Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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2010 Guild Chalenge
Community Service
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Name Tags
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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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   April 2010

The cold snowy weather just about did me in this winter so I have decided to move south. The middle of June I will be moving to the Austin, Texas area where my youngest daughter will also be moving. While I'm looking forward to no snow and playing golf all year, I'm sad to be leaving the Des Moines area. I have enjoyed my tenure as vice president and president of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. I hope to make some trips north in the future and perhaps catch a meeting or two.


Keep on quilting,


Liz Porter---President

April Program
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. I found her to be a fun, creative, and warm person. I am now happy to count her has a friend.
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  
April Workshops

Please sign up for the April and May 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 and May 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.  


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.


Challenge 1

Thursday, April 29 (6pm - 9 pm)  EVENING CLASS - FUN RAGGY EDGES -- This scrappy, raggedy quilt was designed as a tribute to Kay's friend Dorothy.  It is a cuddly and fun quilt.  The piecing and cutting are no stress - raw edge and freehand circles.  It doesn't get any easier than that!  This quilt is great in summer colors, Christmas colors, the dark and dirties, brights, or anything you can imagine!  Pull out your stash and get creative! .


DIRECTIONS To 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. 
Newcomers' Meetings

The Newcomer's Program for April will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Liz Porter will be demonstrating bindings.

Remember to bring your finished projects and the projects you are currently working on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 515-270-1485.  

Upcoming meetings


May 18 -- thread play with Janet Pittman

June 15 -- friendship quilting with Jill Reber

July 20 -- hand appliqué with Mary Shotwell

August 17 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg

September 21 -- long arm quilting with Jeannie Stille 

Diane Thiese, Vice President

2010 Guild Challenge 

Challenge yourself and be a part of the October Quilt Show!  Quilt Guild Challenge packets will be available at our next meeting, April 27th. The packets will consist of three beautiful Moda batiks, measuring 6" x 10", and a brief statement of the challenge rules.  The theme of the challenge, "My Personal World of Quilting", is broad enough to allow a great deal of interpretation, and will compliment the 2010 Quilt Show theme, "A World of Quilts".


We hope you'll join in the fun. The price per packet is $3.00.  Finished and registered projects will be hung at the quilt show in October. A drawing will be held for those finished and registered participants, with prizes being a free workshop from the 2011 schedule or a gift certificate to a local quilt shop. Remaining funds will be given to the children's education projects that the guild conducts at the quilt show, state fair, and libraries during the summer.Only 80 packets have been made. When they're sold, they're gone, so plan to get your packet at our next meeting, if at all possible.


Questions?  Please call Carol Thomason at 255-8752 or Carolyn Freeland at 457-8500, Directors at Large.

For a sneak peak at the fabrics in the challenge packet, click here: Challenge Packet 
Community Service & Charity Sewing

Finally spring has arrived!! Many of you will be itching to get outside to start gardening but we hope you will still find time to keep up with your sewing projects! Items donated last month were delivered to Meals on Wheels, Legacy Pointe, Broadlawns Pediatrics, New Directions Shelter and Lutheran Children's Behavioral Unit. The nurses at Lutheran really appreciated the added donation of socks and underwear for their patients and said they continue to have an on going need for youth sizes.


To date 12 members have signed up for our charity sewing day on Tuesday May 4 from 9am to 4pm. We will meet at the Pleasant Hill library located at 5151 Maple Drive. Use the back parking lot and rear entrance.


Please bring your sewing machine, electrical cords, cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters, a walking foot, threads and other basic supplies. If you can't sew without your own comfy chair bring that too. Sign up at the next meeting or give one of us a call or e-mail us. If you'd like to come but can't stay the whole day don't worry, we'd love to have you join us.  Lunch will be provided.


The pattern and directions for the clothing protector which is one of our community service projects this year can be found by clicking here: Clothing Protector 


Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service



Thank Yous  
From St. Joseph's Family Shelter:

Thank you for the quilts and pillow cases you donated to St. Joseph Family Shelter!  You are very generous!


Gratefully, St. Joe's Staff

From Broadlawns Medical Center:

Thank you so much for your gift and for choosing to support Broadlawns Medical Center.  We know you have a choice when giving and we are honored to be the beneficiary of your gift. Serving the thousands of uninsured and under insured residents of Polk County, we rely on your support to provide care as well as acquire and maintain costly medical equipment.  Simply put, without friends like you, we would not be able to provide the high quality care we do.

During these recent economic hardships, we are serving more and more families who depend on us while managing costs and improving efficiencies.  Your gift speaks volumes to us and we're delighted with your endorsement of our important work. Your faith in the work we do inspire us to do better and greater things. We appreciate your thoughtful and generous gift.  Thank you again for choosing Broadlawns.


Sincerely, Shelly L Jordan

From American Heart Association: 

On behalf of the Greater Des Moines American Heart Association Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to each of you.  The quilt you created is a true work of art and will be  a great addition to someone's home.


I would personally like to thank Beth Hromyak for bringing our two organizations together. The hard work and generosity of each of you will help us to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke!


Thank You, Frank King

Name Tags   
We have had numerous requests to provide a pattern for a name tag to wear at the guild meetings. We went back through the newsletter archives and found the pattern which Martha Henrich designed in 1993. The directions can be found on the DMAQG website by clicking this link: Name Tag 

We hope to see lots of you at the April 27 meeting with a name tag you have made using this pattern.  

Please check out the DMAQG website for information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, a Consumer Report article on irons, and other useful information.