Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Little Quilts Silent Auction
Japanese Meter Quilts
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Our Annual Charity Auction and Mall in the Hall will take place on Tuesday,  August 24 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand in West Des Moines. This takes the place of both our regular meetings.
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   August 2010

I hope you are working on your President's challenge and thinking of the Winter Wonderland we had earlier this year.  The heat index and water levels continue to bring us inside so what better thing do you have to do but quilt.  Thank goodness for air conditioning.  If there are any of you that procrastinate like me, you are working to finish the projects you entered into this year's show.  I always need that deadline to get things done.  Peggy has done a tremendous job in lining up lectures and classes to inspire our quilts this year and it has been great to see them at Show and Tell.


I hope to see you at the Women's Health Charity Auction on August 24th.  It is always inspiring and awesome to see the work of many hands helping to aid in research and aid those who have health needs.  We are so fortunate to have quilting to share in those challenging times and friends that understand how important it is to hold each other up.  The auction is meant to be an evening of fun and time to share.  Hope to see you there! 

Diane Thiese
August and September Programs
There are NO classes in August or September. The annual Charity Auction takes place in August and in September members from the Lincoln Quilt Museum will present the program. 
October 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 October 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

Vikki Pignatelli

Wednesday, October 27 (9am - 4 pm) - CRAZY ABOUT CURVES - Vikki's basic and most popular class. This is a hands-on/in-depth technique using a simple pattern. Explore her piecing/applique method of creating sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly and with precision. This is a technique class for all skill levels.

Thursday, October 28 (9am - 4pm) - IMPROVISATIONAL CURVES - This relaxing, impromptu approach to piecing curves offers students total freedom in quiltmaking. Create several blocks of shapes (circles, ovals, curvy rectangles.....) learn manipulations and how to arrange shapes into a free-form contemporary quilt. All skill levels.


Newcomers' Meetings

The Newcomers' Program for August will be held on Tuesday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Our speaker will be Lynn Witzenberg who will be demonstrating machine quilting.

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:

September 21 -- long arm quilting with Jeannie Stille 

Diane Thiese, Vice President

Community Service

At the July guild meeting we met Iowa's representative for ConKerr Cancer, Brenda Cummer. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to learn more about ConKerr Cancer check out their web site The guild will be contributing half of all donated pillowcases to this organization.   


The 10 members of the small quilt group the "Blockheads" this past year donated 120 pillowcases to several local shelters.  Members are Jean Bailey, Carolyn Chleborad, Judy Cramer, Sherrill Daniels, Donna Karpan, Diane Larson, Judy McClure, Jan Seivert, Vivian Thatcher and Marlene Kubis.


Carolyn Freeland recently donated a hand quilted and appliquéd quilt to the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Organization for a raffle held in conjunction with their annual Memory Walk in September. 


Bonnie Neiderheiser for several years has been making and donating crib quilts to Mercy's Neo-natal unit. In the past she was honored at a luncheon for donating 365 quilts in one year!


We applaud these members for their efforts to help others in our community.


Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service

Quilt Show Volunteers 
It's time to sign up to be a quilt-show volunteer.


We will be at the August Guild Meeting with the Volunteer Sign-Up List.  Sign up for as many positions as you have time for. The only pre-requisite 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,, click on quilt show, and then volunteer sign-up. Sign-up sheets will also be available at the guild meetings in 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.

Special Quilt Show Information
Quilt show volunteer sign up will be posted to the DMAQG website or you may sign up at our  August and September DMAQG meetings.
Bring your little quilts to our August DMAQG meeting
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.
* Pillow cases will be available at the September meeting.
Julia Shires and Barb Snuggs, Quilt Show Co-Chairs
Fall Retreat 

Join us November 4 - 7 for the Guild's fall retreat at Camp Wesley Woods.  There is sure to be plenty of sewing, games, fellowship and fun during the weekend.

Registration for members opens on September 1.  The form can be found on the Guild's website Fall Retreat on or after September 1--it will NOT be the correct form until September 1.    Lisa and Beth will also be available at the September and October guild meetings with forms. 

Remember, registration for housing is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Flyr at or Beth Hromyak at

See you at retreat!

Lisa and Beth


Great Opportunity

The Retreat Co-Chair(s) position is a great opportunity to meet other quilters, give back to the community, and become a guild committee member.  If you love to plan and organize large 'get-togethers' -- this position is for you!

The position can be held by one or two people or even a small group.  It is a two-year term; however, it can be divided into one person serving one year with an additional person serving a two-year term.  This rotation will make it so that there will always be an experienced person who will be serving on the committee.

The fall 2010 retreat will be Lisa and Beth's last retreat as co-chairs.  If new volunteers are not found by the Christmas Tea -- the fall retreat will be the last guild retreat. 

Lisa and Beth

Little Quilts for Silent Auction 

Ladies, we have one month left to complete our "little quilts." Already we have received a number of wonderful "little gems" for our auction. Your valuable input is so important to our guild's programming for next year

All the "little quilts" must be completed and ready to turn in no later than the September guild meeting. We will display all the "little quilts" at the September meeting. Please make a label or sign the back of your creations. We want to give credit to everyone on the bidding sheets. Also, we have found that those winning the bids like to know who made them.


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 at 

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 

Thank You 

Thank you so very much for your support for the "Patches for Peace" program.  Your donations of pillowcase dresses and shorts will be a welcome gift to the children in Tarijo, Bolivia.  This weekend I will deliver 225 dresses and 81 pairs of shorts to Sister Suzanne Takes of the Presentation Sisters in Dubuque. She will be leaving shortly thereafter, returning to the mission in Bolivia with the precious children's garments.


I originally had planned on splitting the garments between Bolivia and Haiti, until I found out that unless I could deliver these in person, they would probably not reach the children.  This is due to the poor law enforcement and regulations still existing in this devastated country.  So instead of taking the chance that these beautiful little dresses and britches would fall into the wrong hands, I decided to send them all to the Bolivia mission where I know they will be given to the children.


Thanks, again, for your generosity - from the bottom of my heart!



Gerry Hingst 


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.