Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24, and Gail Garber will be the speaker.
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
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."
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.
Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists
Download a PDF of the workshop registration form:
The Goose is Loose---
Click HERE for Supply list
Designing Circular Borders--Click HERE
for Supply List
Board Members & Committee Chairs
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FROM YOUR DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Don't forget to wear your name tag to each meeting. We will once again require a name tag to win a door prize.
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
See you in January
Janora Hayes, Cynda Quigley and Pat Knight
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
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.
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Name tag
■ Membership renewal form
■ Workshop registration form
■ Items for Show and Tell
■ Items for Community Giving
■ Appreciation gifts for retiring board members
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.
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.
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.
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!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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
Deanna Wilson, Community Giving
Valor Quilt Presentation
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
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.
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
Left to right-- Pat Hjelmeland, Marianne Fons, SPC Thomas Kennedy and wife, and Jennifer Smith
Small Group Activities
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
2012 PRESIDENT'S CHALLENGE
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Gail Garber www.gailgarber.com
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.
A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING CLASSES, PLEASE REFER TO
THE JANUARY 2012 "PROGRAM" PORTION OF THE NEWSLETTER WHICH
CAN BE FOUND ON THE DMAQG WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.
Please stop by and visit our
DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org
for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events
taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other
Upcoming Events Around the Area:
Collection Quilt Show of Sandy Polak called "The Quilt Keepers", April
21 and 22 at The Community Center in Hinton, Iowa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 712-898-7300.
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 mwolfe@MindFireComm.com