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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".


Guild 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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     January 2010
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

Happy 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

Wednesday, 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.

Ilene Bartos

Thursday, 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 embellishments.

Marge Pearson

Wednesday, 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

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.

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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    

Wednesday, 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".

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, 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
Wednesday, 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. 

Thursday, 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.

*Both 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

Wednesday, 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 quilts.

Thursday, 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

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
January 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. 


Peggy 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. 


We 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. 


Upcoming meetings: 

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.


I 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! 


Diane Thiese

Spring Retreat

How 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.

Choose 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, & Sunday brunches.

4. Thursday thru Sunday, staying at home to sleep: $90 (non-guild members $110) - includes all meals but no lodging.

Registration 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

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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.


Highlights 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.


A 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. 


Spring 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.