Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
My Quilt Top is Done:
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
8th & Grand
West Des Moines
surrounded with thousands of pieces of fabric and as many patterns to
use them in. But, why is it so hard to decide how to finish our
projects? Through this inspiring presentation, I'll provide you with
five ways to get those tops turned into useable quilts. You'll see
specific examples, including 20 quilts, in person. Have a project you
don't know how to finish? Bring it along, and I will select a few to
discuss in front of the group."
graduate of Iowa State University in Consumer Food Science-Food and
Nutrition, Heidi began her career at Meredith Corporation in the
cookbook division. Then, in 1993, she joined the first American Patchwork & Quilting magazine staff.
Heidi's passion for quilting helped her make great strides in taking American Patchwork & Quilting
magazine to the top of the industry in just a few short years. In
addition she helped create and produce many other quilting titles,
including Quilt Sampler, Quilts and More, Quilt-Lovers' Favorites, Complete Guide to Quilting, and a calendar.
September 2007, Heidi took a new direction in the quilting world by
taking the position of National Sales Manager at APQS. After years of
getting people started quilting, now she is helping them finish
their projects on a long-arm machine.
she adds Hen & Chicks Studio -- a new quilt shop at 101 North Main
St. in Conrad, IA -- to her long list of creative outlets. Here, Heidi
combines 30 years of crafting experiences, a 20-year professional
quilting career, and a passion for inspiring others.
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Hi Quilting Friends,
Wow, this is certainly the quilting guild that I want to
support. You are so generous in sharing your time and talents that you
make us all proud to be members of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild,
and I am so fortunate to represent you this year.
are my proud buttons popping? For many reasons; however, currently it is
because of the guild's Charity Auction. At least 50 of you volunteered
to work. Most of you donated items. Approximately 200 of you came to
Mall in the Hall, 139 signed up for bid numbers at the auction, and 63
purchased auction items. Our totals are staggering.
in the Hall, operated by "Bitsy Chicks" and the "Sew Whats," brought in
$3,158.74 with most sales coming in the first hour. The Charity Auction
had many volunteers, including the "Stichin' Sisters," board members,
Newcomers (last year's and this year's), plus our Great Auctioneer, Past
President, Lynn Johnson. The auction brought in a whopping $10,842.00.
Making a grand total of:
Breast Cancer Research
Ladies, that is truly amazing!!! From
5:00 to 8:30 YOU DONATED your time and energy and WE DONATED in
3 ½ hours $14,000.74 to women's health issues. It was a true honor
to personally deliver those checks to the three foundations with local
offices and to send the research one by Certified Mail.
|American Heart|| ||Arthritis Foundation|
|Komen Foundation|| ||Breast Cancer Research|
At the auction we also
recognized all of your generous giving to the auction, Community Giving,
the summer teaching kids program, the state fair charity sewing room,
the inner city weekly sewing, and the Prison Ministry.
Now we must look forward.
AQS and DMAQG Quilt Show
are flying to finish those quilts entered into the show. Please block
out time and volunteer as many days as possible. We get paid by these
hours you volunteer. You get into the show free each day you volunteer
to work Please use the money you save on the gate fee to support the
guild's three sales: Bag Check, Small Quilt Silent Auction, and raffle
tickets for the stunning Pineapple Show Quilt.
sale of raffle tickets supports the nine lectures we have next year.
Buying tickets is how you contribute to the quality of lectures that we
are able to bring to our meetings. $1 to $5 per lecture times 9
lecturers... Think of buying 9 to 45 raffle tickets.
See you all at the quilt show!
President's Challenge Quilt
in your spare time to work on the President's Challenge Quilt titled "A
Small Blessing" (40 inches wide and 30 inches high) for the December
Tea and Annual Meeting Saturday, December 1, 2012.
Ladies, you are amazingly generous and tremendously talented. It is a joy to be your friend.
Looking forward to seeing you at the September 25 meeting,
Barbara Smalley, President
2012 QUILT SHOW
Our quilt show in conjunction with the AQS Regional Show will be at the Iowa Events Center, October 3-6, 2012. Please check our volunteer sign-up link to
volunteer for a shift of fun at the show. Paper sign-up sheets will
also be available at the September 25th guild meetings.
If you are showing your quilts, please drop off as follows:
drop-off is at the Quilt Block, beginning September 21 and ending
Saturday, September 29. (Yes, there ARE two extra days for non-judged
quilts to be dropped off.) Please fold your clean quilts and place
each one into a separate pillowcase.
drop-off is at Creekside Quilting, beginning September 21 and
ending Thursday, September 27. Please fold your clean quilts
and place each one into a separate pillowcase.
If you entered a
quilt in the judged category and can't get it completed by September 27,
you can still enter the quilt in the non-judged category until the
29th. Unfortunately, we will not be able to issue any refund of
will be available at the September guild meetings and at each of the
drop-off shops. Or you may use an old pillowcase of your own from home
-- which you will not get back.
details, details: Your quilt must have a 4-inch wide hanging sleeve at
the top of the back of the quilt. Place the small entry form stub into a
zip-lock baggie and pin the baggie to the lower-left corner of the back
of your quilt (as you view the quilt from the back). The baggie should
be the quart sized bag so that the judging helpers can easily open your
baggie and insert the judge's comments about your quilt. Finally,
please, remove all pet hairs and odors from your quilt.
Tickets for the raffle quilt
go on sale beginning September 23 and ending October 6, 2012. Please
share a copy of the Quilt Show poster with your friends and neighbors to
increase interest in this guild fundraising effort. Tickets cost $1
each, or $5 for six tickets. Look for the raffle quilt hanging at
Quilters Cupboard in Ankeny until September 26.
show will be SO fun -- so we hope that everyone participates, either as
a volunteer or as a displayer of your own quilt -- or both.
Your Quilt Show Committee
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS DUE
Last chance, quilters, to complete your
"little quilt." Already we have received a number of wonderful "little
gems" for our auction at the quilt show. Your valuable input is so
important to our guild's programming for next year.
All the "little quilts" must be completed and turned in no later than the September 25th guild 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
Remember a few guidelines:
- The total of all four sides cannot exceed 96 inches.
"little quilts" are mailed after the show. Please, no frames or
embellishments that make fitting the quilt in a mailing envelope or box
difficult or make it more expensive to mail.
- September guild meeting is deadline for completion.
Thanks to everyone who supports our efforts in this endeavor.
Please contact me with questions at 515-276-0041 or at email@example.com
Leigh Lussie, Quilt Show Member for "Silent Auction"
Thank you to all the groups who have updated their records.
are still a few stragglers that I would love to hear from. If your
group has not updated yet, please go to the website, download the Small Group Form
, fill it out, and send it in.
Small Group Membership Fair
that we have all this wonderful information, we are going to have a
Small Group Membership Fair at the September meetings. It will be in
the Friendship Room for 45 minutes before both the afternoon and evening
meetings and during Coffee and Treats after the meetings.
small groups who are looking for new members should have a
representative present to meet and greet those who are looking for a
Those of you who are looking for a group, this is your opportunity to find a group that meets your needs.
Fall is coming and this is the time to get involved with a small group.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
Thank you to all who have expressed an interest in volunteering for board position for next year. We need many more.
If you are interested in a board position or know of someone who would be an asset to the board, please contact me.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
Karen Macon and I have
collected 567 placemats! We are ready for the quilt show display for
Community Giving. We also will be displaying 45 pillowcases, 52 quilts,
and 10 clothing protectors. We will be collecting items for the quilt
show at our meeting on September 25th.
If you have donated to
Community Giving anytime this year and did not sign our donation sheet,
please sign at the September 25th meeting. At the December Tea
we will have a drawing from ALL of the donors in 2012 for a workshop of
your choice in 2013!
Deanna Wilson, Community Giving
your projects ready for our Fall Retreat. It will be here before you
know it. This year the dates are November 8th through the 11th. We will
have two sewing rooms, good food, good friends, and lots of
Registration forms will be available at the September and October meetings. We will also have it on the website
so you can print it off and mail it in beginning September 25th.
had a lot of fun at the spring retreat, so if you've never come before
you really need to try it. We welcome you, and you'll be sure to
make new friends.
Nan Earll, Retreat Co-chair
SMALL GROUP SPOTLIGHT
Small groups are one of
the most effective ways for members of the guild to connect with one
another. For more information, visit our website > Membership > Small Groups, or contact Peggy Kirk, Vice President.
We will attempt to
spotlight one small group each month. Look for additional small group
spotlights in future issues of the newsletter. Sew Sew Joyful was
spotlighted in the July 2012 issue.
Legendary Ladies are, indeed, legendary. This group formed in the first
couple years after the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild itself formed. Many
of the original members were in Sacred Heart Quilters, one of the other
first small groups (which is also still meeting to this day). Their name
came about simply because they needed a name and had once met at
Legends American Grill!
members are Opal Berard, Nellie Bobenhouse, Florence Burch, Joanne
DeDecker, Nylene Dory, Jenny Gunderman, Marcia Jensen, Peggy Kirk,
Suzanne Lemon, Karen Macon, Carol Olson, Deanna Wilson, and Lola
group is chatty and helpful, avoiding "contentious subjects like
football." Meetings begin with a show & tell of quilts and other
crafts that members are working on. Advice is offered freely, and they
share with each other the latest tips and tools that they have found.
This small group is one where a member can speak up after being told by a
judge that there is a specific thing wrong with a quilt, and get
neither platitudes nor ridicule, but practical advice for improvement.
addition to helping each other individually, they've done group
projects such as row quilts. They take their turn at providing treats
after guild meetings, and every year they put together a basket for the
guild's Women's Health Issues Charity Auction. Did you see the gorgeous
Christmas quilt and other Christmas decorating items they donated this
UPCOMING 2012 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, 2003).
Only TWO WORKSHOPS REMAIN this year!
For any workshop, you may mail in your registration form
along with your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99 Linden Blvd., Pleasant
Hill, IA 50327. We will also be taking reservations at our meetings on
the fourth Tuesday of each month. If you'd like to be put on a waiting
list while sending in your registration, email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.
Linda Montet and Judy Proksa, Program Co-chairs
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
Wednesday, October 24 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) String Piecing 101 and Beyond. In
hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use
string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and
pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.
Thursday, October 25 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper
piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing.
How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this
class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this
Please stop by and visit our
re-designed DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org
for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking
place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful