Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming Program
At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, February 23, we welcome the Iowa Wild Rose TAG Applique Group.  These talented women (many from our own guild) will be giving a talk called "The A Word".  Be prepared to view their applique quilts and admire their fantastic handiwork  

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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Piecetime Programs
     February 2010
Each month you will receive TWO newsletters: Piecetime News and Piecetime Programs. Be sure to read and check out the content in both newsletters. You can expect Piecetime Programs to arrive in your Inbox around the second Saturday of each month. Piecetime News should arrive around the third Saturday of each month
This edition of the newsletter has information on upcoming workshops, programs, and retreat information. 
Be sure to download the workshop registration form and also the spring retreat registration form.
Upcoming 2010 Workshops

Please sign up for the February and March classes now. You may mail, email or call in your reservation. Supply list for February and March workshops will be available at the February meeting.

Workshops are held at Legacy Pointe located at 1650 SE Holiday Crest Drive in Waukee:
Take Hickman Road (Hwy 6) west of I-35/80 for 3 miles to the intersection of 156th and Hickman Road which has a Dahls and a Walgreens. Continue west a 1/3 of a mile and turn left (south) at the SE Legacy Pointe Blvd street sign (just past Tuffy and before Earl May). Follow it around to a 3-story building. Go around to the back. When you come in the door, turn to your left and the comunity room is right there. The phone number fo Legacy Pointe is 515-987-3625.
Marge Pearson

Am Heart Assn.

Wednesday, February 24 (9am - 4pm) - WHAT DO I DO WITH MY SCRAPS? #2 - Bring your buckets of scraps and actually do something with them. Marge gave this workshop last year and everyone had a marvelous time. Don't miss it. She has something new.

There are only 4 openings left for this class.

JoAnn Belling

Am Heart Assn. 
Thursday, February 25 (9am - 4pm) - WALTZING NINE PATCH - Overcome your fear of free-hand rotary cutting. Learn about weaving, fusing, and raw-edge blocks as you experiment with color and design. Learn how piping adds that little extra pizzazz. Don't miss out making this FUNtastic quilt.
JoAnn states "This is the most exciting, most fun, most free and easiest workshop I teach. Sudents learn free form cutting, color, weaving, fusible, design, border treatment, and piping."

JoAnn will have available for sale at class: 6 1/2" batik squares, fusible, and cording.
Am Heart Assn. 
Thursday, February 25 (6pm - 9pm) - FLYING GEESE IN A BRAVE NEW WORLD - For those who cannot attend a daytime class, here is your opportunity to learn fast and no-waste methods. This workshop will help you easily recognize patterns within patterns. There are only a few spaces left in this evening class.

Darlene Zimmerman 

Am Heart Assn. 
Wednesday, March 24 (9am - 4pm) - FINISHING SCHOOL - Learn how to make, mark and bind all sorts of edge finishes. You will make bound samples of scalloped, notched and shaped edges, ice cream cone borders, etc. Also learn prairie point edgings, mitered and rounded corners. Plus tips on perfect bindings and no-lump joint.

Important Announcement!!!  -  Since the waiting list for Wednesday's "Finishing School" Workshop was longer than the number of enrollees (3) for Thursday's "Bachelor Buttons" class. Darlene and I have decided to scratch "Bachelor Buttons" and offer "Finishing School" both days.

Thursday, March 25 (9am - 4pm) - FINISHING SCHOOL -- see description above for the Wednesday class.

Kay M Capps Cross

Wednesday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) - GODDESS OF LIGHT - Kay is the Black and White Lady who demonstrates a fun and carefree method foundation piecing.

Thursday, April 29 (9am - noon) - SLAP HAPPY - Not a workshop for the "anal-retentive".

Thursday, April 29 (6pm - 9 pm) - FUN RAGGY EDGES - Another chance for you gals who just cannot make it to daytime workshops. Kay will not allow you to sleep through this fun filled class.

Maggie Ball

Wednesday, May 26 (9am - 4pm) - GATEWAY TO MONGOLIA - The olzii, or never-ending knot, is a traditional Mongolian motif symbolizing the dynamic expanse of the universe and the endless cycles of life and death. Learn about another culture while making this beautiful quilt.

Thursday, May 27 (9am - 4pm) - BARGELLO QUILTS WITH A TWIST - The bargello block is a new concept with enormous potential for creating your own designs. This strip-pieced block is easy to make and can be arranged in a great variety of ways. You will be amazed at the possibilities.

Virginia & George Siciliano
Wednesday, June 23 (9am - 4pm) - SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER* - In this class you will learn the entire process for making a miniature "gem" from the design of a block and pattern right thru to the construction process. Learn tips that will take the guesswork out of joining patches and blocks, without using pins. 

Thursday, June 24 (9am - 4 pm) - TWIRLING LOGS* -George & Virginia will show you how to draft this wonderful 7" block, and you do not have to be an engineer! This is not a miniature quilt block.

*Both classes require Kit#1 which includes: (1) a seam allowance guide, (2) a 9 page booklet (for future use), and (3) the workshop pattern with all foundations, block schematic, cutting chart and a worksheet. Cost is $15 at the time of the class.

Edyta Sitar

Wednesday, July 28 (9am - 4pm) - STARS IN QUILTS This workshop features 15 different star patterns. Through these patterns students will look at star blocks, layouts, sashings and different techniques to set stars in quilts.

Thursday, July 29 (9am - 4pm) - FRIENDSHIP TRIANGLES - Have a wonderful time exchanging fabrics through half square triangles. View 15 plus quilts that will inspire and encourage everyone to create beautiful projects. This workshop allows quilters to concentrate on the true meaning of quilting which is sharing and friendship.

Vikki Pignatelli

Wednesday, October 27 (9am - 4 pm) - CRAZY ABOUT CURVES - Vikki's basic and most popular class. This is a hands-on/in-depth technique using a simple pattern. Explore her piecing/applique method of creating sharp curves and narrow points effortlessly and with precision. This is a technique class for all skill levels.

Thursday, October 28 (9am - 4pm) - IMPROVISATIONAL CURVES - This relaxing, impromptu approach to piecing curves offers students total freedom in quiltmaking. Create several blocks of shapes (circles, ovals, curvy rectangles.....) learn manipulations and how to arrange shapes into a free-form contemporary quilt. All skill levels.

Newcomers' Meetings

Sharon Meisenheimer will be demonstrating her Paper Piecing Techniques for the Newcomers' Program on Tuesday, February 16th. 

Our meetings are held at the Urbandale Library at 6:30 pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Carolyn Eliason and Joan Rotert will join us to explain their Community Service positions on the board. Come and join us.  

Remember to bring your finished projects and the projects you are currently working on. You won't want to miss seeing the fabulous quilts Sharon has done!  SEE YOU THERE!!!!


Upcoming meetings: 


March 16 -- string quilts with JoAnn Belling

April 20 -- binding with Liz Porter

May 18 -- thread play with Janet Pittman

June 15 -- friendship quilting with Jill Reber

July 20 -- hand appliqué with Mary Shotwell

August 17 -- machine quilting with Lynn Witzenberg

September 21 -- long arm quilting with Jeannie Stille 


If you have any questions, please contact me at 515-270-1485.  See you there! 


Diane Thiese

Spring Retreat

How does it sound to spend several days doing nothing but quilting, talking, eating, relaxing, and spending time making new friends and enjoying yourself while someone else does the cooking and cleaning up? If this appeals to you, please join us for the
2010 Spring Quilt Retreat, March 18-21.

Choose lodging in Timber, Otterbein, or Buxton. Timber has nine bedrooms with bunk beds and bathrooms in each room. Otterbein sleeps 20 and has four beds per room (except one larger room that holds more). Buxton has two single beds and a bunk (four people total) and a bath in each bedroom. For more details about lodging, go to 

Sign up early to get the spot you want. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat!
Beth Hromyak and Lisa Flyr, Retreat Chairs

Spring Quilt Retreat Information
MARCH 18, 19, 20, and 21

The spring retreat will be held at Camp Wesley Woods south of Indianola. There are four options for retreat:

1. Thursday thru Saturday: $110 (non-guild members $130) -- includes two nights lodging, Thursday and Friday night dinners, and Friday & Saturday brunches.

2. Friday thru Sunday: $110 (non-guild members $130) -- includes two nights lodging, Friday and Saturday night dinners, and Saturday & Sunday brunches.

3. Thursday thru Sunday: $140 (non-guild members $160) -- includes three nights lodging; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night dinners; Friday, Saturday, & Sunday brunches.

4. Thursday thru Sunday, staying at home to sleep: $90 (non-guild members $110) - includes all meals but no lodging.

Registration will open to non-guild members AFTER March 1st, so register now to reserve your space. If you have any questions, please call Lisa Flyr at 515/331-4285 or Beth Hromyak at 515/331-1199.



1800s Quilt Study Group
The 1800s Quilt Study Group always meets the fourth Thursday of the month at The Quilt Block at 6:30 p.m. Our next meeting is February 25. The study topic will be a continuing discussion on the history of signature quilts from last month. This will include quilts with words incorporated into them whether appliqued or pieced. Members will research that topic and bring their findings to the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. Please note that meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information--no formal presentations are expected, so please feel free to join us as we learn more about the history of quilts. For a list of future study topics, contact Kimber Van Heukelom at or 515-993-4005 
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 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
2 Volunteer Opportunities:
IPTV Festival
IPTV's Festival is March 6-21 and they are in need of
volunteers for the phone bank.
If this is something you or your small group might be interested in doing, contact Darla Hassebroek, Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator at 515-242-5400. Slots are filled on a first come, first served basis. 
Mitchellville Prison
The ICIW (the women's prison at Mitchellville) is in need of people to help with our quilt classes.   If you are interested, please contact the volunteer coordinator, Linda Haack at 515-967-4236 ext. 235 or contact her via email at  If you want to know more about the quilt classes, please call Mary Cecil at 515-277-5709 or Sharon Meadowcroft at 515-967-6456.