At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, January 25, we welcome Sue Spargo. Sue was born in Zambia and received her education and trained to be a nurse in South Africa. She
then moved to England where the shift between two very different
cultures and environments continues to influence her designs. In 1989 she moved again, this time to the United States. She has lived in Connecticut, Tennessee, Utah, and now Ohio. These experiences combined to create in her a love of 'primitive art' which is portrayed in her quilting designs.
The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Finding Your Creativity." The evening lecture is titled "Travel Journals."
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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We were notified of a change after the Piecetime Programs was e-mailed to everyone last week. There will be NO
Crazy Quilt Marathon at the Iowa State Historical Museum on February 5.
They are now looking at possibly doing the marathon in October.
Happy New Year!
hard to believe we are starting a new year again! I hope everyone
had great holidays and time to spend with family and friends. The
December Tea was a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas Season for
me. Great Friends, Laughter, Wonderful Treats, Review of
Accomplishments, Beautiful Quilts, Kick-off for 2011, and just Lots of
have been working with the President's Challenge Quilts today and how
awesome it is to see them through a camera lens. All
10 entries were outstanding and so inspirational. It shows
that as quilters we keep our eyes sharp on the surroundings around
us from Granddaughters entranced with snow falling outside
the window, tatted snowflakes, building snowmen, and
observing our Iowa wildlife and natural surroundings. I have
taken pictures of all 10 which we will include in the February
newsletter and also on the website. The 8 finalists for the
AQS entry are Anita Gogerty, Barb Riggs, Judy D'Iapico, Mildred
Agena, Jan Hall, Lynn Randall, Bridgett Lottman, and Pat Weber. I
would love to have all who entered send me a short description of what
inspired their quilts, the methods or classes they used, and a little
bit about their quilting background (I was very excited a new member
took the plunge and entered--what a great show of strength!).
board had their first meeting of the year and what a great year we are
going to have based on discussions we had. As last year, this
board isn't letting any snow melt or grass grow under their feet. I
am not going to take away others' thunder but we did get a glimpse at
an example of the 2011 Quilt Show challenge and the Festival of Trees
quilts being completed. Both are fantastic and will be a treat for
you to see. We went through the budget and once that is final we
will be publishing it for your review. Many THANKS to Carolyn
Eliason for hosting us at her home and to Gerry Hingst for having
details ready for the 2011 budget
discussion. As always, please call a board
member if you have any questions or concerns.
for everything you do for the Guild. It would not be the same
without you. Be sure to invite your friends--we have great speakers and
it is a great time of sharing. I look forward to seeing you in
January with Sue Spargo.
2011 President's Challenge
2011 President's Challenge is "Uffda". For those of you who are
not Norwegian or a Norwegian "Want-A-Be" here is the Wikipedia
da is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload.
It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion,
relief and sometimes dismay."
will have more examples as we go through the year! Coming from
Decorah, we have a lot of fun with this term and hope you will to!
The rules for the challenge are as follows:
* Finished quilt size: 40"x30" (horizontal).
* The quilt may be pieced, appliqued, painted, stenciled, or embellished in any manner
* The finished quilt must consist of three layers.
* The quilt must be constructed and quilted by one person.
must be finished (quilted and bound) and hung at the December 2010 Tea,
where guild members will vote for the top eight to be entered into the
AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge.
Upcoming 2011 Workshops
mission of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild is to stimulate an
interest in quilts and quilt making, educating its members, and provide
for the inter-change of information. (Adopted -- September 20,
Happy New Year! Hopefully your new year is shaping up to be one of your best quilting years ever. We
have a great slate of teachers lined up to assist you in trying new
techniques or perhaps to fine tune skills you already possess. All workshops currently have room for additional participants so please look over the classes listed below and sign up to reserve your spot now, especially for the January and February workshops. You may mail, email ,or call in your reservation. And of course, we will be taking reservations at our meetings on Tuesdays. Val Russell's email is firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Val at 641-447-2411.
January's Workshop will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church
at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. To get there from
Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway, exit 70. Turn east
onto Mills Civic Parkway and drive about .9 of a mile. The West
Des Moines Christian Church will be on the north side of Mills Civic
Parkway. We will meet in Building #3 which is the one
closest to Prairie Life Fitness.
Sue Spargo www.suespargo.com
Wednesday, January 26 (9am - 4pm) -- ALTERED TEXTURE FLOWER BASKET -- Uses
hand dyed wools. Add embellishments to give it personality. You
will need to stitch a little appliqué down before class so you will need to pick up the $32 kit at the Guild meeting before the class so some work can be done prior to class. If you are interested in this workshop, send in the registration information as soon as possible. I will be in Des Moines Tuesday, the 18th, Thursday, the 20th, and Friday the 21st and will bring your kit with me so you can work on it ahead of time.
Thursday, January 27 (9am - 4pm) -- TWO BIRDS FROM MAGNOLIA -- The
workshop will focus on the two birds block of Sue's Magnolia
quilt. She uses hand dyed wools for many of her quilts. Requires a $32 kit (this is NOT the same as Wednesday's class kit).
Elsie Campbell www.elsiemcampbell.com
Wednesday, February 23 (9am - 4pm) -- FUN WITH FLOWERS
-- Turn scraps into an appliquéd floral medallion wall quilt.
Paper-backed fusible webbing makes it easy. Your imagination makes
it beautiful. Fun With Flowers supply list: http://elsiemcampbell.com/files/Fun_with_Flowers_supply.pdf
perfect stars with pointers from Elsie. She shares secrets for
preventing belly-button centers and pin-wheeling points. From cutting
and stitching to pressing and setting in triangles and squares, this
class covers it all! Seeing Stars supply list
Thursday, February 24 (9am - 4pm) -- SEEING STARS?!!!
Rose Hughes www.rosehughes.com
Wednesday, March 23 (9am - 4pm) -- DOUBLE- QUILT APPLIQUE -- In
this workshop you will learn two machine applique techniques that are
not only easy to achieve but will open new doors to your creativity.
Thursday, March 24 (9am - 4pm) -- WHAT's ON TOP? EMBELLISHMENT! -- In
this class we'll explore the varied and delightfully creative forms
embellishments can take in our work, and how you can use them to add
drama, whimsy, character and sparkle to your quilts.
Wendy Butler Berns
Wednesday, April 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CREATING CAPTIVATING COLORFUL QUILTS -- Begin
to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices. Develop confidence
in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics.
This is a technique and project based class..
Thursday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) -- CAPTIVATING CONE FLOWER -- Learn the process of creating simple pictorial quilts from a photograph or picture.
Karen Eckmeier www.quilted-lizard.com
Wednesday, May 25 (9am - 4pm) -- ACCIDENTAL LANDSCAPES: BEACHES -- Here
is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's
layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and
easy to make, no templates, no fuss -- just free form rotary cutting and
topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details
like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs,
umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.
Thursday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) -- HAPPY VILLAGES/ FABRIC COLLAGE -- Explore
the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to
trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step
your little village will magically come to life.
Nancy Prince www.nancyprince.com
Wednesday, June 29 (9am - 4pm) -- THREAD PAINTED LANDSCAPES -- Introduces
two thread painting techniques. You will learn how simple thread
painting is. A zigzag or straight stitch are the only stitches necessary
to create amazing thread painted designs. No artistic skill is needed
so come join us for a day full of fun. Simple designs have been selected
to boost your confidence right away.
Thursday, June 30 (9am - 4pm) -- SHADING AND BLENDING WITH THREAD -- This
workshop will introduce you to a simple way of blending and shading
with thread. The process might seem complicated, but Nancy's
step-by-step approach will show you how choosing the correct thread
colors and the color-coded design makes thread painting the design a
snap. It's easy and way too much fun!!
Joanie Zeier Poole
Wednesday, July 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CHOOSING, ADAPTING, AND USING QUILTING DESIGNS --
for a day of fun and discovery creating your own quilting designs with
Joanie's easy paper template method! Using simple tools and skills from
the art world, learn to manipulate almost any image, including stencils
and paper patterns, to fill the quilt top with perfectly coordinating
squares, triangles and multi-sized borders. Prior to class, each student
constructs a small quilt top that is used to demonstrate how various
spaces are divided and filled and to show a variety of marking
procedures. All experience levels, any quilting technique --no machines
required. Material fee of $3.00 to be collected in class.
Thursday, July 28 (9am - 4pm) -- IVY WREATH REFINED FREE-MOTION -- In
the tradition of the great wholecloth quilts, transform a solid piece
of fabric into a work of beauty using the graceful Ivy Wreath design
created especially for this class. Focus on refined free-motion
techniques using the basic elements of Heirloom Machine Quilting:
curvilinear motifs, grids, and stippling. Class includes information on
essential supplies, machine set-up, marking, basting, navigating the
design, plus time to begin stitching this beautiful project. Requires:
$6.00 pattern and either the Ivory Sateen kit $22.00 or Willow
Radiance kit $25.00. Must be ordered in advance as students need
to prewash, starch, and mark their projects before class.
Anita Shackelford www.anitashakelford.com
Wednesday, October 26 (9am - 4pm) -- BRODERIE PERSE APPLIQUE -- Take
inspiration from a special fabric and design a chintz appliqué block in
a style that is traditional or today. Practice both blind stitch and
blanket stitch edges.
Thursday, October 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SPRING BOUQUET -- Create
a bouquet of carnation, wildflowers and lily-of-the-valley tied with a
bow. Techniques covered are corded stems, stuffed appliqué, two types of
ruching, free-form berries and lily-of-the-valley, unit-appliqué ribbon
and embroidery embellishment.
The Newcomers Program for January will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Barb Smalley will present a program on the history of quilting and Amish quilts.
to bring any projects you are currently working on. We will try to
cover any issues you may be having on a current project. If you have
any questions, please call Barb at 515-279-2651.
Barb Smalley, Vice President
Adopt A Speaker
Our new Adopt a Speaker program has been received with enthusiasm but there are still two speakers waiting to be adopted. They are: Elsie Campbell in February and Joanie Zeier Poole in July.
you or your small group would like to serve as a hostess to either of
these speakers, please consider adopting her while she is here for the
guild programs and workshops. Both of these speakers will be driving here. This
means that you or members of your small group will be responsible for
checking with the speaker at their hotel to find out if they need
transportation to the guild for their program or to and from the
workshops. Lodging has already been arranged for the speakers
the hostess will take the speaker to dinner and lunches.
Traditionally, the speakers have been taken to Paradise Pizza for dinner
with the board and other interested members between the afternoon
meeting and evening meeting of the guild. Except for this
dinner, the hostess will be free to arrange all lunches and dinners for
the speaker while she is here.
If you or your small group wish to adopt one of the speakers above, please contact Val Russell at Val@grm.net or 641-447-2411.
Wilson and I are looking forward to serving on the Community Service
area of the DMAQG. I personally would like to say a huge thank you to
Joan Rotert for serving with me last year. I enjoyed working with
her--Joan has a kind heart who shares her many talents in a positive
was a very productive year. Total donations for the year were: 1157
Placemats, 330 Quilts, 76 Clothing Protectors, 420 Pillowcases, 120
Pounds of Toiletries' and 29 Pounds of Pop Tabs. Donations were made to
Meals on Wheels, Broadlawns Pediatrics, Lutheran Hospital Children's
Behavioral Unit, New Directions Shelter, Beacon of Life, House of Mercy,
St. Joseph's Family Shelter, Taylor House, Bidwell Riverside,
Children's and Families of Iowa Violence Center, Calvin Community AL
Unit, Legacy Pointe, West Des Moines Human Services, ConKerr Cancer and
the Ronald McDonald House. In addition, 48 students participated in the 2
Kids Classes held at the libraries and 253 Quilts were made at the
State Fair Sew In. We applaud everyone who helped our community with
your sewing skills and provided things to those in need.
donors for the year were treated to a luncheon held in their honor on
Saturday December 11th. Total donations and donors in the categories
were; Margaret Simons 309 placemats, Helen Smith 21 crib/lap quilts,
Shirley Loeffler, Kathy Russi and Rod Turner each made 3 twin/larger
quilts, Mildred Agena 17 clothing protectors, and Jan Hetzel 45
pillowcases. Thanks again for all your donations!
Community Sewing Day
those who like to plan ahead, our first Community Sewing day will be
Monday, April 18th from 9-4 at the Urbandale Public Library. Sign up
will begin at the February meeting.
Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service
us March 17-20 for the Guild's spring retreat at Camp Wesley
Woods. Registration opens January 15 and the form can be found on
the Guild's website by clicking here.
You can also register at the guild meetings in January or
February. Registration for housing is on a first-come, first serve
basis so register early.
Wasson will be giving table massages at the retreat. The cost for a 30
minute massage is $30. Please contact Gayla directly to schedule
your massage time by calling her at home 641-755-4499 or cell
phone 515-360-3454 or by e-mail at email@example.com
If you have any questions, please call Margaret Simons at 256-0077 or Arda Mathern at 266-4223. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.
Arda and Margaret
LOST and FOUND
The following items were left behind at the Fall Retreat:
electric cord for a sewing machine
any of these items belong to you, please check at the Retreat table at
the January guild meeting or call Arda Mathern at 266-4223 or
Margaret Simons at 256-0077.
Memorial for Barb Snuggs
you are all aware, Barb Snuggs, 2010 Quilt Show co-chair, passed away
early this winter. For her Appreciation Gift as a retiring Board Member,
Barb had requested signed hatchet blocks using batik fabric.
would like to honor Barb's memory by asking that you donate a signed
hatchet block using batik fabric of any color. We have a member who has
volunteered to make the donated blocks into a quilt. The quilt will be
displayed at the 2011 quilt show and then will be given to Barb's
family. Barb loved the quilt show and would be pleased that her quilt
will be seen by so many others.
consider taking a few minutes to make a block in honor of Barb. You can
bring your completed block to the January or February meetings and drop
it off at the Community Service table. Thanks in advance for your
Directions for 4" finished hatchet block:
Cut the following for each block:
Background - one 4 1/2" square
Accent fabric - two 2 1/2" squares
a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each of the
accent squares. Place one on a corner of the background square. Sew on
the drawn line. Square up. Repeat on the opposite corner. Use a
permanent marker to sign your block.
Appreciation Gifts for Retiring Board Members
If you have not already done so and would like to thank the retiring board members for serving on the board, please bring a fat quarter or hatchet block to the January meeting.
The retiring board members and their choices for thank-you gifts are:
Missie Carpenter, Treasurer -- fat quarters of Jo Morton type reproduction (not her brand only) fabrics
Pat Hjelmeland, Corresponding Secretary -- either hatchet block or a fat quarter in a black and white print.
Peggy Kirk, Program Chair -- signed hatchet block using batiks
Julia Shires, Quilt Show Co-Chair -- fat quarter of the giver's choice
Beth Hromyak, Retreat Co-Chair -- fat quarter in either white, light cream, or yellow
Lisa Flyr, Retreat Co-Chair -- fat quarter in aqua or lime green
Joan Rotert, Community Service -- fat quarter in blues
Barb Nelson, Librarian -- donate 2 yard cuts to State Fair Kid's Sewing project
Mary Martin, Librarian - fat quarters of reproduction fabrics
Carolyn Freeland, Director at Large - does not wish to receive any fabric
2011 All Guild Challenge--Trying Something New
there has been a Quilt Show Challenge in which individuals purchased a
'challenge' kit with a small amount of several fabrics and would then
create a 'challenge quilt' using 2 or more of those fabrics.
Directors at Large, Quilt Show Co-Chairs, and Community Services
Committees would like to try something different in 2011. Rather than
members creating individual challenge quilts, this year's challenge will
be a group or 'community' challenge project for our entire guild
consistent with the theme of this year's quilt show which is "A
Community of Quilts and Quilters".
2011 Quilt Show Challenge will be for the DMAQG to make 150 patriotic
quilts by the time of the quilt show, with the quilts being donated to
the residents of the Veterans Home in Des Moines. (Several of the
Veterans Homes in Iowa have been closed and consolidated to Marshalltown
or Des Moines). We want to have a quilt to give to every veteran living
at the Des Moines Veterans Home, with the timing of donating the quilts
being between our show and Veterans Day in November. All of these
quilts will be displayed at the show. None of the
quilts will be entered in the show but they will be displayed at the
show, similar to how the kids charity quilts were displayed last year.
We'll soon provide more detail about this challenge and the process for
turning in your completed patriotic quilts.
quilts should be no smaller than 48" x 60" and go up to twin size
(approximately 60" x 90"). This 48" x 60" minimum size ensures the quilt
is long enough to cover the lap and legs and wide enough to tuck in
around legs or across the bed. We ask that the quilts be some
combination of red, white, blue, and/or gold. Because these quilts will
be used and laundered in an industrial manner (probably hot water), it's
important to prewash or thoroughly test your fabric for colorfastness.
When you select the fabrics to use in your veterans' quilt, keep in mind
that 90-95% of the residents are men.
help some of you get started, we will: (1) have a number of pre-cut
kits available for simple quilt patterns, and (2) have directions for 4
or 5 simple quilt designs available for members. Members can also use
whatever other quilt pattern they'd like. We encourage members to work
together to create a patriotic quilt in keeping with the 'community of
quilters' show theme. Consider working with a couple of members you
don't know to make a veteran's quilt: you will expand your 'community of
quilters' and you will be recognizing the service of veterans.
realize 150 quilts sounds like a large number. But, if every 3 members
worked together to make a quilt, we would exceed our 150 quilt goal. The
staff at the Veterans Home is very excited about this project and the
quilts will be so appreciated by the veterans who receive them.
Together, we can say 'thank you' to 150 or more veterans this year!
you have not yet renewed your Guild membership, please consider doing
so. The membership form can be found by clicking here. We will also have forms available at the January meeting.
From Keith Snuggs:
can't tell you how much Barb loved all of you quilt gals--there's way
too many of you to thank for the wonderful thoughts and outpouring of
love. Please pass on my thanks to the quilt guild. Keith
Remember to check out the DMAQG website
for information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking
place around the area, newsletter archive, as well as other useful