Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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2012 Quilt Show
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Upcoming Program
What an honor! Quilt historian, appraiser, judge, and consultant Bettina Havig comes to Des Moines for our May 22 Guild programs and workshops. Bettina is one of the most sought-after teachers and lecturers in the country.


A quilt shop owner for eight years, Bettina has been quilting since 1970 and teaching since 1974. Since then, Bettina has taught for guilds throughout the US as well as in Germany, England, and Scotland.


She has been on the programs of Quilters' Heritage Celebration, Quilt America, Quilters' Unlimited Showcase, and American Quilters Society Annual Show, The National Quilt Festival, Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Quilts Across America, and Williamsburg Quilt Festival. In addition, she has served as competition judge for many of these same events.


Her work has been featured in such magazines as "Quilting Today", "Quilt", "Quilters' Newsletter", and "Lady's Circle Patchwork", and The British Patchwork and Quilting magazine. She was the designer of the 1999 "American Patchwork and Quilting" Sampler Series. Her quilts have been invited to and exhibited in many national quilt shows.


Bettina has authored five books: Missouri Heritage Quilts, Amish Quiltmaker, Quilts of the Booneslick Trail Quilters' Guild, Amish Kinder Komforts, Classic English Medallion Style Quilts Across The Pond and The Carrie Hall Blocks.


Bettina's afternoon lecture, Three Points of View; Historian, Appraiser, and Judge, offers an exceptional opportunity to experience first-hand how quilts are looked at differently from different positions. Each of these points of view turns a different critical eye to the quilts. Is a quilt's sentimental value overridden by its monetary value? Who can tell if today's prize winner will be important in fifty years? Guild members participate with their own quilts.


The evening lecture, Carrie Hall--The Blocks, The Woman, and The Work, gives insights into the woman who constructed a block from every known and published pattern of her era. Bettina reflects on the original book, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt in America, looks at selected blocks and their impact on the development of quiltmaking in the twentieth century. And finally, she explores new work done with these blocks.


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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Peggy Kirk

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Gerry Hingst

Treasurer, Gerry Hingst


Barb Hines

Recording Secretary, Barbara Hines


Linda E

Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor,

Linda Enghausen


Director at Large,
Janora Hayes

Director at Large,
Cynda Quigley
Susan G
Librarian, Susan Guess
Pat H
Quilt Show Chair Elect,
Pat Hjelmeland
Linda M
Program Co-Chair,
Linda Montet
Judy P
Program Co-Chair,
Judy Porksa
Deb York
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Deb York
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Katherine Roccasecca
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Emma Thomas-McGinnis

Piecetime News
May 2012 



Hi Quilting Friends:


What a spring--Daffodils, Tulips, Crabapple Trees, Lilacs and even Peonies all blooming before Memorial Day. Is your garden calling for your time at the same time your Sewing Studio is calling for your attention? Hope you are finding time for some quilting fun. I have found my sewing time gets broken down to just a few minutes but oh how good it feels to be creative for even a short time.


I had a great time attending the Spring Retreat with 32 of our 429 members. A sincere thank you to Retreat Chairs Nancy Earll and Margaret Simons, for all their hard work in organizing such a great retreat for our members. Please look forward to the Fall Retreat and plan to join us. Do invite members from your small groups.


At the April meeting we focused on honoring our Past Presidents. The Guild was incorporated in 1983. We have 25 Past Presidents and 7 of them were able to attend and be recognized. It was a joy to honor them. The April program by Toby Lischko was on beautiful traditionally pieced stars and curves. Now in May we look forward to Bettina Havig's program on Quilt History and Hand Quilting. If you have a historic quilt, bring it to our Show-N-Tell.


I have been busy finishing a miniature quilt that I started at the Spring Retreat. Remember our Quilt Show deadlines will be coming up soon, so keep quilting on your calendar. Are you thinking about what needs to be done to complete the quilt that you are entering in the Quilt Show?


Another item for your calendar--please plan on entering the President's Challenge. The theme for this year is "A Small Blessing" and the size is 40 wide x 30 high. Our lives are full of challenges and blessings--let us look at the Blessings.


We are so fortunate to have such a strong Guild and dedicated Board members. The willingness to serve and to share talents is what our Guild is all about. Please be thinking about volunteering to serve on a committee and then on the Board. Serving is a wonderful experience that broadens your friendships. Special thanks to our Board members this year!



President, Barbara Smalley

Barbara Smalley, President




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■ Workshop registration form

■ Items for Show and Tell

■ Items for Community Giving

■ Fabric for Education Outreach


Community Giving 


We have had a few requests to do a Sewing Day on the weekend for those who work and also everyone else!


Please join us Saturday, June 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, for our charity sewing day. Bring your sewing machine, electrical cords, cutting mat, ruler, rotary cutter and other basic sewing supplies. Family and friends are also invited to help us cut and sew easy patterns for quilt tops, placemats and pillowcases.


Please sign up at the May meeting, or call Deanna Wilson 987-4618 or email Deanna at


For new members and a helpful reminder for those who have been active, here are the projects and where they will be donated this year. ChildServe--crib & lap quilts; Bernie Lorenze Women's Recovery--twin quilts; Dallas, Jasper and surrounding counties Meals On Wheels--placemats; Ronald McDonald House--Pop pull tabs; St. Joseph's Shelter--toiletries; Valley View Village--clothing protectors; ConKerr Cancer and Youth Shelters--pillowcases.


We also encourage donations of 100% cotton fabrics. Large size pieces suitable for backings are always needed. 


Deanna Wilson, Community Giving  


2012 Challenge for Quilt Show


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's time to enter your quilts in this years quilt show. You must be a current member of the DMAQG Guild to enter a quilt. The deadline for entries is July 15, 2012.


Please review the definitions page HERE to determine what category to enter your quilt in. Remember we have two new categories this year which you'll see marked as "new" in the definitions page. Also, you may enter your quilts in the judged or non-judged section of each category. We hope you'll feel comfortable entering your quilts on-line (CLICK HERE), but forms will also be available at the May and June Guild meetings. Drop off information will be available next month so watch for details. The show is only successful if you're willing to share your wonderful talent with others. Thank you for entering your quilts in the show.


We hope you are continuing to work on your small treasures for the show as well. The revenue received from the small treasures silent auction is what allows the Guild to bring in speakers throughout the year and allows the Guild to meet our mission of continuing education. Don't forget to mark your calendar and invite all your friends to attend the show October 3-6, 2012, at the Iowa Events Center.


Marcia Jacobs   Ginny

Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman

2012 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,


Treasured Quilts


Treasured Quilts for this year's AQS Show will be quilts made from pineapple pieced blocks or from appliquéd pineapple blocks. These quilts should have been completed before 2012, but need not be antique quilts.


Let me know if you have such a quilt or know someone who does. My phone number is (515) 285-0836 or my email is


Thanks! Barb Eckoff


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. Below are the last 2 winning entries of the President's Challenge. 



Joyce Franklin  

When I heard the challenge word "Uffda", I knew immediately that the free form curved piecing in the wild colors I love was exactly the formula for "Uffda." Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone, adding bobbin work, couching, hand-dyed cheesecloth, rhinestone zipper and the peek-a-boo holes. It just seemed natural for my wild and crazy piecing style. There was never a moment where this felt like a challenge, it just felt right.  


2011 Pres Challenge - Joyce Franklin 3853




Val Russell

On a shopping trip with my sister we ran across a statute of a fat ballerina. It struck us both as funny and we vowed to make a quilt using the idea. She completed hers long before I did mine. As I thought of the Guild challenge, it seemed like a perfect fit although I changed the idea to conform to the challenge.


 2011 Pres Challenge - Val Russell 3846


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.


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.



Melinda Bula


Wednesday, June 27 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Summer Rose  Learn the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in these 6 hour classes. All students in the class work from the same flower pattern. You will learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of design. Melinda encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done in class.


Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Thread Play Renegade Thread Play is covered and demonstrated in class. The class will all do the same flower but can choose the colors for their project as the flowers can be done in any color. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs--payable at class.


In Memorium


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


Sally Salmon died on April 23, 2012

Mary Jo Lippold's husband, Dennis, died on April 24, 2012
Sarah Lusmann's mother, Lois Shirbroun, died on May 10, 2012



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