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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, July 27, we welcome Edyta Sitar who resides in Marshall, Michigan with her husband and children where she enjoys creating beautiful patterns for Laundry Basket Quilts and designing splendid fabrics for MODA.
The afternoon lecture is entitled "Reasons for Quilting". 
The evening lecture is entitled "Five Favorite Techniques used in Quilting"


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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     July 2010

Celebration!  As quilters we have so much to celebrate and we commemorate many of those celebrations with our quilts. We give quilts to celebrate new life, confirmations, graduations, anniversaries, special holidays, and special achievements. The list goes on. How many of you have a red, white, and blue quilt you use for the 4th of July?  It is a special time to celebrate those who have served and given so much for the freedom we have. At the same time it is a very whimsical time of the year, pin wheels, firecrackers, fireworks, cotton candy, watermelon, ice cream.  Great ideas for a small quilt for the Silent Auction.


Have you submitted your quilts for the Quilt Show?  I am going to get mine done as soon as I finish this. It is an opportunity for all of us to show our work and celebrate with our friends the gift we have. The hardest part of the process is submitting the form. The rest is what we love to do so it is effortless. Take the time you will be glad you did. We go to quilt shows because we love to see the color, patterns, and work others are doing. They inspire us. I challenge all of you to show your quilts! 

August 24th is the annual quilt auction to support the needs for Women's Health.  It is frightening to go through health issues. Yes, I am old enough today to know health issues happen to each of us in some form. We are better today at diagnosing, treating, and curing because of research.  What we do in August gives us a voice in this important part of our life. We have active members today that go through pain, emotional stress, and face the unknown. I am always amazed at the baskets, quilts, tools, and books you give for this cause. It is a fun night to celebrate our health we have and help those who are going through current struggle. Get fired up and ready for an evening of fun!

Expect to see more news on the Nomination Commitee for next year's Board Members. Please contact me if you are willing to be on the Nominating Committee. Please consider serving on the Board. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow members, have potlucks, meet the speakers over dinner, and use your talents. The Nominating Committee will be filling the following positions this year: Vice President, Program Chair Elect, Quilt Show Chair (Co-Chair) Elect, Director at Large, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Librarian, Community Service, and Retreat Chair. 
Descriptions of duties are at the back of your directory and carry a 2 year commitment.  More information will be coming, but please contact me or any of the other Board members if you have questions. Get involved! It's easy and FUN! 
See you at the guild meeting!   

Diane Thiese

July Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 we welcome Edyta Sitar who resides in Marshall, Michigan with her husband and children where she enjoys creating beautiful patterns for Laundry Basket Quilts and designing splendid fabrics for MODA.

The afternoon lecture is entitled "Reasons for Quilting".   

The evening lecture is entitled "Five Favorite Techniques Used in Quilting".

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.
July 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 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


The supply lists for the 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, July 28 (9am - 4pm) - STARS IN QUILTS This workshop features 15 different star patterns. Through these patterns students will look at star blocks, layouts, sashings and different techniques to set stars in quilts.



Sitar--Tree Farm       

Thursday, July 29 (9am - 4pm) - FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLES - Have a wonderful time exchanging fabrics through half square triangles. View 15 plus quilts that will inspire and encourage everyone to create beautiful projects. This workshop allows quilters to concentrate on the true meaning of quilting which is sharing and friendship. 




As many of you know, the WDM Christian Church was a wonderful location.  They really do want us to return.  However, they have already scheduled Vacation Bible School for the week of July 26 -30.  Therefore, we had to find yet another location.


On Wednesday, July 28th and Thursday, July 29th, the workshops will be held at the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church located at SW 9th and Park Avenue. The entrance is on the west side of the building.  There will be maps and further instructions at the workshop table at the guild meeting.

Newcomers' Meetings

The Newcomers' Program for July will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Our speaker will be Mary Shotwell who will be demonstrating hand applique. 

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:

August 17 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg
September 21 -- long arm quilting with Jeannie Stille 

Diane Thiese, Vice President

From the Library 
Just a reminder to please return all past due library books. If you are unable to return the books at our July meeting, please give us a call or e-mail us.  Anyone can access our current book inventory to find a book by title or author.  Don't see a book on the list that you think would be a great addition to our library? Let us know! While checking through the list, you see a book you would like to check out? Let us know and we will have it at our table for you at the next meeting.

 Have a great summer!

 Mary Martin and Barb Nelson
Community Service

Half way through 2010 we continue to have a great response of donated items at our guild meetings. Remember to stop by our table and record your donations. Both of us are looking forward to rewarding the top donors in our categories with a luncheon in December. Two members have already made over 100 placemats and one has made 158! Keep up the good work!


When you're dropping off your donations be sure to check out the packets we have put together for guild members to take home and complete. This month Jill Reber made packets out of extra fabrics Moda Fabrics donated for the "State Fair Sew in for Kids" project; our thanks to Jill and Moda Fabrics for their continued support to our guild.


Joining us at both guild meetings in July will be Brenda Cummer from Waverly. She is Iowa's representative for the national organization ConKerr Cancer. ConKerr Cancer collects and distributes pillowcases to chronically ill children in the hospital.  She will talk about the history of the organization and how our guild can join in their efforts. We are excited to welcome her and look forward to learning about another way we can reach out to those in need. For more information check out their web site at


The small quilt group "Sew Sew Joyful" is small but mighty with the quilts they make and donate to various organizations. This year the six members of the group; Sherri Street, Judy D'lapico, Sue McMain, Bridget Lottman, Phyllis Salsbury and Anita Gogerty will donate to at least 4 organizations. The last 4 years they have donated a quilt to be auctioned at a Dollars 4 Scholars fundraiser for SE Polk schools, for 3 years they have donated a quilt to be auctioned at a Juvenile Diabetes event, for 2 years they have donated a quilt for a raffle held at St. John's Catholic Church and they donate lap quilts to the Mercy Oncology Department here in Des Moines. Three cheers for all they do in our community!!!


Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service 


Special Quilt Show Information
Quilt show volunteer sign up will be posted to the DMAQG website or you may sign up at our  July and August  DMAQG meetings.
Bring your little quilts to our July and August DMAQG Meetings
Continue selling  raffle tickets
* Judged quilts should be dropped off at Creekside Quilting, during store hours, between Friday, September 24 through Thursday, September 30
Non-judged quilts are to be dropped off at the Quilt Block, during store hours, between Friday, September 24 through Saturday, October 2.
Julia Shires and Barb Snuggs, Quilt Show Co-Chairs
Quilt Show Volunteers 
It's time to sign up to be a quilt-show volunteer.


We will be at the July Guild Meeting with the Volunteer Sign-Up List.  Sign up for as many positions as you have time for. The only prerequisite is that you are a member of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild.


This year we are changing the position formerly known as "White Glove" to "Quilt Hostess".  We would like you to sign up for a Quilt Hostess shift and we will have all Hostesses float between the different exhibits.  We hope that this will alleviate the monotony of the past and give everyone the opportunity to see the entire show. 


The Des Moines Guild has made a commitment to AQS representatives to staff the volunteer positions for the Quilt Show. AQS continues to be impressed with our volunteer effort.


Remember, one of the perks for volunteering is that you get free admission to the show the day you volunteer. If you volunteer for set-up, you get to choose your free day.


It takes everyone to put on a quilt show of this caliber. Please consider volunteering. Get your small group to volunteer with you. We really need Quilt Hostesses, so please consider signing up for at least one quilt hostess shift.


Please use the Web site to sign up to volunteer after the July Meeting,, click on quilt show, and then volunteer sign-up. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the guild meetings in July, August and September. If you have any questions, please call Diane Crawford at 515-224-6425, Cindy Ohmart at 515-238-6246, or Marj Luchtenburg 515-229-1845.

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
Japanese Meter Quilts 

Our quilt show is fast approaching and with our theme being, "A World of Quilts", we will have a special exhibit of the Japanese meter quilts from our exchange in 1999/2000. If you made one of these quilts and have not let me know, please contact me. Along with the meter quilts we will also display the small gift quilts that the Japanese ladies made for us.I also need to have a count of how many of those will be available for display. 


Both the meter quilts and the exchange gift quilts can be dropped off with the other non-judged quilts at the Quilt Block just prior to the show.You may also bring them to the September meeting and drop them off there. 


It's going to be a great show because we have great members with awesome talent! 


Thank you,


Lynn Witzenburg

515-274-1255 or

President's Challenge--2010 and 2009


During the recent heat wave, have you been "keeping cool" by working on your entry for the 2010 President's Challenge theme of "Winter Wonderland."


The rules for the challenge are as follows:


*  Finished quilt size: 40"x30" (horizontal)

The quilt may be pieced, appliqued, painted,

stenciled, or embellished in any manner

*  The finished quilt must consist of three layers

* The quilt must be constructed and quilted by one person


Quilts must be finished (quilted and bound) and hung at the December 2010 Tea, where guild members will vote for the top eight to be entered into the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge.

2009 Challenge

We received word that the 2009 President's Challenge received Honorable Mention at the AQS Knoxville Quilt Show. There were 18 other guilds with entries. Congratulations to the eight members: Anita Gogerty, Lynn Randell, Judy D'Iapico, Barb Riggs, Pat Weber, Joan Rotert, Deanna Wilson, and Margaret Simons. To view all the winners at the Knoxville show, click here Knoxville AQS 

In Memoriam  

Fern Harmon, 94, passed away June 24, 2010.  Fern was born in a sod house near Limon, Colorado and after her marriage lived on a farm in the Granger IA area.  Two of Fern's daughters, Lola Zimmerman, and Joyce Hart, are also members of our guild.


Shirley Taylor, 70, passed away on July 3, 2010.  Shirley was a long time Des Moines resident and member of our guild.  We will always remember Shirley with a pleasant smile that was always on her face.


Our guild will miss both Fern and Shirley.  Blessed be their memory.


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.