Saturday, December 3, 2011
WDM Learning Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines
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 Linda Montet and
Judy Proksa have lined up for 2012
Remember to bring your plate of goodies to share. The Guild will provide the coffee.
See you all there!
Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists
Download a PDF of the workshop registration form:
The Gooser is Loose---Click HERE for Supply list
Designing Circular Borders--Click HERE
for Supply List
Board Members & Committee Chairs
Download a PDF of contact information for board members and committee chairs:
Download a PDF of the
an honor it has been to serve on the Guild Board! You have a great
board and we have a great Guild! Don't forget the December Tea on
Saturday, December 3rd. It is a wonderful morning to spend with friends
and talk about what we love, QUILTING. We have a great board ready to go
for next year--as quilters, we never sit, do we? We are always ready
for change (some of the best quilts we make have many changes in them)
and looking at the future whether it is new lectures, new patterns, new
fabric...., it is what makes us tick but we can also sit back and enjoy
the old---Old friends, old quilts, old patterns, old books. I leave you
in great hands with Barb Smalley taking the helm and I look forward to
again sitting amongst you wondering why it is so hard to get a
microphone to work and not having to worry about it.
we have dodged the snow thus far but it still feels great to get cozy
in the sewing room or comfy under a quilt while quilting or binding. I'm
looking forward to seeing the Challenge Quilts. They are a show in
for all of your SUPPORT and I have so appreciated all the efforts of so
many people that make our Guild what it is! I'll be seeing you at the
next meeting if not before!! Your inspiration is contagious and I now
have so many new friends that lighten every day! SPECIAL THANKS TO THE
OTHER BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS--YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL
PEOPLE AND ALTHOUGH I WILL NOT MISS RUSHING TO GET TO THIS MEETING OR
THAT, I WILL MISS WORKING ALONG SIDE YOU AND AM VERY BLESSED TO CALL YOU
See you soon!
BOARD/COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR 2012.
The Nominees are in bold. I appreciate their willingness to step into these positions.
President Barb Smalley
Vice President Peggy Kirk
Recording Secretary Barb Hines
Corresponding Secretary Lorraine Gibbons
Treasurer Gerri Hingst
Program Chairs Judy Proksa & Linda Montet
Program Chair Elect Deb York
Quilt Show Chairs Marcia Jacobs & Ginny Barchman
Quilt Show Chairs Elect Pat Hjelmeland & (nominee
Directors at Large Pat Knight, Cynda Quigley &
Community Giving Deanna Wilson & Karen Macon
Retreat Margaret Simons & (nominee
Susan Guess & Judi Smith
Sharon Meisenheimer & Jill Reber
Newsletter Linda Enghausen & Katherine
Nancy Sharr & Emma Thomas-
Bylaws were revised by the Board. The major changes made are in Article
IV, paragraph 2 (Community Giving Committee was transferred to the
President) and paragraph 3 (Nominating Committee was transferred to the
Vice President). Also on page 6, the Newsletter guidelines were changed.
Minor wording and grammatical changes were made throughout. Please review the revised Bylaws by clicking HERE. These changes will be discussed at the December tea.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP
It is time to renew your Guild membership. The membership form can be found HERE
We will also have forms available at the December tea. Membership needs
to be renewed by March 1 in order for you to be included in the Guild's
The first Newcomers meeting of the new year will be Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Urbandale Library.
please come and meet other newcomers, learn more about the Des Moines
Area Quilter's Guild and hear a presentation on the history of quilting.
Peggy Kirk, Vice President-Elect
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).
NOTE; REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY WORKSHOPS UNTIL DECEMBER 3. Click HERE for the 2012 workshop form to fill out and turn in at the December Tea.
January'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
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.
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,
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 email@example.com
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