Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Off Balance and Out of Sync
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
8th & Grand
West Des Moines
is an award-winning quilter, designer, and textile artist. She is an
author of three books and contributing author of many more. She has a
history of more than 20 years of teaching workshops and lecturing to
Her passion is to share her love of fabric with
others through sharing skills, inspiring ideas, and encouraging
appreciation of quilting as an art form. Specializing in creative use of
color and design, she is ready to share her quilting world with you.
childhood, learning embroidery stitches from her mother and making her
first skirt in 4-H, Sharon felt a close connection to fabric. She
pursued a degree in Home Economics Education, worked in the ready-made
clothing industry, learned tailoring and dressmaking, and spent many
years making custom home decor. When Sharon entered the quilting world,
she brought with her this varied background of skills and expertise. "I
love the color, the texture, and the pattern designs of
"It is exciting to drown myself in fabric and come
up with different combinations. I find it a joyful challenge to see what
new perspectives can be achieved."
1:00 p.m.: Off Balance and Out of Synch
quilters as well as art quilters will benefit from knowledge of
balance, emphasis, and rhythm. As you increase your understanding of art
principles, you can more effectively use color, line, value, and
texture to turn your quilts into works of art. Sharon discusses how
composition counts as she shows a collection of traditional and
7:00 p.m.: Freedom Quilting
happens when you are shamed into cleaning your sewing studio and you
are left holding the bag? The bag of miscellaneous, unused strips, that
is. You can sew these colorful strips into wild and whimsical freedom
blocks. Join Sharon as she introduces you to freedom quilting and
shares her collection of "log cabin quilts with attitude."
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In this issue, you
will find information on all the upcoming programs, workshops, and
meetings of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. Look for the full
newsletter in your inbox next Friday.
Welcome to all newcomers to the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild.
1999, Newcomers was formed for the purpose of educating new members
about the workings of the Guild and to help them get acquainted with
you have been a member of the Guild for less than one year, please
attend the next Newcomers meeting on Tuesday, October 16 at the
Urbandale Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and Website Editor will each explain their
duties to the guild. Then, Emma Thomas-McGinnis will talk to us about
Remember to bring one or two of your quilts for Show & Tell. Also, please bring your completed 8 pointed star blocks.
This will be the last scheduled Newcomers meeting for 2012. Come early for socialization and small group formation.
We look forward to seeing you.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President
your projects ready for our Fall Retreat. It will be here before you
know it. This year the dates are November 8th through the 11th. We will
have two sewing rooms, good food, good friends, and lots of
Registration forms will be available at the October Guild meetings. We also have the form on the website
so you can print it off and mail it in.
had a lot of fun at the spring retreat, so if you've never come before
you really need to try it. We welcome you, and you'll be sure to
make new friends.
Nan Earll, Retreat Co-chair
UPCOMING 2012 WORKSHOPS
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).
Only TWO WORKSHOPS REMAIN this year!
For any workshop, you 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. We will also be taking reservations at our
meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. 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.
Linda Montet and Judy Proksa, Program Co-chairs
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
Wednesday, October 24 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 appliqué 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 p.m.
PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction
appliqué 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.
free to bring snacks or teas to share. Also bring Show & Tell,
UFOs, 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 p.m. 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
1800s Study Group will hold their next meeting on Thursday, October
25th at 6:30 p.m. at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction. Virginia and
Marge will give a report on the recent American Quilt Study Group
Meeting and there will be a discussion on the future of this group. For
questions/assistance, contact Virginia Berger at email@example.com.
Please stop by and visit our
re-designed 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 useful