Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
In This Issue
Upcoming 2011 Workshops
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Education Committee
Fall Retreat
Treats for 2012 Guild Meetings
Thank Yous
Appreciation Gifts
2012 Line-up of Speakers


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Upcoming Program


Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25, and Anita Shackelford will be the speaker. 


The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Designing the New Album Quilt."


The evening lecture will be "Applique With Folded Cutwork."


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



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 Broderie Perse Applique -- Supply List available from Val Russell



Spring Bouquet -- Supply List available from Val Russell


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Financial Statement

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Piecetime News

October 2011 



UFFDA! What a show!!!! I now know how much fun squirrels have when they are chasing each other through the leaves, snow, and trees. Every turn I made at the quilt show I met a friend, saw something I just had to have and then to roam through the quilts--What could get better! Congratulations to all the entries and winners for both the AQS and Des Moines Show. We sure know how to quilt in Iowa--awesome design, color, and imagination. SPECIAL THANKS to Martha Henrichs, Kathi Russi and the Show Committee. Your time and efforts to make this a special event were not wasted--it was marvelous and a great time had by all. Also much THANKS to the efforts of Jill Reber and Mary Shotwell which occur year after year. The logistics and negotiations with AQS are time consuming and much appreciated.


I am in the throes of completing the nominations for the upcoming board. Please let me or any other board member know if you are interested in a position. The positions being voted on this year are: Vice President, Recording Secretary, a Director at Large, Program Chair Elect(s), and Quilt Show Elect(s). The Committee Members are co-chairs for Community Service, Library, Retreat, and Newsletter Editor. We are fortunate to have candidates for the VP, Recording Secretary, Community Service, and Newsletter Editor spots. It is an honor to be a part of this Guild and being on the board is an extension to meet and work with great friends--many of my quilting friends have been a result of working together on previous boards and committees.


Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd for the annual tea. Last year it was such a great kickoff to the holiday season for me. Not only do we know how to quilt but baking treats is right up there. The board has been busy reviewing the by-laws and we will get the changes out to you in November for your review before the December Tea.


Even though I saw so many at the show, I'm looking forward to our October meeting again. It seems like a long time and so much has taken place since our August meeting. Many will be starting to travel to their winter lodgings and the holidays will be upon us. Take this month to treat yourself to hear Anita Shackelford and if you have time--take a class!!!!


See you soon!


Diane Thiese, President


Upcoming 2011 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). 



October'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.


Anita Shackelford  
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.  
Quilt Show News


You did it---you put on another fabulous quilt show! A huge thank you to every member who helped make the 2011 DMAQG Quilt Show a success, especially the volunteers, committee chairs, and everyone who entered quilts. We heard so many wonderful compliments from attendees about how much they enjoyed our show and the quilts all of you make. Visitors were also very impressed with the number and variety of veterans quilts. The raffle quilt was won by Lorraine Gibbons, one of our members. The winners among the judged quilts are posted on our website. We're compiling the results of the show (raffle quilt and little quilt sales, attendance, etc.) and will share this information at the December tea. We can't thank you enough for everything that each of you did to make our quilt show such a success!


Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi, Quilt Show Chairs


Community Service


I hope you were able to stop and look at the Community Service display at the AQS/DMAQG quilt show. Deanna, Joan Rotert, and Lola Zimmerman did a wonderful job putting together our display. I spoke with numerous people during the show who were very impressed with how involved our Guild is in the community.

The October meetings are your final chance to turn in community service donations. From the top donors in each category we will draw one name at the December meeting. That person will receive a $75 gift card to one of the local quilt shops.

At the October 1 p.m. meeting we will be presenting the Festival of Trees quilt made by our Guild to Sandy Donahue. Check out the Festival of Trees website to see the quilt and to learn more about the event.


Carolyn Eliason, Community Service Chair



Earlier this year Carolyn Eliason was contacted by the State of Iowa Historical Society regarding a special Flag Day Event to be held in June. Families of deployed soldiers were invited to attend and participate in many crafting and learning opportunities.

The Twisted Sisters small group provided a quilt to go home with one family. The Brinker family from the Des Moines area received our quilt and sent us this photograph with their safely returned soldier. We hope that this quilt will provide many years of comfort for this proud military family.


Jill Reber, Twisted Sister Small Group


Brinker family picture


Little Quilts 


A Huge "Thank You" to All Who Participated In the Silent Auction.


The Silent Auction was an enormous success this year. We had 99 wonderful little quilts donated by our very talented members that raised approximately $3,600--final counts are not yet completed. We heard so many comments from people about the diversity and wonderful quality of our little quilts. We "thank" everyone who made a little quilt, everyone who bid and bought one, and all those who volunteered during the show. We could not do this without your full support.


Leigh Lussie, Quilt Show Committee


Fall Retreat -- November 17-20


If you have not sent your registration for the fall retreat, we still have room for more people at this falls retreat. Room choices are limited but there are still open spots. And maybe a surprise this fall. See you at Wesley Woods.

Click here to print a copy of the retreat registration form and then mail it to Arda.
Retreat Co-Chairs   Arda Mathern & Maggie Simons

Treats for 2012 Guild Meetings


At our October meeting, we will pass around sign-up sheets so you can be the first ones to volunteer to bring treats for next year's Guild meetings!!! We all enjoy the socializing after the meetings and love to have that cup of coffee or lemonade and a cookie or two. You will need to plan on an average of 150 members in the afternoon and 100 in the evening. 


December Tea


The annual Holiday Tea will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00 AM at the Learning Resource Center (the building east of the West Des Moines Public Library, at 4000 Mills Civic Parkway). There will be a business meeting with the introduction and installation of the 2012 Guild officers. This will be the first opportunity to sign up for workshops offered in 2012. Forms will be available for membership and renewal at the meeting and also the Guild's website. Dues will again be $30.00 for 2012. All Guild members are invited to come and encouraged to bring a tray of their favorite holiday goodies to share. Coffee and tea will be provided.


Carol Thomason and Pat Knight


Thank You 


THANK YOU From Foundation for Women's Cancer:

On behalf of the Foundation for Women's Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, I want to thank you for your $2405.50 contribution from the 12th Annual Charity Auction. We will also acknowledge each individual donor separately as well. Your gift helps create new opportunities for the Foundation to raise awareness and reach more women with our message.

Your support maximizes these opportunities through programs that encourage prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers and through the implementation of unique programs that bring together the entire gynecologic community working to reduce the effects of reproductive cancers.

Thank you again for your support which will help make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of women. We continue to have energetic goals and your support will help us accelerate our outreach.


David Marc Gershenson, MD

Chairman, Foundation for Women's Cancer


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 choice of fabric to the December Tea or to the January meeting.


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


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 Co-Chair):  bright/ primary colors polka dot fat quarters


MARTHA HENRICH (2011 Quilt Show Co-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 fabrics with hearts


CAROLYN ELIASON (Community Service):  Batik fat quarters


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  


2012 DMAQG Line-up of Speakers

January 24

Gail Garber

Fun with Free-form Shapes


February 28

A Celebration of Art Quilting


March 27

Nancy Chong

Hawaiian quilting/applique


April 24

Toby Lischko  

Piecing--stars, curves and minis 


May 22

Bettina Havig

Piecing/hand quilting/quilt history


June 26

Melinda Bula

Fusible flowers/thread play


July 24

Mary Sorensen

Needleturn appliqué


August 28 Annual Charity Auction


September 25

Heidi Kaisand

Quilting the Finished Top


October 3-6   AQS and DMAQG Show


October 23

Sharon Rotz

Freedom quilting/textile art


December 1 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 3.


Death of Member's Husband


It is with deep sorrow that we bring you news of the death of Norma Hamilton's husband. For more information, please click HERE to go to Hamilton Funeral Home's website.

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.



Quilt Shows you might want to check out:  


November 5 and 6 --- Sioux Falls Quilters Guild 11th "Dakota Pieces" Quilt Show