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Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25, and Anita Shackelford will be the speaker. 


The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Designing the New Album Quilt."


The evening lecture will be "Applique With Folded Cutwork."

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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October 2011 



UFFDA! What a show!!!! I now know how much fun squirrels have when they are chasing each other through the leaves, snow, and trees. Every turn I made at the quilt show I met a friend, saw something I just had to have and then to roam through the quilts--What could get better! Congratulations to all the entries and winners for both the AQS and Des Moines Show. We sure know how to quilt in Iowa--awesome design, color, and imagination. SPECIAL THANKS to Martha Henrichs, Kathi Russi and the Show Committee. Your time and efforts to make this a special event were not wasted--it was marvelous and a great time had by all. Also much THANKS to the efforts of Jill Reber and Mary Shotwell which occur year after year. The logistics and negotiations with AQS is time consuming and much appreciated.


I am in the throes of completing the nominations for the upcoming board. Please let me or any other board member know if you are interested in a position. The positions being voted on this year are: Vice President, Recording Secretary, a Director at Large, Program Chair Elect(s), and Quilt Show Elect(s). The Committee Members are co-chairs for Community Service, Library, Retreat and Newsletter Editor. We are fortunate to have candidates for the VP, Recording Secretary, Community Service, and Newsletter Editor spots.  It is an honor to be a part of this Guild and being on the board is an extension to meet and work with great friends--many of my quilting friends have been a result of working together on previous boards and committees.


Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd for the annual tea. Last year it was such a great kickoff to the holiday season for me. Not only do we know how to quilt but baking treats is right up there. The board has been busy reviewing the by-laws and we will get the changes out to you in November for your review before the December Tea.


Even though I saw so many at the show, I'm looking forward to our October meeting again. It seems like a long time and so much has taken place since our August meeting. Many will be starting to travel to their winter lodgings and the holidays will be upon us. Take this month to treat yourself to hear Anita Shackelford and if you have time--take a class!!!!


See you soon!


Diane Thiese---President


Upcoming 2011 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).

October's Workshop  will be held 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 will meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.  


Anita Shackelford  
Wednesday, October 26 (9am - 4pm) -- BRODERIE PERSE APPLIQUE -- Take inspiration from a special fabric and design a chintz appliqué block in a style that is traditional or today. Practice both blind stitch and blanket stitch edges.  

Thursday, October 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SPRING BOUQUET -- Create a bouquet of carnation, wildflowers and lily-of-the-valley tied with a bow. Techniques covered are corded stems, stuffed appliqué, two types of ruching, free-form berries and lily-of-the-valley, unit-appliqué ribbon and embroidery embellishment.  


 Newcomers Meetings  

The Newcomers Program for October will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Sarah Harless will give us ideas on "How to Organize Your Scraps".  Show and Tell will focus on both quilts and blocks.


This will be our final meeting for 2011.  Come one, come all.  If you have any questions, please call me at 515-279-2651.


 Barb Smalley, Vice President 




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

Evening Applique Society 

DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month

TIME: Beginning at 6:30 pm

PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction

If 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.

We 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  


1800s Quilt Study Group
The 1800s Quilt Study Group will meet on October 27th at 6:30 pm at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction. The topic will be "Stripes". You can also join the discussion by joining our group on Yahoo. Go to and search for 1800studygroup.
There will be no meeting in November or December.
For questions or assistance, contact Virginia Berger at


Found at Quilt Show
A denim jacket with a large floral design on the back was left in the volunteer check-in area at the end of the show. If it belongs to you, please contact Sandy Lanning at
Member's Garage Sale 

Guild member Nylene Dory will be having a huge sale on October 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Nylene will be selling lots of quilting fabric, patterns, books, sewing notions and ultrasude. Nylene will also have  miscellaneous household items, antique dishes, dolls, electronics, tools--anything you can think of for sale. Nylene's address is 5401 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines.


Please stop by and visit our DMAQG website at for  information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful information.