Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
2012 Quilt Show
Community Giving
2012 Quilt Show Challenge
Silent Auction for 2012 Show
Treasured Quilts
Upcoming 2012 Workshops
In Memorium


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On 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.


Melinda 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.


Soon 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 Area.


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.


Since 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 new techniques.


She 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.


Melinda's 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.


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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Gerry Hingst

Treasurer, Gerry Hingst


Barb Hines

Recording Secretary, Barbara Hines


Linda E

Corresponding Secretary and Newsletter Editor,

Linda Enghausen


Director at Large,
Janora Hayes

Director at Large,
Cynda Quigley


 Deb York
Program Chair Elect,
Deb York
 Pat H
Quilt Show Chair Elect,
Pat Hjelmeland
Newsletter Editor,
Katherine Roccasecca


Website Administrator,
Emma Thomas-McGinnis




Piecetime News
June 2012 



Hi Quilting Friends:


Summer 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.  


June 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.


July 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.



August 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 

            Total                       $13,000


In 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.  


I 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.



President, Barbara Smalley

Barbara Smalley, President




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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. 


Drop 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.


The 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   Ginny

Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman

2012 Quilt Show co-chairs 


Community Giving 


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 to sign up.


Deanna Wilson, Community Giving 

2012 Challenge for Quilt Show


Our 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 Challenge"!


Please 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 counties. 


If you have questions, please contact:  Deanna Wilson, Karen Macon, or Jill Reber


"Silent Auction" for 2012 Quilt Show 


We 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!


We 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.


Like 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"


Education Outreach


Each 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."


Attendees 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 to volunteer for any of these shifts.


Another 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.


We 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.


We 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,

Jill Reber, 515-999-2746,


Treasured Quilts


Treasured 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


Thanks! Barb Eckoff


News From the Library


The 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.


The 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 G

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 entries.


Thank 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.


 2011 Pres Challenge - Bridget Lottman 3850 

         Bridget Lottman -- When Pigs Fly


2011 Pres Challenge - Cinda Long 3866

         Cinda Long --- Oohh Ahh Uffdaaa


2011 Pres Challenge - Judy DIapico 3856

    Judy D'Iapico -- Yes, That's My Mother


2011 Pres Challenge - Margaret Simons 3868

     Margaret Simons -- Coat of Many Colors


Upcoming 2012 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).


We 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.


For 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 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


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 


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 technique.


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 technique.



Sharon Rotz


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 useful technique. 

In Memorium


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



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