Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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This Month's Program
Newcomers' Meetings
Community Service
Quilt Show Thank You
Fall Retreat
Little Quilts--Thank You
2011 Line-Up of Speakers
Appreciation Gifts
In Memoriam
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On Tuesday, October 26 the DMAQG will be visited by Vikki Pignatelli.

 

The afternoon lecture is titled "10 Attributes That Make A Good Quilter Better".  What does it take to be a great quilter?  Vikki discusses how she learned these attributes the hard way while creating her quilts.

 

In the evening, Vikki's lecture is "When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Quilter".  She will talk about how everything learned from past projects contribute to and enrich her work in quilts today.

 

Vikki entered the world of quilting in 1991 at the urging of her sister and fellow quilter, Augie Ellis.   After attending a beginner's class she fell in love with the art of quilting.  Now a fulltime professional quilt-artist, designer, international teacher, lecturer and author, Vikki and her quilts have been featured in many books, national publications and exhibitions.  She has won 32 awards in national and international competitions and exhibitions.

 

Vikki's focus is to inspire, nurture and develop the artistry and self-confidence within each quilter.


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Piecetime News -- October 2010
Greetings! 

 

Wow!  What a wonderful quilt show.  You did yourselves proud again.  I love to walk and see all the quilt exhibits, hit the vendors and then do it all over again!  THANKS to all who made it happen. Without all the committee meetings, support, and volunteer efforts it would not be possible.  Special THANKS to Barb and Julia for leading the effort this year and to your committee!  There are faces and bodies that take a brutal beating every year taking the lead to get quilts hung:  Jill, Mary, Lynn, Barb, Diane, and so many others.  Please be sure to greet them with your THANKS, it is no small undertaking to make everything look like it's an everyday event.  I know I have missed many and my apologies but my mind is so full of ideas with the new tools, fabrics, books, and patterns that made it into my arms and right to the cash register. 

 

Talking about new tools, did you buy one that you could use for the President's challenge!  I hope many of you are working on yours now the show is over.  Can't waste a minute without something to aim for, can we?  Again they will be hung and judged at the December Tea which is on December 4th (which I hope will be a beautiful sunny day and not a WINTER WONDERLAND). 

 

Where did the year go?  Don't be shy to call any of the Board Members if you have questions about joining the Guild Board.  We have a few spots left and we have a lot of fun!  We have board meetings the first Monday of the Month and they last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Mary Shotwell, Missie Carpenter and I will be meeting and starting our call campaign.  Please be nice and eliminate our need to call.  Join today! 

 

See you at the October meeting! 

 

Diane Thiese

October Program
 

On Tuesday, October 26 the DMAQG will be visited by Vikki Pignatelli.

 

The afternoon lecture is titled "10 Attributes That Make A Good Quilter Better".  What does it take to be a great quilter?  Vikki discusses how she learned these attributes the hard way while creating her quilts.

 

In the evening, Vikki's lecture is "When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Quilter".  She will talk about how everything learned from past projects contribute to and enrich her work in quilts today.

 

Vikki entered the world of quilting in 1991 at the urging of her sister and fellow quilter, Augie Ellis.   After attending a beginner's class she fell in love with the art of quilting.  Now a fulltime professional quilt-artist, designer, international teacher, lecturer and author, Vikki and her quilts have been featured in many books, national publications and exhibitions.  She has won 32 awards in national and international competitions and exhibitions.

 

Vikki's focus is to inspire, nurture and develop the artistry and self-confidence within each quilter.

 

October 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-change of information.  (Adopted -- September 20, 2003).

  

Please sign up for the October classes now.  You may mail your workshop registration to Peggy Kirk.  Her address is on the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Peggy via email at 

peggyquilt@prgrsoft.com
 
Vikki Pignatelli  www.vikkipignatelli.com/
 

Wednesday, October 27 (9am - 4 pm) - CRAZY ABOUT CURVES - Vikki's basic and most popular class. This is a hands-on/in-depth technique using a simple pattern. Explore her piecing/applique method of creating sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly and with precision. This is a technique class for all skill levels.


                       

 
Thursday, October 28 (9am - 4pm) - IMPROVISATIONAL CURVES
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This relaxing, impromptu approach to piecing curves offers students total freedom in quiltmaking. Create several blocks of shapes (circles, ovals, curvy rectangles.....) learn manipulations and how to arrange shapes into a free-form contemporary quilt. All skill levels.


                                         
     

 

Newcomers Meetings
 

 There are no Newcomers programs until January 2011.  


Community Service

We hope you stopped to see the Community Service and Kids Corner areas at the Quilt Show. Six large tubs of quilts, placemats, clothing protectors and pillowcases were on display. Thanks again to all guild members who helped us showcase the guild's efforts to reach out to our community.

 

Most of us know quilters are very caring and trustworthy people but, Reta Stone knows first hand. During the quilt show she somehow lost her billfold and was pleasantly surprised to find it at lost in found with nothing missing! She wanted the guild to know how thankful she was to know there was a caring quilter out there who made her day!

 

Last month we challenged the members to help empty our tubs of quilt and placemat kits. Thanks to all who took a kit or two. We only have 8 kits left so if you would like to help empty our tubs stop by our area at the next meeting.

 

We had a message from Brenda Cummer letting us know she picked up 371 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer at the Des Moines sites earlier this month. If you donated pillowcases--way to go!  Brenda said they are hoping to have 150 winter holiday themed pillowcases for a ConKerr Cancer event held in December. They are half way there so if you would like to help them reach their goal bring your donation to the next meeting or drop it off at Creekside or The Quilt Block. Click here to read the newsletter from ConKerr Cancer.

 

The October meeting is your last opportunity to donate items at a meeting. If you still want to make a donation in November you will need to contact us directly to make your donation. Any item donated after November will be listed as a 2011 donation.

 

See you on the 26th!

Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service   

 

Thank you from Julia and Barb

 

Wow! What a great show.  We have such a talented guild members.  We both were in agreement that the workmanship on the quilts this year was exceptional.  A big thank you goes out to our members who helped in some way to make it big success. We want to especially thank our show committee members for their talents, suggestions, and hard work this year. You were awesome to work with. We are very appreciative of all our volunteers--the show would not have been a success without you. I especially want to thank Julia for filling in for me during the show (what a great co-chair).

 

Our addition of the kids corner and touch and feel areas were a big hit with visitors.  We heard nothing but compliments from visitors, the vendors, and AQS representatives. 

 

It was a lot of work and then all of a sudden, it was over.  We are now in the process of gathering all the necessary information to provide the membership with a final and comprehensive report on the show.  We will present that report at the December Tea.

 

The 2010 Show Committee Members are as follows:

 

Kathie Anderson           Leigh Lussie                 Kathy Safris

Linda Arndt                   Tammy Marcsisak       Nancy Sharr   

Mary Booth                   Carolyn Magnani          Mary Shotwell

Missy Carpenter           Mary Martin                  Andra Sims                            

Diane Crawford            Betty Mathers               Diane Thiese

Nan Earll                      Sue McPhee                 LoAnn VanHemert

Barb Eckoff                 Nora Mosher                 DeAnna Wilson                      

Donita Fredricks          Cindy Ohmart                Lynn Witzenburg

Martha Henrichs          Jill Reber                        Lisa Zbylicki

Pat Hjelmeland            Kathy Russi   

Marj Luchtenburg        Rhonda Sayler           

 

The winner of our Raffle Quilt was guild member Nancy Van Meter.  On Monday after the Quilt Show, she met with us and we presented the quilt to her.

 
Fall Retreat 

Join us November 4 - 7 for the Guild's fall retreat at Camp Wesley Woods. There is sure to be plenty of sewing, games, fellowship and fun during the weekend.

The form can be found on the Guild's website Fall Retreat. Lisa and Beth will be available at the September and October guild meetings with forms. 

Remember, registration for housing is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Flyr at dflyr@juno.com or Beth Hromyak at bhromyak@holmesmurphy.com.

See you at retreat!

Lisa and Beth


Great Opportunity

The Retreat Co-Chair(s) position is a great opportunity to meet other quilters, give back to the community, and become a guild committee member.  If you love to plan and organize large 'get-togethers' -- this position is for you!

The position can be held by one or two people or even a small group.  It is a two-year term; however, it can be divided into one person serving one year with an additional person serving a two-year term.  This rotation will make it so that there will always be an experienced person who will be serving on the committee.

The fall 2010 retreat will be Lisa and Beth's last retreat as co-chairs.  If new volunteers are not found by the Christmas Tea -- the fall retreat will be the last guild retreat. 

Lisa and Beth

Little Quilts -- A Huge Thank You!! 
 

For all our members who made those wonderful "little quilts", we thank you! The silent auction was very successful once again this year. We had just under 100 "little quilts" donated by members. We don't have a final tally of the financials, but it will be published later with all the quilt show budget information. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will benefit the guild's programs for next year.

 

Leigh Lussie and the Bitsie Chicks

 

 

2011 DMAQG Line-up of Speakers

January 25 

Sue Spargo    http://www.suespargo.com/

Uses hand dyed wools in folk-art type quilts. 

 

February 22 

Elsie Campbell    http://elsiemcampbell.com/

Teaches hand quilting, precision piecing, and hand and machine appliqué techniques

 

March 22

Rose Hughes    http://www.rosehughes.com/

Machine applique techniques that are not only easy to achieve but will open new doors to your creativity.

 

April 26

Wendy Butler Berns    http://www.wendybutlerberns.com/index.html 
Begin to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices, develop confidence in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics. 

 

May 24

Karen Eckmeier    http://www.quilted-lizard.com/

An introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's layered topstitching technique.

 

June 28 

Nancy Prince    http://www.nancyprince.com/

Introduces two thread painting techniques and a simple way of blending and shading with thread.

 

July 26

Joanie Zeier Poole   http://www.heirloomquiltingdesigns.com/

Create your own quilting designs with Joanie's easy paper template method

 

August 23 -- Annual Charity Auction

 

September 28--October 1   AQS and DMAQG Show

 

October 25

Anita Shackelford    http://www.anitashackelford.com/

Take inspiration from a special fabric and design a chintz appliqué block in a style that is traditional or today.

 

December 3 -- Annual Meeting and Holiday Tea

 

 

Please visit our speakers' websites to learn more about these fascinating quilters. Watch for additional details about lectures and workshops in the next newsletter and be ready to sign up for workshops at the Tea on December 4.

 


Appreciation Gifts for Retiring Board Members 


It is time to thank you 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 purchasing fat quarters or making a hatchet block and bring them to the December Tea or 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

 

Barb Snuggs, Quilt Show Co-Chair -- hatchet block and batiks any color

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

 

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

Draw 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.

 

 
 
In Memoriam 

Ruth Lilly passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  She was a member of the guild for almost 10 years. She had many friends in the guild and really enjoyed attending the quilt guild meetings, quilt classes, quilt shows and retreats.  If you would like to send a card, you can send one to her daughter, Heather Swearingen at: 808 Lake Vista Drive, Papillion, NE 68046

 

 

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Check out the DMAQG website for information such as: pictures from 2010 quilt show and list of winners, upcoming quilt shows, and other events taking place around the area, as well as other useful information. 
 


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