At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, April 26, we welcome Wendy Butler Berns, a quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer from Lake Mills in southern Wisconsin. Wendy
found her passion for quilting in 1993 and since 1997, she has taught
and lectured about the art of quilting regionally and nationally. Wendy's
quilts are noted for their bold use of color, unusual fabrics, and a
combination of unconventional techniques. Her quilt designs are
original and fluctuate between traditional with a twist and contemporary
The afternoon lecture topic is "I've Been Bitten by the Bug."
The evening lecture topic is "Capering With Creativity and Our Quilts."
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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we are getting some warmer weather! I was beginning to think it
was never going to get here and we would miss the crocus, daffodils, and
tulips. I thought after the large storms that were a distraction
for our evening meeting in March we were much closer.
Uffda, I am thankful it seems to be here.
have been working on my President's challenge--on paper anyway. We
have so many Uffda moments in our life and we need to go through all of
them whether awesome or chaotic. Thanks for sharing your Uffda
jokes. I need them when I get home. Sometimes it's just an Uffda
to sit down to eat supper.
have gotten further on my Veterans quilt. I fell asleep on the
couch one night and Myron woke me up to go to bed (which is not all that
unusual) but this time as much as I tried to go back to sleep I
couldn't. Red, White, and Blue fabrics are fun to work with any
time of the night or early, early morning. I am ready to set the
rows together. It reminded me of how many of our military are
not doing something fun when they are out on duty or cannot
sleep. I don't know about you but I usually am thinking good
thoughts and praying for those I make quilts for. Although I may never
meet the person on the receiving end, I am so thankful for the
dedication they gave to make our country what it is today.
see the show and tell, listen during treat time of what you are
creating, and come home and day dream about all those wonderful quilts
and the quilters that made them. The community projects you are
all involved in are so appreciated! It is a gift to be a part of
this giving community. You are all so giving, hospitable, flexible
in storms and microphone problems. I get so excited for the Guild
meeting to come.
Upcoming 2011 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,
April's Workshop will be held at West Des Moines Christian Church
at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. To get there from
Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway, exit 70. Turn east
onto Mills Civic Parkway and drive about .9 of a mile. The West
Des Moines Christian Church will be on the north side of Mills Civic
Parkway. We will meet in Building #3 which is the one
closest to Prairie Life Fitness
Wendy Butler Berns
Wednesday, April 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CREATING CAPTIVATING COLORFUL QUILTS -- Begin
to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices. Develop confidence
in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics.
This is a technique and project based class.
Thursday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) -- CAPTIVATING CONE FLOWER -- Learn the process of creating simple pictorial quilts from a photograph or picture.
Karen Eckmeier www.quilted-lizard.com
Wednesday, May 25 (9am - 4pm) -- ACCIDENTAL LANDSCAPES: BEACHES -- Here
is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's
layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and
easy to make, no templates, no fuss -- just free form rotary cutting and
topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details
like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs,
umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.
Thursday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) -- HAPPY VILLAGES/ FABRIC COLLAGE -- Explore
the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to
trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step
your little village will magically come to life.
Nancy Prince www.nancyprince.com
Wednesday, June 29 (9am - 4pm) -- THREAD PAINTED LANDSCAPES -- Introduces
two thread painting techniques. You will learn how simple thread
painting is. A zigzag or straight stitch are the only stitches necessary
to create amazing thread painted designs. No artistic skill is needed
so come join us for a day full of fun. Simple designs have been selected
to boost your confidence right away.
Thursday, June 30 (9am - 4pm) -- SHADING AND BLENDING WITH THREAD -- This
workshop will introduce you to a simple way of blending and shading
with thread. The process might seem complicated, but Nancy's
step-by-step approach will show you how choosing the correct thread
colors and the color-coded design makes thread painting the design a
snap. It's easy and way too much fun!!
Joanie Zeier Poole
Wednesday, July 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CHOOSING, ADAPTING, AND USING QUILTING DESIGNS --
for a day of fun and discovery creating your own quilting designs with
Joanie's easy paper template method! Using simple tools and skills from
the art world, learn to manipulate almost any image, including stencils
and paper patterns, to fill the quilt top with perfectly coordinating
squares, triangles and multi-sized borders. Prior to class, each student
constructs a small quilt top that is used to demonstrate how various
spaces are divided and filled and to show a variety of marking
procedures. All experience levels, any quilting technique --no machines
required. Material fee of $3.00 to be collected in class.
Thursday, July 28 (9am - 4pm) -- IVY WREATH REFINED FREE-MOTION -- In
the tradition of the great wholecloth quilts, transform a solid piece
of fabric into a work of beauty using the graceful Ivy Wreath design
created especially for this class. Focus on refined free-motion
techniques using the basic elements of Heirloom Machine Quilting:
curvilinear motifs, grids, and stippling. Class includes information on
essential supplies, machine set-up, marking, basting, navigating the
design, plus time to begin stitching this beautiful project. Requires:
$6.00 pattern and either the Ivory Sateen kit $22.00 or Willow
Radiance kit $25.00. Must be ordered in advance as students need
to prewash, starch, and mark their projects before class.
Anita Shackelford www.anitashakelford.com
Wednesday, October 26 (9am - 4pm) -- BRODERIE PERSE APPLIQUE -- Take
inspiration from a special fabric and design a chintz appliqué block in
a style that is traditional or today. Practice both blind stitch and
blanket stitch edges.
Thursday, October 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SPRING BOUQUET -- Create
a bouquet of carnation, wildflowers and lily-of-the-valley tied with a
bow. Techniques covered are corded stems, stuffed appliqué, two types of
ruching, free-form berries and lily-of-the-valley, unit-appliqué ribbon
and embroidery embellishment.
The Newcomers Program for April will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Mary Cecil will talk about creating with color.
Remember to bring any projects you are currently working on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.
and enjoy "with or without show and tell". All members who joined in
2010 and 2011 are welcome. Other Guild members are also welcome
May 17-Traditional Quilts with JoAnn Belling
June 21-Paper piecing with Sharon Meisenheimer
July 19-Beyond the Block-Scrap Piecing with Rebecca McCreary and Sara Harless
August 16-Machine Quilting with Lynn Witzenberg
Sept 20-Finishing Touches: Binding, Squaring Up and Labels with Shirley Loeffler
If you have any questions, please call Barb at 515-279-2651.
Barb Smalley, Vice President
Quilt Show News
2011 DMAQG is only about 5 months away so we hope you're busy making
quilts or other items to enter in this year's quilt show. The
quilt show categories and size parameters were in last month's
newsletters and have also been posted to the quilt show section of our
Bookmarks and posters that advertise our quilt show have been printed. If
you're going to be traveling to a quilt shop, quilt show, or another
event that attracts quilters and would be willing to take some bookmarks
or a poster to leave, please contact Donita Fredricks to get a supply
of these items.
our treasured quilts exhibit, we're seeking quilts that reflect the
show theme of community. If you have a quilt that was made by a group of
quilters for fund raising, to celebrate or commemorate an event or
group, etc., please contact Barb Eckoff. We're also seeking photos of
quilt groups--they may be older heritage photos or more current photos.
If you have such photos, please contact Jill Reber.
Quilts: just a reminder that one of our primary fundraisers is the
Little Quilts Silent Auction. Please consider making a little quilt to
donate to the Guild for our Little Quilts auction.
Some upcoming dates related to the show include:
* raffle quilt tickets will be distributed in May
* quilt show entry form will be posted to the website on
* volunteer sign-up will begin in July
* quilt show entry deadline will be July 15
It takes a large number and variety of quilts to ensure a successful quilt show. Whether you choose to have your quilt judged or not, we need your quilts!
Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi
2011 Veterans Quilt Challenge
you to all of you who have donated a veterans quilt or have a veterans
quilt in process. Thus far, 25 quilts have been turned in--that's 16% of
the 150 quilts we hope to have by October. We will have additional fabric packets at the April Guild meeting if you'd like to pick up fabric to use in a veterans quilt. More detailed information regarding the veterans quilts and simple, optional quilt designs are posted on the website.
If you have questions about the veterans quilts, please contact Fern Stewart.
AQS Quilt Deadline Reminder
is still time to enter your quilt in the AQS Quilt Show & Contest.
With 5 categories and over $44,000 in cash awards, everyone should enter
the contest! All entries must be postmarked by May 20, 2011. Click here for more information
hope you are enjoying spring and perhaps have found some inspiration to
work on a project from all the blooming flowers, plants and trees. What
a wonderful time of year!
you to the guild members who have contributed to the donation of 17
twin quilts to St. Joseph's Family Shelter. Community Service has made a
commitment with the staff to donate 29 twin quilts. Please help us
reach our goal. If you have a twin quilt or top you are willing to
donate bring it to the next meeting.
Sister's small group has volunteered to provide a quilt to a child
whose parent is serving in the military. The quilt will be presented at
the Flag Day ceremony held at the Historical Building in June. Thanks
Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service
THANK YOU NOTE RECEIVED
Thank you very much for the lovely quilts and pillowcases. They will be well used.
St. Joseph Shelter Staff and Guests
Community Service Sewing Day
Service Charity Sewing Day was held on April 18 at the Urbandale
library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We had 16 members attend and we
completed 127 pillowcases.
below are those who attended: Mildred Agena, Kathie Anderson, Barb
Blair, Judy D'Lapico, Carolyn Eliason, Linda Enghausen, Anita Gogerty,
Gerry Hingst, Shirley Loeffler, Linda Mould, Joan Rotert, Phyllis
Salsbury, Helen Smith, Reta Stone, Deanna Wilson, and Carol
Wisnousky. Not pictured is Tamara Deaton.
want to thank everyone who participated in our spring retreat. We
think everyone had a good time as the comments were all
favorable. Even the weather smiled upon us. The scissor
sharpening and the machine cleaning were well received. As
usual the massage therapy was a high point for many participants.
If you attended the spring retreat and are missing your teal blue winter coat, please call Arda at 515-266-4223.
mark November 17 thru 20th on your calendars for the fall
retreat. We hope to see you there. Thanks
Arda Mathern and Margaret Simons
follow the theme of the quilt show this year we are looking for photos,
both vintage as well from today, of quilters and groups of
quilters. We hope to gather the photos and put a collage of sorts
together showing the community of quilting that is built.
contact me if you have photos that we may use. If you can,
please scan and email photos, or email digital photos to
me. OR you can get me your originals and I will digitize them and
return the originals to you.
Feel free to contact me with questions at 515-999-2746 or by E-mail: email@example.com
To Mail: Jill Reber, 10481 NW 107th Avenue, Granger IA 50109
Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In
Education Committee has been hard at work getting ready for a summer of
activities. Our mission as a Guild is to teach people about
quilting. Two of our projects are the Kids Classes and the State
Fair Sew-In. Both of these projects are successful because of the
commitment of many Guild members.
can be involved in a variety of ways. We need volunteers to help
the kids for one or more of the Kids Classes at the public
libraries. The dates of these classes are June 20 and 21 in West
Des Moines and July 11 and 12 in Pleasant Hill.
dates of the State Fair are August 11-21. We need 5 associates
each day to help the fair-goers make quilts for state wide children's
We also need some help getting ready for these events. We need donations of 2 yard cuts of juvenile fabric to use as backs for both of these programs. We need donations of 1/2 yard or larger pieces of solid color fabric to use for binding.
need people willing to work at home. We need help to cut fabric
into strips and bindings. We will provide you the fabric to cut
along with clear directions.
Do any of these opportunities sound good to you? Contact Sharon at Rmeis@aol.com or 515-986-1145 with questions or to volunteer. Become an active member of a Community of Quilters.
Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber
2010 President Challenge Winners
There were 10 entries in the 2010 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 quilt in the designer's own words.
To say I dislike winter is a huge understatement. However, I will admit that winter has its moments of beauty.
fascinating to me is the magic of each individual snowflake--how no two
are exactly alike. This, then, was what I decided to do for my
"Winter Wonderland" quilt. A magical thing happened early in
designing my quilt, and that was re-discovering the simple pleasure of
folding paper and cutting out six-pointed snowflakes as I had once done
as a child.
Each day as I worked on this quilt, I liked what was happening. It was a fun experience from start to finish.
have been quilting for over 25 years. Mostly, I am self-taught,
but have taken classes over the years to learn various techniques.
By doing this, I have found ways to achieve what I want with each
quilt. The most important thing I have discovered is that I still
learn something new with each quilt I make.
have always been drawn to nature and wildlife. Growing up on a
farm near Bedford in southwest Iowa and spending a lot of time in that
big back yard has given me a lot of memories to draw from. You
know what they say about you can take the girl out of the country but
you can't take the country out of the girl. While I live in Des
Moines, I have an acreage near Osceola and spend a lot of my summer time
there using my camera to capture images that I can reference for my
work. After the passing of my husband, my sisters introduced me to
quilting and in 2003 I decided to become an art quilter. Being
able to translate those photo images using only commercial fabrics and
threads was a challenge I found intriguing. Looking across a snowy
field, your eyes are drawn to things you would normally look
past. The animals are more visible and the stark contrast of the
bare trees against the snow, says look at me. How could I not want
to quilt this?
"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show
another year and another quilt show. This year's show is the end of
September 2011. We have to move the time table for completion of "little
quilts" for the silent auction up to the July meeting. If you attend
the August "Charity Auction", then you can turn in your "little quilts"
at that time. Like every other year, the Guild depends on the
generosity, great skill and creativity of our members to make
outstanding "little quilts". These "little quilts" are a main source of
income for our Guild. So, once again, we are asking for your help
in contributing to the success of our quilt show by making a "little
quilt" for the silent auction.
Leigh Lussie, quilt show member for "Little Quilts"
Guild Member Wins at AQS Show
Martin won 2nd place at the AQS Lancaster, Pennsylvania show in the
category of Appliqued Bed Quilts. This same quilt also won Best of Show
at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. The quilt's name is Rylie's Garden and
is named after Mary's granddaughter because she loves the color
purple! The quilt was made in a class taught by Angela
Lawrence at Creekside Quilting. Here is the link to view the
winning quilts: Rylie's Garden
Quilter's Garage Sale
Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th
8:30 am to 6:00 pm
"Mike" Wigg is having a garage sale on May 6 and 7. Her address is 7051 NW 21st Street, Ankeny. This is located SW of Ankeny and NE of Johnston Soccer Fields.
Call Mike at 515-289-2762 if you need directions
notions, patterns, trims, antique quilts, P. Buckley Moss, Amish
Heritage, count cross stitch, basket weaving supplies and much more will
be on sale.
"Patches for Peace" for Tanzania, Africa
We need to collect the little dresses and shorts and the light weight blankets at the next guild meeting on April 26th.
If you have questions, please call Gerry Hingst, 278-4337
really enjoyed my year of being on the Board for Community
Service--especially working with Carolyn Eliason. She is such a "doer"
and she was a joy to work with!
those of you that have never served on the Board, I would strongly
encourage you to do so--it is a great way to meet more of the wonderful
people in our Guild.
just want to say a big Thank You to all of you that donated the blue
fat quarters for me. I'm planning to make a denim and patchwork jacket
(after a couple of wedding quilts are completed).
Please stop by and visit our new and improved 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 useful information.