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 QuiltUniversity.com.
Take a look at her website www.prqc.com
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.
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.
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.
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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is starting to feel like spring, springing our clocks forward and
thinking about our next quilting project. Finishing UFOs can wait until
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
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.
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.
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.
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
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Name tag
■ Workshop registration form
■ Spring Retreat registration form
■ Items for Show and Tell
■ Items for Community Giving
FROM YOUR DIRECTORS AT LARGE
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 987-4618
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
2012 Quilt Show
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
I have an obsession for quilting and thought this quilt would be a perfect Uffda.
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-change of information. (Adopted--September 20, 2003).
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.
A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL UPCOMING CLASSES, PLEASE REFER TO THE JANUARY
2012 "PROGRAM" PORTION OF THE NEWSLETTER WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON THE
DMAQG WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE.
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!
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.
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!
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
Please stop by and visit our
re-designed DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org
for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events
taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other