Tuesday, June 26, we welcome Melinda Bula whose quilts have the
wonderful look of a painting, but she uses fabric and thread to create
beautifully artistic quilts.
has been sewing since she was a young girl. She has been in love with
fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was
going to be an artist, which became her major in college.
she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant (a real job that lasted 8
years) and met her husband during this time in the San Francisco Bay
She worked in the interior design field for 15
years as a fabric and wallpaper designer. Soon after the birth of their
son, Matthew, in 1988, she and her husband, Joe, started their own
wallpaper and fabric design business. The company, Melinda Bula Designs,
sold their hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide.
Melinda's wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Gardens magazine as well as Sunset design books in addition to other noted publications.
moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in
quilting and wearable arts, which has always been her first love. Her
sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts
and her dynamic and modern wearable arts. She loves to experiment with
has been lecturing and teaching her unique Fusible Flowers, both in the
United States and internationally. She has written two books on her
Fabulous Fusible Flowers technique, Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane
Lane, both published by the Martingale Company.
afternoon and evening lectures will be the same: Developing the Artist
Within Through Quilts and Wearable Arts. She'll take a humorous look
through the eyes of a quilt artist as she finds her way through the
world of art, quilting and wearable arts. Melinda shows the evolution of
her art with humor and lots of inspiration.
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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Treasurer, Gerry Hingst
Recording Secretary, Barbara Hines
Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor,
Director at Large,
Director at Large,
Program Chair Elect,
Quilt Show Chair Elect,
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Hi Quilting Friends:
is here--the blessings from our warm winter and our early spring are
now rewarding us with summer flowers and produce at our many farmers'
markets. Take time to record your inspirations by taking time to
remember the beauty with a few moments to look at the details, take a
photograph, or even draw a sketch.
inspiration has come from flowers, gardens, and the big All Iowa Shop
Hop. I hope that you were able to venture out to many new quilt shops
and have been inspired to create a new quilt. June is also the time to
register a quilt to show at the Iowa State Fair.
15 is the final day to enter quilts in our Quilt Show with the AQS in
October. Please select at least one of your quilts to show at our annual
"Show N Tell." You are not competing, you are being asked to share a
look at your many hours of work.
is our Charity Auction where we honor members who have lost their lives
to Women's Health Issues. We support 3 foundations each year. This year
we again support Locally Women's Heart, and we started the auction in
memory of Beth Belcher with Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer
Foundation, and recently in memory of Joyce Wisgerhof with the Arthritis
Foundation. Please plan to donate to the Auction both individually and
with your small group. Bring friends to support our Charity Auction.
Last year Charity Auction figures were (rounded): National: Heart 3,800
Breast Cancer 3,700
Ovarian Cancer 2,400
Local: Heart $ 2,400
September we are focusing on preparing for our Quilt Show. The primary
goal of DMAQG is Education of our 438 members. We are so fortunate to
have monthly meetings with national lecturers and to have the
opportunity to learn new techniques at the workshops. At the Quilt Show
each year we are able to show our appreciation for these lecturers by
supporting the Guild to bring in enough money to cover the expenses for
our 9 Lecturers. We need donations of small quilts to sell at our Silent
Auction and then your willingness to buy a small quilt plus purchasing
raffle tickets for our wonderful "Show Quilt" that has been made by many
volunteers. At the Quilt Show it will be our turn to each purchase at
least 10 tickets. However, our 9 Lecturers surely are worth more to you
than a dollar a piece.
October - At the Quilt Show
1) Volunteer your time to work the show;
2) Bid on one of the Small Quilts; and
3) Buy a minimum of 10 Raffle Tickets towards the cost of our outstanding monthly programs.
look forward to seeing you all at the June Guild meeting and hope that
each of you make plans to spend extra time with family and friends
during this summer.
Barbara Smalley, President
REMEMBER TO BRING TO MEETING:
■ Name tag
■ Workshop registration form
■ Items for Show and Tell
■ Items for Community Giving
2012 Quilt Show & Registration
JULY 15, 2012 is the deadline for quilt entries for the show.
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. Please enter your quilts online
with the easy-to-use form (CLICK HERE), but forms will also be available at the June Guild meetings.
off your quilts anytime between September 21st and 27th. Judged quilts
should be dropped off at Creekside Quilting; non-judged quilts should be
dropped off at The Quilt Block.
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 working on your small treasures and placemats for the show
as well. 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
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 call Deanna Wilson 987-4618 or email Deanna at email@example.com to sign up.
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
"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?
Volunteers are needed to help at the Kids Classes and the Iowa State Fair!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 June 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, email@example.com
Jill Reber, 515-999-2746, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Thanks! Barb Eckoff
News From the Library
librarians have gone through all of the Guild's library books
and will be selling some of the duplicates and other
books they decided to sell.
books will be sold AFTER the 1:00 p.m. meeting and BEFORE the 7:00
p.m. meeting. Books not sold at the June meetings will be sold at the
July meetings. Most books will be priced under $5.00.
Susan Guess, Librarian
2011 President Challenge Winners
There were a total of 12 entries in the 2011 President's Challenge. We have
shown the 8 entries that have been entered in the
AQS Challenge in prior newsletters. Below are the remaining 4
you to everyone who entered their quilts in the President's Challenge.
We look forward to seeing all the entries for the 2012 President's
Challenge entitled "A Small Blessing" at the December Tea.
Bridget Lottman -- When Pigs Fly
Cinda Long --- Oohh Ahh Uffdaaa
Judy D'Iapico -- Yes, That's My Mother
Margaret Simons -- Coat of Many Colors
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).
have JUST THREE TEACHERS LEFT who are giving workshops, so sign up
right away to reserve your 2012 spot. You won't want to miss these
exceptional teachers. We've heard that when teaching at national shows
their classes fill very quickly. Our June speaker, Melinda Bula, will be
teaching classes at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan at a cost of
$75 each. You can attend the same workshops here on June 27 and/or June
28 for only $50 each.
any workshop, you may mail in your reservation (see link to
registration form) along with your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99
Linden Blvd., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. We will also be taking
reservations at our meetings on Tuesdays. If you'd like to be put on a
waiting list while sending in your registration, email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.
June'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.
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
in class. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs--payable at class.
Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Thread Play. Renegade Thread Play is a
bold quilting technique that is easy and fun. This class breaks all the
rules by taking the fear out of free motion quilting and giving you
confidence to finish your flower quilt and experience to try all kinds
of quilting in the future. This is a technique class that will give you
the ins and outs of how Melinda does her Renegade Thread Play. This is
different than most free motion as there is a trick to sewing through
layers of fusible web.
Mary Sorensen www.maryappliques.com
Wednesday, July 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Appliqué Potpourri. Explore
advanced techniques for precision needleturn appliqué, and raise your
skills to a new level. Learn straight-forward techniques for dealing
with complex and challenging shapes, layering fabrics without bulk, and
precision placement, as you stitch an elegant appliqué nosegay or
wreath. Bring your questions and get hands-on help with your personal
"trouble spots." Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Thursday, July 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Baltimore Tribute - Advanced Hand Appliqué Techniques.
Baltimore Album quilts remain a source of inspiration for hand
appliqué. Using an original basket pattern designed in the spirit of the
classic quilts of the mid-1800's, explore advanced needleturn
techniques common to Baltimore Album quilts. These include woven
baskets, complex flowers, layering without bulk, small circles,
challenging shapes, and reverse appliqué. If you love hand appliqué,
this class just may tempt you to stitch your own heirloom Baltimore
Tribute quilt. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
Wednesday, October 24 (9 am - 4 pm) String Piecing 101 and Beyond. In
hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use
string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and
pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.
Thursday, October 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper
piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing.
How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this
class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this
It is with deep sorrow that we bring you news of the following deaths:
Deanna Wilson's mother died on May 20, 2012
Member, Joyce Wisgerhof, died on May 30, 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 useful