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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Sharon Rotz


1:00 p.m.

Off Balance and Out of Sync

7:00 p.m.

Freedom Quilting


West Des Moines United Methodist Church

8th & Grand

West Des Moines


Sharon Rotz


Sharon is an award-winning quilter, designer, and textile artist. She is an author of three books and contributing author of many more. She has a history of more than 20 years of teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds.

Her passion is to share her love of fabric with others through sharing skills, inspiring ideas, and encouraging appreciation of quilting as an art form. Specializing in creative use of color and design, she is ready to share her quilting world with you.

From childhood, learning embroidery stitches from her mother and making her first skirt in 4-H, Sharon felt a close connection to fabric. She pursued a degree in Home Economics Education, worked in the ready-made clothing industry, learned tailoring and dressmaking, and spent many years making custom home decor. When Sharon entered the quilting world, she brought with her this varied background of skills and expertise. "I love the color, the texture, and the pattern designs of fabric. 

"It is exciting to drown myself in fabric and come up with different combinations. I find it a joyful challenge to see what new perspectives can be achieved."


1:00 p.m.: Off Balance and Out of Synch

Traditional quilters as well as art quilters will benefit from knowledge of balance, emphasis, and rhythm. As you increase your understanding of art principles, you can more effectively use color, line, value, and texture to turn your quilts into works of art. Sharon discusses how composition counts as she shows a collection of traditional and contemporary quilts.

7:00 p.m.: Freedom Quilting

What happens when you are shamed into cleaning your sewing studio and you are left holding the bag? The bag of miscellaneous, unused strips, that is. You can sew these colorful strips into wild and whimsical freedom blocks.  Join Sharon as she introduces you to freedom quilting and shares her collection of "log cabin quilts with attitude."


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For Sale
Hand Quilting Frame
3-rail system to hold top, batting, and back. Suitable for small quilting groups or the individual quilter. Can be used for baby quilts to king size. Can be stored flat against the wall when not in use. Made by The Grace Company, Salt Lake City, Utah. Never used, still in the original box.
Asking $400.00.
Free delivery in the Des Moines area. Call 266-0869, leave a message if necessary.

Piecetime News

October 2012 



Did your fingers fly in September to finish quilts? The Quilt Show was amazing, and I extend my most sincere thank you to Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman, our Quilt Show Co-chairs and to the whole Quilt Show Committee for all your hard efforts to put on our show.

Saturday AQS gave us a check for $3,000.00 to thank us for our 6 days of volunteering at the AQS/DMAQG Quilt Show.

I "ood and awed" all through DMAQG show and the AQS show, plus all the specialty displays. Then I just went back and took more photos and dreamed of the quilts I would like to make: traditional, modern, appliqué, and art. Wow, I may not get them all done, but I sure have had fun being inspired and dreaming. Happy planning and dreaming.

I sincerely thank each and every one of you for coming to the show and for your volunteer hours. The majority of you really went out of your way to make eye contract with the show goers, smiling, and making people feel welcome. Thank you for staying off your phones and being connected with the visitors. You deserve a pat on the back.

Another important part of the show is the vendors. Some have come so often that they treat me like a friend. The small vendors expressed over and over again how much they appreciate the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild reaching out to them and giving them much needed breaks.

Now we are wrapping up our quilting year for 2012. Please come to our last monthly meeting on October 23rd. Bring one of your quilts from the Quilt Show to show at Show and Tell during our October meeting. Come hear the lecture and sign up for one of our last 2 workshops this year.

"Come One, Come All" to our December 1st Christmas Tea. The Tea is our annual meeting, held at the WDM Learning Center at 9:00 a.m.
  • Please bring a snack item to share. Coffee and plates will be provided.
  • Take the opportunity to renew your membership and sign up for 2013 workshops.
  • This is the day to bring your quilt for the President's Challenge "A Small Blessing."
  • We will summarize 2012 and elect new officers for 2013. 

President, Barbara Smalley 

Barbara Smalley, President



Wow, what a show! A great big thank you to the show committee, the Board, volunteers, members, and attendees. Every one of you made the quilt show a big success.


This show would not be possible without the many show committee members who have worked very hard this past year. We would like to recognize their many contributions to the Guild. Thank you, Pat Hjelmeland, Mary Martin, Mary Shotwell, Jill Reber, Renee McPhee, Missy Carpenter, Diane Crawford, Cindy Ohmart, Donita Fredricks, Mary Booth, Rhonda Sayler, Char Rathbone, Donna Larson, Leigh Lussie, Janet Pittman, Barb Eckhoff, Gerry Hingst, Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Nora Mosher, Lisa Zbylicki, Peggy Kirk, Sharon Meisenheimer, Kathie Anderson, Carolyn Magnani, LoAnn VanHemert, Martha Henrichs, and Carmen Clark.


The raffle quilt brought in $2,998; the bag check $1,551.25; and 100 little quilts $2,217 so far. The little quilts figure is only for those silent auction items picked up at the show. There are many quilts that need to be paid for and shipped, and we'll try to let you know the final figure.  


The weather may have been cold, but the quilts were warm and wonderful. Everybody keep on quilting, and we'll look forward to seeing all of your new creations next year.  


Marcia Jacobs Ginny 

Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman

2012 Quilt Show Co-chairs



Thirty-six small groups have updated their records.  Thanks to all of you.


If there are any new groups that have not registered, please do so soon.


Small Group Membership Fair - Second Chance


The September fair was successful. However, many women who were unable to attend wrote to me asking for another chance. 


Small Group Fair 2 will be held in the Friendship Room starting at 12:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. on October 23, 2012.


Those small groups who are looking for new members should have a representative present to meet and greet those who are looking for a group.


Those of you who are looking for a group, this is your opportunity to find a group that meets your needs.


Fall is coming and this is the time to get involved with a small group.

Peggy Kirk
Peggy Kirk, Vice President



Thank you to all who have accepted nominations for the 2013 slate. We are still looking for people who are ready and willing to serve. The following positions are still available.


Program Chair Elect (a team of two)


Assistant Newsletter Editor

Assistant Web Editor


Please contact the Nominating Committee.


Deanna Wilson



Pat Knight



Peggy Kirk


Please note that the DMAQG library will be located in the friendship hall, south wall, for the daytime and evening Guild meetings beginning October 23rd. The change in location will provide more space for members to utilize the library resources.


Susan G 

Susan Guess, Co-librarian


Community Giving collected 717 placemats! Many thanks to all of you who donated to our placemat challenge for Meals on Wheels in central Iowa. These placemats will help brighten the lives of the Meals on Wheels clients in Polk, Dallas, Madison, Boone, Jasper, Story, and Warren counties.


I hope you saw Jill Reber's special display at the show. (Photos are below.) We also displayed 45 pillowcases, 52 quilts, and 10 clothing protectors.


If you have donated to Community Giving this year and did not sign our donation sheet, please sign at the October 23rd meeting. At the December Tea we will have a drawing from ALL of the donors in 2012 for a workshop of your choice in 2013! 


Deana Wilson and Karen Macon, Community Giving


Many thanks to all the members who helped to make two of our education projects a huge success. The Kids Classes at the local libraries taught the basics of quilting to 46 local children. The materials needed and helping hands come from our members. Also, the State Fair Sew-In resulted in 265 quilts for children in our state. You, the members, volunteered for the many tasks that are done behind the scenes and also volunteered your time during the fair. We are already working forward on the 2013 education projects. Expect great things in 2013 as well!


Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber, Education Outreach

Community Service at Quilt Show 1
Community Service at Quilt Show 2
Community Service at Quilt Show 3
Community Service at Quilt Show 4

At our October meeting, we will pass around sign-up sheets so your small group can be one of 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. Your group will need to plan on an average of 150 members in the afternoon and 100 in the evening. We thank you for generosity and support.

Pat Knight, Cynda Quigley, and Janora Hayes
Directors at Large

Get your projects ready for our Fall Retreat. It will be here before you know it. This year the dates are November 8th through the 11th. We will have two sewing rooms, good food, good friends, and lots of chocolate. 

Registration forms will be available at the October Guild meetings. We also have the form on the website so you can print it off and mail it in.

We had a lot of fun at the spring retreat, so if you've never come before you really need to try it. We welcome you, and you'll be sure to make new friends.

Nan Earll, Retreat Co-chair


Small groups are one of the most effective ways for members of the guild to connect with one another. For more information, visit our website > Membership > Small Groups, or contact Peggy Kirk, Vice President.


We will attempt to spotlight one small group each month. Look for additional small group spotlights in future issues of the newsletter. Contact Katherine Roccasecca at if your group would like to be spotlighted.


Binding Sisters


CK Sparks and Judi Smith wanted to be part of a small group that would get together and finish UFOs. So they simply asked a bunch of people if they wanted to join, and the group held its first meeting in February 2012.


At least every other monthly meeting is a sewing day to work on individual unfinished objects (UFOs). Members bring their own machines or handwork and also bring irons, cutting mats, etc. to share. Meetings are held at the Urbandale public library, so there is plenty of room. Alternate meetings are presentations from group members on topics such as design, sewing a purse, what judges are looking for in a quilt binding, and simple but tricky piecing techniques.


Like many small groups, Binding Sisters put together a group quilt and gift basket (actually, a comically-oversized movie popcorn tub) for the DMAQG's Charity Auction for Women's Health Issues in August and plans to participate again next year. Also on next year's to do list is a plan to gather unfinished blocks and tops that group members may have "fallen out of love with" and turn them into finished quilts that can be donated to families that have lost household items because of natural disaster or from leaving home quickly due to domestic violence. And since the group's name is Binding Sisters, there will be one meeting devoted to cutting, sewing, and pressing binding for the State Fair Sew-In.


Early group members are Sherry Baze, Phyllis Blood, Tamara Deaton, Pat Hjelmeland, Donna Hoagkemp, Shirley Loeffler, Marilyn Magnuson, Janis Petersen, Katherine Roccasecca, Debbie Sage, Judi Smith, CK Sparks, Bobbi Sullivan, Dana Townsend, Lisa Turner, and Sandi Wingert. After the September Small Group Membership fair, seven more members joined: Valerie Beecher, Sandy Drescher, Judy Edwards, Rosemary Hedlund, Sharon Jorgenson, Robin Karney, and Cynda Quigley.


It is that time of year to show our appreciation to our retiring board members for serving on the board. It is because of their dedicated service that we have such a great Guild. Please consider thanking them for their hard work by bringing their choice of fabric to the December Tea or to the January meeting.


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


Barbara Smalley (President): Batik fat quarters in jewel tones
Linda Enghausen (Corresponding Secretary): Batik fat quarters
Gerry Hingst (Treasurer): Either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the kid's program
Judy Proksa (Program Co-chair): Either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the kid's program
Linda Montet (Program Co-chair): Either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the kid's program
Pat Knight (Director-at-Large): Pastel fat quarters like Aunt Grace
Marcia Jacobs (Quilt Show Co-chair): Either 2 yard lengths of fabric suitable for backing or other yardage that can be cut into 5" strips for the kid's program
Ginny Barchman (Quilt Show Co-chair): Fat quarters, darkest green or darkest blue
Susan Guess (Librarian): We'll let you know next month...
Deanna Wilson (Community Service Co-chair): Amish fabric fat quarters
Maggie Simons (Retreat Co-chair): We'll let you know next month... 
American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon
Members represented the Guild at the American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon, Friday, October 5, 2012.


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).  




For any workshop, you may mail in your registration form along with your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99 Linden Blvd., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. We will also be taking reservations at our meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list while sending in your registration, email Judy at or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.


Linda MJudy P

Linda Montet and Judy Proksa, Program Co-chairs 


Sharon Rotz

October Wednesday, October 24 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) String Piecing 101 and Beyond
In hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.


October 2 Thursday, October 25 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing. How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this useful technique.


Dear Members of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild,
I found your webpage on the Internet and I do hope this note reaches all of you and a special "someone" to let you know the deep appreciation from my family for the beautiful patriotic quilt that was given to my brother Don, last Sunday while he is at the VA Hospital in Des Moines.
VA Quilt I know there was a lot of love, prayers, concern, and gratefulness woven into each stitch and want you all to know how you touched him and all of our family. "Thank you" so much! I have included a picture of the quilt and maybe someone will recognize it as the one they made and brought so much joy. We will treasure it forever.
I understand your guild gave 100+ quilts to the veterans. I wish you could see all the quilts on the beds as you walk down the corridor. Never ever forget what you have done to bring a smile to the patients, family, and staff.
Louise Jirsa
Sister of Don Snyder

Please stop by and visit our Guild website often at for news and information about DMAQG. Look for the Quilt Show ribbon winners list, with photos of the first and second place winners, and photo albums in the blog from the photographers we had documenting the show for us! Also remember to check the calendar to keep up-to-date on all the guild meetings and workshops--the 2013 schedule of speakers and workshops will be posted soon!

If you have anything to contribute to the website about our guild, please send to Also, if you are interested in helping update the website and are good with a computer, please contact me for more information about the Assistant Website Admin board position.
Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Website Administrator