December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG
Saturday, December 4, 2010
WDM Learning Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines
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Please come to the
December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG. This is a time for
socializing and eating goodies, choosing your favorite President's
Challenge Quilt and electing new officers. It is also your first
opportunity to sign up for the workshops that Val Russell has lined up
Another item of business at the annual meeting is the
reading and approval of the minutes from the 2009 meeting. Please review
the minutes from last year's meeting which are located on the
Click here for 2009 Minutes
Remember to bring your plate of goodies to share. The Guild promises to provide the coffee.
See you all there!
|Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists |
|Download a PDF of the workshop registration form and print: |
Flower Basket Supply List
|Board Members & Committee Chairs |
Download a PDF with contact information for board members and committee
|Financial Statement |
Download a PDF of the Financial Statement
ran away this weekend with my boyfriend to Northeast Iowa. Well
he's been my boyfriend and husband for 36 years. It's beautiful,
the leaves have fallen, the Mississippi is full of barge traffic taking
the bounty of the harvest to other places, and we have built a cozy fire
to take the chill out of the air. It's my favorite time of year
to quilt. I love the colors of a new project, the warmth of a
quilt as I sit hand quilting and unless you're allergic to wool, who
can resist working with it's warm colors and texture.
DECEMBER 4 TEA:
I hope you are planning on joining us for the December 4 Tea. It
is a time of sharing with old friends and getting to know new
Bring a plate of your favorite treats to share
First day to sign up for 2011 classes and those that sign up at the tea are first on the list.
will have show and tell so bring those gifts you are planning on
Remember your "Winter Wonderland" Challenge project. I am scurrying to get mine done.
SPECIAL THANKS to
this year's Board Members. It has been a privilege and honor to
be a part of this group. They are talented, giving, and willing to
handle business issues readily. Those leaving the
Board/Committees this year are: Joan Rotert, Pat Hjelmland, Missie
Carpenter, Mary Martin, Peggy Kirk, Beth Hromyak, Lisa Flyr, Barb
Snuggs, Julia Shire, and Carolyn Freeland. I apologize for the
short notice on appreciation gifts. We will accept gifts at the
January meeting as well if you would like to give but don't have time to
get ready before the tea and we will get those distributed.
Board/Committee Members for 2011.
The Nominees are in bold. I know how busy life is and adding
another set of meetings and demands can be intimidating. I appreciate
their willingness to step into their positions and look forward to
another great year!
Vice President Barb Smalley
Community Service Carolyn Eliason & Deanna Wilson
Recording Secretary Sandy Lanning
Corresponding Secretary Lorraine Gibbons
Treasurer Gerri Hingst
Helen Riggenberg & Susan Guess
Program Chair Elects Judy Proska & Linda Montet
Arda Mathern & Margaret Simons
Sharon Meisenheimer & Jill Reber
Henrichs & Kathi Russi
Quilt Show Chairs Elect Marsha Jacobs & Ann Reed
Directors at Large Carol Thomason & Pat Knight
|Upcoming 2011 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,
You may mail your workshop registration to Val Russell. Her address is on the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Val via email at email@example.com
for the January workshops will be at the West Des Moines Christian
Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. We will meet
in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.
Wednesday, January 26 (9am - 4pm) -- ALTERED TEXTURE FLOWER BASKET -- Uses hand dyed wools. Add embellishments to give it personality. You will need to stitch a little appliqué down before class so you will need to pick up the $32 kit at the Guild meeting before the class so some work can be done prior to class
Thursday, January 27 (9am - 4pm) -- TWO BIRDS FROM MAGNOLIA -- The workshop will focus on the two birds block of Sue's Magnolia quilt. She uses hand dyed wools for many of her quilts. Requires a $32 kit (this is NOT the same as Wednesday's class kit).
Elsie Campbell www.elsiemcampbell.com
Wednesday, February 23 (9am - 4pm) -- FUN WITH FLOWERS -- Turn
scraps into an appliquéd floral medallion wall quilt. Paper-backed
fusible webbing makes it easy. Your imagination makes it
Thursday, February 24 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SEEING STARS?!!! -- Piece
perfect stars with pointers from Elsie. She shares secrets for
preventing belly-button centers and pin-wheeling points. From cutting
and stitching to pressing and setting in triangles and squares, this
class covers it all!
Wednesday, March 23 (9am - 4pm) -- DOUBLE- QUILT APPLIQUE -- In
this workshop you will learn two machine applique techniques that are
not only easy to achieve but will open new doors to your creativity.
Thursday, March 24 (9am - 4pm) -- WHAT's ON TOP? EMBELLISHMENT! -- In
this class we'll explore the varied and delightfully creative forms
embellishments can take in our work, and how you can use them to add
drama, whimsy, character and sparkle to your quilts.
Wendy Butler Berns
Wednesday, April 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CREATING CAPTIVATING COLORFUL QUILTS -- Begin
to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices. Develop confidence
in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics. This is a technique and project based class..
Thursday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) -- CAPTIVATING CONE FLOWER -- Learn the process of creating simple pictorial quilts from a photograph or picture.
Wednesday, May 25 (9am - 4pm) -- ACCIDENTAL LANDSCAPES: BEACHES -- Here
is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's
layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and
easy to make, no templates, no fuss--just free form rotary cutting and
topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details like
a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs, umbrellas,
lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.
Thursday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) -- HAPPY VILLAGES/FABRIC COLLAGE -- Explore
the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to
trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step
your little village will magically come to life.
Wednesday, June 29 (9am - 4pm) -- THREAD PAINTED LANDSCAPES -- Introduces two thread painting techniques. You
will learn how simple thread painting is. A zigzag or straight stitch
are the only stitches necessary to create amazing thread painted
designs. No artistic skill is needed so come join us for a day full of
fun. Simple designs have been selected to boost your confidence right
Thursday, June 30 (9am - 4pm) -- SHADING AND BLENDING WITH THREAD
-- This workshop will introduce you to a simple way of blending and
shading with thread. The process might seem complicated, but Nancy's
step-by-step approach will show you how choosing the correct thread
colors and the color-coded design makes thread painting the design a
snap. It's easy and way too much fun!!
Wednesday, July 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CHOOSING, ADAPTING, AND USING QUILTING DESIGNS --
for a day of fun and discovery creating your own quilting designs with
Joanie's easy paper template method! Using simple tools and skills from
the art world, learn to manipulate almost any image, including stencils
and paper patterns, to fill the quilt top with perfectly coordinating
squares, triangles and multi-sized borders. Prior to class, each student
constructs a small quilt top that is used to demonstrate how various
spaces are divided and filled and to show a variety of marking
procedures. All experience levels, any quilting technique -- no machines
required. Material fee of $3.00 to be collected in class.
Thursday, July 28 (9am - 4pm) -- IVY WREATH REFINED FREE-MOTION -- In
the tradition of the great wholecloth quilts, transform a solid piece
of fabric into a work of beauty using the graceful Ivy Wreath design
created especially for this class. Focus on refined free-motion
techniques using the basic elements of Heirloom Machine Quilting:
curvilinear motifs, grids, and stippling. Class includes information on
essential supplies, machine set-up, marking, basting, navigating the
design, plus time to begin stitching this beautiful project. Requires: $6.00 pattern and either the Ivory Sateen kit $22.00 or Willow Radiance kit $25.00. Must be ordered in advance as students need to prewash, starch, and mark their projects before class.
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.
The Newcomer's Program for January will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. The presenter will be announced in the January newsletter.
Remember to bring
your finished projects and the projects you are currently working
on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current
Adopt A Speaker
number of members have indicated that they or their small group would
like to take one of the speakers scheduled for 2011 to dinner. If
you or your small group would like to serve as a hostess to a
particular speaker, please consider adopting that speaker while she is
here for the guild programs and workshops. This means
that you or members of your small group will be responsible for meeting
the speaker at the airport, taking them to the hotel, providing
transportation to the guild for their program, providing transportation
to and from the workshops, and taking her back to the airport for her
departure. Housing arrangements have already been made for the speakers.
Additionally, the hostess will take the speaker to dinner and lunches. Traditionally,
the speakers have been taken to Paradise Pizza for dinner with the
board and other interested members between the afternoon meeting and
evening meeting of the guild. Except for this dinner, the hostess will be free to arrange all lunches and dinners for the speaker while she is here.
Sue Spargo and Nancy Prince have already been adopted. The remaining speakers waiting to be adopted are:
Elsie Campbell in February
Rose Hughes in March
Wendy Butler Berns in April
Karen Eckmeier in May
Joanie Zeier Poole in July
Anita Shackelford in October
If you or your small group wish to adopt one of the speakers above, please contact Val Russell at Val@grm.net or 641-447-2411
Wow, this year has just flown by! We've had a great time working with many of you and collecting your beautiful projects. Thank
you to everyone who took home our kits, attended our sewing days,
donated fabric, batting, placemats, quilts, clothing protectors,
pillowcases, pop can tabs, toiletries, socks and underwear, quilt tops
and helped with binding and quilting. That's a long list!! In
our final report at the December tea we will announce the total donated
items and the top donors who will be treated to a luncheon on Saturday
Tuesday, November 2 we spoke at several care facilities in Des Moines
and made a short presentation about the Quilt Guild and how our
Community Service projects reach out to those in need. We displayed some of your donated items and some quilts both of us made. If you know of a group or organization who might be interested in hearing a similar talk please contact us.
Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert
Co-chairs Community Service
more could 55 quilters ask for on a beautiful autumn weekend but to
join together for a weekend filled with quilting, fun, and friendship?
of the weekend include several people winning piles of fat quarters
from Quilt bingo and Left, Right, Center; table massages; and many
pillowcases collected for community service.
extend a special thank you to Nan Earll and Marilyn Carlson for making
fun nametags. We had so many door prizes and table favor donations from
individuals and the Loose Threads small group - thank you so much for
to the new retreat co-chairs Arda Mathern and Margaret Simons! The
spring retreat will be held March 17-20, 2011, at Camp Wesley Woods.
Registration forms will be available January 1st on the guild website.
Room assignments are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Thanks for four great retreats!
Lisa Flyr and Beth Hromyak, former retreat co-chairs.
Below is a picture of the incoming and outgoing retreat co-chairs
Arda, Lisa, Beth, and Margaret
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 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
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.
It is time to renew your Guild membership. You can find the membership form by clicking here. We will also have forms available at the December tea.
want to share with all the Guild members the thank
yous received from several of the organizations that
received money raised at the Annual Charity Auction held in August.
We received 3 thank yous from Hospice of Central Iowa. View them by clicking these 3 links:
Hospice #1, Hospice #2, and Hospice #3
We also received a thank you from Susan G. Komen. View it by clicking this link: Komen
Remember to check out the DMAQG website
for information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking
place around the area, newsletter archive, as well as other useful