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Upcoming Program
December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG

Saturday, December 4, 2010
9:30 A.M.
WDM Learning Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines

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Please come to the December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG. This is a time for socializing and eating goodies, choosing your favorite President's Challenge Quilt and electing new officers. It is also your first opportunity to sign up for the workshops that Val Russell has lined up for 2011.

Remember to bring your plate of goodies to share. The Guild promises to provide the coffee.

See you all there!


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November-December 2010

I ran away this weekend with my boyfriend to Northeast Iowa.  Well he's been my boyfriend and husband for 36 years.  It's beautiful, the leaves have fallen, the Mississippi is full of barge traffic taking the bounty of the harvest to other places, and we have built a cozy fire to take the chill out of the air.  It's my favorite time of year to quilt.  I love the colors of a new project,  the warmth of a quilt as I sit hand quilting and unless you're allergic to wool, who can resist working with it's warm colors and texture. 


DECEMBER 4 TEA:  I hope you are planning on joining us for the December 4 Tea. It is a time of sharing with old friends and getting to know new friends.                             


Bring a plate of your favorite treats to share


First day to sign up for 2011 classes and those that sign up at the tea are first on the list. 


We will have show and tell so bring those gifts you are planning on giving.              


Remember your "Winter Wonderland" Challenge project.  I am scurrying to get mine done. 


SPECIAL THANKS to this year's Board Members. It has been a privilege and honor to be a part of this group. They are talented, giving, and willing to handle business issues readily. Those leaving the Board/Committees this year are:Joan Rotert, Pat Hjelmland, Missie Carpenter, Mary Martin, Peggy Kirk, Beth Hromyak, Lisa Flyr, Barb Snuggs, Julia Shire, and Carolyn Freeland.   I apologize for the short notice on appreciation gifts.  We will accept gifts at the January meeting as well if you would like to give but don't have time to get ready before the tea and we will get those distributed. 


Board/Committee Members for 2011.  The Nominees are in bold. I know how busy life is and adding another set of meetings and demands can be intimidating.  I appreciate their willingness to step into their positions and look forward to another great year!  


President                          Diane Thiese

Vice President                  Barb Smalley

Community Service          Carolyn Eliason & Deanna Wilson

Recording Secretary         Sandy Lanning

Corresponding Secretary  Lorraine Gibbons

Newsletter                         Linda Enghausen

Web Site                           Nancy Sharr

Treasurer                          Gerri Hingst

Library                               Helen Riggenberg & Susan Guess

Program Chair                  Val Russell

Program Chair Elects        Judy Proska & Linda Montet

Retreat                              Arda Mathern & Margaret Simons

Education                          Sharon Meisenheimer & Jill Reber

Quilt Show Chairs              Martha Henrichs & Kathi Russi

Quilt Show Chairs Elect     Marsha Jacobs & Ann Reed

Directors at Large             Carol Thomason & Pat Knight


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).

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

The location for the January 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. 
Sue Spargo  
Wednesday, January 26 (9am - 4pm) -- ALTERED TEXTURE FLOWER BASKET -- Uses hand dyed wools.  Add embellishments to give it personality. You will need to stitch a little appliqué down before class so you will need to pick up the $32 kit at the Guild meeting before the class so some work can be done prior to class

Thursday, January 27 (9am - 4pm) -- TWO BIRDS FROM MAGNOLIA -- The workshop will focus on the two birds block of Sue's Magnolia quilt.  She uses hand dyed wools for many of her quilts.  Requires a $32 kit (this is NOT the same as Wednesday's class kit).



Elsie Campbell

Wednesday, February 23 (9am - 4pm) -- FUN WITH FLOWERS -- Turn scraps into an appliquéd floral medallion wall quilt. Paper-backed fusible webbing makes it easy.  Your imagination makes it beautiful.


Thursday, February 24 27 (9am - 4pm) -- SEEING STARS?!!!-- Piece perfect stars with pointers from Elsie. She shares secrets for preventing belly-button centers and pin-wheeling points. From cutting and stitching to pressing and setting in triangles and squares, this class covers it all!


Rose Hughes  

Wednesday, March 23 (9am - 4pm) -- DOUBLE- QUILT APPLIQUE -- In this workshop you will learn two machine applique techniques that are not only easy to achieve but will open new doors to your creativity.


Thursday, March 24 (9am - 4pm) -- WHAT's ON TOP? EMBELLISHMENT!  -- In this class we'll explore the varied and delightfully creative forms embellishments can take in our work, and how you can use them to add drama, whimsy, character and sparkle to your quilts.


Wendy Butler Berns  

Wednesday, April 27 (9am - 4pm) -- CREATING CAPTIVATING COLORFUL QUILTS -- Begin to take the mystery out of confusing fabric choices. Develop confidence in choosing fabrics and understanding more about color dynamics.  This is a technique and project based class..


Thursday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) -- CAPTIVATING CONE FLOWER -- Learn the process of creating simple pictorial quilts from a photograph or picture.



Karen Eckmeier  

Wednesday, May 25 (9am - 4pm) -- ACCIDENTAL LANDSCAPES: BEACHES -- Here is an introduction to creating landscapes "accidentally" using Karen's layered topstitching technique. These little beach scenes are quick and easy to make, no templates, no fuss -- just free form rotary cutting and topstitched edges. Personalize your beach by adding collage details like a dune fence, beach grass, shells, sailboats, beach chairs, umbrellas, lighthouses, photo transfers, etc.


Thursday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) -- HAPPY VILLAGES/FABRIC COLLAGE -- Explore the freedom of fabric collage! No seams to piece or match, no lines to trace ... Just free form cutting of step and window shapes. Step by step your little village will magically come to life.


Nancy Prince  

Wednesday, June 29 (9am - 4pm) -- THREAD PAINTED LANDSCAPES -- Introduces two thread painting techniques.  You will learn how simple thread painting is. A zigzag or straight stitch are the only stitches necessary to create amazing thread painted designs. No artistic skill is needed so come join us for a day full of fun. Simple designs have been selected to boost your confidence right away. 


Thursday, June 30 (9am - 4pm) -- SHADING AND BLENDING WITH THREAD -- This workshop will introduce you to a simple way of blending and shading with thread. The process might seem complicated, but Nancy's step-by-step approach will show you how choosing the correct thread colors and the color-coded design makes thread painting the design a snap. It's easy and way too much fun!!


Joanie Zeier Poole  

Wednesday, July 27 (9am - 4pm) --  CHOOSING, ADAPTING, AND USING QUILTING DESIGNS --

Plan for a day of fun and discovery creating your own quilting designs with Joanie's easy paper template method! Using simple tools and skills from the art world, learn to manipulate almost any image, including stencils and paper patterns, to fill the quilt top with perfectly coordinating squares, triangles and multi-sized borders. Prior to class, each student constructs a small quilt top that is used to demonstrate how various spaces are divided and filled and to show a variety of marking procedures. All experience levels, any quilting technique --no machines required.  Material fee of $3.00 to be collected in class.


Thursday, July 28 (9am - 4pm) -- IVY WREATH REFINED FREE-MOTION -- In the tradition of the great wholecloth quilts, transform a solid piece of fabric into a work of beauty using the graceful Ivy Wreath design created especially for this class. Focus on refined free-motion techniques using the basic elements of Heirloom Machine Quilting: curvilinear motifs, grids, and stippling. Class includes information on essential supplies, machine set-up, marking, basting, navigating the design, plus time to begin stitching this beautiful project.  Requires:  $6.00 pattern and either the Ivory Sateen kit $22.00 or Willow Radiance kit $25.00.  Must be ordered in advance as students need to prewash, starch, and mark their projects before class.   


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 Newcomer's Program for January will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. The presenter will be announced in the January newsletter.

Remember to bring your finished projects and the projects you are currently working on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.   

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
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday we will not be meeting at our usual time in November. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 1st, at 6:30 p.m. at The Quilt Block. Please bring your favorite vintage quilt (if you have one) or reproduction quilt project to share with the rest of the group. Please also bring story topic ideas for next year. Contact Kimber Van Heukelom at or 515-993-4005 if you have questions..


Remember to check out the DMAQG website for information such as upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, as well as other useful information.