At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, June 28, we welcome Nancy Prince, an
award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, who specializes in
thread painting. Her anyone-can-do-it approach to thread painting
is fun, easy and a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting
The afternoon lecture topic is "So What is Thread Painting All About?"
The evening lecture topic is "Anyone Can Do It Thread Painting."
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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think in Iowa we are blessed with Cold and Hot weather for a
purpose. It gives us time to quilt! I say that as I am
working diligently to get things in order for summer company and have
not been able to sit at my machine for a couple of weeks. I do
find time for some handwork. I have been getting up 15-30 minutes
earlier to do some applique which I have found is a great starter for
weekend as we were driving to Northeast Iowa and drove past the many
flower gardens and wooded areas, I was struck by how the color and
patterns pop out at us. The iris, peonies, and the list goes on
for the flowers in full bloom. They create quite a vision for
upcoming quilts. My husband is the gardener at our house but
the appreciation I get from looking at the potted geraniums, the deep
purples or bright whites of our new Iris, or the gentle pinks of
peonies, and the lavender from lilacs have a new dimension when I think
about incorporating those colors into a quilt. I
challenge you to go outside and take a look, incorporate the colors you
see into your next quilt. You will never be disappointed because
they are the colors that are natural to you. We don't need to
go to France for Picasso's garden inspiration, we have it here in our
own yards, corn/bean fields, rivers, and woodlands.
you glad you live in Iowa and are a Quilter? Don't forget to
let us see your inspirations during our Show and Tell at the guild
meetings and I'm so looking forward to the Quilt Show! I
am always in awe of the creations that come from thread and
needle. What a simple process with so many magnificent
See you at the meeting
IOWA STATE FAIR ENTRIES
for the Iowa State Fair are due soon. Have you ever entered a quilt in
the Iowa State Fair? If you haven't, consider entering this
year. It is fun to see your quilts displayed with other quilts
from all over the state. All quilts entered receive written comments
from the judges. Exhibitors also are invited to a special preview night
before the State Fair opens to the public. You must request entry
tags by July 1, 2011. For information about the categories and how to
enter, click here.
AUGUST CHARITY AUCTION
be thinking about what you wish to donate to our auction or to the
Mall in the Hall. The auction will be held Tuesday, August 23.
More details will be in the July and August newsletters.
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Name tag
■ Items for Show & Tell
■ Items for Community Serivce
■ Veteran's quilt
■ Library books checked out last month
■ Raffle ticket money for tickets that have been sold
Upcoming 2011 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,
June'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
Nancy Prince www.nancyprince.com
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 --
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 www.anitashakelford.com
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.
Quilt Show News
June and summer is well underway. And the 2011 DMAQG Quilt Show is only
3 months away. Think of how inspired you are by the quilts you see at
quilt shows. You can be a source of inspiration for someone else by
entering quilts, judged or non-judged, in our quilt show.
the May meeting, we distributed quilt show packets that contain an
information sheet full of information about the show, raffle tickets,
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 weren't able to attend in May or
didn't get a packet, please plan to pick one up at the June meeting, or
have a quilting friend pick a packet up for you.
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.
our treasured quilts exhibit, we're seeking quilts that reflect the
show theme of community. 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
The quilt show categories and size dimensions, as well as the quilt show entry form, are posted on the Guild website. Remember--make quilts for the show and a small quilt for the silent auction.
Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi
2011 Veterans Quilt Challenge
May was a great month for more veterans quilts. We
now have 75 of the 150 quilts we hope to have by October so we're
halfway to our goal. We know many of you have veterans quilts underway
and we look forward to seeing more veterans quilts at upcoming meetings.
We need quilters to quilt and bind 4-5 tops that
were turned in at the May meeting. If you can assist or if you have
questions about the veterans quilts, please contact Fern Stewart, Martha
Henrichs, or Kathy Russi.
It is hard to believe June is almost over! In five months we have donated 27 of the requested 29 twin quilts to St. Joseph's Family Shelter. To date donations have been made to Meals on Wheels, St. Joseph's Family Shelter, St. Mary's Distribution Center,
Broadlawns Pediatrics, ConKerr Cancer, House of Mercy, New Directions
Shelter, Kavanaugh House, and West Des Moines Human Services. Keep your
donations coming we appreciate everyone's efforts!
Shelter & Services contacted us to seek volunteers or donations to
make quilts for the homeless in our community. Contact Kelley Crosbie at
515-231-5619 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service
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.
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: email@example.com
To Mail: Jill Reber, 10481 NW 107th Avenue, Granger IA 50109
Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In
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:
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
have now showcased all 10 entries in the newsletters with a
picture of the quilt and the designer along with the inspiration
for the quilt in the designer's own words.
"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show
another year and another quilt show. This year's show is the end of
September 2011. We have moved the time table for completion of
"little quilts" for the silent auction up to the July meeting. If you
attend the August "Charity Auction", 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"
Thank You--"Patches for Peace"
Dear DMAQG members,
you so much for your generous donations of pillowcase dresses and
shorts. They were sent to Tanzania, Africa with the Drake
University Kili group on May 17th. The group arrived at the
beginning of Africa's winter (opposite of our seasons) and the
pictures that I viewed of the children showed them in sweaters and long
pants. So I am doubtful that they have been distributed yet,
but hopefully I will hear back in the coming months, and with pictures
that I will share with you.
Again "Thank you" -- you are very talented and generous group.
Items for Sale
received the below inquires through the website. If you have any
interest, please contact the individual directly by phone or email.
PJ Mayfield 515-223-1464 firstname.lastname@example.org
wanting to sell her Bernina 440QE machine and stitch regulator
which she states has only been used three times. Looking to
sell for around $1900.
Geraldine Fridlington 515-962-0337 email@example.com
her elderly mother is wanting to sell her Moremand Handicraft quilting frame. It has two rollers, one for the back and batting, and the other for the top. No price indicated.
Please stop by and visit our new and improved 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 useful information.
Quilt Shows you might want to check out:
July 1 thru September 30 --- Northern Illinois Quilt Fest
July 8-9 --- Ankeny Quilt Guild
August 5-7 --- Reiman Gardens
September 16-18 --- Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters