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.
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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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
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.
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,
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.
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!
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
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
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,
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.
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
ARE YOU READY FOR THE QUILT SHOW?
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.
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.
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 www.dmaqg.org to sign up or contact Diane Crawford at email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!!!
Martha Henrichs and Kathy Russi, Co-Chairs
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
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!!
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.
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
State Fair Sew-In
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Fall Retreat -- November 17-20
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
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 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:
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:
you very much for your sponsorship of the $25 award that was given to
me for Best Wallhanging at the 2011 Iowa State Fair.
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.
THANK YOU From The Staff of Meals on Wheels:
Again-beautiful cheerful placemats!
Your group is creative and awesome!
THANK YOU From HCI Foundation:
is our pleaseure to acknowledge the gifts totaling $650.00 from the
Quilt Auction designated to HCI Hospice Care Services.
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 www.hcicareservices.org.
Thank you on behalf of our volunteers, staff and most importantly, the patients and families we serve.
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:
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
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!
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!!!