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Our meeting on Tuesday, March 27, features one of the best-loved teachers in the appliqué world - Nancy Chong.


Nancy has been teaching needleturn applique and Hawaiian quiltmaking since  1982. She receives rave reviews wherever she teaches, including on the internet as an instructor at


Take a look at her website and you'll know immediately why we are thrilled she's coming to Des Moines. In 1991, Nancy and her sister, Janice Lee Baehr, formed Pacific Rim Quilt Company to sell their Hawaiian quilt patterns and promote Hawaiian Quilting.  Together they have produced three distinct lines of appliqué quilt patterns: Hawaiian Quilts, 2 Fabric Appliqué Quilts, and Quilt Borders & Table Runners.


Nancy's specialty is stress-free needleturn appliqué. She shows how incredibly easy appliqué is without the use of freezer paper, toothpicks, starch, cardboard, ironing, or interfacing--all things that needlessly complicate what is otherwise a very simple process.


Her afternoon lecture is "First Make it Fun". Nancy says "there's no right or wrong way to make a quilt, as long as you are having fun." In this spirited presentation, while showing her quilts, Nancy will tell stories about how much fun she has had making quilts and share practical tips to increase your quiltmaking enjoyment.


The evening lecture "Finding Time to Make Quilts" is a humorous look at how to become more efficient with both time and space in order to become a more productive quiltmaker. Although this is a different lecture, Nancy will show the same quilts as in the afternoon.


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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March 2012 



It is starting to feel like spring, springing our clocks forward and thinking about our next quilting project. Finishing UFOs can wait until next winter.


Guild had a great turn out for our February meetings to hear our talented Art quilters. Designing Ladies and Central Iowa Textile Artists presented excellent programs. We thank them for their time and all their hard work to present the joy of stepping out of the box in designing with an artistic flare.


"Come one, come all" to our March meeting to hear Nancy Chong's presentation on hand appliqué. Even traditional quilters will enjoy seeing her beautiful work. Both workshops are full with a waiting list, which tells us that she already has a following.


Announcement: At the Board of Directors meeting we voted to appoint Linda Enghausen as Corresponding Secretary to fill the position when Lorraine Gibbens resigned because of a family health issue. Linda will continue to hold her elected position of Newsletter Editor with the capable aid of Katherine Roccasecca now Co-Editor. We also want to thank Emma Thomas-McGinnis our Co-Web-Master for covering during this challenging time for her Co-Web-Master Nancy Sharr.


Schedule and enjoy your sewing time this Spring for as you know there is never enough time to sew in the summer. A suggestion: Two projects to design and start gathering fabrics for would be the President's Challenge "A Small(ey) Blessing" and you know it is also time to start your small quilt to donate to the silent auction at the Quilt Show. Happy Planning. Creating is the best part of Quilting.


"See you at the March meeting"---Remember the Blessing of Friendship makes the Guild a warm and welcoming place for all who come.


Barbara Smalley, President




Name tag

■ Workshop registration form

■ Spring Retreat registration form

■ Items for Show and Tell

■ Items for Community Giving




 We had good attendance at both February meetings with 152 in the afternoon and 75 in the evening. Most of you are wearing your name tags and that is a good thing.


Thank you for volunteering to bring treats for after the meetings. We now have every month covered! We knew we could count on you. Also, don't forget to meet at least one new friend this month.


Janora Hayes, Cynda Quigley and Pat Knight


Community Giving 


If you can spare a few hours, we would love to have your help at a charity sewing day on Monday, March 26 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the West Des Moines Library, 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy. Even if you cannot stay the whole time please come for awhile. Bring your sewing machine and usual sewing tools. If you prefer not to bring your sewing machine then just bring a mat and cutting tool. We will be putting together small quilts for ChildServ. We will also be making placemats to display at the quilt show and then distribute to surrounding counties for their Meals On Wheels programs. The Library does have a cafe with coffee and lunches. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch from home if you like. Please contact me with any questions at or 987-4618


Deanna Wilson, Community Giving  


2012 Challenge for Quilt Show


Our 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 Challenge"!


Please 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 counties. 


If you have questions, please contact:  Deanna Wilson, Karen Macon or Jill Reber


2012 Quilt Show


It may not seem possible, but it's time to start thinking about the 2012 quilt show "Welcome to the World of Quilting". Please reserve the dates of October 3-6, 2012. We are adding two new categories to the line-up. Pineapple quilts follow the welcoming theme. Please consider making and entering a pineapple pieced or appliquéd quilt to be hung at the show in a special exhibit. Also, we are adding a category for wool quilts, penny rugs, etc. that can be quilted or non-quilted. We know a lot of our fellow quilters are interested in working with wool, so get those quilts ready.

It's time to think about those Small Treasures also. The dimension has been enlarged to 24". New items added to our Small Treasures are bags, purses and totes. Consider making something for the show. Leigh Lussie is again heading up this show committee, so you may turn in items to Leigh or at any Guild meeting. Let's try to surpass last year's number of quilts. This is one of only a few fund raisers for the Guild that allows us to bring in the great speakers that we have throughout the year. We saw our first spectacular Small Treasure appliquéd quilt at the show meeting on March 1st. Thanks and keep them coming.

Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman, Quilt Show Co-Chairs


Spring Retreat--April 19-22 


Sign up early to get the spot you want--registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The 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.


In 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 sewing rooms.


The 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 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.


Mildred Agena 

I have seen many pictures of Pegasus and since I love anything that looks like a horse, I wanted to try and use some techniques that I have learned in classes and make my own Pegasus. When applying the Uffda to the scenario I had to put in the snake as something evil and so the Pegasus became the good, hence Uffda, good over evil.

2011 Pres Challenge - Mildred Agena 3855



Anita Gogerty

I have an obsession for quilting and thought this quilt would be a perfect Uffda.


 2011 Pres Challenge - Anita Gogerty 3849


Upcoming 2012 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).



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 


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


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.




Thank Yous

From Gail Garber (our January speaker): Thank you for showing me a wonderful time in the Hawkeye state. The classes were amazingly fun! The skill level and enthusiasm were impressive. I am anxious to see how these techniques are incorporated into future projects. Thanks for a well-organized and comfortable visit. You are the best!


From Jasper County Elderly Nutrition: On behalf of Jasper County Elderly Nutrition and the clients we serve, we would like to thank you for the beautiful placemats. It has been a joy to share them with our clients.


From Youth Emergency Services & Shelters (YESS): Thank you for your recent donation of 33 decorative pillowcases for the young people at YESS! The pillowcases are really cute and brighten up the kids' bedrooms. They will be able to take these with them when they leave and can have that comfort no matter where they may be. Thank you again!

In Memorium


It is with deep sorrow that we bring you news of the deaths of:


Lorell Squiers' mother passed away on February 13

Judy Proksa's father passed away on February 27

Nancy Sharr's brother passed away on February 28



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