Learn to Love Needleturn!
Tuesday, July 24th
in traditional fine hand appliqué done from original patterns, Mary's
distinctive design style is characterized by elegant, formal lines,
complex layering of small pieces, and an emphasis on using a myriad of
fabrics to create visual texture and excitement. Her flawless appliqué
technique and humorous, hands-on approach to teaching have motivated
students to return to handwork with enthusiasm.
has taught and lectured at guilds and conferences throughout the United
States. She designs and markets a full line of appliqué patterns sold
in quilt shops across the country. In addition to exhibiting at the AQS
annual show in Paducah, KY and Quilt Expo VI in Innsbruck, Austria,
Mary's appliqué was recognized with a blue ribbon at the IQA annual show
in Houston, TX. Her work has also appeared in the AQS Quilt Art
Engagement Calendar, Traditional Quiltworks magazine, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites.
Afternoon lecture: Buy Everything! A Practical Approach to Fabric Selection.
Your fabric selections have a huge impact on the success of your
quilts. Through a series of examples, Mary removes some of the mysteries
of this process, so you can approach your next quilt with confidence
Evening lecture: Appliqué and Piecing, Making Quilts That Have It All. This lighthearted presentation explores the possibilities and pitfalls of combining these two fundamental techniques.
meetings are held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the West Des Moines
United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, West Des Moines.
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Hi Quilting Friends:
winter, early spring, and hot summer have given us something to talk
about. However, it is much more fun to think about petting our fabric
and designing an "Iowa Beauty." We are no longer limited to a small
sewing basket and a sewing machine on the kitchen table. We have turned a
bedroom or basement into a sewing room--whole closets into a space to
organize our stash of fabric and so many tools, books, patterns, and
magazines--that occasionally we actually lose track of items. We have so
many "Small Blessings" right in our sewing room.
encourage you to draw one of your Small Blessings and lay out a 40"W x
30"H design. It is time to start creating your "Small Blessing" in
fabric. The Christmas Tea may seem a long way off, but sewing and
quilting will take awhile as these are one-person quilts. We are eager
to have many to display, and members will vote for their 8 favorite
Blessings. You will have a Blessing to display at home for your family
The "Uff Da" 2011 President's Challenge quilts have
been juried into the AQS show again. What an honor! The 8 quilts will be
brought to our July meeting and sent to AQS to be shown at the Michigan
August 28, 2012. Last year in 3 hours you donated $13,000. This is a Big Deal.
- Bring quilting items to the Mall in the Hall. Price your items under $49.
- Bring quilting items to the Auction. Identify items and note value over $50.
* Quilt tops, finished quilts, baskets full of quilting items.
* Donated by small groups and individuals.
- Bring friends and a generous heart to donate Women's Health Issues.
Our charities for 2012 are
* Susan G. Komen Foundation
* American Heart Association
* Arthritis Foundation
find time to finish the quilts that you entered into our show. Donate
to the "Small Quilt Silent Auction." And prepare to purchase at least
$10 to $20 worth of Show Quilt raffle tickets. Our sales at the Quilt
Show provide the money for the 9 outstanding national lecturers that we
are able to have at our monthly meetings. We are very careful with our
budget in order to keep our dues low. However, we need your generosity
at the quilt show--for you to purchase raffle tickets for the Show Quilt
and to bid on the Silent Auction items. Education is our mission and we
have all been blessed by the quality of national lecturers that the
guild has been able to bring to us.
Enjoy the Blessings of
summer, warm weather, vacations, farmers markets, friendships, and
family gathering. Oh yes, visit your sewing room weekly to keep that
creative enjoyment going.
Barbara Smalley, President
2012 QUILT SHOW
big thank you to everyone who entered quilts to be viewed this year at
the DMAQG show October 3-6, 2012 at the Iowa Events Center. The
committee is working hard to make this a great show again this year, and
thanks to your entries we're off to a great start.
for finished quilts is September 21-27. All quilts should be placed in a
clean pillowcase. These will be available at the next two guild
meetings and at the drop-off sites. Non-judged quilts are dropped off at
The Quilt Block. Judged quilts are dropped off at Creekside Quilting.
We are looking forward to seeing your quilts at the show.
if you have an opportunity to view quilts this year at the Iowa State
Fair, be sure to check out the pineapple pieced and appliquéd show
quilt. We know you'll want to purchase lots of raffle tickets after you
see it. Tickets can be purchased at the show.
Marcia Jacobs and Ginny Barchman
2012 Quilt Show Co-chairs
QUILT SHOW CHALLENGE
theme for the quilt 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
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
If you have questions, please contact Deanna Wilson, Karen Macon, or Jill Reber
are getting ready for another big year for "Little Quilts and More" at
the quilt show. 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. 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, bag, tote, or
purse for the silent auction.
Leigh Lussie, Quilt Show Member for "Silent Auction"
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.
me know if you have such a quilt or know someone who does. My phone
number is (515) 285-0836 or my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks! Barb Eckoff
Thank you to all the small groups who have
updated their records. Nine groups have updated just since the last
We shall be spotlighting our groups in articles in Piecetime News.
If your group's name is not on the
following list, please go to the website, print the form, fill it out,
and mail it to the address on the bottom of the form.
Bold & Batty
Monday Basket Quilters
Nine Patch Quilters
Sacred Heart Quilters
Sew Bee It
Sew N' Sews
Sew Sew Joyful
The Drake Quilters
Tuesday Morning Cut-Ups
Wild Rose Appliqué
These groups have not yet updated:
Central Iowa Textile Artists
Fiber Artists of Greater Des Moines
First Monday Appliqué
Itch'n to Stitch
Rather Bee Quilters
Seams Sew Easy
I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
is that time of year again. The nominating committee is looking for
those of you who are ready and willing to serve on the 2013 board of
The positions that need to be filled are these:
Quilt Show Chairs-elect
If you would like to fill one of these
positions or you know of someone who would be "perfect" for the job,
please contact me by email or phone.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
On Saturday, June 23rd, Guild members met
at the West Des Moines Public Library for a charity sewing day
during which we cut and sewed quilt tops, placemats, and pillowcases.
Your help is still needed. The Community
Giving Committee will have many packets of placemats, clothing
protectors, and quilts for you to pick up on July 24th at both the
afternoon and evening meetings.
Deanna Wilson, Community Giving
On June 18th and 19th, we had our June
Kid's Classes at the West Des Moines Library. The classes were a huge
success as 22 kids experienced the joy of quilting, some for the first
time. Each child finished their quilt and was very proud, as you can
see! Thanks to our team of volunteer teachers who made these
classes run smoothly!
We can still use 2 yard cuts of kid fabric
(not baby) and solid colors 1/2 yard and larger for bindings for
upcoming events. Thank you for all who have donated fabric so far.
Thank you to all the members and small
groups did some prep work for the classes. Please remember to return the
cut strips at one of the July meetings or get them to Sharon before
Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber
SMALL GROUP SPOTLIGHT
Look for additional small group spotlights in future issues of the newsletter.
Sew Sew Joyful
"To us it is about giving." This theme keeps coming up from the members of Sew Sew Joyful, one of DMAQG's small groups.
Members are Anita Gogerty, Bridget Lottman, Judy D'Iapico, Phyllis Salsbury, Sherri Street, and Sue McMain.
Giving is a fitting theme because the
group first formed in 2004 when one woman in the refreshment line at a
guild meeting overhead another say she had a desire to help make
They began making quilts together (but
didn't stop making treats) and added a few members along the way,
eventually forming a tight sisterhood. They say the best thing is the
wonderful relationships among them, and they encourage everyone to join
or form a small group. They marvel at the variety of personalities in
their group. "Everyone brings something." If they were all
combined, "This one person would be an awesome person."
It is giving that makes them joyful. "It
fils our hearts." For five years now they have made and donated a quilt
for the Southeast Polk Dollars for Scholars program. This year they are
even sponsoring a quilt prize at the Iowa State Fair. Their group
personality really comes out when they each pick a quilt and randomly
give them out at the hospital or on the street.
ADVERTISING POLICY FOR DMAQG's PIECETIME NEWSLETTER
The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild has adopted the following advertising policy:
must be received by the Newsletter Editor by the 5th of each month in
order to be included in that month's newsletter. At this time, there
will be no charge for placing the ad in the newsletter.
ad will appear in the "News" portion of Piecetime which is emailed to
the membership on the Friday before the Guild's monthly meeting normally
held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
- Ads will only be accepted from DMAQG members whose membership dues are current.
ad may be for one or two quilting related items only or for a specific
date on which the member will have lots of quilting related items for
ad must include the individual's name, phone number, and/or email
address, and a brief description of the item for sale. The Newsletter
Editor reserves the right to edit the ad to include pertinent
information as she deems appropriate.
- Ads will not be accepted from any business, whether commercial or individual.
will not be allowed to advertise services they provide such as long-arm
quilting or advertise items they have for sale on websites such as eBay
the Newsletter Editor is unsure whether an ad is acceptable, the ad
will be presented to the Board of Directors for a decision.
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).
We have JUST FOUR WORKSHOPS REMAINING THIS YEAR and slots are filling up fast.
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 the fourth Tuesday of each month. If
you'd like to be put on a waiting list while sending in your
registration, email Judy at email@example.com or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.
Linda Montet and Judy Proksa
WORKSHOP LOCATION - NEW!
July's workshops will be held at Walnut Ridge Senior Community located at 1701 Campus Drive in Clive.
I-80/35, exit at University Ave, and turn east. Take the first
left onto NW 114th St., and then turn right onto Campus Drive.
I-235, exit at 50th St. and go north. Continue north as 50th St. turns
into NW 114th St. at University Ave., and then turn right onto Campus
Walnut Ridge is located directly behind the Clive Water
Park. Park on the east side of the building and sign in at the front
desk. We will meet in the craft room on the second floor, just up the
stairs and to the left.
Mary Sorensen www.maryappliques.com
Wednesday, July 25 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 death:
Barb Anderson's mother, Norma Norris, died July 1, 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