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2011 President's Challenge
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Spring Retreat
Memorial for Barb Snuggs


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Upcoming Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, February 22, we welcome award winning quilter, Elsie Campbell, who comes to us from Dodge City, Kansas.  She comes from a family of quilters, her mother, grandmothers, and aunts all made quilts.  Elsie says "I just thought everyone knew how to quilt."


The afternoon lecture topic is "Innovations & Renovations."


The evening lecture topic is "Tweaking Tradition."


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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February 2011

Happy New Year!


Uff Da!  What a beautiful display of artwork we had with the winter storm last week.  I am always awed when I look out my window at a new snow and seeing it swirl and dance in the wind brought an extra touch of magic until I had to drive the next morning.  Then it's not so magical.


I hope you are getting opportunities to quilt.  I was inspired in taking Sue Spargo's class on wool/wool embellishments.  I have to say I tend to stick with tried and true techniques (cotton=cotton=cotton thread) and find mixing/matching fabrics such as wool, silk, and cotton to be feared.  To see the difference in taking the plunge was fun and took my creative thoughts in different directions and different textures.  If you have not used wool yet, try it--like it! 


I have also had time to start my patriotic quilt.  I forgot how much fun it is to use red/white/blue fabrics with a dash of gold.  As we have seen in the news with Egypt this last week, we are so fortunate our Soldiers have given so much that we can experience our freedoms daily and without fear!  I am so appreciative of the Quilt Show Committee for coming up with this opportunity for us. 


Hope to see you at the Guild Meeting and looking forward to seeing your "Show & Tell".  I know there are many quilts that do not get shown, please bring them to share.  I love to see the different things everyone has worked on and it's the main reason I joined guild way back when!


See you Soon!


Diane Thiese---President

2011 President's Challenge


The 2011 President's Challenge is "Uffda".  For those of you who are not Norwegian or a Norwegian "Want-A-Be" here is the Wikipedia definition:

"Uff da is often used in the Upper Midwest as a term for sensory overload. It can be used as an expression of surprise, astonishment, exhaustion, relief and sometimes dismay."


I will have more examples as we go through the year!  Coming from Decorah, we have a lot of fun with this term and hope you will to!


The rules for the challenge are as follows:


Finished quilt size: 40"x30" (horizontal).

The quilt may be pieced, appliqued, painted, stenciled, or embellished in any manner

The finished quilt must consist of three layers.

The quilt must be constructed and quilted by one person.

Quilts must be finished (quilted and bound) and hung at the December 2011 Tea, where guild members will vote for the top eight to be entered into the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge. 


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).


February'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 Fitness.



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 Newcomers Program for February will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Mary Shotwell and the Applique Small Group will demonstrate hand applique. The block of the month will be rail fence.

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

Upcoming Meetings:

March  15---Designing Your Quilt with Janet Pittman

April 19---Creating with Color with Mary Cecil

May 17---Traditional Quilts with JoAnn Belling

June 21---Paper piecing with Sharon Meisenheimer

July 19---Beyond the Block--Scrap Piecing with Rebecca McCreary and Sara Harless

August 16---Machine Quilting with Lynn Witzenberg

Sept 20---Finishing Touches: Binding, Squaring Up and Labels with Shirley Loeffler

If you have any questions, please call Barb at 515-279-2651.    
Barb Smalley, Vice President 

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
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 24.  The study topic will be the history of pink 1800s fabrics. Please note that meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information--no formal presentations are expected. Any questions, please contact Kimber at or 515-993-4005.
Spring Retreat   March 17-20 


For all Guild members who have not been to one of our spring or fall retreats, please consider coming to our Spring retreat. I look forward to it from the Fall retreat until it is time for the Spring retreat. We will have a table massage therapist, a sewing machine repairman for servicing, and possibly scissor sharpening for your convenience. Two meals are provided daily plus all the snacks you can imagine. This is a great way to get acquainted with other members of the Guild. There is always help with your quilting problems. Weather permitting you can take a break anytime and go for a walk around grounds of Wesley Woods. There are also shops in Winterset and Indianola with specials for retreat participants.


We still have spots available in all the cabins so get your entries in as soon as possible.

The form can be found on the Guild's website by clicking here. You can also register at the guild meeting in  February.  

Gayla Wasson will be giving table massages at the retreat. The cost for a 30 minute massage is $30.  Please contact Gayla directly to schedule your massage time by calling her at home 641-755-4499 or cell phone 515-360-3454 or by e-mail at


If you have any questions, please call Margaret Simons at 256-0077 or Arda Mathern at 266-4223. We look forward to seeing you at the retreat. 


Arda and Margaret 


Memorial for Barb Snuggs


If you have not already done so, please consider taking a few minutes to make a signed hatchet block using batik fabric of any color in honor of Barb who passed away in November. The quilt will be displayed at the 2011 quilt show and then will be given to Barb's family.  You can bring your completed block to the February meeting and drop it off at the Community Service table. Thanks in advance for your contributions.


Directions for 4" finished hatchet block:

Cut the following for each block:

Background - one 4 1/2" square

Batik fabric - two 2 1/2" squares

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of each of the batik squares. Place one on a corner of the background square. Sew on the drawn line. Square up. Repeat on the opposite corner. Use a permanent marker to sign your block.



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