Tuesday, February 28, two of our Guild's most long-standing art
quilting groups plan to share their quilts and their journeys.
1 p.m. the Designing Ladies showcase different types of art quilting
techniques from funky folk art to fabric painting. Members are: JoAnn
Belling, Fern Stewart, Val Russell, Becky Stevens, Donna Horn, Barb
Eckoff, Julie McCullough, Dixie Loynnachan, Karen Spencer, Margaret
Sindelar, Sandy Holmes, and Betty Mathers.
evening lecture, at 7 p.m., highlights the no-rules work of the Central
Iowa Textile Artists - how they started and how far they've come.
Members: Becky Kemble, Ilene Bartos, Barb Jones, Angela Lawrence, Linda
Knierim, Jan Hall, Jean O'Donnell, Janet Bergeron, and Wendy Reed.
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.
There are no workshops during February.
Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists
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Board Members & Committee Chairs
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hope everybody is enjoying our [warm, then snowy, then warm, then cold]
winter. It is a perfect time to snuggle down into creating or
finishing your great quilt projects. We have such a wonderful
creative hobby with so many dimensions that most can find a style that
fits their comfort zone. A great part about belonging to this
quilting guild is members are generous with their time and ideas to give
encouragement to one another.
board gathered at its January retreat to get acquainted, review the
tasks involved with our jobs and to plan the budget for 2012.
We have two events to share with you in regards to Officers.
Sharr will be inactive for 2 months because a family member is very
ill. Emma Thomas-McGinnis will cover during Nancy's absence. Also
Emma is in the process of updating our web page.
"Rainy" Gibbens unfortunately has had to submit her resignation from
the position of Corresponding Secretary. Her husband is extremely
ill and will probably take two years to recover. We understand but
are saddened to accept her resignation. Our Newsletter Editor,
Linda Enghausen, will cover the web page questions and correspondence.
Please remember Nancy and Lorraine "Rainy" in your thoughts, best wishes and prayers.
Please share your talents by showing us your quilts at "Show and Tell"
during our monthly meeting and by volunteering when you can squeeze in
the heart of our meetings and we started off January with a bang with
Gail Garber and her "free-form" shapes. The workshops are the
frosting on the cake and her classes were full with people raving about
Gail's quilting techniques. This month, February, we have a real
treat. We are Celebrating the Art of Quilting with two of our own
small Art groups. I encourage you to come to both our 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Please look over the programs, ask if you are not familiar with a
lecturer and select at least one workshop to attend. We are so so
fortunate to have this quality of Lectures and Workshops. My skills have
tripled by attending workshops over the years. Come, have fun, learn
and share. Note: there will not be any workshops in
to our Spring Retreat, Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.
Come when you can and enjoy the fellowship and sew. Look forward
to seeing you. We have less rooms so please register early.
Community Giving: Thank you for your generosity in January.
2012 President's Challenge:
The theme is "A Small Blessing" the size for DMAQG quilts will be the
same 40" x 30" and brought in December to our Annual Meeting and
Christmas Tea. I feel very blessed to be President this year and
hope you will find and share many blessings in your quilting world this
Barbara Smalley, President
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Membership renewal form
■ Workshop registration form
■ Spring Retreat registration form
■ Items for Show and Tell
■ Items for Community Giving
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
you did not already renew your membership at a meeting or by mailing in
your renewal form, your membership needs to be renewed by March 1 in
order for you to be included in the Guild's membership directory. The membership form can be found HERE. Forms will also be available at the February meeting.
FROM YOUR DIRECTORS AT LARGE
reminder to wear a nametag to each meeting and meet at least one new
person each time you come. And maybe win a nice door prize.
Also, don't forget to sign up to provide treats for a meeting. Just ask us how when you sign in at the February meeting.
Janora Hayes, Cynda Quigley and Pat Knight
Upcoming 2012 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
WORKSHOP LOCATION--Location Change
March's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johnston Lions Club, 64th Place and Merle Hay Road in Johnston. Click HERE for map.
Nancy Chong www.prqc.com
Wednesday, March 28 (9 am - 4 pm) - Hawaiian Quiltmaking. Awesome
in their symmetry and beauty, Hawaiian quilts are surprisingly easy to
make. Nancy has been making Hawaiian quilts since 1978; she knows
them intimately. In the one-day class, you will have hands-on
experience with cutting out a Hawaiian block, basting, and needleturn
appliqué. All skills levels are welcome. THIS CLASS IS FULL--YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST
Thursday, March 29 (9 am - 4 pm) - Miniature Appliqué. Don't
ever be intimidated by an appliqué pattern again. In this class
you will learn how to deal with tiny shapes so any appliqué project is a
SNAP. Leave all your preconceived ideas at home, and come ready
to experience an awakening of your inner talents! Some appliqué
experience is preferred in this class, but if you take the Hawaiian
Quiltmaking class on Wednesday, you have the skills to take this one,
too. THIS CLASS IS FULL--YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST
Toby Lischko ww.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com
Wednesday, April 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Millefiori - New York Beauty.
A class based on Toby's Millefiori quilt featured in McCall's Quilting
magazine May 2010 - how to create this unique New York Beauty quilt. It
is an extension of Toby's Unfoundation piecing 101 class, which includes
curved piecing, foundation piecing with freezer paper, and adds how to
find designs with mirrors, fussy-cutting with templates, using stripes
in your block, and construction of the block. Intermediate to advanced. Kit fee of $25 includes templates and pattern is required--payuable at class.
Thursday, April 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Stars Over St. Louis - Eight Point Star. The
St. Louis Star has no "y" seams and has so many possibilities for
designs. You can use mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect.
Participants may make her small "Miniature Quilt Magazine" prize winning
wall quilt (18") or a 36" version. In the morning there is a short
Powerpoint presentation on using mirrors and then you get to play with
mirrors and sew the center medallion. In the afternoon you will learn to
make perfect "y" seams without marking. Intermediate quilter. Kit fee of $35 includes the pattern, "Magic Mirrors", and acrylic templates (specify large or small)--payable at class.
Bettina Havig www.bettinahavig.com
Wednesday, May 23 (9 am - 4 pm) Classic English Medallion - 21st Century Style. With
an overview of the classic style of English medallion style quilts
students will get a glimpse of this style which influenced our quilts in
both the late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout the
development of quilt making. With the concept in hand we will take a
quantum leap into the 21st century. As only three size strips are used
for all the basic units; we can sometime use the leftovers from one
cutting to make the next borders. We will begin modestly with a wall
hanging project but because of the style it may be the start of
'something big'. This is also a good introduction to quick pieced border
Thursday, May 24 (9am - 4 pm) The Fine Art of Hand Quilting. A
sampler of quilting designs in a 15 inch pillow top is designed to
sharpen your quilting skills, achieve a smaller, even stitch and help
develop good quilting techniques. A pattern for the sampler is provided.
Students will use various marking techniques. Class discussion includes
information on batting, threads and needles.
Melinda Bula www.melindabula.com
Wednesday, June 27 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Summer Rose Learn
the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in these 6 hour classes.
All students in the class work from the same flower pattern. You will
learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color
works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of
design. Melinda encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel
timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers
and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done
Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Thread Play.
Renegade Thread Play is covered and demonstrated in class. The class
will all do the same flower but can choose the colors for their project
as the flowers can be done in any color. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs--payable at class.
Mary Sorensen www.maryappliques.com
Wednesday, July 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Appliqué Potpourri. Explore
advanced techniques for precision needleturn appliqué, and raise your
skills to a new level. Learn straight-forward techniques for dealing
with complex and challenging shapes, layering fabrics without bulk, and
precision placement, as you stitch an elegant appliqué nosegay or
wreath. Bring your questions and get hands-on help with your personal
"trouble spots". Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Thursday, July 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Baltimore Tribute - Advanced Hand Appliqué Techniques.
Baltimore Album quilts remain a source of inspiration for hand
appliqué. Using an original basket pattern designed in the spirit of the
classic quilts of the mid-1800's, explore advanced needleturn
techniques common to Baltimore Album quilts. These include woven
baskets, complex flowers, layering without bulk, small circles,
challenging shapes, and reverse appliqué. If you love hand appliqué,
this class just may tempt you to stitch your own heirloom Baltimore
Tribute quilt. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
Wednesday, October 24 (9 am - 4 pm) String Piecing 101 and Beyond. In
hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use
string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and
pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.
Thursday, October 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper
piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing.
How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this
class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this
Please join us on Monday, March 26
at the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for our charity sewing day. Bring your sewing
machine, electrical cords, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter and other
basic sewing supplies. We will have a sign up sheet at the February
For new members and a
helpful reminder for those who have been active, here are the projects
and where they will be donated this year. ChildServe--crib & lap
quilts, Bernie Lorenze Women's Recovery--twin quilts, Meals On Wheels in
surrounding counties--placemats, Ronald McDonald House--pop pull tabs,
St. Joseph's Shelter--toiletries, Valley View Village--clothing
protectors, and ConKerr Cancer and Youth Shelters--pillowcases.
We also encourage donations of 100% cotton fabrics. Large size pieces suitable for backings are always needed.
Bonnie Neiderheiser gave 27 baby quilts to Mercy Hospital.
Thanks to the Waukee Needles & Threads quilting group for letting me know their community donations for 2011--a total of 284 items!
96 napkins to Terrace Hill
53 eye glass cases to Blessman Ministries
78 placemats to Dallas County Meals on Wheels
15 pillowcases to Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center in Adel
42 quilts--11 baby quilts to Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center in Adel, 5 lap quilts to Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Center in Adel, 24 baby quilts to Broadlawns Family Birthing Center, and 2 lap quilts to Sunny Brook Care Center in Adel.
Deanna Wilson, Community Giving
2012 Challenge for Quilt Show
theme for the show revolves around the symbolism of pineapples.
Pineapples represented hospitability in early America. The
placemats that we make and are distributed by Community Giving will be
our challenge this year. We have broadened our areas to include
all of our surrounding counties "Meals on Wheels" programs. These new
programs are very excited to be included in our "Hospitality Placemats
continue to turn in your placemats at meetings throughout the
year. Challenge your small group to make placemats. Teach a
child or friend to quilt on this simple project. Consider making
some with holiday themes. We will have a special display at
the quilt show, showcasing our "Challenge". The placemats will
then be distributed to each coordinator in the surrounding
If you have questions, please contact: Deanna Wilson, Karen Macon or Jill Reber
Spring Retreat--April 19-22
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN AT THE FEBRUARY 28 GUILD MEETING AND NOT BEFORE
Sign up early to get the spot you want--registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
fee is $140 and $165 for non-members---this includes brunch on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday mornings. We will have a potluck on Thursday night
so bring a dish to share. On Friday evening we will have pizza and
salads. Our dinner on Saturday evening will be provided by the Camp.
Lodging will be in Wesley, Otterbein, and Buxton.
past retreats the Guild has lost money trying to accommodate everyone
because we are charged for the room whether you come for 1 day or 4
days. We will be charging only the one fee of $140 for members and $165
for non-members. The spring retreat will only use the west sewing room
and has a limit of 40 people due to declining attendance at this
retreat. The fall retreat is more heavily attended and we will use both
Retreat starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, and ends at 3:00
p.m. on Sunday, April 22. You may come and go as you please.
If you wish to have a massage, please contact Gayle Wasson directly by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 641-755-4499 or 515-360-3454 to schedule your appointment.
2011 President Challenge Winners
There were 12 entries in the 2011 President's Challenge, but only 8 will be entered in the AQS 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
Uffda quilt in the designer's own words.
Uffda - Sensory Overload - An Homage to Anita, Diane, Nancy and Sally
of the first descriptions we got for "uffda" was "sensory overload".
The pictures of the ladies perfectly represented the senses--smell,
taste, touch, sight, hearing. They were the beginning of the quilt.
ladies looked like they belonged on a crazy quilt, and that created the
next portion of the quilt. Crazy quilts also have lots of texture with
embellishments, which adds to the sensory overload.
the quilt developed, I used techniques I learned in classes with Anita
Shackelford, Diane Gaudynski, Nancy Eha, and Sally Collins.
are a lot of things I could have used the expression Uffda for, so
trying to decide what to create was a tough one. The last dog I had was a
world champion digger and escape artist. I love dogs and I love flowers
but the two certainly don't mix. Uffda!
again for the opportunity to work with so many of you the past two
years through Community Service. We have a wonderful generous Guild and
you made my job so easy! I am looking forward to making a special quilt
with your thank you donations of batik fat quarters.
It is with deep sorrow that we bring you news of the death of Betty Nelson's husband, Bob, who died January 2, 2012. Betty is a long time Guild member.
Quilts of Valor Presentation
sure to tune in Saturday afternoon, March 3, at 3 p.m. to see the debut
broadcast of "Quilts of Valor," a brand new documentary created by Iowa
addition to interviews, stories, and field pieces about the origins and
ongoing work of Quilts of Valor Foundation, the program includes unique
and entertaining sewing sessions. Celebrity quilters Alex Anderson,
Eleanor Burns, and Mark Lipinski each take a non-quilter "under their
wings" to make a quilt of valor. Alex Anderson's "rookie" is Iowa's own
Dan Gable, Olympic Gold Medalist and wrestling legend.
The program will be re-broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. If
the show pledges well in Iowa, it will likely be picked up by public
television affiliates around the nation, so March 3 will be a great day
to renew your IPTV membership or become a first-time Friend of IPTV!
Quilt Shows & Other Events
Kalona Quilt Show and Sale
Thursday, April 26 "Evening Only" 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Located at the Corner of 6th & D Avenue---One block South of Casey's on Hwy 22 in the Kalona Community Building, Kalona, Iowa. Over 300 New and Antique HAND QUILTED quilts will be on display and for sale.
Sponsored by the Woodin Wheel (319-656-2240) and the Kalona Antique Company (319-656-4489). For more information, visit the website www.woodinwheel.com or
email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
International Quilt Festival of Ireland 2012
My name is Caitlin Hacker and I am the Director of Quilt Exhibits for the International Quilt Festival of Ireland.
I am contacting you because we thought it would be a grand idea to
invite members of your quilt guild to show quilts at our festival, and
represent your entire guild with a quilt for one or two of our exhibits.
I wanted to share with you two unique exhibits that we feel are going
to gather a lot of attention at the festival. The first is called, "My
Quilted Garden" and the second is "Yin & Yang."
Quilted Garden" will transform a large room in one of NUIG's (the
university campus we have turned into a Quilter's Village) oldest
building into what we envision will be an extraordinary walk-in garden,
with beautifully colored 3-D flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, grass, and
even a stream, while birds are chirping, bees are buzzing and incredibly
colorful flower and garden quilts line the walls to enclose the garden
setting. It is going to be lovely. We are offering a $1000 cash prize to
the best entry in the exhibit, whether it be flowers or a quilt that hangs on the wall.
& Yang," however, is something on the opposite side of the spectrum
that is more challenging, but equally as fun. Each quilter who
participates will have to create two quilts, one that represents their
artistic side as an art quilter and one that allows them to create
something traditional. It is the same theme for both quilts, one made
using more of a right brain application and the other using the left
brain. The winner of this exhibit entry will receive a cash prize of
$2,500. Having one quilter from your guild to represent the entire guild
would be truly exciting.
deadline to complete these entries has been extended to May 1st, so
there is plenty of time to create these flowers, plants, bushes and even
ivy to be part of our international garden. There is no size limit and
everything that one might find in a garden is welcome...even quilted
are featuring different quilt guilds and countries around the world
with this exhibit, and I wanted to feature your guild in the garden with
your members creating a patch of fabric flowers from your province,
state, if it is known for a particular flower or plant. We have already
received beautiful and imaginative flowers from quilters all over the
world, tulips from our Holland quilters, edilwiess from our Switzerland
quilters and many more.
Just to let you know, we have all of this information available on our festival website: www.IQFOI.com
and if nothing else, the Cead Mile Failte quilt block entry could also
be a nice contribution to the exhibits, as quilters around the world
trace their hand and make a quilt block they applique and design that
will be sewn with other blocks as the official "welcome exhibit" at the
festival each year it is presented.
as a member of a quilt guild, we would like to extend to you the
invitation to join us next year in Ireland as we present our second
annual INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL OF IRELAND. Maybe you would
like to help us gather a small group of twenty people from your guild to
join us? If that is something that would interest you, we will
provide for you a complimentary trip for helping us put this small group
together, or if you don't want the free trip, we will donate $100 back
to your guild for every person who joins your tour. Please let me know
if this is something you might want more information about. I will be
happy to send it to you.
for considering all of this, and I do hope members of your guild would
like to participate. To be honest, I think it could be really fun for
members of your guild to sit around one afternoon or evening and make
fabric flowers and represent your guild with a nice little bundle or
patch in the garden. That sounds like a lot of fun to me!
Have a wonderful day, and thanks again for your kind support!
Caitlin Hacker email@example.com
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taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other