Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming 2011 Workshops
Quilt Show News
Community Service
Education Committee
Fall Retreat
Treats for 2012 Guild Meetings
Thank Yous


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There will be NO program until October because of 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

September 2011 



CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! to all of the IOWA STATE FAIR WINNERS! I was unable to make the Fair this year. The list of State Fair winners who are Guild members were listed in the Programs portion of our newsletter which you received on September 16.


We apologize for omitting Jeann Pearson for 1st place in Class 181 Combination T-shirt Quilt and Tricia Lenz for 4th place in Class 207 Small and Miniature Small Quilt Appliquet. A complete listing can also be found on the Iowa State Fair website--by clicking here.


SPECIAL THANKS to Barb Smalley for an exceptional job with the Charity Auction this year! I believe fun was had by all and many thanks to the great volunteers. Sharon Meisenheimer and her group again kept the Mall in the Hall under control and in full force. I should be used to the giving attitude of this Guild but again in economic stress you come through loud and clear with your time, monies, donations, etc. to give, give, give...


Can you believe it is September already? Time for the Quilt Show, school starting, and the start of cooler weather. The colors, textures, and adventure for starting a new quilt all come to me in this Fall Season. It has been an incredible month of surprises for me with taking a cruise to Alaska (need a new roadtrip--yes, they have quilt shops up there), realizing and participating in the 9-11 ten year anniversary memorials, and recognizing that we are soon at the end of another guild year with only one regular meeting left. My Grandma was always telling us when we were bored that time flies so quickly so find something you love and do it! She was a wise woman and highly responsible for my quilting skills.


At the August board meeting it was decided to keep our meetings at the West Des Moines Methodist Church and ensuring we respected the church's stance on raffles. It was decided to discontinue the Raffle Quilt and move to other ideas for fund raisers. It was not a decision that was made lightly and we had great discussion around costs, revenues, and on-going expenses that would change based on our decision. We know a show quilt is important and the show committee is working through the details on next year's quilt(s) and the fund raising around this. Another example of change that is not easy but creates us to think out of the box. You have a GREAT board and although an emotional decision was facing us--they logically went through what was best for our guild and our members!


Be ready to say yes when you have a member of the Board Nominating Committee call--I have been honored to be on the Board for the past two years--We have the Best of the Best!!! They face tough decisions that make the meetings, shows, etc. seem like there is nothing to it but the truth of the matter is they put a little time behind everything that goes on. This is my second time on the Board and I can only tell you it has given me steadfast friendships that I could not have hoped for. The positions being voted on this year are: Vice President, Recording Secretary, a Director at Large, Program Chair Elect(s), and Quilt Show Elect(s). The Committee Members are co-chairs for Community, Library, Retreat, and Newsletter Editor. We are fortunate to have candidates for the VP, Recording Secretary, and Community spots. If you are interested in any positions, please contact the current board members.


Keep the Quilt Show Committee in positive thoughts this month! A lot is going on and they make it look so easy. I can't wait to see the quilts, vendors, winners, and just being there! What a special thing that we can give of our talents to men/women who have served our country this year in the wake of the 10th anniversary of 9-11. We owe so much to those who served before this event to keep such a happening from occurring before the devastation on 9-11-01 and now for those who serve and keep us safe since that day. THANKS to Kathy and Martha for moving us into action and for all the wonderful veterans quilts. Guild--You have Spirit, Love, Compassion, and I'm so proud to be a member of your group!


UFFDA--I could go on and on this month. Take a day and do some quilting---You deserve it!!!!


Diane Thiese, President


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.  
Quilt Show News




By the time you read this, the 2011 Quilt Show will be just a few days away! Thanks to everyone who has worked to ensure that this year's show will be a success.


Enjoy the quilt show! Make sure you check out the AQS contest quilts and special exhibits as well as the DMAQG show. In the DMAQG show we will feature a Gallery of Veteran's Quilts made up of the quilts that you have so generously made and donated this year. Don't forget to shop at the great selection of vendors. Encourage your friends and family members to attend also.


If you attend the Show on Wednesday, be sure and participate in the Quilters Flash Mob which will take place at 4:15 in the hallway outside the entrance to Hy-Vee Hall. Please bring a small quilt that you can hold by yourself. More details will be provided at the show.


Here is some information about the show that may be helpful:


QUILT ENTRY DROP OFF: Place each quilt in a pillowcase for drop off. Use an old pillowcase because you will not get the same pillowcase back. Some extra pillow cases will be available at the drop off sites.


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


Important: Every quilt must have a 4" sleeve sewn on the back at the top of the quilt. See the website for sleeve directions by clicking here


Volunteer at the Show - There are still volunteers needed for various positions at the show. Please volunteer for at least one shift. You get into the show free the day that you volunteer. Go to to sign up or contact Diane Crawford at


Raffle tickets - Did you know that the DMAQG raffle quilt, Gathering Prairie Petals, won a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair? Sale of raffle tickets is an important source of income for our guild. Please sell raffle tickets or purchase them yourself. Tickets and money may be turned at the quilt show or to Andra Sims before the show. If you need more tickets, contact Andra at


Take down - The quilt show will be over before we know it. Take down will begin at 5 p.m. on October 1. You must pick up your quilts in person or arrange to have someone else pick it up for you. Take down generally is finished in less than one hour so you should be present at 5 p.m. to pick up your quilts.




Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi, Co-Chairs


Community Service


I am coming down from the high of the marriage of our son Jamie and his bride Julie over the Labor Day weekend! It was a beautiful wedding held in our back yard and the rain held out just long enough for the ceremony.


The charity auction in August was a big success and lots of fun. Thanks to those who purchased my donated quilts--you helped raise over a thousand dollars just from my quilts!!


We were able to collect several donations at the meeting and are looking forward to using them in the Community Service area at the Quilt Show. I am moving to Norman, Oklahoma this month so I will be unable to assist in the set up. Deanna has arranged for Joan Rotert to help work their magic for all to see the generosity of our Guild members. Make sure you come visit us at the Guild booth.


Volunteering in the Guild has been a wonderful experience for me. I have made so many wonderful friends and I encourage everyone to check out what positions are still open for 2012 and volunteer! You will be glad you did. Karen Macon has volunteered to be the Community Service chair-elect for 2012. I know she will enjoy working with Deanna.


I plan to return for part of the Quilt Show and work several shifts each day so see you there!


Carolyn Eliason, Community Service Chair


Education Committee 


State Fair Sew-In


Thanks to many, many wonderful people the third State Fair Sew-In was a huge success. Four hundred forty-five fair-goers from 15 states, 59 counties and 3 foreign countries made 298 lap-sized quilts during the 11 day run of the fair. (A few still need binding and will be finished by Pin Pals small group and other guild members.) Wow! What a great feeling to know so many children will be able to select a quilt and know that someone cared.


With the help of our wonderful guild members, we were ready with plenty of cut strips, sewn and folded binding and 2 yard cuts for backs. Larger quilts were ready to bind thanks to the Heart of Iowa Long Arm Guild. We had plenty of other supplies ready to go with the help of the Creative Vision Quilting Staff.


During the fair, we had fairgoers and associates sewing on 16-18 sewing machines while others were pinning, unpinning, and doing whatever needed to be done. The energy in the room was felt by all who entered. We had many quilters who had been there past years come back to help. We had moms sewing with young children on their laps, teens who had never used a machine getting excited about the process and many, many men and women who were learning while helping with this exciting project. Small children, too small to sew, helped take out pins or were the passers of the basket of chocolate because we all know most quilters are chocoholics. We were teaching the whole quilting process.


Associates, guild members who volunteered to work a 5 hour shift, were willing to do whatever needed to be done from greeting fair-goers as they entered to teaching the sewing or pinning process. As the cow bell announced the completion of another quilt, we all celebrated and shared a warm glow of pleasure from a job well done.


Thanks again to all who helped make this project such a success. The mission of the Guild is to "stimulate an interest in quilts and quilt making." We did it!!!


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


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Fall Retreat -- November 17-20


If you have not sent your registration for the fall retreat, we hope you send it in soon. Registrations are filling up--we have over 40 already.

We will have machine cleaning and hopefully scissor sharpening again.

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


Thank Yous 


THANK YOU From Leigh Lussie:

I was awarded the $75 Judge's Choice Award for my quilt at the Iowa State Fair. Thank you for sponsoring the award.


THANK YOU From Carole Floyd:

A note of "THANKS" for the generous gift for winning Best of Show at the Iowa State Fair. The Guild has been an inspirational and supportive group throughout my quilting years.


THANK YOU From Linda Hungerford:

Thank you very much for your sponsorship of the $25 award that was given to me for Best Wallhanging at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.

It was an honor to have my 22"x 28" "Celebration of Life: Nature" wall quilt--a green-leafed tree with a red bird in its branches--receive a blue ribbon, let alone your choice for best! Such an honor! I sincerely appreciate your affirmation of my quilt making and quilting efforts. Thanks! 


THANK YOU From The Staff of Meals on Wheels:

Again-beautiful cheerful placemats!

Your group is creative and awesome!


THANK YOU From HCI Foundation: 

 It is our pleaseure to acknowledge the gifts totaling $650.00 from the Quilt Auction designated to HCI Hospice Care Services.

These gifts allow us to continue to set the standard for excellence and our reputation for responsiveness, sensitivity and expertise in quality end-of-life care because:

■ Our staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week both to care for current patients and their families and to help new patients.

■ We provide services to the entire community, including grief and loss counseling, support groups, care giving programs and resources.

■ We do not turn patients away if they are unable to pay or need expensive care.

For all the latest information about what's happening at HCI Care Services please visit our website at

Thank you on behalf of our volunteers, staff and most importantly, the patients and families we serve.

With appreciation,

Norene Mostkoff, President and CEO

Cherish Anderson, Foundation Director


THANK YOU From Dawn Bernal (Postmarked July 20, 2011)

To The Wonderful Women of the DMAQG:

How can I thank you enough? The support that all of you have given me over this past year has been truly humbling. I cannot even begin to find the words that express how much your letters, cards, emails and care packages have meant to me and the other soldiers I am serving with over here.

So many times my spirit was low when a mail helicopter came in and there was a card or letter from one of you that brought me back up. This deployment has been tough to say the least, but I could not have done it without all of you. You ladies are truly wonderful!

I would like to say thank you again for the amazing surprise of my 2011 membership! More than once I wondered how I was going to go about renewing my membership! I cannot tell you how excited I am to get back home and be able to come to guild meetings and attend classes! Just a little bit longer! I should be home in time to see what everyone has been working on at the guild show. So excited. Well, I am starting to run out of room. Please know how very grateful I am to all of you. I look forward to being able to thank all of you in person when I get home. Please take care and keep all of us in your prayers.

EDITOR's NOTE: Dawn returned home in August and was able to attend the Charity Auction on August 26. Welcome home Dawn!!!



Please stop by and visit our 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 


November 5 and 6 --- Sioux Falls Quilters Guild 11th "Dakota Pieces" Quilt Show