Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming 2011 Workshops
Newcomers Meetings
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Library News
Education Committee
2010 Challenge Winners
"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show
Sale of Barb Snuggs' Items


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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, May 24, we welcome   Karen Eckmeier, who began teaching her technique for "Layers Curves" and "Accidental Landscapes" nationwide in 2002.  She says that teaching workshops gives her the opportunity to share her passion for playing with fabric.  Karen started making art quilts in 1996.  Her hobby officially became her business in 2002 when she opened "The Quilted Lizard."


The afternoon lecture topic is "Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes." 


The evening lecture topic is "Oops! My Edges Are Showing."

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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Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists 
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Accidental Landscapes: Beaches 


Happy Villages/Fabric Collage
For class supply lists, please contact Val Russell


Board Members & Committee Chairs

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Financial Statement

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Piecetime News

May 2011 



Uffda!  I'm ready for cooler weather already!  Life has really been busy around our house.  We have graduation parties, summer plans, and a whirlwind of chores to get done.  I hope you are finding time for some quilting fun between all of this. I have found my sewing time gets broken down into 15 minute intervals but oh how those minutes improve my attitude.


I can't tell you how impressive your Show and Tell has been and all the donations to great causes that you are supporting.  I have been busy with my Veterans Quilt and working through some old UFO's.  I hope you'll find some time to work on yours as we go into the Memorial Day weekend.  It's hard to believe it has come around so quickly.  I have been in the quilt stores around town and they would be more than happy to fill your order for Red, White, and Blue fabrics.  What a way to celebrate!  Most of the fabrics I have been using came from a basket I was lucky to get from the Women's Health Auction.  It goes to show how what we give just keeps giving.  Little did I know what good use that basket would be put to this year!  I understand the Newcomers are busy at work on a quilt as well.  We can't wait for you to share it! 


Deadlines--as Linda will attest, are hard for me to meet at times but thankfully she keeps me straight.  Remember our quilt show deadlines will be coming up soon so don't be afraid to get this done early.  Many THANKS for the show board and keeping everything moving forward!


Please be thinking about being on the Guild Board next year!  I know this is a little early but it's time to sow seeds.  It is a wonderful experience and broadens your friendships 10 fold.  Special Thanks to our board members this year!  They are always a step ahead and come to the monthly meetings with a lot of energy and fun ideas!  Please don't hesitate to ask them what they do and take the dive.  You won't regret it.  I'll be having more information on the positions we will need to fill for next year soon!


See you at the meeting


Diane Thiese--President




You are receiving the newsletter but have you paid your dues? Whether or not your dues are paid, you still receive the newsletter.  To find out if you have paid, check the 2011 Directory. If your name appears, you paid your dues prior to March and are current. If you are not listed in the 2011 Directory, please print a renewal form by clicking here.  In order to exhibit or volunteer at the quilt show, you must be a member in good standing.  Thanks! 




The name tag reminders are getting pretty repetitious at our Guild announcement times--at least to those of us making those "wear your name tags" pleas.  At our April afternoon meeting, a long-time member stated that in the past, only those wearing their name tag could be eligible for a door prize.  After some deliberation and discussion, we have decided to reinstate that policy.  So, if you hope to win a door prize--we've had some really nice ones this year, thanks to a number of generous donors--you'll need to be wearing your name tag!


This is all in an effort to get to know each other better.  So, before our next meeting, ask yourself:  "WHERE's my name tag? Am I WEARing it?"  Click here for the name tag pattern found on the DMAQG website.


Pat Knight and Carol Thomason, Directors at Large


Upcoming 2011 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). 



May'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


Karen Eckmeier  

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  

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 --

Plan 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) -- NEW  BACKGROUND BONANZA -- From the ripple stipple to simple grids, from headbands to lazy daisies, filling the quilt background with interesting patterns that create texture, depth and movement is not only possible with machine quilting, Joanie encourages it. Enjoy a full and creative day expanding your free-motion skills creating a wholecloth sampler of patterns used to anchor the entire top or just fill in around stitched motifs. Includes an impressive portfolio of stitched examples of the techniques.
Anita Shackelford  
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.  
Newcomers Meetings 

The Newcomers Program for May will be held at JoAnn Belling's home on Tuesday, May 17. Please meet at the Urbandale Library at 6:15 p.m. We will depart at 6:25 p.m. for JoAnn's home for a program on traditional quilts.

Bring "Show N Tell", block of the month, and blocks for the NewComers Veterans Quilt.


Upcoming Meetings:

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


It's May and summer will soon be here. And summer means that the 2011 DMAQG Quilt Show is only a few months away. Hopefully, all of you are making quilts for the show, either to be judged or not. The categories and entry forms are now posted to the website.


At the May meeting, we'll be distributing quilt show packets that will contain an information sheet full of information about the show, raffle tickets for you to sell, and a couple of bookmarks with show information. We encourage you to share one or both bookmarks with a friend, colleague, or family member to help advertise the show. If you're aware that your Guild friends or small group members won't be at the May meeting, please pick up packets for them.


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.


For our treasured quilts exhibit, we're seeking quilts that reflect the show theme of community. Examples are quilts made by more than one person and were made to celebrate an event, raise funds, recognize service, etc. If you have such a quilt or know of one, 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.


Important dates related to the show include:

-          volunteer sign-up will begin in July

-          quilt show entry deadline is July 15



Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi



2011 Veterans Quilt Challenge  

There were more than 25 wonderful veterans turned in at the April Guild meeting- and those of you who were there can attest how great and varied they were. We now have 50 of the 150 quilts we hope to have by October. We know many of you have veterans quilts underway and we look forward to seeing more veterans quilts at upcoming meetings. Help us say 'thank you' to veterans who have given so much to our country. If you have questions about the veterans quilts, please contact Fern Stewart. 


Community Service


Thank you again to our members who participated in the Community Service Sewing Day in April. We spent a fun day getting to know each other, laughing, sharing sewing hints, and making 127 pillowcases which we donated to ConKerr Cancer, New Directions Shelter, House of Mercy, and St. Joseph's Family Shelter.


I would like to thank Missie Carpenter for her on-going sewing lessons with a group of 4-H students. The girls have made and donated placemats and quilts. Way to go Missie! Maybe some day they will join the Guild and enter quilts in our show!


For the first time I was able to attend the AQS show in Paducah in late April. I experienced 3 full days of sensory overload! It was an amazing show and one I think everyone needs to experience once in their lifetime. The highlight of the trip was purchasing some great bargain fabrics to add to the Community Service stash. Be on the look out at the May meeting for more of our famous kits!


Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service


 Missie & Mary

Missie Carpenter and Mary Martin at the 2012 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar event in Paducah

Library News   


Approximately 30 books have been donated to the Library so far in 2011.  Thank you to everyone for their donations!  Elsie Campbell, guest speaker in February, also donated two of her books, "Winning Stitches" and "String Quilts".


Many books are placed on the table each month at the meetings for you to browse through and/or checkout.  However, due to limited storage area it is impossible for the entire DMAQG Library to be available for members each month.  The complete "Library List" can be found on the DMAQG Website--just click on Library.  If you have a title that you would like to check out, please let us know.  If it is available, we can have it ready for you at the next meeting.


Stop by and see us at the next meeting.  The Library is open 45 minutes before the afternoon and evening meetings and 15 minutes only after the afternoon meeting.



Helen Ringgenberg - email:

Susan Guess - email:


Education Committee 


Photos Needed

To 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. 


Please 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:

To Mail:  Jill Reber, 10481 NW 107th Avenue, Granger IA  50109  

ladies aid


Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In

A big thank you goes out to all who have helped the Education Committee by cutting fabric for Kids Classes and the State Fair Sew-In.  We are working hard to have supplies ready for these summer activities.  Thank you also for the fabric that has been donated. It takes many hands and helpers to make these programs a success. Our goal as a guild is to educate.  These are important programs that help meet this goal.


We still need people who can help with the Kid's Classes:

          June 20 or June 21 at the West Des Moines Library

          July 11 or July 12 at the Pleasant Hill Library


You can also help by bringing 2 yard cuts of juvenile print for backs for the quilts.  Solid colored fabric is also needed for bindings.  These can be brought to the meetings.


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.   


Cinda Long

My inspiration was a photo of my granddaughter in St. Paul, MN, as she looked out the window on a snowy day and discovered her breath on the window.  I loved seeing the side of her face and the condensation of her breath.  I knew I wanted to do something with the photo.  It didn't turn out like I had anticipated, but I learned a lot in the process. 

 2010 pres challenge-Cinda Long



Bridget Lottman

Wow...Inspiration...Hummmm...I wanted to put this in the previous year, when it was Vacation, so thank goodness the next challenge was Winter Wonderland. Applique is my challenge, I have so much inspiration when I see all the great appliquers in our Guild.  It's going to take me a few more challenges to even get close to their work...just keep inspiring me. 

2010 pres challenge-Bridgett Lottman



"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show 


It's 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"


Sale of Barb Snuggs' Items 


Barb Snuggs' husband is selling most of her sewing and quilting items. Items that will be included are 2 sewing machines, a sewing table, quilting patterns, books, and fabric.


The sale will be held on Friday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The address is 4613 78th Street in Urbandale.




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