Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Off Balance and Out of Sync
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
8th & Grand
West Des Moines
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.
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.
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.
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
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
7:00 p.m.: Freedom Quilting
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."
Board Members & Committee Chairs
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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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara Smalley, President
2012 QUILT SHOW
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.
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.
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
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 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, Vice President
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
TREATS FOR 2013 MEETINGS
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
Pat Knight, Cynda Quigley, and Janora Hayes
Directors at Large
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
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.
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 GROUP SPOTLIGHT
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 email@example.com if your group would like to be
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.
THANK YOU GIFTS FOR RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS
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...
|Members represented the Guild at the American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon, Friday, October 5, 2012.|
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-change of information. (Adopted -- September 20, 2003).
Only TWO WORKSHOPS REMAIN this year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.
Linda Montet and Judy Proksa, Program Co-chairs
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
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.
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
THANK YOU LETTER
Dear Members of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild,
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.
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.
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,
Sister of Don Snyder
Please stop by and visit our Guild website often
at www.dmaqg.org 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
you have anything to contribute to the website about our guild, please
send to email@example.com. 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