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December Tea


Saturday, December 1, 2012

9:00 a.m.


West Des Moines
Learning Resource Center

3550 Mills Civic Parkway 

West Des Moines


Please join us at the December Tea and Annual Meeting of the DMAQG. This is a time for electing and welcoming new officers, socializing, sharing treats, and choosing your favorite President's Challenge Quilt. It is also your first opportunity to sign up for the workshops that Deb York has lined up for 2013 and to renew your Guild membership. You will also have a chance to return overdue library materials.

Please bring a small plate of goodies to share. The Guild will provide the coffee.


See you all there! 



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November/December 2012 



In this issue, you will find information on the upcoming Des Moines Area Quilters Guild year-end meeting, a preview of next year's workshops, and other programming information. Look for the full newsletter in your inbox next Friday.



I am so excited about our lineup of instructors for 2013! Of the nine speakers, only one, Susan Cleveland, has ever visited our guild before (in 2004). If you missed her at the AQS Show this year, June is your chance to see her. Debbie Caffrey, another AQS instructor, will be here in January with an intriguing Mystery Class. She tells me this is her most popular class.

We've tried to offer a variety of workshops this year. You will have the opportunity to learn everything from basic cutting, piecing, and quilting techniques, to appliqué, paper piecing, embellishing, and thread painting. You'll find traditional quilts, contemporary quilts, portrait quilts, and even a little home dec and fashion -- as it relates to quilting, of course!

And for you full-time workers, we are offering two half-day workshops in October. We're hoping this will give you a chance to take one of the workshops without missing an entire day of work.

Sign-up begins at the Holiday Tea on December 1! Registration forms will be available, or you can find the form online, fill it  out, and bring it with you.

P.S. I'm looking for volunteers to help with workshop registration at Guild meetings as well as assisting our lecturers at their sales tables and providing transportation for our speakers. If interested, please send me an email at Thanks!


Deb York  

Deb York, 2013 Program Chair


For any workshop, you may mail in your registration form along with your registration fee to Deb York, 28187 Prospect Ave., Adel, IA 50003. We will also be taking reservations at our meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. If you have any questions you can email Deb at or call her at 515-993-4539 (home), 515-240-7653 (cell). 



All workshops are scheduled to 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 0.9 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. (If the July workshops are held elsewhere, you will be informed.)


Debbie Caffrey 


Wednesday, January 23,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hip to Be Square

Using the great Method #5 technique for making half-square triangle units from Debbie's book Power Cutting, Too, learn how to make a variety of blocks including Split Nine Patch, a scrappy simple Nine Patch Autumn Leaf, a scrappy Bear's Paw, Friendship Stars, Delectable Mountains, etc. by making very simple, large (6" - 10") half-square triangle units.


Thursday, January 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Debbie has designed over one hundred mystery quilt patterns, and most conferences she attends offer a mystery as one of her classes. Be prepared for a lot of sewing and a lot of fun! This class requires basic rotary cutting and machine piecing skills.


Terry White 


Wednesday, February 27,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pattern Design for Threadpainting

Play with repeating designs to create a patterned textile for use in free-motion embroidery. Terry will guide you as you design your own pattern, choose colors, and choose threads to create the design in free-motion stitching.


Thursday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Artful Embellishments

Students will explore a mix of embellishment techniques using trims, novelty yarns, and decorative threads. Terry will share her artwork which includes a great variety of techniques. This is a fun and creative technique class.


Maria Elkins 


Wednesday, March 27,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fused Appliqué Portraits

Suitable for all skill levels including non-quilters, no artistic ability is required! (You actually don't even need to be a quilter to take this class. The finished portrait can be framed instead of quilted.) Focus will be on manipulating a digital photograph to create a fused appliqué pattern.


Thursday, March 28, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Perspective for Quilters

Learn how to design two-dimensional quilts that look three-dimensional. This workshop will teach how to use color and position to give art quilts and even traditional quilts a feeling of depth. You'll learn to draw convincing cubes, houses, architectural and landscape elements, as well as many optical illusions and then turn your drawing into a flat quilt with the appearance of depth and volume.


Pat Sloan


Wednesday, April 24,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tidbits of Handwork

This handwork class will show you different ways to approach relaxed appliqué. Add a bit of wool to the project, big stitch it as she shows you how 'thread matters,' and then end the project with a running stitch binding technique.


Thursday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Easy Machine Appliqué

Learn all of Pat's tips for making soft fusible appliqué! In class you will create a sample to test your stitching. She walks you through each step of the appliqué process, from cutting to getting a great size blanket stitch on your machine.


Rachel Clark


Wednesday, May 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monster Purse

Students will use Rachel's Monster Purse pattern to create a really big purse, or a smaller one, or a quilt. The pattern contains directions for all three, as well as directions for a portfolio sized purse, and students can make the item that they prefer using a paper-pieced feathered star template.


Thursday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nigerian Appliqué

Students will create a small quilt or wall hanging using Nigerian figures and design and the technique of Nigerian appliqué, which is a reverse appliqué technique. Rachel will supply some fabrics and designs. Students may alternatively choose to use Rachel's vest pattern and the Nigerian appliqué designs included with that pattern.


Susan K. Cleveland 


Wednesday, June 26,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Piping Hot Curves - Macaroni

Add piping to curves and avoid curved piecing! This technique is wonderful for traditional curved patterns and great for contemporary designs. In class, students will learn to make perfect piping and add that piping to the lively, curvy macaroni block.


Thursday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Prairie Point Pillow

Learn to use heavy decorative thread through the needle to embellish prairie points. Then make perfect prairie points, and use a variation of foundation piecing to accurately piece many prairie points into a 14" pillow. 


Barbara Shapel


Wednesday, July 24,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Art of Machine Quilting

In this beginning level quilting workshop, students will learn proper basting techniques, which machine needles to use with specific thread, and the differences between the various quilting threads that are currently on the market. We will then work on a practice sampler and learn how to stitch over a dozen free-motion quilting stitches.


Thursday, July 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Spotted Owl

Students will practice the thread painting stitches Barbara uses all the time to add depth and dimension to her fiber art pieces. Topics to be covered include what thread to use and when, the order of quilting, using a hoop, outlining, machine needles, and transferring images to fabric.


Pam Buda


Wednesday, October 23,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Practice What I Preach

This is a hands-on lesson of the techniques covered in Pam's lecture "Secrets of Professional Quilters ~ Revealed!" The skills taught in this class will be used each and every time you quilt! Each student can try many new piecing techniques as well as perfect a variety of pressing techniques.


Thursday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Friendship Blooms

Learn several techniques for sewing hexagons. We'll construct two simple seven-hexagon flower blooms, covering the fundamentals of English paper piecing, the basics of working with wool, and the finishing techniques for this folky 12" x 17" wall hanging.


Thursday, October 24, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Star Strings Pincushion

Learn how to paper piece a wonderful Star Strings Pin Cushion as you learn the fundamentals of foundation paper piecing with Pam's helpful tips and tricks. Knowing how to paper piece will give you a skill that will open up new opportunities in your quilting adventures as wonderful, glorious blocks can be mastered by paper piecing!



Thank you to all who attended the monthly newcomers meetings. I hope you enjoyed the programs as much as I did.


I also want to thank all of those who so graciously gave their time to present programs. Thank you as well to board members who attended to educate our newest members about the operations of the guild.


The first Newcomers meeting of the new year will be Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Urbandale Library. Please read the January Piecetime Programs for further details.

 Peggy Kirk

Peggy Kirk, 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 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.


In place of the December meeting, the group will go out to lunch. Starting in January, we will meet as usual.


If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Earll at 515-321-4949 or

Evening Appliqué Society  

DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month

TIME: Beginning at 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction


If 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.


Feel 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.


During the December 6th meeting, Valley Junction will host their holiday open house, so the street will be festive. It is recommended you park in the store lot rather than the street.


If you have any questions, contact Jeannie Murphy at 515-440-2160 or  


1800s Quilt Study Group


The 1800s Study Group is taking the winter off. The next meeting will be in April. For questions/assistance, contact Virginia Berger at


Please stop by and visit our guild website often at for news and information about DMAQG. Look for the photo albums in the blog from the photographers we've had documenting events for us! Also remember to check the calendar to keep up-to-date on all guild meetings and workshops.

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