Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming Program
This Month's Program
Newcomers' Meetings
2011 Raffle Quilt
Community Service
2010 Guild Challenge
2009 Challenge Winners
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Upcoming Program
At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, February 23, we welcome The Iowa Wild Rose TAG Applique Group.
These talented women (many from our own guild) will be giving a talk called "The A Word".  Be prepared to view their applique quilts and admire their fantastic handiwork    


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



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Piecetime News
  February 2010

Personally, I'm loving the email guild newsletters. They actually arrive before the guild meeting. My snail mail printed version of the newsletter finally arrived the day AFTER the January guild meeting.


Each month you will receive TWO newsletters: Piecetime News and Piecetime Programs. Be sure to read and check out the content in both newsletters. You can expect Piecetime Programs to arrive in your Inbox around the second Saturday of each month. Piecetime News should arrive around the third Saturday of each month. From time to time we will send other communications but promise not to overload you with emails.


I'm enjoying the hot links to upcoming speakers' websites and the inclusion of color photos. Don't miss all the forms you can download for things like signing up for workshops and retreats, and the list of board and committee members contact information.


You will want to confirm your interest in continuing to receive the newsletters. This link is found at the top of the newsletter after the message, "You are receiving this email because of your relationship with Des Moines Area Quilters Guild."


If your email address changes or you want the newsletters delivered to a different email address, you can make these changes by going to the UPDATE PROFILE/EMAIL ADDRESS link right after the end of the newsletter.


Liz Porter, President


2010 President's Challenge 


The theme for this year's President's Challenge is "Winter Wonderland."


The rules for the challenge are as follows:


* Finished quilt size: 40"x30" (horizontal).

* The quilt may be pieced, appliqued, painted, stenciled, or embellished in any manner.

*The finished quilt must consist of three layers.

*The quilt must be constructed and quilted by one person.

* Quilts must be finished (quilted and bound) and hung at the December 2010 Tea, where guild members will vote for the top eight to be entered into the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge.


February Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, February 23, we welcome The Iowa Wild Rose TAG Applique Group. These talented women (many from our own guild) will be giving a talk called "The A Word".  Be prepared to view their applique quilts and admire their fantastic handiwork.

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

Please go to the registration page and sign up for these classes today. Join your friends in these fun filled classes.

AHA charity quilt 
Marge Pearson will be giving the Wednesday workshop entitled "What Do I Do With my Scraps? #2". Bring your buckets of scraps and actually do something with them. Marge gave this workshop last year and everyone had a marvelous time.  Don't miss it, she has something new.  There are only 4 openings left for this class.
 JoAnn Belling will be giving 2 workshops Thursday. 
 Am Heart Assn.
 From 9 am to 4 pm, JoAnn will be doing "Waltzing Nine Patch". In this class, you will overcome your fear of free-hand rotary cutting and learn about weaving, fusing, and raw-edge blocks as you experiment with color and design.  Learn how piping adds that little extra pizzazz.  Don't miss out making this FUNtastic quilt. 

JoAnn states "This is the most exciting, most fun, most free and easiest workshop I teach. Students learn free form cutting, color, weaving, fusible, design, border treatment, and piping."


JoAnn will have available for sale at class: 6 1/2" batik squares, fusible and cording.

Am Heart Assn.
From 6 pm to 9 pm, JoAnn's workshop is entitled "
Flying Geese in a Brave New World". This is for those who cannot attend a daytime class, and is your opportunity to learn fast and no-waste methods.  This workshop will help you easily recognize patterns within patterns.  There are only a few spaces left in this evening class.
DIRECTIONS To Legacy Pointe located at 1650 SE Holiday Crest Drive in Waukee:
Take Hickman Road (Hwy 6) west of I-35/80 for 3 miles to the intersection of 156th and Hickman Road which has a Dahls and a Walgreens. Continue west a 1/3 of a mile and turn left (south) at the SE Legacy Pointe Blvd street sign (just past Tuffy and before Earl May). Follow it around to a 3-story building. Go around to the back. When you come in the door, turn to your left and the community room is right there. The phone number for Legacy Pointe is 515-987-3625. 
Newcomers' Meetings

Sharon Meisenheimer will be demonstrating her Paper Piecing Techniques for the Newcomers' Program on Tuesday, February 16th. 

Our meetings are held at the Urbandale Library at 6:30 pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert will join us to explain their Community Service positions on the board. Come and join us.  

Remember to bring your finished projects and the projects you are currently working on. You won't want to miss seeing the fabulous quilts Sharon has done! 


Upcoming meetings


March 16 -- string quilts with JoAnn Belling

April 20 -- binding with Liz Porter

May 18 -- thread play with Janet Pittman

June 15 -- friendship quilting with Jill Reber

July 20 -- hand appliqué with Mary Shotwell

August 17 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg

September 21 -- long arm quilting with Jeannie Stille 


If you have any questions, please contact me at 515-270-1485.  See you there! 


Diane Thiese, Vice President

2011 Raffle Quilt

The design for the 2011 raffle quilt has been finalized and construction of the quilt will begin soon. A variety of fabrics will give the quilt more interest and dimension, so we are asking Guild members to donate small pieces of fabric to the project.


Needed are 12" squares of yellow, gold, and green prints and fat quarters of brown prints.


Please bring to the February or March meetings. Thanks for your help.


Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi

Thank You from Meals on Wheels

Dear Carolyn and all the quilters,


Thank you so much for the wonderful placemats.  Our clients appreciate having a bright spot to enjoy their meals.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness.


The staff of Meals on Wheels

Community Service & Charity Sewing

Our first Charity Sewing Day of the year will be on Tuesday, May 4th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Library. More information will be available in future newsletters and at our guild meetings.


We are tracking your donations this year so please stop by our table in the narthex area before or after our meetings if you have made items to be donated. On the form please fill in your name and the number of items in each category that you are donating. Top "performers" in each of the following categories will be treated to a luncheon in December: placemats, crib/lap quilts, twin/larger quilts, pillowcases and our newest project, clothing protectors. A pattern was available at the January meeting for the clothing protectors. One alteration needs to be made: instead of using Velcro fasteners please finish them off with a large button hole/button or several large snaps. We have contacted several sites very interested in our donations but they have indicated items with Velcro do not hold up well when laundered numerous times. Please donate any completed clothing protectors you have finished; we can still use them, but make the change in any future projects. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but, sometimes patterns need a little tweaking!! A revised pattern will be available at the February meeting.


We have been asked to list "suggested" sizes for quilts and placemats.  Crib quilts seem to vary the most in size, 36" x 45" is a nice size, lap quilts would be 45" x 55", twin quilts are 65" x 95", double quilts 80" x 95", and 13" x 18" makes a nice placemat. Again these are "suggestions"; we will accept any quilt regardless of its size. J


Happy Quilting!

Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service
American Heart Association Charity Quilt 
Am Heart Assn. 

It all started with one question to my husband: "How can we have people interact at the retreat?"  His response was: "Have them help create a charity quilt." So the idea was born.


The American Heart Association was chosen because we all need a reminder to take care of our heart, they are one of the guild's chosen charities, and who doesn't like the cute red dress?


Our small group, Seams Sew Easy, designed the pattern, cut the fabric and pre-packaged each block.  We asked for volunteers at the fall retreat.  They were given 36 hours to turn in their completed block(s).  We were amazed that the majority of blocks were turned back in within 12 hours.  Each volunteer received a 'red dress' pin upon turning in their block(s).


The quilt was assembled and quilted after the retreat.  The finished quilt was presented to Elaine Kay from the American Heart Association at the January evening meeting.  The quilt was displayed in the East Village the first week in February for a Go Red for Women event.  It will also be a part of the Go Red for Women luncheon in September.


I want to thank everyone that took part in the making of this quilt, especially the members of my small group: Dawn Bazan, Teresa Coady, Lisa Flyr, Veronica Koh Eischeid, Emma Thomas-McGinnis, Doris Schmitz, and Tricia Lenz.  We are very proud of this beautiful quilt.


Beth Hromyak, Retreat Co-Chair


2 Volunteer Opportunities:

IPTV Festival
IPTV's Festival is March 6-21 and they are in need of volunteers for the phone bank.
If this is something you or your small group might be interested in doing, contact Darla Hassebroek, Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator at 515-242-5400. Slots are filled on a first come, first served, basis. 
Mitchellville Prison
The ICIW (the women's prison at Mitchellville) is in need of people to help with our quilt classes.  If you are interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Linda Haack at 515-967-4236 ext. 235 or contact her via email at  If you want to know more about the quilt classes, please call Mary Cecil at 515-277-5709 or Sharon Meadowcroft at 515-967-6456.   
2010 Guild Challenge 
Are you up to the Challenge?  In keeping with the DMAQG 2010 quilt show theme, "A World of Quilts", the Guild's challenge to its membership is "My Personal World of Quilting".  The possibilities are endless since you can interpret that to mean "what makes my quilting world go round".


Last year's display of challenge quilts at the quilt show was wonderful, but we hope to surpass even that spectacular showing with many more entries.  Jill Reber had the foresight to solicit fabric donations from Moda.  The fabrics are all batiks.  As in the past, baggies of the three fabrics will be sold at the April meeting for $3.  (Proceeds will go toward buying prizes.)  There will be only 80 bags, so please buy yours before they are gone.  AND complete them!


Here are the rules:


*Use at least two of the three provided fabrics.

*The item must be quilted in some form or fashion.

*Entries may be any size or shape as long as no one side is longer than 45 inches.

*Use something from your stash.  (Of course, as soon as you buy it, it'll be part of your stash.)


Also remember that quilts will NOT be judged and should not be entered in the judged category.  Please attach a sleeve and a label according to the quilt show's guidelines. 


Entries must be registered by the deadline in July and will be part of show-and-tell at the September meeting.

2009 President's Challenge Winners
Below are the winning quilts for the 2009 President's Challenge entitled "Vacation" as voted on by those members attending the December Tea:
Challenge 1     AHA charity quilt
1st  Anita Gogerty          2nd   Lynn Randell
AHA charity quilt      AHA charity quilt
3rd  Judy D'Iapico           4th  Barb Riggs
AHA charity quilt      retreat5rev
5th  Pat Weber               6th  Joan Rotert
AHA charity quilt      AHA charity quilt 
 7th  Deanna Wilson      8th  Margaret Simons