Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
Upcoming Program
Community Service
Valor Quilt Presentation
Small Group Activities
Fall and Spring Retreats
2011 President's Challenge
Appreciation Gifts for Retiring Board Members
Thank Yous
Upcoming 2012 Workshops


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Upcoming Program


Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24, and Gail Garber will be the speaker.


Bold, colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore--that's how you know you're looking at one of Gail's quilts! Her style has become immediately recogniz-able because of her talent for combining vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers.


The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Flying Fun with Free-Form Shapes." 


The evening lecture will be "Liberalism in Quilting: Free-Form Art Quilts."


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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January 2012 




Don't forget to wear your name tag to each meeting. We will once again require a name tag to win a door prize.


Treats for the January meetings will be provided by the following small groups: Sew Sew Joyful will provide the afternoon treats, and the evening treats will be the compliments of the Whatever's. Don't forget to thank these very generous members after the meetings. Also, you still have an opportunity to sign up for treats during the year. Just stop at the sign-in table and one of your Directors at Large will be glad to help.

See you in January


Janora Hayes, Cynda Quigley and Pat Knight




If you did not already renew your membership at the December Tea or by mailing in your renewal form, your membership needs to be renewed by March 1 in order for you to be included in the Guild's membership directory. The membership form can be found HERE. Forms will also be available at the January meeting.




Name tag

■ Membership renewal form

■ Workshop registration form

■ Items for Show and Tell

■ Items for Community Giving

■ Appreciation gifts for retiring board members



Community Giving 


Many thanks to Carolyn Eliason for her past two years on the Board. She has moved to Oklahoma and will be missed. Karen Macon and I are looking forward to working with our many generous and talented Guild members on our Community Giving projects this year.

Our projects for 2012 will be the clothing protectors, twin, lap and baby quilts, pillowcases, toiletries and pop tabs. Meals on Wheels have all the placemats they can use for now. I did contact Adel Social Services and they can use a few.


Some of the residents in the Memory Care Units are pulling on the clothing protectors and ripping off the buttons. It has been suggested we use one large snap to close these.


We will continue to make and collect Veteran's quilts. We will also donate a quilt to the Alzheimer's fundraiser event in September.


If you donated items in December and did not sign the tally sheet, please sign it at our January meeting.


As an incentive to donate this year we will have a drawing in December for a workshop in 2013!




Please join us on Monday, March 26 at the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for our charity sewing day. Bring your sewing machine, electrical cords, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter and other basic sewing supplies. We will have a sign up sheet at the January and February meetings.


Deanna Wilson, Community Giving  


Valor Quilt Presentation


On November 20, 2011, Marianne Fons presented one of our Quilts of Valor to SPC Thomas Kennedy. Also present were Jennifer Smith, a rookie who pieced this quilt, and Pat Hjelmeland, her coach. Fabric for this quilt was donated by Kris Kittrell and the longarm quilting was done by Carol Tiffany.


Thanks to all of you who donated fabric, served as coaches or helped with the quilting and binding. A total of 16 quilts were made for Quilts of Valor because of Marianne's project in 2011.


Note--A Quilts of Valor article was written by Dawn Cavanaugh and is in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine


2011 quilt valor 

Left to right-- Pat Hjelmeland, Marianne Fons, SPC Thomas Kennedy and wife, and Jennifer Smith


Small Group Activities


The Sew Sew Joyful small group dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters on Thursday, December 27, and among other things they went to Mercy Hospital to bring smiles to many faces and gave some quilts to the oncology ward.  


 sherri street

Left to right--Judy D'Iapico (scarecrow), Sherri Street (the bad witch), Bridget Lottman (the lion), Anita Gogerty (the tinman),  Sue McMain (our Dorothy), and Phyllis Salsbury (Glenda,the good witch) 


Fall and Spring Retreats 


The fall retreat took place November 17-20, 2011.


I would recommend the retreat for a great time of fellowship and getting projects completed. Of course, we had show and tell on Saturday evening and the projects were very inspiring and gave us some ideas to work on.


Quite a few took advantage of the massages which were very relaxing and also of the scissor sharpening and the machine repairs and/or cleaning. The machine people also told us how we could take care of our machines and possibly avoid a large repair bill when the problem is a simple one that we could do ourselves. That was great advice--anything to save time and money. The retreat is a great way to get a lot accomplished in one place and everyone had a great time.


Margaret Simons, Retreat Co-Chair


Below is a picture of Lisa Zbylicki and her daughter and the quilt they worked on together at the fall retreat.





SPRING RETREAT---Join us April 19-22 for the Guild's spring retreat at Camp Wesley Woods. Registration forms will be available at the February 28 meeting


2011 President's Challenge 


Thank you to the 12 members who entered their beautiful quilts in the Uffda challenge. Those who attended the December Tea had a difficult decision choosing their 8 favorite quilts. Unfortunately only 8 quilts can be submitted for the AQS challenge. Below are the 8 members that received the most votes and photos of their quilts will be submitted to AQS.


Val Russell - Ballerina Wannabe
Anita Gogerty - Pudding Face
Lynn Randall - Sensory Overload
Joyce Franklin - Peekaboo
Mildred Agena - Uffda Good Over Evil
Sherri Street - Bird Patrol
Barbara Riggs - Can You Dig It?
Pat Weber - We were Loved

The following members completed their challenge quilt, but did not receive enough votes:


Bridget Lottman - When Pigs Fly 

Cinda Long - Oohh Ahh Ufffdaaa

Margaret Simons - Coat of Many Colors
Judy D'Iapico - Yes, That's My Mother 


Pictures of members and their quilts will be in upcoming issues of the newsletter.




President Barbara Smalley has named this year's challenge "A Small Blessing". More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.


Appreciation Gifts for Retiring Board Members 


It is time to thank your retiring board members for serving on the Board. It is because of their dedicated service that we have such a great Guild. Please show your appreciation for their hard work by bringing their requested gifts to the January meeting.


The retiring board members and their choices for thank-you gifts are:


DIANE THIESE (President): Either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the quilt tops to make kid's quilts at the State Fair Sew-In.


SANDY LANNING (Recording Secretary): 5 inch squares of 100% cotton scraps from members stash


CAROL THOMASON (Director at Large): Fat quarters of light colored shirtings OR reproduction fabrics


KATHY RUSSI (2011 Quilt Show Chair): Bright/primary colors polka dot fat quarters.


MARTHA HENRICH (2011 Quilt Show Chair): "Youthful" fabric that can be used to make kid's quilts at the State Fair Sew-In, either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the quilt tops.


HELEN RINGGENBERG (Librarian): Red fabric or fabric with hearts


CAROLYN ELIASON (Community Service): Batik fat quarters


VAL RUSSELL (Program Chair): Batik fat quarters


ARDA MATHERN (Retreat Co-Chair): Batik fat quarters


Thank Yous 


I want to thank everyone for their gifts to me of fabric for the Iowa State Fair Sew In. Thanks to your generosity, I received enough fabric for 9 quilt tops and 17 quilt backs. It will be put to good use. I enjoyed my term as quilt show co-chair and appreciate all of the support that Kathy and I received from everyone for both the show and the Veteran's Quilt project. Please continue to volunteer for the 2012 quilt show. Marcia and Ginny have some great plans for this year's show.


Martha Henrichs




On behalf of the Des Moines VA CIHS patients and staff, we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of 170 quilts. Your thoughtfulness reflects the concern that you feel for our veterans and for the service they provided to all of us while in service to our country.


Without your support, we could not provide for the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. Your thoughtfulness also reflects the concern and compassion that our community feels for our veterans. Thank you for your continued support.


Bart Quick, Chief Voluntary Service

Department of Veterans Affairs

Central Iowa Health Care System




Just a note to thank you for the lovely quilt my dad received at the VA.

Quilts are always so comforting and to also recognize his service to this country has extra special meaning.

He wanted me to make sure I thanked you for your gracious gift.


Karen Woody on behalf of her father Dean Faust  



Upcoming 2012 Workshops


The 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



January's Workshop will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at West Des Moines Christian Churchat 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 meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.


Gail Garber


Wednesday, January 25 (9 am - 4 pm) - The Goose is Loose. Designing with Free-Form Shapes.This is Gail's most popular class, by far! It introduces the student to original design in free-form shapes. Learn the drafting and piecing techniques for flying geese in the round, loose curves, or swirls. It is sew easy to do; students are often surprised at the simplicity of the technique, taught with no scary math words! These designs can be simply designed and easily stitched using freezer paper piecing techniques. $7 workbook fee--payable at class. THIS CLASS IS FULL


Thursday, January 26 (9 am - 4 pm) - Designing Circular Borders. Students will stitch samples and learn freezer paper foundation techniques. It's not magic! It's easy, using simple drafting techniques, with Gail's sure fire, no "scary math words" teaching style. Learn to draft circular flying geese, spirals, big n' little, and more. Students will learn drafting techniques for a variety of circular borders. $5.00 workbook fee--payable at class.





Please stop by and visit our DMAQG website at for  information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful information.
Upcoming Events Around the Area:

Private Collection Quilt Show of Sandy Polak called "The Quilt Keepers", April 21 and 22 at The Community Center in Hinton, Iowa.

This show will feature 37 years of Sandy's private collection of quilts that expand from the 1800s through the 21st Century. There will be over 300 quilts on display and some will be available to purchase. If you have questions, please contact Sandy by email at or call her at 712-898-7300.


APQS invites Guild members to be part of the audience as they film a live show featuring Marianne Fons and Liz Porter on April 10 and possibly on April 11. The location of of the taping is still to be determined. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Monica Wolfe at 855-646-3347 or by email at