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On Tuesday, April 24 we welcome an award-winning designer and instructor from Beaufort, Missouri. Toby Lischko offers great new ways to enhance your piecing skills.


An owner of Gateway Quilts & Stuff, Inc., Toby is known for her prolific quilt designs, her "Unfoundation Piecing" technique and her focus on inspiring others through her teaching.


Toby considers herself a traditional quilter. "I like to take traditional blocks and create something new and unique," she says. "When I teach classes, I want to impart my love of quilting and show others it only looks hard. I break everything down to basic steps that even a beginner can do. I want people to leave my class saying Wow, I did not know I could do that!"


She is a regular designer for P&B Textiles and has done commissioned work for Timeless Treasures, RJR Fabrics, and Marcus Bros. Fabrics. Her original work has appeared in many national magazines including McCalls Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, McCalls Quick Quilts, Quilter's World, The Quilter, American Patchwork & Quilting, and Miniature Quilts. She is also a virtual quilt designer for Hoffman Fabrics.


Toby's afternoon lecture/trunk show is "How the Curved Block Influenced My Quilting". This presentation is a short history of her prize-winning quilts and how blocks such as the New York Beauty and other curved piece blocks have influenced her work. It includes an overview of the last 200+ years of curved blocks and how they got their names.


The evening lecture/trunk show "Making Minis, Smaller Not Harder" includes what goes into making miniature quilts, including fabric selection, quilting supplies, and techniques. A trunk show follows of her published and winning miniature quilts.



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 News
April 2012 


Dear (Contact First Name),  


Spring has "SPRUNG" and "grass has ris" Oh, what Quilting Joy there "is". This the "Spring of All Springs" and is joy on the faces of all.


Our theme, "The Blessing of Friendship", seems to be growing along with the grass and spring flowers. My hope is that each of you are finding an opportunity to be welcomed, informed, inspired and encouraged at our meetings.


I have gotten my President's challenge "A Small Blessing" from a drawing to scraps of fabric on a design wall. I so encourage each of you to make a Small Blessing Quilt for we do experience small blessings each day. The sun came up and there is light in my home, how about yours?


Remember the Quilt Show is asking for quilts using a Pineapple which is a sign of friendship and for creating quilts with wool. There is still time to start one of these. 


Small groups might want to start sewing or collecting items for our August Women's Health Auction. We will need Mall-In-The-Hall items, Gift Baskets, and Auction items. This is a good time to plan. We encourage each small group to contribute annually in some way to the Guild: treats, auction items, volunteering, or service--all are ways to share your many talents.


Friends, Show-N-Tell has been so fun this year. Remember our gift to the Guild is setting up the meeting, your gift to us is the Show-N-Tell. Your quilt is NOT FINISHED until you Share it with all of us. We are so proud of the quilts each of you make. We also, appreciate all the items you so generously donate.


I sure hope that you were able to include our spring retreat in your schedule. The fellowship is a blessing to those who attend. We so appreciate the gift of time given by the retreat committee. 


See you at our April meeting. We have taken time at the meetings to get acquainted with our Board of Directors. At this meeting we are going to recognize our Past Presidents.


Tuesday we will have a ball, Come one Come All

Past Presidents are on call, Come one Come All.


Barbara Smalley, President




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Community Giving 


Thank you to our twenty-three Guild members who participated in the Community Giving Sewing Day on March 26. We spent a fun day making sixty placemat kits and sewing several quilt tops. Judi D'Iapico completed an almost finished top donated by Susan Stainbrook. Rod Turner took it home to quilt and it will be donated to the August auction!


Also helping with all the projects were: Linda Wilkinson, Opal Berard, Sherri Street, Anita Gogerty, Phyllis Salsbury, Joan Rotert, Carol Wisnowsky, JoAnne Schnebly, Gerry Hingst, Kathie Anderson, Sharon Jorgenson, Marcia Jensen, Diane Wieditz, Barbara Jones, Sherry Baze, Lola Zimmerman, Linda Mould, Sharon Meisenheimer and of course, Karen Macon.


Check the DMAQG website for photos taken at the sewing day.  


Deanna Wilson, Community Giving  


2012 Quilt Show Challenge


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


"Silent Auction" for 2012 Quilt Show 


We are getting ready for another big year for "Little Quilts and More". Last year was so very successful and we know this year will be even bigger and better!


We have made a few changes that we want you to know about. We have increased the size of little quilts to 24" per side or a total of four sides equaling 96". In addition to little quilts we are expanding to include bags, totes and purses--which must also abide by the total of 96". Please remember that many of our pieces are mailed out at the close of the show. So anything you make must be able to be folded up and MUST fit one of the several Post Office "if it fits, it ships" boxes.


Like every other year, the Guild depends on the generosity, great skill and creativity of our members to make outstanding pieces that we offer for sale at our show. These quilted objects 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, a bag, tote or purse for the silent auction.


Leigh Lussie, Quilt Show member for "Silent Auction"


Education Outreach 


Each summer DMAQG sponsors four kids quilting classes at local libraries. 48 excited children go home with a completed quilt of their very own! At the Iowa State Fair the Guild sponsors the "State Fair Sew In". Attendees of the Fair come and go and help to sew the many quilts that will be donated to statewide children's organizations. These are both wonderful opportunities for members to help.


How can you help?

By volunteering to help at the Kids Classes and the Iowa State Fair!


West Des Moines Library Kids Classes: June 18 and 19, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Pleasant Hill Library Kids Classes: July 30 and 31, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Iowa State Fair: August 9-19, 2012, daily, noon until 5:00 p.m.


Please contact Sharon Meisenheimer at 515-986-1145 or to volunteer for any of these shifts.


Another way we need your help is by contributing fabric. We are specifically looking for two yard pieces or larger that are bright, colorful and kid appropriate. To make all of these outreach events possible it will take more than 1,000 yards of fabric! Please bring your donations to the April and May Guild meetings. We will have a box at the meetings to place your donations in.


We are also looking for members or small groups to do some prep work for the classes. We will have cutting instructions and fabrics for you, and then you can return it at the next Guild meeting.


We would both like to thank the many members who contribute their time, fabrics and talents each year to make these events all run so smoothly. Please consider volunteering or donating or both!


Please feel free to contact either of us with any questions.


Sharon Meisenheimer, 515-986-1145,

Jill Reber, 515-999-2746,

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.


Pat Weber 

"We Were Loved"--I thought about the challenge for quite a while. Then I decided toys that showed signs of wear would make a neat wall hanging. The teddy bear has lost one eye, and looks worn. The pull duck toy has a broken string, the wagon has lost a hub cap, and the marbles are spilled all over the floor. 


2011 Pres Challenge - Pat Weber 3864



Sherri Street

I was driving on the freeway one day and saw a line of birds on the blue bridge downtown and thought that it would be a neat quilt. It's funny how everything I look at is seen through Quilt eyes. Anyway it took two years to do this quilt and some help from Judy D'Iapico for the Uffda part--the birds crashing into each other at the top


 2011 Pres Challenge - Sherri Street 3860

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).



April's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.


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.



Bettina Havig


Wednesday, May 23 (9 am - 4 pm) Classic English Medallion - 21st Century Style. With an overview of the classic style of English medallion style quilts students will get a glimpse of this style which influenced our quilts in both the late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout the development of quilt making. With the concept in hand we will take a quantum leap into the 21st century. As only three size strips are used for all the basic units; we can sometime use the leftovers from one cutting to make the next borders. We will begin modestly with a wall hanging project but because of the style it may be the start of 'something big'. This is also a good introduction to quick pieced border options.


Thursday, May 24 (9 am - 4 pm) The Fine Art of Hand Quilting. A sampler of quilting designs in a 15 inch pillow top is designed to sharpen your quilting skills, achieve a smaller, even stitch and help develop good quilting techniques. A pattern for the sampler is provided. Students will use various marking techniques. Class discussion includes information on batting, threads and needles.




In Memorium


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

Carol Selsor's mother, Edith Fleming, on March 20, 2012.


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