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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, June 22, we welcome Virginia and George Siciliano from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In April 2008, I went to The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. As I walked into the lobby, I was immediately awestruck by a small display of George's work.   
 
The  afternoon lecture is "This Guy Must be Nuts".

For this humorous trunk show presentation, George brings all of his quilts that he has made that are not away for a show.  Each one has its own (sometimes funny) story and it shows the evolution of his designs. As a bonus, Virginia will bring several of her quilts.  Virginia teaches hand quilting and her stitches are a treat for the eye.

 

The evening lecture is titled "Log Cabins?  Tell me it isn't so!".
You've heard the names before: Ohio Star, Card Trick, Bow Tie, Snow Ball, Lone Star and they go on and on. Yet, not one of these wonderful blocks offers the quilt artist the flexibility in variations and design possibilities that are offered by the LOG CABIN block alone.  You can elongate it, twist it, skew it, make the block uneven, and more. 
  

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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     June 2010
Greetings!

It continues to strike me when I am flying in an airplane and looking down--what a beautiful quilt pattern the earth makes.  There are straight and solid geometric patterns met with crazy quilting of various textures through the mountains, and subtle changes in colors as we move from region to region.   I thought of how it reminded me of our quilt show and walking through the quilts that have all those same inspirational points.  I know I go through and admire the expertise, whimsy, elegance, and friendships that glow from the work of many hands.   Inspiration is all around us and I am hoping you are using your inspirations to finish a project for the quilt show.   It never seems to get old to me to go to the quilt show and see one of my quilts hanging with yours. 

 

REMEMBER our Women's Health Auction is coming up on August 24th.  Health issues are always unexpected and are part of the lives we all have shared at some time or other.  Your generosity of giving and having fun while giving never ceases to amaze me. 

 

See you at the guild meeting!   

Diane Thiese

June Program
 

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 we welcome George and Virginia Siciliano from Lebanon Pennsylvania.  In April 2008, I went to The National Quilt Museum in Paducah.  As I walked into the lobby I was immediately awestruck by a small display of George's work.

 

The afternoon lecture is titled "This Guy Must Be Nuts".  For this humorous trunk show presentation, George brings all of his quilts that he has made that are not away for a show.  Each one has its own (sometimes funny) story and it shows the evolution of his designs.  As a bonus, Virginia will bring several of her quilts.  Virginia teaches hand quilting and her stitches are a treat for the eye.

 

The evening lecture is titled "Log Cabins? Tell Me It Isn't So!"  You've heard the names before.Ohio Star, Card Trick, Bow Tie, Snow Ball, Lone Star and they go on and on.  Yet, not one of these wonderful blocks offers the quilt artist the flexibility in variations and design possibilities that are offered by the LOG CABIN block alone.  You can elongate it, twist it, skew it, make the block uneven, and more.
 
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.
 
  
June 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 June and July 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 June and July workshops will be available at the June meeting. They are also available on the DMAQG website. See the links on the side bar of this newsletter.  

 

Challenge 1  

Wednesday, June 23 (9am - 4pm) - SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER - In this class you will learn the entire process for making a miniature "gem" from the design of a block and pattern right thru to the construction process. Learn tips that will take the guesswork out of joining patches and blocks, without using pins. 

 -----  Sorry, this workshop is full!  ---- 

 

Challenge 1       

Thursday, June 24 (9am - 4pm) - TWIRLING LOGS - George and Virginia will show you how to draft this wonderful 7" block, and you do not have to be an engineer! This is not a miniature quilt block.

---- There is still space available in this workshop  ---- 

*Both classes require Kit #1 which includes a seam allowance guide, a pattern for the workshop, all foundations printed on "Foundation Stuff", block schematic, cutting chart, fabric gradation chart and a worksheet. The cost is $20 payable to George Siciliano.

 
Kit #2 is for those who do not wish to put your fabrics together by yourself. Kit #2 includes all items in Kit #1 plus 2 - six step gradation (1/4 yard each color, 12 colors in all) plus 1 yard of a background fabric.The cost of Kit #2 is $50 payable to George.

 

NEW LOCATION FOR WORKSHOPS -- 

 We now have a new location for our workshops. We will meet at the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.   We will meet in Building #1 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness. 
 
Newcomers' Meetings
 

The Newcomers' Program for June will meet at my house on June 15th.  My address is 4038 46th Street, Des Moines Iowa 50310.  It is 1 block east of Hoover High School and Meredith Middle School.  Our speaker will be Jill Reber.  Hope to see you there and please remind your friends of this change.  We meet at 6:30 in the evening

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:

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


WANTED: 31 Volunteers Who Are Up To The Challenge 
 

We have 31 Challenge packets left so if you want to test your creativity just purchase a packet of the three Moda batiks for $3 at the June Guild meeting.  Next follow the simple rules in the packet and create a quilted item that represents "Your Personal World of Quilting".  Enter it in the Quilt Show, show it at the September Guild meeting and your name will be entered in a drawing for several great items near and dear to the hearts of quilters. 

 

You can feel good whether you win or not since the left over money will be donated to the children's programs sponsored by the Guild.

 

REMEMBER, quilts will NOT be judged and should not be entered in the judged category.  Please attach a sleeve and a label according to the quilt show's guidelines.

 

Entries must be registered by the quilt show deadline July 15 and marked as Challenge quilts.

 
For a preview of  the fabrics in the challenge packet, click here: Challenge Packet 
 
 If you have questions, please call Carol Thomason at 255-8752 or Carolyn Freeland at 457-8500, Directors at Large.
 
Community Service & Charity Sewing
 

Plan to attend our next charity sewing day on Monday July 12, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Urbandale Library. Bring your sewing machine, electrical cords, cutting mats, rulers, rotary cutters, threads, walking foot and other basic supplies. We will be sewing winter themed pillowcases and quilts. A small break will be taken mid day to grab a bite to eat at the Library's cafe or at one of the near-by restaurants. Sign up at the June meeting or give one of us a call or an e-mail.

 

One of the benefits of belonging to our quilt guild is the opportunity to form small quilt groups of members who come together usually monthly to work on their own projects or a group project. The small group "Loose Threads" has been very busy so far this year. Their 12 members have made and donated 79 quilts and 29 changing pads to the Neo-natal Unit at Mercy Hospital. Members are: Jeanne Kelsey, Betty Shutters, Helen Ringgenberg, Marilyn Baker, Marilyn Martinez, Shirley Fruis, Linda Warren, Barb Frueh, Mary Jo Lippold, Judie Crowley, Susan Schweitzer and Jane Klem. Keep up the good work!!

  

Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service 

 

DMAQG Quilt Show Information

 

By now you have probably received your raffle tickets mailed after our May guild meeting.  The plan is to have every DMAQG member do his/her part and either sell or purchase the 12 tickets.  The money raised from the sale of tickets helps education opportunities for all members.  The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00, and just $10.00 will give you 12 chances to win our beautiful "A World of Blossoms" quilt.  You may turn in your money at a guild meeting or mail a check to Andra Sims.  Extra tickets are always available.  The drawing will be held on October 9, 2010 at our quilt show.

 

Education in all areas of quilting is the main focus of our Guild.  We are able to offer our many classes and lectures because of this focus.  The funds from our annual raffle directly affect the quantity and quality of these classes and lectures that are available to you as a guild member.  Throughout the years, we have been able to enjoy many wonderful speakers.  This year, we are benefiting from a number of national speakers and the opportunity to participate in the wide variety of workshops being offered.  By selling or buying the raffle tickets sent to you, the Guild will be able to continue these education opportunities into the next year.  The sales in 2010 directly affect what we are able to do in 2011.

 

As a member of the DMAQG, you have many chances to further your skills and knowledge of quilting by taking advantage of our many educational opportunities.  Now is your chance to return something to our Guild!

 

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It is also time to enter your quilts in this year's DMAQG quilt show. You can enter online again this year--it is the preferred method of entering your quilts. If you do not have internet access, you may complete an entry form available at our guild meetings.   

 

Just a reminder, there have been some category changes and be sure to measure your quilt to enter it in the correct category. We encourage you to consider your quilts for judging.  We have an experienced judge for our show and believe it is an excellent learning experience to get feedback on our work.  A change from previous years:  you can enter all categories, but only one quilt per judged category.  The fee of $5 per judged quilt can be paid when you mail your entry form or you can make your payment at the June guild meeting.  All payments are due by July 15, 2010.

 

A quilt entry form and entry definitions can be found on the DMAQG website. For a listing of Quilt Show Committee members, click here:  Quilt Show Committee 

 

Other things to note about quilt entries:

   

* You must be a current member of DMAQG to enter quilts in the DMAQG show.

* You may not enter the same quilt in both the DMAQG show and AQS show.

* You may not enter a quilt that has hung previously in a DMAQG show.

* Your entries must be clean and free of odor and pet hair.

* Your entry must have a sleeve for hanging.

 

We have so many talented quilters in our Guild. We are looking forward to another year of wonderful quilts entered and displayed in our show this 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 200 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

 
Little Quilts for Silent Auction 

Ladies, summer is here and that means the quilt show is just around the corner. We only have a few months left to make all those wonderful "little quilts" that everyone loves.

 

As you all know, the silent auction is one of the main sources of income for the Guild. So, during those sizzling hot days in July and August, spend some time in your sewing room making those very "cool little quilts."

 

All the "little quilts" must be completed and ready to turn in no later than the September guild meeting.

 

Remember a few guidelines:                                   

*  The total of all four sides cannot exceed 80 inches.
*  Most "little quilts" are mailed after the show. Please, no frames or embellishments that make fitting the quilt in a mailing envelope difficult or more expensive to mail.
*  September guild deadline for completion.

 

Please contact Leigh Lussie with questions at 276-0041 or email her: leighlussie@hotmail.com
Correction 
 
Last month a Guild member was left off the list of those with quilts in the 2011 AQS Quilt Engagement Calendar. Colleen Henrichs has a quilt in the calendar as well.  We apologize for the omission of Colleen's name.


 
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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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