At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, February 22, we welcome award winning quilter, Elsie Campbell,
who comes to us from Dodge City, Kansas. She comes from a family of
quilters, her mother, grandmothers, and aunts all made quilts. Elsie
says "I just thought everyone knew how to quilt."
The afternoon lecture topic is "Innovations and Renovations."
The evening lecture topic is "Tweaking Tradition."
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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Da! What a beautiful display of artwork we had with the winter
storm last week. I am always awed when I look out my window at a
new snow and seeing it swirl and dance in the wind brought an extra
touch of magic until I had to drive the next morning. Then it's
not so magical.
hope you are getting opportunities to quilt. I was inspired in
taking Sue Spargo's class on wool/wool embellishments. I have to
say I tend to stick with tried and true techniques (cotton=cotton=cotton
thread) and find mixing/matching fabrics such as wool, silk, and cotton
to be feared. To see the difference in taking the plunge was fun
and took my creative thoughts in different directions and different
textures. If you have not used wool yet, try it-you'll like
have also had time to start my patriotic quilt. I forgot how much
fun it is to use red/white/blue fabrics with a dash of
gold. As we have seen in the news with Egypt this last week,
we are so fortunate our Soldiers have given so much that we can
experience our freedoms daily and without fear! I am so
appreciative of the Quilt Show Committee for coming up with this
opportunity for us.
to see you at the Guild Meeting and looking forward to seeing your
"Show & Tell". I know there are many quilts that do not get
shown, please bring them to share. I love to see the different
things everyone has worked on and it's the main reason I joined guild
way back when!
See you Soon!
2011 President's Challenge
2011 President's Challenge is "Uffda". For those of you who are
not Norwegian or a Norwegian "Want-A-Be" here is the Wikipedia
da is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload.
It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion,
relief and sometimes dismay."
will have more examples as we go through the year! Coming from
Decorah, we have a lot of fun with this term and hope you will to!
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.
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.
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,
February's Workshop will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church
at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. To get there from
Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway, exit 70. Turn east
onto Mills Civic Parkway and drive about .9 of a mile. The West
Des Moines Christian Church will be on the north side of Mills Civic
Parkway. We will meet in Building #3 which is the one
closest to Prairie Life Fitness
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
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!
Thursday, February 24 (9am - 4pm) -- SEEING STARS?!!!
Rose Hughes www.rosehughes.com
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.
Karen Eckmeier www.quilted-lizard.com
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.
Nancy Prince www.nancyprince.com
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 away.
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!!
Joanie Zeier Poole
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.
Anita Shackelford www.anitashakelford.com
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 Newcomers Program for February will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Mary Shotwell and the Applique Small Group will demonstrate hand applique. The block of the month will be 2" rail fence.
Remember to bring any projects you are currently working on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.
March 15-Designing Your Quilt with Janet Pittman
April 19-Creating with Color with Mary Cecil
May 17-Traditional Quilts with JoAnn Belling
June 21-Paper piecing with Sharon Meisenheimer
July 19-Beyond the Block-Scrap Piecing with Rebecca McCreary and Sara Harless
August 16-Machine Quilting with Lynn Witzenberg
Sept 20-Finishing Touches: Binding, Squaring Up and Labels with Shirley Loeffler
If you have any questions, please call Barb at 515-279-2651.
Barb Smalley, Vice President
Vice President is the coordinator for the Small Groups.
Please check the listing of Small Groups on the website by clicking here. If any changes need to be made, please fill out the form that is on the website.
Quilt Show News
was announced last month, the theme of the quilt show this year will be
"A Community of Quilts and Quilters." We want to encourage all members
of DMAQG to become a part of the quilt show "community." You can be a
part in many different ways:
a quilt in the quilt show. This year we have tweaked the categories a
little, including adding a class for extra-large quilts. There will be a
new category titled "Quilting for the Home" for those who like to make
placemats, pillows, or other home accessories. Many great quilts are
displayed at Show and Tell that aren't entered in the quilt show.
Remember to enter your quilts, either in the judged or non-judged
raffle tickets. Our raffle quilt is being quilted right now and it is
going to be fabulous! Raffle ticket sales help fund the great programs
that we enjoy all year.
at the show. You get free admission to the show on the day that you
volunteer and you get a chance to meet other quilters and really
experience the excitement of the show.
a veteran's quilt, either by yourself or in cooperation with someone
else, to be displayed at the show and then donated to a veteran in long
term care in Des Moines. At the January meeting, several people picked
up kits or bundles of fabric to make a veteran's quilt. We will have
some fabric and kits at the February meeting also. Some pattern
suggestions are listed on our website under the 2011 Guild Challenge link.
Fern Stewart will be coordinating collection of the quilts for display
at the show. You can bring finished quilts to any meeting.
Let's make this show the best ever!
are off to a good start with donations! At the January meetings we
collected 134 placemats, 15 lbs. of toiletries, 23 crib/lap quilts, 3
twin size quilts, 13 clothing protectors and 19 pillowcases. The
crib/lap quilts were donated to Broadlawns Pediatrics and the twin
quilts found a home at St. Joseph's Family Shelter. St. Joseph's have
indicated they have a real need for twin quilts at this time. If anyone
has a twin quilt they would like to donate we would love to help them!
announcement time at the evening meeting in January, I indicated that
in 2010, guild members donated around 1400 placemats when actually it
was 1157. I meant to say that our goal for 2011is to collect at least
1400 placemats! As an extra incentive to help with increasing donations
this year, from the names of top donors we will draw one name who will
receive a $75 gift certificate to be used at our local quilt shops.
Remember to stop at our table in the narthex before or after the
meetings so we can properly record your donations.
you are dropping off your donations sign up to attend our first
Community sewing day on Monday, April 18th from 9am to 4pm at the
Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service
Spring Retreat March 17-20
all Guild members who have not been to a Guild retreat,
please consider coming to our Spring retreat. I look forward to it
from the Fall retreat until it is time for the Spring
retreat. We have a table massage therapist, hopefully a
sewing machine repairman for servicing, and maybe scissor
sharpening for your convenience. Two meals are provided daily plus
all the snacks you can imagine. This is a great way to get
acquainted with other members of the Guild. There is always
help with your quilting problems. Weather permitting you can take a
break anytime and go for a walk around grounds of Wesley Woods.
There are also shops in Winterset and Indianola with specials for
We still have spots available in all the cabins so get your entries in as soon as possible.
The form can be found on the Guild's website by clicking here. You can also register at the February guild meeting.
Wasson will be giving table massages at the retreat. A 30 minute
massage costs $30. Please contact Gayla directly to schedule your
massage time by calling her at home 641-755-4499 or cell
phone 515-360-3454 or by e-mail email@example.com
If you have any questions, please call Margaret Simons at 256-0077 or Arda Mathern at 266-4223. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat.
Arda and Margaret
Guild Member Serving Overseas
National Guard member Dawn Bernal arrived in Afghanistan in November and is anticipating being there for a year as a nurse with a medical unit.
If you would like to send a note, card, or care package to Dawn, her address is:
C Co 334 BSB, TF Archer
FOB Kalagush, AFG
APO, AE 09310
If you have questions or need suggestions on items to send Dawn, please contact Lisa Flyr at firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 President Challenge Winners
There were 10 entries in the 2010 President's Challenge. We
will be showcasing 2 entries each month in the newsletter with a
picture of the quilt and the designer along with the inspiration
for the quilt in the designer's own words.
winter we had several heavy snows that left Madison County buried for
several weeks. Even as cabin fever began to set in I couldn't help
but be amazed one morning as a blue sky and bright sunshine made a
dazzling site out of our yard. There were several cardinals
residing in bare trees but I soon noticed a fox at the edge of the yard
that is next to a gully. We watched the fox come and go all winter
and, as spring came around we were rewarded with seeing three fox
kits. It truly looked like a "Winter Wonderland".
this quilt I was able to use techniques that I had learned about in
classes offered by DMAQG. I did machine applique and embellished
with paints, fabric crayons, thread and crystals. What Fun!
began sewing in my pre-teen years but didn't begin quilting until about
1992. I really did not know what I was doing and even thought I
bought quilting magazines I often did not understand what they were
trying to do. I took a class at Alexander Fabrics in Winterset
where I learned about 1/4" seams. Eureka! Classes--what a
was made aware of the DMAQG by my daughter, Liz, and we joined the year
Janet Pittman was Vice President (2002?). In 2007, I retired from
45 years in nursing and found that I now had more time for classes
related to quilting. Two years ago I told my family I would like
to take more classes offered by the Guild and so my Christmas presents
are now some very wonderful learning experiences given by excellent
local and national teachers.
idea for Winter Wonderland was based on my beautiful snow Crabapple
that sat by my front window for many years and watched through the
seasons. As the birds built their nests, raised their young with
an occasional squirrel trying to steal seeds from the birdfeeder.
unknown reasons, my twenty year old Crabapple did not survive the harsh
winter of 2009 and had to be removed. The wall hanging is my
Renew Your Membership
If you have not already done so, please consider renewing your Guild membership. The membership form can be found by clicking here. We will have forms available at the February meeting.
The cut-off date to renew your membership and have your name included in the Guild Membership Directory is March 1, 2011.
We have a new and improved DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org. The improvements on our site include:
- Visible links on the left hand side for all pages within our site
- A 3 month calendar at a glance on the right hand side of the home page
- Softer color palette that is constant throughout the site.
Please stop by and visit our newly improved website soon for
information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place
around the area, newsletter archive, as well as other useful