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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, March 23, we welcome Darlene Zimmerman from Fairfax, Minnesota.  DMAQG member Linda Montet wrote an article about Darlene for the February 2007 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.


Darlene is known as the "Feed Sack Lady". Therefore the title of her afternoon talk is "Love Those 30's Quilts" and the evening topic is "Treasures in the Trunk".  

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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      March 2010

Our weather has been offering great inspiration for the Winter Wonderland theme for this year's president's challenge quilt. Get your quilt started before all the snow melts. Details about the challenge can be found in the February newsletter. You can view any past newsletter at this link newsletter archives. This link is also located in the side bar of this newsletter. 


Thanks to so many of you who paid your 2010 dues so promptly. About 80% of the total number of members from last year have paid. Our membership booklet will be thick this year! Pick up your copy at the March meeting.


Don't miss the great retreat Lisa and Beth have planned. It is a great way to get some uninterrupted sewing done, renew friendships, and make new friends.


Keep on quilting,


Liz Porter---President

Upcoming 2010 Workshops

Please sign up for the March and April classes now.

You may mail your workshop registration to Peggy Kirk.  Her address is on the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Peggy via email at
The supply lists for March and April workshops will be available at the March meeting. They can also be found on the DMAQG website. See the link on the side bar of this newsletter.  
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.  

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. CLASS IS FULL
Thursday, March 25 (9am - 4pm) - FINISHING SCHOOL -- see description above for the Wednesday class.  There are a few openings still available.

Kay M Capps Cross

          Challenge 1             Challenge 1 

Wednesday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) - GODDESS OF LIGHT -- This quick and easy pieced quilt can be done in absolutely so many color combinations!  It utilizes one color and one zinger contrast.  There are four size options...ranging from queen to crib.  Play with color, value, and contrast and end up with a beautiful quilt in no time.


Challenge 1

Thursday, April 29 (9am - noon) - SLAP HAPPY -- This fun and wacky quilt was designed by Kay to clean out her studio.  She was attempting to shrink her Christmas novelty stash.  It can be made in red, white, and blue, black n' white and name it - it will look great in this quilt!  This is an absolutely no stress, no headache foundation pieced quilt.  You can use new yardage or scraps - you just slap and go (and count) and you'll have a fabulous quilt. 

Challenge 1

Thursday, April 29 (6pm - 9 pm EVENING CLASS) - FUN RAGGY EDGES -- This scrappy, raggedy quilt was designed as a tribute to Kay's friend Dorothy.  It is a cuddly and fun quilt.  The piecing and cutting are no stress - raw edge and freehand circles.  It doesn't get any easier than that!  This quilt is great in summer colors, Christmas colors, the dark and dirties, brights, or anything you can imagine!  Pull out your stash and get creative!  

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 

The Newcomer's Program for March will be held on Tuesday, March 16th at JoAnn Belling's.  We will be car pooling from the Urbandale Library and will leave at 6:15 pm.  I have the list of those who attended the February meeting that wish to go.  For others, please contact me by Sunday, March 14th so I can give JoAnn an accurate count. My e-mail is or call me at 515-480-5666. Get ready for some fun. JoAnn's subject is String Quilts. Don't forget to bring Show and Tell!!!

Upcoming meetings: 


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 


Diane Thiese

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 March 25. The study topic will be the role of indigo blue fabric in antique quilts. Members will research that topic and share their findings at the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. Please note that meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information--no formal presentations are expected. For a list of 2010 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.