Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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This Month's Program
Newcomers' Meetings
2010 Guild Challenge
Community Service
DMAQG Quilt Show
Kids Classes
Wanted--Fabrics for Backs
Quilt Art 2011 Engagement Calendar
Blue Ribbon Winner
Master Gardener's Garden Tour
Reiman Gardens Quilt Show
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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, May 25, we welcome

Maggie Ball from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She will educate us to quilting in another culture and how to educate the next generations.  

 

Maggie's afternoon lecture is "Quilters without Borders".

 

In June 2004, Maggie went to Mongolia as a volunteer to teach quilting to needy women in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. She returned in June 2006 to help organize the first International Quilt Show in Mongolia and again in 2009 to teach and visit the new Mongolian Quilting Center. Her lecture will be filled with fascinating stories of her visit to Mongolia, the people she met and worked with, and the quilts they made.

 

The evening lecture is titled "Creative Quilting with Kids".

 

This illustrated lecture should inspire you to pass on the quilting tradition to the next generation. This talk has illustrated examples of projects made from a variety of techniques by children of all ages and skill levels. There are many appropriate for inter-generational groups with little quilting experience as well as some new ideas for seasoned quilters to enjoy 

  

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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     May 2010
Greetings!

We are so fortunate to have a strong guild and strong board.  The talent, flexibility, and willingness to serve is what Iowan's are all about.  I have seen it first hand throughout this month.  Much THANKS to Janet Pittman, Pat Johnson, Sharon Meisenheimer, and Mary Shotwell for stepping in very quickly to produce an afternoon program at our last guild meeting.  Just like quilting and running out of the fabric for the last few squares, life sends us emergencies that send us scurrying but the end product is much to be proud of.  Kudo's to the board to keep it moving without missing a beat. 

 

It was decided at the last board meeting to continue through the rest of the year with our current board members.  I will preside at the board and guild meetings with assistance from other board members if I am unable to attend.  This decision was based on the work for this year is well underway for all positions and we have the capacity and skills to step in for each other if necessary.  That being said, as we saw at last month's guild meeting, we have many members that have offered to assist in a pinch as well. This will enable us to continue our normal nomination for the VP position at the December meeting and I will continue with the duties of President for 2011.

 

See you at the guild meeting!

 

Diane Thiese   
May Program
 

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, May 25, we welcome Maggie Ball from Bainbridge Island, Washington (www.dragonflyquilts.com). She will educate us to quilting in another culture and how to educate the next generations.  

 

Maggie's afternoon lecture is "Quilters without Borders".

 

In June 2004, Maggie went to Mongolia as a volunteer to teach quilting to needy women in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. She returned in June 2006 to help organize the first International Quilt Show in Mongolia and again in 2009 to teach and visit the new Mongolian Quilting Center. Her lecture will be filled with fascinating stories of her visit to Mongolia, the people she met and worked with, and the quilts they made.

 

The evening lecture is titled "Creative Quilting with Kids".

 

This illustrated lecture should inspire you to pass on the quilting tradition to the next generation. This talk has illustrated examples of projects made from a variety of techniques by children of all ages and skill levels. There are many appropriate for inter-generational groups with little quilting experience as well as some new ideas for seasoned quilters to enjoy 

 
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  
  
May 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).

  

Please sign up for the May and June 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

peggyquilt@prgrsoft.com

 

The supply lists for the May and June workshops will be available at the May meeting. They are also available on the DMAQG website. See the links on the side bar of this newsletter.  

 

Challenge 1  

Wednesday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) - GATEWAY TO MONGOLIA - The olzii, or never-ending knot, is a traditional Mongolian motif symbolizing the dynamic expanse of the universe and the endless cycles of life and death. Learn about another culture while making this beautiful quilt.

 

 

 Challenge 1     Challenge 1 

Thursday, May 27 (9am - 4pm) - BARGELLO QUILTS WITH A TWIST - The bargello block is a new concept with enormous potential for creating your own designs. This strip-pieced block is easy to make and can be arranged in a great variety of ways. You will be amazed at the possibilities. 

 

NEW LOCATION FOR WORKSHOPS --

The May workshop has been moved to a new location. It will be at the Wildwood Lodge, 11431 Forest Avenue in Clive.

 

From the West Des Moines intersection of 50th and University, head west to 114th Street, turn north onto 114th Street, and go to Forest Avenue and turn west.  Follow Forest Avenue until you reach Wildwood Lodge. You may park on either side of the building and come in through the lobby.  Signs will direct you to the proper room.

 
Newcomers' Meetings
 

The Newcomers' Program for May will be held on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Janet Pittman will be demonstrating thread play.

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

 

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 Reminder 
 
If you did not pick up your challenge packet at the April meeting, make sure you pick it up at the May meeting.  We still have about 30 packets left and the cost is $3.00 for three beautiful Moda batiks, measuring 6" x 10", and a brief statement of the challenge rules. The theme of the challenge is "My Personal World of Quilting."
 
If you have 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
 

We had a successful and fun day at our first charity sewing day on May 4th. Thanks to those members who volunteered their time. The next scheduled charity sewing day is from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday July 12 at the Urbandale Library. More information will be provided next month.

 

We are starting a new monthly feature: we want to draw special attention to our members who support projects outside of the guild. Two of our members, Gerry Hingst and Pat Knight are supporting "Patches for Peace". They would like our members to help them make and donate at least 100 girl's dresses or boys shorts made from pillowcases by August 1. The dresses and shorts will go to children in Bolivia. A pattern for the dress is available on the DMAQG website. Please contact Gerry or Pat for information regarding the shorts pattern or if you have any other questions.

 

At our charity sewing day members Ruth Chitwood and Erma Keho shared how they are involved in the community. Ruth enjoys making doll clothes and quilts that are donated to Central Place at SE Polk. Erma makes baby hats for preemies, crochets mittens for the Violence Center, and helps make quilts with her church for the homeless.

 

If you or someone you know goes that extra mile to help someone in need, please contact one of us so we can highlight them in future newsletters.

 

Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service

DMAQG Quilt Show

 

It is time to think about what you are going to enter into this year's show. Remember, one quilt per category for judged quilts; this is a change from previous years. Entry information will be available on the DMAQG website and in future issues of  Piece Time. For a listing of Quilt Show Committee members click here: Quilt Show Committee 

 

Raffle tickets will be sent out the end of May. It is so very important for all our guild members to sell the raffle tickets they receive (or do as we do: buy them ourselves as our donation to the guild), and to make "Little Quilts" for our quilt auction. The guild depends on these two areas to raise money to support programs throughout the year.

 

Julia Shires and Barb Snuggs, Quilt Show Co-Chairs

 

Kids Classes--Volunteers Needed 
 

Education and sharing the joys of quilting are two of the goals of our wonderful guild.  In keeping with this, we will be offering classes for kids again this year at two local libraries.  The students must be ten years old and will make a lap-sized quilt during the class that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Leo 9, one of our long time quilt show vendors has again given us a grant to help with expenses.

 

We need your help. To insure that each student is successful, we need volunteers to help. It takes 10 volunteers for each class. The project is simple and you would be helping students learn the joy of making a quilt.

 

The classes are: June 28 or 29 at the West Des Moines Library AND July 8 or 9 at the Pleasant Hill Library.

 

Let me know if you are interested in helping with one or more of these classes or if you have questions.

 

Sharon Meisenheimer, Project Coordinator

515-986-1145

Rmeis@aol.com

 
WANTED--Fabrics for Quilt Backs

 

This will be our second year at the Iowa State Fair. DMAQG will be sponsoring the Fabric and Thread departments' charity quilt project, the "State Fair Sew-In for Kids".  A room will be set up so people visiting the Fair can sew quilts for kids.  Our new Education Committee will spearhead this project. Look for information in future issues about volunteering for this.  Fair-goers participating will learn firsthand about quilts and quilt-making while creating something special for others less fortunate. The goal for the first year is 50 lap-sized quilts.

 

The finished quilts will be distributed to two agencies:

AngelTree Camp:  a summer camp for children of people in the prison system. 

Iowa Lutheran Hospital: children needing emotional help and other statewide charities.

 

This is how you can help!  As members you have always have been so generous with your contributions to our fabric closet. What we are short is yardages for the backs of these quilts. We need at least 2 yard lengths for the backs. Please check through your fabric stash and see if you can donate appropriate baby, children or teenaged fabrics for these backs. We know it will be so greatly appreciated by all the receivers.

 

Bring these to any guild meeting between now and July.  I will have a laundry basket at the back with a sign on it!

 

Thanks so MUCH! 

 

Jill Reber

Materials Coordinator

 
Quilt Art 2011 Engagement Calendar 

Mary Martin, Leigh Lussie and Aileen Taylor 

Challenge 1

Near the end of last year's AQS/Des Moines Expo Quilt Show, envelopes appeared on the AQS message board bearing the names of several DMAQG members. Inside the envelope was an invitation to have that member's quilt included in the 2011 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar.  Klaudeen Hansen, who works with AQS and is the editor of the calendar, chose seven quilts from last year's show to include in the calendar. The DMAQG members selected were Patty Barrett, JoAnn Belling, Jan Hall, Leigh Lussie, Mary Martin, Barbara Riggs, and Aileen Taylor.  In addition, everyone having a quilt in the calendar was invited to the "autograph party" during the Paducah show. I was fortunate to attend the show along with Mary Martin and a group of eight other friends. Mary and I attended the "autograph party" while in Paducah. Aileen Taylor also went to Paducah with friends and participated in the "autograph party".  Our friends all showed up to support us. It was held in a lecture room in the convention hall. We were each asked to tear out the page from the calendar with our quilt's picture on it and pin it to our chest. While we sat in this room, other show attendees dropped in to have each of us (there were only about 10) sign our page in their Quilt Calendars. It proved to be a very interesting experience.

 

In past years several other members of DMAQG have been fortunate to have their quilts in the calendar: Janet Bergeson, Julie Prose and Mary Shotwell.

 

Leigh Lussie

Blue Ribbon Winner--AQS Paducah  Show 

Challenge 1

"Garden Frost", pieced by Pat Johnson and quilted by Dawn Cavanaugh, was one of the fortunate entries to be juried into the April 2010 AQS Paducah Show.  Pat was so happy to have this quilt accepted under the  Longarm/ Midarm Machine Quilted category.
 

Imagine the joy when this quilt won the blue ribbon!  We agree--what a  beautiful quilt! 

 

Congrats to Pat and Dawn

 

2009 President's Challenge 
 
Anita Gogerty received notice that the 2009 President's Challenge entitled "Vacation Memory" has been accepted into the AQS Quilt Show and Contest in Knoxville, Tennessee.
 
Master Gardener's Garden Tour 
 

As well as being a long time member of the guild, Janet Pittman is a Polk County Master Gardener. On June 19th the Polk County Master Gardeners will be holding their 10th annual "Extraordinary Gardens by Ordinary People" garden tour--rain or shine--between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This year's tour will feature six beautiful home gardens with the possibility of one "bonus" garden. Janet says as one of the featured gardeners, "I will be displaying about 15 of my floral quilts as well as a raised 'square in a square' bed planted with kitchen herbs and edible flowers in a quilt patchwork pattern".

 

The tour is located in the western suburbs of Des Moines. The gardens have all been designed and created by local Polk County Master Gardeners and reflect the individual personalities of each gardener. This year's gardens, ranging in size from a small cottage style garden to a half-acre of woodland outdoor living space will offer the visitor endless inspiring ideas for their own home gardens.

 

Three of the gardens will host demonstrations including "adding koi to your water feature," "family fun in the garden," and "planting in your hypertufa."

  

Challenge 1 

An exciting new event is also being planned this year.  A raffle will be held featuring two floral design quilts, a daylily wall hanging designed, stitched and quilted by Janet Pittman, and one lap size quilt, featuring floral fabrics.  The quilts will be on display at the Iowa State Extension Office from June 7 through June 18, and on tour day at the "quilt garden."  Raffle tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 at the Extension office or on the day of the tour at the "quilt" garden.

 

Garden Tour tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased at the following locations: Goode Greenhouse, Herndon's Des Moines Seed and Nursery, The Woodsmith Store, the Earl May Nursery & Garden Centers located at 1845 22nd St. in West Des Moines, 5910 Douglas Avenue and 7701 Bloomfield Road in Des Moines, Highway 6 West in Waukee, and 1509 Ankeny Blvd. in Ankeny, and the ISU Extension Office at 1625 Adventureland Drive in Altoona.  Tickets will be on sale beginning June 1 at the garden centers. Each ticket gives addresses, directions to, and basic information about the 6 gardens.

 

Proceeds from the tour support several Polk County Master Gardener projects. These include the Horticulture Hotline, the Demonstration Garden in Urbandale, the Enabling Garden in Altoona, the Discovery Garden at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, and the Gardener's Show House at the Des Moines Botanical Center.  Funds will also go to the newest project of the Polk County Master Gardeners, the Empowerment Garden.

 

For more information, call the Iowa State University Polk County Extension Office, 515-957-5760, check out the PCMG Garden Tour Facebook page, or follow gardener Michelle Walke's blog at
 
Reiman Gardens Quilt Show
 
Reiman Gardens will host a three day quilt show on August 13-15, 2010.  The goal is to encourage the art of quilting, display a fabulous selection of "garden themed" quilts created by talented Iowans, and provide instruction, demonstrations and inspiration for both novice and experienced quilters.
 

Quilts must be entered via photographs or photo CDs, by Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Up to three quilts may be entered for a $20 fee. Quilters will be notified by Tuesday, July 6, 2010, if they have been accepted into the show. The Garden Quilt Show is a juried show that includes cash prizes and prize package items provided by central Iowa sponsors.  

 

There will be a vendor's marketplace offering quilt related merchandise and fabrics, speakers and demonstrations along with dozens of quilts displayed in our Exhibition Hallway. Half day classes and book signings with some of your favorite Iowa quilters and DMAQG members will be a part of this three-day event.

 
To download an entry form, the Garden Quilt Show catalogue, or a vendor application, visit the Reiman Gardens website at www.reimangardens.com.
 
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Remember to check out the DMAQG website for information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, as well as other useful information.  

 
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