     No Increase in Dues:  Economical preparation and delivery of the newsletter will allow us to keep dues at the current level and still provide all the terrific speakers and programs that you are accustomed to.

·     Environmental Issues:  We will also be "greener." You can print and keep just those pages or items you are interested in. The full newsletter will be as close as your computer.




What if I don't have email?

   · A limited number of printed copies of the newsletter will be available for pickup at the monthly meetings.

   · You can set up your own free email account at one of the following sites:

   · Most public libraries have computers with access to the internet that are free for patrons to use.


What can you do to ensure that you don't miss an issue of the newsletter?

Make sure that the Guild has your correct email address. Check your listing in the 2009 Member Directory. If your email address is missing or incorrect, contact Sandy Lanning, Recording Secretary, at to get it updated.


As always, your email address will be used only for Guild communication and will not be sold or shared with any other organization or company.

January Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, January 26, we welcome Lynn Witzenburg.


Lynn has been machine quilting professionally since 1996.  She is the author of Machine Quilting - The Basics & Beyond. Lynn teaches quilting and is a past president of our guild.If you have seen her work, you know that it is beautiful.


The topic of Lynn's afternoon lecture is "Choosing Quilting Designs".The evening lecture is titled "Life of a Mad Mad Quilter".


There is still room in her Wednesday class on Machine Trapunto. There is also room in the Thursday class with Ilene Bartos titled "Fall Maple Leaf"


Please go to the registration page and sign up for these classes today.What a great way to chase away the January doldrums. Join your friends in some fun filled classes.


Guild meetings are held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, in West Des Moines.

Newcomers' Meetings

January Newcomers Program will take place on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  We will be working on Name Tags Using Wool Applique. 


Peggy Kirk (2010 Program Chair) and Lisa Flyr (Retreat Co-Chair) will fill us in on what is coming up this year and their roles on the board. 


We will begin with Introductions, Show & Tell (bring what you have finished or what you are working on), and we will also try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project. 


Upcoming meetings

February 16 -- paper piecing with Sharon Meisenheimer

March 16 -- string quilts with JoAnn Belling

April 20 -- binding with Liz Porter

May 18 -- thread play with Janet Pittman

June 15 -- friendship quilting with Jill Reber

July 20 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg

August 17 -- hand appliqué with Mary Shotwell

September 21 -- TBA.


I am looking forward to meeting all of you and expect a year of FUN!!!! If you have any questions, please contact me at 515-270-1485.  See you there! 


Diane Thiese, Vice President

Small Group Activities 

Are you looking for idea's to do with your small group this year?  We gathered plenty of ideas during the spring and fall retreats.  Hopefully this list will help you decide on your next project.
* NICU -- baby quilts and blankets (Doris)
* Christian Appalachian Project -- quilts for Appalachian children (Doris)
* Dignity quilt -- a quilt that would cover a body bag when the funeral director comes to a home after a death (group: Pins & Needles)
* Birthday blocks; 30's nine patch; charity quilts; puzzler pattern; made bags (purse type & duffle) at a meeting; taught a new technique at meeting; medallion & row quilts; tried painting and art type projects; fabric & block exchange; round robin starting with medallion or row;  (group: Sew N Sews)
* Pattern exchange -- bring a pattern you purchased but just know you won't make (group: Itch'n to Stitch)
* Baby quilts for Mercy NICU; birthday lunches and give fat quarters; shop hops together; quilted bags for travel (group: Loose threads)
* Exchange 4" batiks to each make a 'disappearing' 9 patch quilt; exchange 5" blocks (1/2 dark, 1/2 light) for scrap charm quilt; make blocks for charity auction (group: Itch'n to Stitch)
* Road trips & retreats; sleepovers; charity projects; group projects for each other; round robin; quilts for raffles; lunches (group: Sew Sew Joyful)
* Fabric dying demos; pincushions; plastic dolls; mystery quilts; pizza box; round robin; charity sewing days; shop hops; step-by-step paper bag exchange project (group: Pin Pals)
* Quilt in a box -- trade a box every month with your choice of project in it (group: Rather Bee Quilters
* Exchange 10" square of fabric -- those that like charms can get 4 charms, those that like appliqué can enlarge their stash (group: Rowdy Rippers)
* Brown bag round robin -- make a center square or rectangle and put in large brown bag with your name-- exchange each month; ugly fat quarter exchange--fq in brown sack so you have no idea what you are selecting; puzzler quilt; mystery lap quilts (patterns from Deanna Wilson and from Marge Pearson) (group: Quilts Under Construction)
* Row quilt; civil war charm exchange twice a year for 1 1/2 years (group: Needles & Threads)
Lisa Flyr and Beth Hromyak, Retreat Co-Chairs
Thank You Letter from 2009 Quilt Show Judge
Thank you for inviting me to judge the 2009 DMAQG quilt show. What talented quilters you have in your group! I was especially pleased to see such excellent binding techniques. I was told that you followed up on the suggestion of a previous judge to offer a binding class, and that definitely showed in this year's entries. The judging volunteers asked me to share a few additional comments on bindings.
To avoid having a joining seam too near a binding corner, lay your quilt out on a table or the floor and then place your binding around the edges before attaching it to see where those joining seams will be. First press your binding in half lengthwise. Next pin the first end near the middle of one side. Then 'walk' it around the edges, turning it at the corners as you will when you sew it. If any joining seams are too close to a corner, shift the starting point to move the seams farther away. If adjusting the starting point does not get all the seams away from the corners, consider cutting a small section of binding out and re-stitching that joining seam to change its position. That will make your corners smoother and easier to miter.
To achieve nice sharp 90° corners, first be sure the corners are 90° before adding the binding (use a large square ruler to check them), and then stitch the mitering fold shut on the back and on the front of the quilt.
Also strive to keep the binding a consistent width on the front and the back of the quilt. Beware of dotted or highly patterned fabrics; sometimes they can make the edges of a quilt appear less straight than they are. A great binding can really enhance your quilt's competitive edge.
Another way to improve your quilt's standing in the competition is to make sure it is entered in the proper category. As a judge I want to give the awards to the quilts that have the best design and workmanship in each category, but I don't think it is fair to the entrants whose quilts do belong in a category if I reward quilts that belong somewhere else. It really isn't fair to those quilts either because they might have placed higher had been entered in a more appropriate category. Be sure to read the rules carefully, and contact the show chairs if you have any questions.
Thank you, again, for asking me to judge your quilts. I wish I could have seen them hanging in the show, but I wasn't able to return the following weekend. I hope to attend next year.
Kate Eelkema, NQACJ
St. Paul, Minnesota

Community Service
Thank you to all members who answered my pleas for quilting and binding and to everyone who shared their time and talents, making it possible to donate 127 quilts to New Directions, St. Joseph's Family Shelter, Lutheran Neo-natal Unit, and Broadlawns Hospital.
Guild members contributed 597 placemats for Meals on Wheels. Joann Belling made a record 100 placemats throughout the year.  Way to go Joann!!
Ronald McDonald received 70 pounds of pop tabs.
Both shelters and Mitchellville Corrections received 90 pounds of toiletries. Thanks to your generosity, many lives were touched by your thoughtfulness.

I feel confident that Carolyn and Joan will do a great job with community service and will have the support of a dedicated guild.

Happy New Year!
Judy D'Iapico
2010 Community Service

Joan Rotert and I are looking forward to serving as co-chairs on the Community Service Committee for the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to Judy D'lapico for her 2 years of service.  Under her leadership many of you responded with a tremendous outpouring of items and we applaud all your efforts!!  Joan and I would like to encourage you to continue to support the ongoing projects our committee has adopted.  For new members and a helpful reminder for those who have been active, here are the projects and where they are donated:
Crib, lap or twin size quilts: New Directions Shelter, St. Joseph's Family Shelter, Lutheran Neo-natal Unit, Broadlawn's Hospital

Placemats (13"x18"):  Meals on Wheels

Pop Pull Tabs: Ronald McDonald House

Toiletries (travel sizes or larger): New Directions Shelter, St. Joseph's Shelter, Mitchellville Women's Corrections Center
 We also encourage donations of 100% cotton fabric and packaged batting suitable for machine quilting.  We always need large size pieces of fabric for backings.

Throughout the coming year Joan and I will have "kits" that we have put together with past donations available at our meetings for you to return when completed.  All skill levels are welcome and we encourage you to show your work during show and tell. Joan has a new project opportunity she will highlight at our January meetings. The first community sewing day of the year is in the works. Watch for more information in the February newsletter. One or both of us will be at the guild meetings to gather your donated items. Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions. 
 Carolyn Eliason, Co-chair Community Service
2010 Quilt Show 
The new year is here, and work is getting underway for the AQS Quilt Expo - Des Moines/ DMAQG Show, October 6-9, 2010, at the Iowa Events Center.  Our theme for this year's show is "A World of Quilts". The show committee has been formed and some committee members have already started working individually. The entire committee will start working together in February. 
Many of your questions have been addressed along with other aspects of the show.  We are very excited about the show, and we both feel a strong need for our DMAQG show to maintain its own identity, even within the larger AQS show. We will be communicating the latest show information at guild meetings and in future newsletter articles.
We hope that all our members share our excitement about this year's show and help out when asked.  All our members will have an important role to play to make the 2010 show successful.
Julia Shires and Barb Snuggs,
Quilt Show Co-Chairs
From the Library
Happy 2010 from your guild librarians! Due to lack of space, we will NO LONGER be accepting magazine donations. We will still accept book donations. Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past and will continue to donate in the future.
We are currently looking for a fellow librarian to start immediately. This would be a two year commitment (2010/2011). In past years, librarians would star anew every 2 years. 2010 would be a training year for this position with the current librarians. We feel this would provide a smooth transition by having one "experienced" person serving with a "person in training." If interested, please call Mary (267-0098) or Barb (669-7363) or talk to us at a guild meeting.
If you are looking for a certain guild book, please check our list on the web and e-mail or call us before the next scheduled guild meeting. We will gladly have it on hand for you when you check in.

Also, please remember to return the books you have checked out from the guild. They are checked out for a one month period. More members will benefit if books are returned on a timely basis.

Thank you,
Mary Martin and Barb Nelson, Librarians