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"3500 Quilts and Counting:  A Volunteer's Perspective"

Sheila Green from the
International Quilt Study Center & Museum from
Lincoln, Nebraska will cover the history of the museum as well as what they are doing today.  Sheila will give us information about what she does at the museum as a volunteer, what classes she has taught at the museum, and how the Lincoln and Nebraska State Quilt guilds support the museum.
Guild meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th and Grand, in West Des Moines, Iowa

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September 2010

THANK YOU!  The Women's Health Charity Auction gathered $12,999.51 and the monies were distributed as follows:  Hospice of Central Iowa $5,461.90, Susan G. Komen $4,452.68, and American Heart Association $3,084.93.  Your generosity is so amazing and I know all the efforts you put into having this event each year.  Special Thanks to all of the volunteers that supported the Mall in the Hall and the Auction.  You all made it so effortless.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to all the State Fair Ribbon Winners!  Doesn't it feel special to know that we have had a sneak preview in our Show & Tell and how great it feels to see ribbons attached to our Friend's quilts.  We are so fortunate to belong and have such a talented/diverse quilt guild. The Fair gets me excited to see the Quilt Show.  I always walk out with admiration and inspiration.  I just need a few little quilting elves to get all that inspiration down in fabric. 


Remember to be working on your President's Challenge "Winter Wonderland".  The weather may be here before I get mine finished but I do have an idea and have purchased the right fabrics to make it happen.  It's one of the few shopping trips that I knew what I needed before I bought the fabric.  We have such great shops in our area that help support our habit. 


The leaves are starting to get that feeling of change.  The colors of the foliage and the crisp, cool air always get me moving.  Take the time to enjoy the season, put a pot of soup on, and enjoy your quilting time.  There's nothing better (except taking a weekend to come to the Quilt Show and enjoy it with friends)!


Diane Thiese
September Program
"3500 Quilts and Counting:  A Volunteer's Perspective"


This talk covers the history of the museum as well as what they are doing today.  Sheila will give us information about what she does at the museum as a volunteer, what classes she has taught at the museum, and how the Lincoln and Nebraska State Quilt guilds support the museum.


Sheila lives in Lincoln with her husband Ken.  She started quilting 15 years ago.  She has taught quilting to children and adults and has lead workshops in the public schools, The Museum of Nebraska History, and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and is on the Board of the FRIENDS of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  She loves researching the exhibitions and sharing the history for the art of quilting with the museum visitors, young and old.


Since the Museum's quilt collection is preserved in a controlled atmosphere, Sheila will not be able to bring any quilts with her.  However, part of her program will be a power point presentation with pictures of some of the 3500 quilts.


Please invite others whom you think might enjoy this program.The lecture fee for non- members is only $5.

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 September will be held on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Our speaker will be Jeannie Stille  who will be discussing and answering questions on Long Arm 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:

There are no more meetings until 2011

Diane Thiese, Vice President

Community Service

Are you looking for a new quilting project? Stop by the Community Service table at the next meeting and we can help you out. Our goal is to empty 2 large containers full of project kits between now and our last meeting of the year in October. Our Guild members like a good challenge so we know everyone will help us reach our goal!! The long months of winter will be upon us before we know it.  A perfect way to chase away "cabin fever" is to sew on a charity project!   


The September and October meetings will be your last opportunity to donate items for this year. We do not meet in November and the tea in December is our annual meeting and election. If you would like to donate items in November please contact either one of us. The Guild considers the December tea our year end, so any items donated after November will be listed as a 2011 donation. The final report will be given at the tea; this will include the names of members who have donated the most items in all categories and the date of the luncheon to be held in their honor.   


We look forward to seeing you on the 28th!


Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert

Co-chairs Community Service

Quilt Show Volunteers 

The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild 27th Annual Quilt Show is just days away.  Again this year the show is hosted by AQS and will be held at the Iowa Events Center.  The dates for this year's show are October 6th-9th.   I'm sure many of you are putting the final touches on the quilts you plan to show--we are doing the same.


We want to thank those who have signed up to volunteer at this year's show. We are still in need of additional help.  We are still looking for volunteers to fill key positions.  Quilt Hostesses are needed thoughout the day, especially the 4-6 p.m. time slot on Wednesday and Thursday and anytime on Saturday.  Please check your calendars--if you can give us a couple hours of your time we would really appreciate it.  You will be rewarded with free admittance into the show the day you volunteer. The best reward will be the opportunity to see many fantastic quilts.


We also have a new position that was just made available. This position is "The Grandstand Demo Helper".  These volunteers will assist with vendors setting up different demonstrations, possibly helping with the demonstration, and then helping with any clean-up. 


You can view the available volunteer opportunities by clicking here: quilt show volunteer 


Sign-up sheets will also be available at the September guild meeting. 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

Don't forget the upcoming deadlines and information for drop off of entered quilts either judged or non-judged.

JUDGED:  All quilts that are being judged need to be dropped off at Creekside Quilting any day from Friday, September 24th through Thursday, September 30th.

NON-JUDGED:  All quilts that are entered but not judged should be dropped off at the Quilt Block any day from Friday, September 24th through Saturday, October 2nd.

Each quilt, no matter what size, must be in its own individual pillowcase. Please use an old pillowcase because we are unable to return each to the original owner. Some pillowcases will be available at the September Guild meeting.

Be sure to place your entry form in a small clear plastic bag and safety pin securely with your name and the name of your quilt easily visible.  Looking from the back side, it will be in pinned to the lower left corner. The cloth hanging sleeve must be attached to the top edge. Please fold your quilt wrong side out so the entry information is easily visible to the volunteers sorting and hanging the quilts.

AFTER THE SHOW:  at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th we will start giving out numbers in the east lobby and at 5:15 p.m. start letting members go in to pick up their quilts. You will need to sign for their quilts. If you are picking up quilts for a friend, you need to have a note from the friend. Those who are volunteering for AQS take down need to pick up or have a friend pick up their quilts from our show by 6:00 p.m.   

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.

The form can be found on the Guild's website Fall Retreat. Lisa and Beth will 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 

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.  Many of you have already let me know that you will be sharing your meter quilts at the show and we appreciate that very much.


Please write your name and phone numbers (home and cell) clearly on a piece of paper, place the piece of paper in a small Ziploc baggie and pin to the back side of your quilt(s).  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! 


Remember to pick these quilts up along with any others you have entered, on Saturday afternoon after the show closes.


Thank you,


Lynn Witzenburg

515-274-1255 or 

Flu Shots 
Flu shots will be available at the September 28 meetings for all members. Nurses from Wesley Life will be available from Noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost per shot is $20. Medicare covers the cost in full so please bring your Medicare number so the claim can be filed for you. 
Save These Dates
Guild member Nylene Dory will be having a huge fabric sale on October 14, 15 and 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Nylene will be selling fabric, patterns, books, magazines and needlework. Nylene's address is 5401 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines.

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.