Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, January 24, and Gail Garber will be the speaker.
colorful, and stunning geometric designs with flying geese galore --
that's how you know you're looking at one of Gail's quilts! Her style
has become immediately recogniz-able because of her talent for combining
vivid colors with intricate piecework. Her geometric star quilts and
pictorial quilts have won awards at shows throughout the U.S. and have
been featured in publications worldwide. Students love her ability to
make these designs achievable even for novice quilt designers.
The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Flying Fun with Free-Form Shapes."
The evening lecture will be "Liberalism in Quilting: Free-Form Art Quilts."
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.
Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists
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The Goose is Loose---
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Happy New Years Quilters!! I hope that each of you have had some special time with family and friends over the Christmas Season.
I was greatly touched by the kind messages from so many of you. Thank you.
weather has been spectacular for getting out and about. However, as
winter begins to surround us it will be a good time for dreaming,
designing and sewing that next quilt project or finishing an old one
which is on my To Do List.
Happy Creating and Finishing.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
you did not already renew your membership at the December Tea or
by mailing in your renewal form, your membership needs to be renewed by
March 1 in order for you to be included in the Guild's membership
directory. The membership form can be found HERE. The forms will also be available at the January meeting.
I joined DMAQG over 10 years ago, the Guild had just formed
"Newcomers". I found the program to be informative and fun. I hope you
will join other new members and learn how the DMAQG functions, learn how
to form or join a "small group" and have fun meeting and getting to
know other members of the Guild.
The first Newcomers meeting of 2012 will be on Tuesday, January 17th,
from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Urbandale Library. Please bring Show n Tell
and be prepared to introduce yourself to others in the group. The Guild
president Barb Smalley will tell us about the office of president as
well as present a brief history of quilting.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
Upcoming 2012 Workshops
Happy New Year Fellow Quilters!
Proksa and Linda Montet spent 2011 securing some of the top quilting
lecturers and teachers in the country. We are so fortunate to have this
top-level instruction available to us right here in our own community.
There's no need to travel outside central Iowa to learn the latest in
quilting techniques, designs and ideas and to fine-tune your current
two of our 2012 workshops are already filled, there are still plenty of
workshops of all types available. Be sure to sign up right away so
you'll get into the workshops you really want to join.
may mail in your reservation (see link to registration form) along with
your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99 Linden Blvd., Pleasant Hill, IA
50327. And of course, we will be taking reservations at our meetings on
Tuesdays. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list while sending in
your registration, email Judy at email@example.com or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list
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).
January's Workshop will be held from 9 am to 4 pm 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
meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.
Gail Garber www.gailgarber.com
Wednesday, January 25 (9 am - 4 pm) - The Goose is Loose. Designing with Free-Form Shapes.This
is Gail's most popular class, by far! It introduces the student to
original design in free-form shapes. Learn the drafting and piecing
techniques for flying geese in the round, loose curves, or swirls. It is
sew easy to do; students are often surprised at the simplicity of the
technique, taught with no scary math words! These designs can be simply
designed and easily stitched using freezer paper piecing techniques. $7 workbook fee. THIS CLASS IS FULL
Thursday, January 26 (9 am - 4 pm) - Designing Circular Borders. Students will stitch samples and learn freezer paper foundation techniques. It's
not magic! It's easy, using simple drafting techniques, with Gail's
sure fire, no "scary math words" teaching style. Learn to draft circular
flying geese, spirals, big n' little, and more. Students will learn
drafting techniques for a variety of circular borders. $5.00 workbook fee.
Nancy Chong www.prqc.com
Wednesday, March 28 (9 am - 4 pm) - Hawaiian Quiltmaking. Awesome
in their symmetry and beauty, Hawaiian quilts are surprisingly easy to
make. Nancy has been making Hawaiian quilts since 1978; she knows
them intimately. In the one-day class, you will have hands-on
experience with cutting out a Hawaiian block, basting, and needleturn
appliqué. All skills levels are welcome.
Thursday, March 29 (9 am - 4 pm) - Miniature Appliqué. Don't
ever be intimidated by an appliqué pattern again. In this class
you will learn how to deal with tiny shapes so any appliqué project is a
SNAP. Leave all your preconceived ideas at home, and come ready
to experience an awakening of your inner talents! Some appliqué
experience is preferred in this class, but if you take the Hawaiian
Quiltmaking class on Wednesday, you have the skills to take this one,
too. CLASS IS FULL--YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST
Toby Lischko ww.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com
Wednesday, April 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Millefiori - New York Beauty.
A class based on Toby's Millefiori quilt featured in McCall's Quilting
magazine May 2010 - how to create this unique New York Beauty quilt. It
is an extension of Toby's Unfoundation piecing 101 class, which includes
curved piecing, foundation piecing with freezer paper, and adds how to
find designs with mirrors, fussy-cutting with templates, using stripes
in your block, and construction of the block. Intermediate to advanced. Kit fee of $25 includes templates and pattern is required.
Thursday, April 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Stars Over St. Louis - Eight Point Star. The
St. Louis Star has no "y" seams and has so many possibilities for
designs. You can use mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect.
Participants may make her small "Miniature Quilt Magazine" prize winning
wall quilt (18") or a 36" version. In the morning there is a short
Powerpoint presentation on using mirrors and then you get to play with
mirrors and sew the center medallion. In the afternoon you will learn to
make perfect "y" seams without marking. Intermediate quilter. Kit fee of $35 includes the pattern, "Magic Mirrors", and acrylic templates (specify large or small).
Bettina Havig www.bettinahavig.com
Wednesday, May 23 (9 am - 4 pm) Classic English Medallion - 21st Century Style. With
an overview of the classic style of English medallion style quilts
students will get a glimpse of this style which influenced our quilts in
both the late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout the
development of quilt making. With the concept in hand we will take a
quantum leap into the 21st century. As only three size strips are used
for all the basic units; we can sometime use the leftovers from one
cutting to make the next borders. We will begin modestly with a wall
hanging project but because of the style it may be the start of
'something big'. This is also a good introduction to quick pieced border
Thursday, May 24 (9am - 4 pm) The Fine Art of Hand Quilting. A
sampler of quilting designs in a 15 inch pillow top is designed to
sharpen your quilting skills, achieve a smaller, even stitch and help
develop good quilting techniques. A pattern for the sampler is provided.
Students will use various marking techniques. Class discussion includes
information on batting, threads and needles.
Melinda Bula www.melindabula.com
Wednesday, June 27 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Summer Rose. Learn
the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in these 6 hour classes.
All students in the class work from the same flower pattern. You will
learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color
works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of
design. Melinda encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel
timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers
and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done
in class. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs.
Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Thread Play. Renegade
Thread Play is covered and demonstrated in class. The class will all do
the same flower but can choose the colors for their project as the
flowers can be done in any color.
Mary Sorensen www.maryappliques.com
Wednesday, July 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Appliqué Potpourri. Explore
advanced techniques for precision needleturn appliqué, and raise your
skills to a new level. Learn straight-forward techniques for dealing
with complex and challenging shapes, layering fabrics without bulk, and
precision placement, as you stitch an elegant appliqué nosegay or
wreath. Bring your questions and get hands-on help with your personal
"trouble spots". Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Thursday, July 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Baltimore Tribute - Advanced Hand Appliqué Techniques.
Baltimore Album quilts remain a source of inspiration for hand
appliqué. Using an original basket pattern designed in the spirit of the
classic quilts of the mid-1800's, explore advanced needleturn
techniques common to Baltimore Album quilts. These include woven
baskets, complex flowers, layering without bulk, small circles,
challenging shapes, and reverse appliqué. If you love hand appliqué,
this class just may tempt you to stitch your own heirloom Baltimore
Tribute quilt. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand
appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
Wednesday, October 24 (9 am - 4 pm) 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 am - 4 pm) 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
SPECIAL GROUP MEETINGS
TAG--The Applique Group
The TAG group meets the third Tuesday
of every month at the Quilt Block at 10:00 a.m. Anyone interested in
hand or machine applique is welcome. We are a very informal group, and
usually talk and sew and then have show and tell. Some go to
The General Store after the meeting for lunch. This is a great meeting
for people who want to learn more because we have a good range of
appliquers from new to very experienced. If you have any questions
please contact Nancy Earll at 515-321-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Evening Applique Society
DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month
TIME: Beginning at 6:30 pm
PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction
applique is your passion, either by hand or machine, gather your bags
and items, we are regrouping again. You can be a Blue Ribbon winner or
just starting out with a project and learning the techniques of the
trade....all are welcome.
get together as a group to have fun and learn from one another. Mary
also has water ready, so bring your favorite tea cup. Feel free to bring
snacks or teas to share. Also bring Show & Tell, UFO's or anything
you may need help with or want to share.
The group meets at The Quilt Block on the 1st Thursday of the month @ 6:30 until.......Mary
Miller (or one of her staff members) is kind enough to stay until we
are ready to leave. If you forget anything, the shop with gladly open
the register for sales of needed or must have products, so remember to
bring your tucked back cash or credit cards.
If you have any questions, contact Jeannie Murphy at 515-440-2160 or QSJeanniem@aol.com
1800s Quilt Study Group
The 1800's Study Group will be taking the next few months off.
Our next meeting will be on March 22 at 6:30 pm at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction.
You can also join the discussion by joining our group on Yahoo. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for 1800studygroup.
Please stop by and visit our
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