|Upcoming Program |
At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, January 26, we welcome Lynn Witzenburg.
Lynn has been machine quilting professionally since 1996. She is the author of Machine Quilting, The Basics & Beyond, a quilting teacher, and a past president of our guild. If you have seen her work, you know that it is beautiful.
The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Choosing Quilting Designs". The evening lecture is titled "Life of a Mad Mad Quilter".
meetings are held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the West Des Moines United
Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, in West Des Moines.
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This edition of the newsletter has lots of information on upcoming workshops, programs and retreat information.
Be sure to download the workshop registration form and also the spring retreat registration form.
|Upcoming 2010 Workshops
New Year! With winter's cold and unpredictable weather, we have called
upon our local teachers to provide workshops in January and February. We
do have some extremely talented instructors in our guild and we should
take advantage of this opportunity to learn from our own. So, please
sign up for the January and February classes now. You may mail,email or
call in your reservation. Supply list for January and February workshops
will be available at the January meeting.
Lynn Witzenburg www.lynnwitzenburg.com
January 27 (9am - 12:30pm) - MACHINE TRAPUNTO - Lynn is well known for
her beautiful machine quilting. I am looking forward to learning the
additional skill of trapunto. Trapunto is quilting technique that can
add that pizzazz to your quilt.
January 28 (9am - 4pm) - FALL MAPLE LEAF - Ilene is a published quilter
from our guild. She will guide us through techniques that include satin
stitching, herky jerky quilting, foiling, beading and making a unique
copper hanger for this 13" x 14" quilt. Learn five plus new techniques
in one workshop!These techniques are the frosting on the cake of
February 24 (9am - 4pm) - WHAT DO I DO WITH MY SCRAPS? #2 - Bring your
buckets of scraps and actually do something with them. Marge gave this
workshop last year and everyone had a marvelous time. Don't miss it. She
has something new.
JoAnn Belling www.joannbelling.com
Thursday, February 25 (9am - 4pm) -
WALTZING NINE PATCH - Overcome your fear of free-hand rotary cutting.
Learn about weaving, fusing, and raw-edge blocks as you experiment with
color and design. Learn how piping adds that little extra pizzazz.
February 25 (6pm - 9pm) - FLYING GEESE IN A BRAVE NEW WORLD - For those
who cannot attend a daytime class, here is your opportunity to learn
fast and no-waste methods. This workshop will help you easily recognize
patterns within patterns.
Darlene Zimmerman www.feedsacklady.com
March 24 (9am - 4pm) - FINISHING SCHOOL - Learn how to make, mark and
bind all sorts of edge finishes. You will make bound samples of
scalloped, notched and shaped edges, ice cream cone borders, etc. Also
learn prairie point edgings, mitered and rounded corners. Plus tips on
perfect bindings and no-lump joint.
Thursday, March 25 (9am - 4pm) - BACHELOR BUTTONS - Join your fellow 1930's fans and have a fun filled day making this charming 17" x 21" quilt, complete with scalloped edges.
Kay M Capps Cross
April 28 (9am - 4pm) - GODDESS OF LIGHT - Kay is the Black and White
Lady who demonstrates a fun and carefree method foundation piecing.
Thursday, April 29 (9am - noon) - SLAP HAPPY - Not a workshop for the "anal-retentive".
April 29 (6pm - 9 pm) - FUN RAGGY EDGES - Another chance for you gals
who just cannot make it to daytime workshops.Kay will not allow you to
sleep through this fun filled class.
Maggie Ball www.dragonflyquilts.com
May 26 (9am - 4pm) - GATEWAY TO MONGOLIA - The olzii, or never-ending
knot, is a traditional Mongolian motif symbolizing the dynamic expanse
of the universe and the endless cycles of life and death. Learn about
another culture while making this beautiful quilt.
May 27 (9am - 4pm) - BARGELLO QUILTS WITH A TWIST - The bargello block
is a new concept with enormous potential for creating your own designs.
This strip-pieced block is easy to make and can be arranged in a great
variety of ways. You will be amazed at the possibilities.
Virginia & George Siciliano www.georgesiciliano.com
June 23 (9am - 4pm) - SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER* - In this class you will
learn the entire process for making a miniature "gem" from the design
of a block and pattern right thru to the construction process. Learn
tips that will take the guesswork out of joining patches and blocks,
without using pins.
June 24 (9am - 4 pm) - TWIRLING LOGS* -George & Virginia will show
you how to draft this wonderful 7" block, and you do not have to be an
engineer! This is not a miniature quilt block.
classes require Kit#1 which includes: (1) a seam allowance guide, (2) a
9 page booklet (for future use), and (3) the workshop pattern with all
foundations, block schematic, cutting chart and a worksheet. Cost is $15
at the time of the class.
Edyta Sitar www.laundrybasketquilts.com
July 28 (9am - 4pm) - STARS IN QUILTS - This workshop features 15
different star patterns. Through these patterns students will look at
star blocks, layouts, sashings and different techniques to set stars in
July 29 (9am - 4pm) - FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLES - Have a wonderful time
exchanging fabrics through half square triangles. View 15 plus quilts
that will inspire and encourage everyone to create beautiful projects.
This workshop allows quilters to concentrate on the true meaning of
quilting which is sharing and friendship.
Vikki Pignatelli www.vikkipignatelli.com
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.
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 Program will take place on Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m.
at the Urbandale Library. We will be working on Name Tags
Using Wool Applique.
Kirk (2010 Program Chair) and Lisa Flyr (Retreat Co-Chair) will fill us
in on what is coming up this year and their roles on the board.
will begin with Introductions, Show & Tell (bring what you have
finished or what you are working on), and we will also try to cover any
issues you may be having on a current project.
February 16 -- paper piecing with Sharon Meisenheimer
March 16 -- string quilts with JoAnn Belling
April 20 -- binding with Liz Porter
May 18 -- thread play with Janet Pittman
June 15 -- friendship quilting with Jill Reber
July 20 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg
August 17 -- hand appliqué with Mary Shotwell
September 21 -- TBA.
am looking forward to meeting all of you and expect a year of
FUN!!!! If you have any questions, please contact me at
515-270-1485. See you there!
does it sound to spend several days doing nothing but quilting,
talking, eating, relaxing, and spending time making new friends and
enjoying yourself while someone else does the cooking and cleaning up?
If this appeals to you, please join us for the 2010 Spring Quilt Retreat, March 18-21.
lodging in Timber, Otterbein, or Buxton. Timber has nine bedrooms with
bunk beds and bathrooms in each room. Otterbein sleeps 20 and has four
beds per room (except one larger room that holds more). Buxton has two
single beds and a bunk (four people total) and a bath in each bedroom.
For more details about lodging, go to
Sign up early to get the spot you want. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!
Beth Hromyak and Lisa Flyr, Retreat Chairs
Spring Quilt Retreat Information
MARCH 18, 19, 20, and 21
The spring retreat will be held at Camp Wesley Woods south of Indianola. There are four options for retreat:
1. Thursday thru Saturday: $110
(non-guild members $130) -- includes two nights lodging, Thursday and
Friday night dinners, and Friday & Saturday brunches.
2. Friday thru Sunday:
$110 (non-guild members $130) -- includes two nights lodging, Friday
and Saturday night dinners, and Saturday & Sunday brunches.
3. Thursday thru Sunday:
$140 (non-guild members $160) -- includes three nights lodging;
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night dinners; Friday, Saturday, &
4. Thursday thru Sunday, staying at home to sleep: $90 (non-guild members $110) - includes all meals but no lodging.
will open to non-guild members AFTER March 1st, so register now to
reserve your space. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Flyr at
515/331-4285 or Beth Hromyak at 515/331-1199.
|Recap of Fall 2009 Retreat|
What more could fifty-eight quilters ask for on a beautiful autumn weekend but to join together for a weekend filled with quilting, fun, and friendship.
of the weekend include: quilt bingo; Tricia Lenz won 23 fat quarters
playing Left, Right, and Center dice game; Missy Godfrey held a
demonstration on her Cricut machine; Landauer came out for their
semi-annual traveling book sale; and relaxing chair / table massages.
Retreat participants also had an opportunity to sew a block for the
American Heart Association charity quilt that will be auctioned off at
the Heart Ball in February 2010.
very special thank you to the Loose Threads for making the fun name
tags.Thank you to the individuals and small groups who donated the many
door prizes and table favors. We really appreciate your generosity.
retreat will be held March 18-21 at Camp Wesley Woods. Registration
will start January 4 and the deadline to submit registration forms will
be March 10.Registration forms are in the January newsletter and also on
the guild's website.Room assignments are on a first-come, first-serve
basis.We look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Lisa Flyr and Beth Hromyak, Retreat Co-Chairs
|1800s Quilt Study Group
The 1800s Quilt Study Group always meets the fourth Thursday
of the month at The Quilt Block at 6:30 p.m. Our next meeting is
January 28th. The study topic will be signature quilts (also known as
friendship quilts). Members will research that topic and bring their
findings to the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. Please note that
meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information--no formal
presentations are expected, so please feel free to join us as we learn
more about the history of quilts. For a list of future study
topics, contact Kimber Van Heukelom.