Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming 2011 Workshops
Newcomers Meetings
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Spring Retreat
Guild Member Serving Overseas
2010 Challenge Winners
Membership Renewal
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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."

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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February 2011 


Uff 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.


I 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 it! 


I 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. 


Hope 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!

Diane Thiese---President


2011 President's Challenge


The 2011 President's Challenge is "Uffda".  For those of you who are not Norwegian or a Norwegian "Want-A-Be" here is the Wikipedia definition:

"Uff 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."


I 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.

*  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.  


Upcoming 2011 Workshops  

The 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). 



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

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 beautiful.    

Thursday, February 24  (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!      


Rose Hughes  
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  

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  

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 --

Plan 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  
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.  
Newcomers Meetings 

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.

Upcoming Meetings:

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

Small Groups
The 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


As 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:


 ·  Enter 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 category.


 ·  Sell 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.


·  Volunteer 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.


·  Make 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!


Community Service

We 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!


During 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.


While 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 Urbandale library.


Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service


Spring Retreat  March 17-20 


For 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 retreat participants.


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. 


Gayla 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


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:


Dawn Bernal
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 


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.   


Mildred Agena

Last 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".

In 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!

I 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 novel idea.

I 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.

 2010 pres challenge-Mildred Agena



Judy D'Iapico

The 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.

For 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 replacement tree.
2010 pres challenge-Judy D'Iapico



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 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 information.