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On Tuesday, October 26 the DMAQG will be visited by Vikki Pignatelli.


The afternoon lecture is titled "10 Attributes That Make A Good Quilter Better".  What does it take to be a great quilter?  Vikki discusses how she learned these attributes the hard way while creating her quilts.


In the evening, Vikki's lecture is "When I Grow Up I Want To Be a Quilter".  She will talk about how everything learned from past projects contribute to and enrich her work in quilts today.


Vikki entered the world of quilting in 1991 at the urging of her sister and fellow quilter, Augie Ellis.   After attending a beginner's class she fell in love with the art of quilting.  Now a fulltime professional quilt artist, designer, lecturer,  international teacher, and author, Vikki and her quilts have been featured in many books, national publications and exhibitions.  She has won 32 awards in national and international competitions and exhibitions.


Vikki's focus is to inspire, nurture and develop the artistry and self-confidence within each quilter.

Guild meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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     October 2010


Wow!  What a wonderful quilt show.  You did yourselves proud again.  I love to walk and see all the quilt exhibits, hit the vendors and then do it all over again!  THANKS to all who made it happen. Without all the committee meetings, support, and volunteer efforts it would not be possible.  Special THANKS to Barb and Julia for leading the effort this year and to your committee!  There are faces and bodies that take a brutal beating every year taking the lead to get quilts hung:  Jill, Mary, Lynn, Barb, Diane, and so many others.  Please be sure to greet them with your THANKS, it is no small undertaking to make everything look like it's an everyday event.  I know I have missed many and my apologies but my mind is so full of ideas with the new tools, fabrics, books, and patterns that made it into my arms and right to the cash register. 


Talking about new tools, did you buy one that you could use for the President's challenge!  I hope many of you are working on yours now the show is over.  Can't waste a minute without something to aim for, can we?  Again they will be hung and judged at the December Tea which is on December 4th (which I hope will be a beautiful sunny day and not a WINTER WONDERLAND). 


Where did the year go?  Don't be shy to call any of the Board Members if you have questions about joining the Guild Board.  We have a few spots left and we have a lot of fun!  We have board meetings the first Monday of the month and they last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Mary Shotwell, Missie Carpenter and I will be meeting and starting our call campaign.  Please be nice and eliminate our need to call.  Join today! 


See you at the October meeting!


Diane Thiese

Upcoming 2010 Workshops

The 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).

You may mail your workshop registration to Peggy Kirk.  Her address is on the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Peggy via email at   

The location for the October workshops will be at the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.  We will meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness. 

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 

There are no Newcomers meetings until January 2011.

Quilt Show
Check out the DMAQG website for pictures of quilts and a listing of all ribbon winners.

Below is a picture of raffle quilt winner and guild member, Nancy Van Meter, along with quilt show co-chairs Julia Shires and Barb Snuggs.

Special Group Meetings
Evening Applique Society  


The Society invites anyone who loves to applique, whether by hand or machine, to come and join the group. It doesn't matter if you're an experienced or beginner appliquer. We meet at the Quilt Block on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. We also get together just to have fun and learn from each other.  Any questions please contact Jeannie Murphy at or 515-440-2160. 

1800s Quilt Study Group
Our group always meets the
fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Quilt Block. Our next meeting will be October 28.  For a list of future study topics,  contact Kimber Van Heukelom at or 515-993-4005.