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December Tea


Saturday, December 1, 2012

9:00 a.m.


West Des Moines
Learning Resource Center

3550 Mills Civic Parkway 

West Des Moines


Please join us at the December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG. This is a time for electing and welcoming new officers, socializing, sharing treats, and choosing your favorite President's Challenge Quilt. It is also your first opportunity to sign up for the workshops that Deb York has lined up for 2013 and to renew your Guild membership. You will also have a chance to return overdue library materials.

Please bring a small plate of goodies to share. The Guild will provide the coffee.


See you all there! 



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November/December 2012 



Greetings Quilting Friends,
We started in January with the theme for the year, "The Blessing of Friendship."
Over the winter and spring we met each of the Board of Directors, committee chairs, and past presidents. During the year we have heard so many great lecturers and have attended workshops and retreats. You have shown our own great quilts and generously donated a multitude of quilted items for charity.
In June activities began with quilt classes for kids and charity work days. August brought the State Fair Sew-in and our great charity auction. September gave us time to finish quilts for our tremendous quilt show in October and our last monthly meeting,
Hours and hours of work and volunteering has pulled us together, demonstrating our Blessing of Friendship.  What an honor it has been to work with the Board of Directors and with each of you this year.
Annual Meeting, December 1: "Come one, Come All to our Christmas Tea and Annual Meeting" Saturday, December 1, 9:00 a.m.
  • It will be a wonderful morning greeting and sharing with quilting friends.
  • Bring a small plate of your favorite treats to share at the tea.
  • Bring your entry to the President's Challenge "A Small Blessing" and vote for your eight favorite quilts.
  • This is your opportunity to sign up for 2013 workshops and to renew membership.
  • During the business meeting, officers will present brief annual reports.
  • We will be voting on changes in the by-laws.
  • Bring your quilted Christmas gifts to our show and tell.
  • We will have our election of officers.
This has been a great year for me to have the opportunity to work with this dedicated board and with each of you. We have  a wonderful quilt guild and I thank you for being so generous with your time and willingness to serve. I leave this position and turn it over to the very capable hands of Peggy Kirk. She will make a stunning leader for you.
The theme of The Blessing of Friendship has encouraged many of you to reach out to others. I have been proud to be given the opportunity to serve you and I AM VERY BLESSED TO CALL YOU FRIENDS.

President, Barbara Smalley 

Barbara Smalley, President



The nominees are in bold. We should all appreciate their willingness to step into these positions.



Peggy Kirk

Vice President

Mildred Agena

Recording Secretary

Barb Hines

Corresponding Secretary

Sue Conard


Marilyn Dillivan

Program Chair

Deb York


Nan Earll & Ann Reed

Quilt Show

Pat Hjelmeland & Mary Martin

Quilt Show

Deanna Wilson & Kathie Anderson


Janora Hayes, Coleen Hayes, Cynda Quigley, & Doris Coady

Community Giving

Karen Macon & Phyllis Blood


Terry Holt & members of Itch'n to Stitch


Judi Smith & Susan Harn


Sharon Meisenheimer & Jill Reber


Katherine Roccasecca & Karen Pavlik

Emma Thomas-McGinnis & Donna Davis


Please locate and return any overdue DMAQG library books to the library return container at the December Tea. Members are responsible for replacing or reimbursing for any lost or damaged library books or media.


Susan G 

Susan Guess, Co-librarian


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 kids 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 kids 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 kids 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 kids program
Ginny Barchman (Quilt Show Co-chair): Fat quarters, darkest green or darkest blue
Susan Guess (Librarian): Fat quarters of any fabrics - loves them all
Deanna Wilson (Community Service Co-chair): Amish fabric fat quarters
Maggie Simons (Retreat Co-chair): Jewel tone batik signature blocks or jewel tone fat quarters 


Deb York, 2013 Program Chair, has an excellent lineup of instructors for next year.


A complete list of all the workshops can be found in last week's issue of Piecetime Programs or on our website.


Sign-up begins at the Holiday Tea on December 1! 

You can register in person at the December Tea. The registration form is online, so you can fill it out and mail it in or bring it with you to the tea!


Many of you have asked where to send quilts for those who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. We have found two organizations, one in New Jersey and one in New York, that have networks in place to distribute quilts where they are needed.
Please remember to tell these organizations that you are a member of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild, and also, please report your giving to the Community Giving chairs at the January Guild meeting.


Project Linus NJ, Inc. - Blankie Depot

(Endorsed by AQS)


Acacia Network 



Thanks to all of our hard-working Guild members who contributed to the success of this year's quilt show! AQS reports that more than 16,000 people visited the show. Every participant worked very hard. And every quilt hanging in the show was a beautiful tribute to the talent and artistry of quilters from all corners of the world. Congratulations to all of our Guild members.


Our raffle quilt, "The Many Needles Pineapple Quilt," was won by a quilter from the Boise, Idaho, area. She is LaVerne Wieczorek, and she reports to us that she is absolutely thrilled to be the new owner of our beautiful quilt. She is semi-retired, and she works during the winter at the Idaho State House, where she plans to hang her new quilt in the legislative communications office where it will be enjoyed by visitors.


Our preliminary financial information indicates that the Guild will realize a net profit of approximately $4,000 from the quilt show.



Ginny Barchman

2012 Quilt Show Co-chair



Final Report 2012


Karen Macon made and donated 14 cloth bags to JOPPA Outreach to carry food to the downtown homeless.


Carolyn Freeland hand appliquéd and Val Russell quilted a quilt for Alzheimer's Association September walk.


Susan Stainbrook donated a quilt and Anita Gogerty quilted it for our August auction.


Two sewing days were held at the WDM Library.


Thank you to all the small quilt groups and individuals who made direct donations.


Placemats were given to Madison, Boone, Story, Marshall, Jasper, Marion, and Dallas Co.


Donations also went to Bidwell Center, ChildServ, WDM Human Services, Bernie Lorenze Recovery Center, Young Women's Resource Center, Beacon of Life Women's Shelter, St. Joseph's Family Shelter, St. Mary's Distribution Center, Veteran's Hospital, Camp Dodge families of soldiers, Conkerr Cancer, and Youth Emergency Shelter.


2012 Donations:

108 quilts

139 pounds of toiletries

332 pillowcases

28 pounds of pop tabs

51 clothing protectors

930 placemats


The winner of drawing for workshop of your choice in 2013 will be announced at the December Tea. The drawing will include anyone who donated in 2012.


Deana Wilson and Karen Macon, Community Giving


Our fall retreat was a tremendous amount of fun. I heard a ton of laughter coming from both rooms. I think everyone got a lot of projects done -- I know I did. Also, many people took advantage of the beautiful weather and went on walks around Lake Ahquabi.
Wesley Woods is building a new recreation center and it should be completed by the end of this year. It would hold all of us quilters in one very large room, and it will have plenty of outlets for many more ironing boards. Our 2013 retreat chairs have us in line to book it when it is finished.  
I am already excited for the next year's retreats. Be sure to mark your calendars for April 11-14 and November 7-10, 2013. I can't wait!.

Nan Earll, Retreat Co-chair

Sharon Rotz was the speaker at the Guild's October 23rd meetings. On Wednesday and Thursday of that week she offered two workshops: "String Piecing 101 & Beyond" and "Paper Piecing by the Strip."
You can read about her impression of her time in Des Moines and view pictures on her blog:

Please stop by and visit our Guild website often at for news and information about DMAQG. Look for the photo albums in the blog from the photographers we've had documenting events for us! Also remember to check the calendar to keep up-to-date on all guild meetings and workshops.

If you have anything to contribute to the website about our guild, please send to 
Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Website Administrator