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.
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
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.
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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Board Members & Committee Chairs
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MeetYour Board Members
Vice President, Peggy Kirk
Treasurer, Gerry Hingst
Recording Secretary, Barbara Hines
Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor,
Director at Large,
Director at Large,
Librarian, Susan Guess
Quilt Show Chair Elect,
Program Chair Elect,
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Hi Quilting Friends:
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
Barbara Smalley, President
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Name tag
■ Workshop registration form
■ Items for Show and Tell
■ Items for Community Giving
■ Fabric for Education Outreach
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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 and Ginny Barchman
2012 Quilt Show co-chairs
"Silent Auction" for 2012 Quilt Show
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!
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.
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"
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".
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 email@example.com to volunteer for any of these shifts.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill Reber, 515-999-2746, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks! Barb Eckoff
2011 President Challenge Winners
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.
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.
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.
Upcoming 2012 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, 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 www.bettinahavig.com
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
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 www.melindabula.com
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
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.
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
Please stop by and visit our
re-designed 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