Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming 2011 Workshops
August Charity Auction
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Education Committee
"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show
Treats for 2012 Guild Meetings


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Our Annual Charity Auction and Mall in the Hall will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand in West Des Moines. This takes the place of both our regular meetings. 


The Mall in the Hall opens at 5:30 and the auction begins at 6:00 p.m.



There will be NO programs until October because of the Charity Auction in August and the AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show the end of September.



Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25, and Anita Shackelford will be the speaker. 


The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Designing the New Album Quilt." The evening lecture will be "Applique With Folded Cutwork."




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Piecetime News

August 2011 



I had an opportunity this past week to take my Grandson shopping for a quilt he has asked me to make.  How things change from year to year.  Last year Noah asked me where he was on my list for making quilts.  I pointed out I had quite a few that I needed to finish and then I asked him if he had an idea of what he wanted.  He quickly took me to his room and showed me his Minnesota Vikings helmet with strict instructions it needs to be purple and gold with a white swish in the corners.  This year when I mentioned we needed to go to the Quilt Store to get the fabrics he was very satisfied with me doing that alone since I had good judgment in fabric choices.  Needless to say I knew if I wanted his help it was going to have to be a quick shopping trip.   We had our opportunity Wednesday before going to Adventureland and I'm happy to say with the great help of quilting shop friends we were in and out of the shop in less than 40 minutes.  The quickest fabric selection I have ever done.  We are so fortunate to have great quilt shops in our surrounding area.  Noah thought it was very cool that the clerks were well versed in Minnesota Vikings trivia as well!  It's a great memory and I'm so glad we found the time to take this little excursion.  He's pretty proud of those fabrics and I can't wait to get started. 


Memories-Friendship-Creativity, that is what quilting is about for me.  I am blessed with many friends and family that may not sew but they appreciate the time and talents put into these gifts of love.  So too, although we probably will not meet or know the Veterans or those receiving Community Support gifts--it is uplifting to me to know that it is all done out of love and respect for those who do not have this talent.  I am in awe after each meeting of your generosity and the give, give, give attitude of each of you.  There are years I do not produce anything to give but other years I am able to achieve quite a lot.  I always know when it is meant to be because the time is opened up and zwa la a finished product shines back at me.


See you at the AUCTION!!!  I am busy cleaning my quilting shelves.  It's like a shopping trip by itself but I'm so glad to have an opportunity to share those gadgets, patterns, and fabrics that I no longer have a need for.


Diane Thiese, President




  Name tag

■  Items for Mall in the Hall and the Charity Auction

■  Items for Community Serivce

■  Veteran's quilt

■  Little Quilts for Quilt Show Silent Auction  

■  Library books that you have checked out



Upcoming 2011 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). 



October's Workshop will be held 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 will meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.


Anita Shackelford  
Wednesday, October 26 (9am - 4pm) -- BRODERIE PERSE APPLIQUE -- Take inspiration from a special fabric and design a chintz appliqué block in a style that is traditional or today. Practice both blind stitch and blanket stitch edges.  
Thursday, October 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SPRING BOUQUET -- Create a bouquet of carnation, wildflowers and lily-of-the-valley tied with a bow. Techniques covered are corded stems, stuffed appliqué, two types of ruching, free-form berries and lily-of-the-valley, unit-appliqué ribbon and embroidery embellishment.  
August Charity Auction


The Annual Charity Quilt Auction to support Women's Health will be on Tuesday Evening, August 23rd. This is an event that is open to the public to participate. The cause is worthy but what is more important is coming together and having a good time. The charities we will be donating to this year are: (1) American Heart Association, (2) Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and (3) Foundation For Women's Cancer.


Let's make it a year where there is something for everyone. All donated items are greatly appreciated. To accommodate time, the Mall in the Hall will handle all donations with the value of $50 or less.  Here are specifics for the evening:


DONATIONS: Here are ideas for donations: quilts, notions, tools, books, baskets, fabric, kits, patterns, etc. Deliver all items by 5:00 p.m. on August 23 at the Church.  

Auction Items should have the name of the group or individual donating the item and a quick note of contents and approximate value on a 3X5 card.  

Mall in the Hall items should have the garage sale price marked to save time. 


TIME and PLACE:  Mall in the Hall will be in the Fellowship Hall and will start at 5:30 p.m. 


The Auction will be held in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:00 p.m. Viewing of items will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please take time to browse what is available and get a close look.



Mall in the Hall items must be paid for in the Fellowship Hall. 

Auction Items will be paid to the banker at the back of the sanctuary before you leave. 

You will receive your item when it is won during the bidding process, a scribe will take the description of the item, the amount accepted for the bid, and take the information to the bankers in the back. 


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  THANKS to the Bitsy Chicks and So What small groups for managing the Mall in the Hall. 

Additional volunteers are needed: Bid Numbers and Sign In (4:45 and 6:00 shifts), Announcers (6:00 and 7:30), Donation Helpers (5:00), Isle Helpers (5:45), Scribes (5:45), and Runners (5:45). None of these are hard jobs and the work of many hands help so all can enjoy the fun.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact Barb Smalley at the July 26 meeting or by e-mail at or by phone at 515-279-2651    




Again this year, we are going to have a Mall in the Hall at the August Charity Auction Guild meeting.  Items donated in this area are priced so they can be purchased immediately throughout the auction.  Last year this area collected over $2,000 so we want to do even better this year.


How can you help, you ask?  Bring quilt related items that can be priced between $1 and $50.  Get your small group involved and make items to donate or clean out your sewing area.  Items can include fabric,  fabric kits, themed baskets of goodies, quilted items, tools, quilt accessories, UFO's, books etc.  We ask that NO magazines be brought for this year's Mall.  


Price your items with garage sale prices .Bring your items early (around 5 o'clock) the night of the auction so that you can help the Sew What small group get them displayed. 


Then come to the Mall before and during the live auction and purchase some of the wonderful items that will be for sale.  Let's make this the best year yet for the charities supported by this exciting event.


Questions?  Call Sharon Meisenheimer at 986-1145







Quilt Show News


 It's August and no one can deny we've had lots of summer. The 2011 DMAQG Quilt Show is less than 60 days away. A big thank you to all of you who entered quilts in our show. As you finish your quilts for the show, remember that all quilts (except miniatures) require a 4" sleeve on the back at the top of the quilt. (Sleeve directions are available on the Guild website.)


We have an 'ask' of each of you. Our quilt show cannot occur without lots of volunteers to staff both our show and the AQS show. We have 400 volunteer slots to be filled and we are asking that you volunteer for at least one shift. Also, volunteers get into the show free the day that you volunteer. There are lots of options of day, time, and job so we are confident everyone can participate as a volunteer at the show. Volunteer sign-up is available online, at the August meeting, or by contacting Diane Crawford at


QUILT DROP OFF: Each quilt must be in a pillowcase for drop off. You won't get the same pillowcase back, so use an old pillowcase or use one of the pillowcases available from the Guild. We'll have pillowcases at the August meeting. Pillowcases will also be available at The Quilt Block and Creekside Quilting after Labor Day.


Drop off sites are:

Non-judged quilts: September 19-24 at the Quilt Block during regular store hours

Judged quilts: September 17-22 at Creekside Quilting during regular store hours


We're going to have a great quilt show--thanks to the efforts of you, our Guild members.


Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi



2011 Veterans Quilt Challenge  

Wow--did you all respond so generously to our call for veterans quilts! We now have 140 completed quilts. That's very close to our goal of 150 quilts so I think we will well surpass our goal. (It will be great to be able to give the Veterans Home extra quilts so they have a supply for new residents, etc.) We still need quilters to quilt and bind 6-8 tops. Veterans quilts will continue to be accepted until late October when they'll be presented to the Veterans Home.


Community Service


Deanna and I continue to be amazed at the generosity of our guild members. Your donations and time have allowed us to help a large number of organizations this year. To date items have gone to; ConKerr Cancer, Meals on Wheels, West Des Moines Human Services, St. Joseph's Family Shelter, Bidwell Riverside, House of Mercy, New Directions Shelter, Kavanaugh House, Broadlawns Pediatrics, St. Mary's Distribution Center, Ronald McDonald House and Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Kathy Russi donated a quilt to the Alzheimer's Association. Twisted Sister's small group donated a quilt to a child whose parent is currently serving in the military. Members of the Sew Sew Joyful continue to keep busy with their yearly donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, S.E. Polk Dollars for Scholars Program and St. John's Catholic Church. In October we will donate the Festival of Trees quilt to Iowa Methodist Medical Center.


We will collect donations at the August meeting before the auction. The final month of the year for donations will be October.


Carolyn Eliason, Community Service Chair


Education Committee 


Photos Needed

To follow the theme of the quilt show this year we are looking for photos, both vintage as well from today, of quilters and groups of quilters.  We hope to gather the photos and put a collage of sorts together showing the community of quilting that is built. 


Please contact me if you have photos that we may use.  If you can, please scan and email photos, or email digital photos to me.  OR you can get me your originals and I will digitize them and return the originals to you.

Feel free to contact me with questions at 515-999-2746 or by E-mail:

To Mail:  Jill Reber, 10481 NW 107th Avenue, Granger IA  50109  

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Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In

Our Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In were a huge success. This is due to the help many of you gave to the project.

Thank you to:

* Those who helped 44 kids learn to make quilts at Kids Classes.

* Those who helped the fairgoers make quilts during the Fair.

* Those who helped with 2 yard cuts of fabric for the quilt backs.

* Those who cut the many 5 inch strips we needed.

* Those who donated fabric over the year to the charity closet.

* Those who donated cash to pay for the additional supplies needed.

* Small groups who did a variety of tasks:

      Pin Pals

      Corner Quilters of Shenandoah

      Heart of Iowa Long Arm Guild, Des Moines Area

      Creative Vision Quilting Class Teachers

* Those who cut backs, strips and bindings from their personal stash.

* Companies who donated to the Quilted Mile:

      Leo 9 Textiles

      Creekside Quilting, Clive, IA

      The Quilt Block West Des Moines, IA

      Adel Quilting and Dry Goods, Adel, IA

      Landauer Corporation, Urbandale, IA

      Quilters' Cupboard, Ankeny, IA

      Quilts & Other Notions, Creston, IA

      Warm and Natural Batting Co.

      Hobbs Batting Co.

      Moda Fabrics

      Metro Sales and Service, Des Moines, IA       




Education Committee: Kathy Safris, Jill Reber, and Sharon Meisenheimer


"Little Quilts" for 2011 Quilt Show 


Last Chance DMAQG Members!


There is still time for anyone who has not made a "little quilt" for the quilt show's silent auction. We will accept "little quilts" at the July meeting and also at the August charity auction. I will be in the church nave during the August auction--so you Mall-in-the-Hallers--don't forget to come upstairs and see me. If you are unable to attend either meeting or are simply needing a bit more time, call me and drop off your "little quilt" by September 1. The generosity of our members in making these quilts is greatly appreciated, as they support our programs and speakers. Thank you to everyone who helps to support our guild with your wonderful talent.


Leigh Lussie, 276-0041


Fall Retreat -- November 17-20


We do not know where the summer is going.  Retreat will be here before you know it. We hope you are planning to attend this falls semi-annual retreat.  Registration will be limited this fall so please be making your plans soon.  Registrations will be accepted starting August 23 at the Charity Auction. Click here to print a copy of the retreat registration form.
Retreat Co-Chairs   Arda Mathern & Maggie Simons

Treats for 2012 Guild Meetings


It's not too soon to be thinking about treats for next year's guild meetings. As you meet with your small group this summer, why not talk about what month you would like to help out. You will need to plan on an average of 150 members in the afternoon and 100 in the evening  At our October meeting, we will pass around sign-up sheets so you can be the first ones to volunteer!!!  We all enjoy the socializing after the meetings and love to have that cup of coffee or lemonade and a cookie or two. So be ready at those October meetings.

Carol Thomason and Pat Knight



Please stop by and visit our new and improved DMAQG website at for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful information.



Quilt Shows you might want to check out:  


July 1 thru September 30 --- Northern Illinois Quilt Fest 


September 16-18 --- Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters