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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, April 27, we welcome Kay M. Capps Cross from Spring Grove, Minnesota.  I first met Kay at the 2008 AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show.  
The afternoon lecture topic will be "Black & White Goes With Everything". 
The evening lecture topic will be "Working in a Series".


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 Programs & Workshops 
                     March 2010

This is a Special Edition of the Programs Newsletter, as there is a change in the April workshops.  I asked why you were not signing up for "Goddess of Light". Your answer was that you wanted to learn how to make Kay's wonky trees. Therefore, Kay and I have changed the class to give you wonky Pole Pines.


In April, our speaker and instructor will be Kay M. Capps Cross from Spring Grove, Minnesota.  I first met Kay at the 2008 AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show.  My sister Nora and I signed up for her "Slap Happy" workshop.We learned that sometimes one should not take themselves too seriously.  After all, quilting should be fun, relaxing and "Stress-Free"!


Kay is a fantastic, warm, and fun person. In her workshops, she will guide us through our anxieties about foundation piecing and in the end we will have a quilt to be proud of.


If you have any other suggestions, please contact me or the 2011 Program Chair Val Russell.  Your input is important.


Peggy Kirk

2010 Program Chair

A Message from Kay M. Capps Cross:

Hello Curious Quilters!

I am Kay M. Capps Cross. It's an awfully big name, but I panicked on the eve of my wedding and had to keep it all. I had the Capps part for so long that it felt like I would be losing a limb if I gave it up.

I started sewing very young. My school shopping was a trip to the fabric store for yard goods and patterns! My mother and grandmother made those wonderfully heavy "quilts" from scraps and big wool comforters that were recycled. That was my first introduction to quilting.  I wandered into a quilt shop somewhere in the late 1990's looking for interfacing for some dresses I was making for my daughters (the boys got vests soon after). I haven't been seen since!

I started taking classes, and fairly soon I wound up teaching classes. Soon I was teaching my own designs. My foray into black and white was instrumental in developing my style and improving my life.....

I was challenged into making quilts from inside of me. I kept reaching for the black and white fabrics - and my creativity was set free.

I consider myself the luckiest person walking the face of the earth. I get to play, teach and help others tap into their own creativity. What a blessing!

I have taught in a quilt shop in southeast Minnesota, at the Northeast Iowa Quilter's Guild retreat, and have presented trunk shows and taught at retreats and guilds around the area. I have been marketing my patterns internationally since Quilt Market in Portland in 2003. I made that decision by playing Spider Solitaire on the family computer. If I win--I'd go and if I didn't win, I would stay home and forget about this crazy idea of a pattern company. What a lucky game!
April Workshops:

Please sign up for the April classes now. You may mail your workshop registration to Peggy Kirk.  Her address is on the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Peggy via email at

The supply lists for the April workshops will be available at the April meeting. They are also available on the DMAQG website. See the links on the side bar of this newsletter.  
Kay M Capps Cross
  Challenge 1      NEW               
 Wednesday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) - CONTRAST IN THE PINES (using Pole Pines) -- Using only black and white, we will look at the importance of contrast in simple yet effective pieces while we learn how to foundation piece with no stress!  Kay will teach you her easy and fun method for no stress foundation piecing and cover ways to deal with "opportunities" that arise while creating our blocks.  (Mistake is not a part of Kay's vocabulary!  Leave your seam ripper at home!!)


We will play with various fabric combinations and evaluate our fabric choices during class.  We will piece some blocks (or work toward completion) of our actual pines quilt.



Challenge 1

Thursday, April 29 (9am - noon) - SLAP HAPPY --  

This fun and wacky quilt was designed by Kay to clean out her studio.  She was attempting to shrink her Christmas Novelty stash.It can be made in red, white, and blue, black n' white and name it---it will look great in this quilt!  This is an absolutely no stress, no headache foundation pieced quilt. You can use new yardage or scraps -- you just slap and go (and count) and you will have a fabulous quilt.


My sister Nora and I still laugh remembering how much fun we had in this class.


Challenge 1

Thursday, April 29 (6pm - 9 pm)  EVENING CLASS - FUN RAGGY EDGES -- This evening class will determine whether or not we will be able to provide evening workshops in the future.  So come out for a fun evening of learning and creating. 


Welcome spring by whipping up this toasty 44" x 55" quilt for a special baby.  (We won't ask how big your "baby" is.)  We will loosen up our inhibitions by cutting shapes with no template and no ruler. We will then experience creative play with simple decorative stitches. I am getting so excited.

Workshops are held at 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.