Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming 2011 Workshops
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Education Committee
2010 Challenge Winners
"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show
Thank You


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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 experience.


The afternoon lecture topic is "So What is Thread Painting All About?" 


The evening lecture topic is "Anyone Can Do It Thread Painting."

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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Piecetime News

June 2011 



I 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 the day. 


This 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. 


Aren't 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 results! 


See you at the meeting


Diane Thiese--President




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.



Please 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. 




  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  

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). 



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  

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.  
Quilt Show News


It's 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.


At 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.


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. 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.


Community Service


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!


Central Iowa 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 for more information.


Carolyn Eliason, Chair Community Service


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  

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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:

         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.   


Emma Thomas-McGinnis 

   2010 pres challenge-Emma ThomasMcGinnis



Pat Weber

 2010 pres challenge-Pat Weber



"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 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,


Thank 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.



Gerry Hingst


Items for Sale


We 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 

is 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

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 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