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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, March 22, we welcome Rose Hughes who comes to us from Long Beach, California.  She says "I'm a California girl. Just one that grew up and was educated in warm, sunny Florida." It wasn't until the early 1990's, that she started quilting.  It was only a matter of months before she focused her artwork on quilting. Around 1996 she began to lecture and teach nationally, and exhibit her quilt works internationally.


The afternoon lecture topic is "Wisdom, Whimsy, and Life in Quilts."


The evening lecture topic is "The Organized Quilter."


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 2011

Uffda, how time flies!  Spring is just around the corner and I have seen some very fat robins in our front yard with our cat cackling at them from the sidelines.  He is quite the companion when it comes to handwork as well.  He can be sleeping downstairs and not paying any attention to what is happening until I have a quilt in my lap ready to work.  It would not be so bad if his favorite place wasn't right on top and in the middle of the hoop. 


I hope you are looking at the class lists and planning on taking a class from our guests this year.  We are very fortunate to have the ability to bring in National Teachers for lectures and classes.  We also are so fortunate to have the talent and teachers in our Guild that have moved us into the realm of being very capable of picking up new ideas and running with it.   I was able to take the Sue Spargo class and although I know much about wool and wool applique, I picked up a trick or two and the cost became very worthy of my hard earned dollars. It's what keeps us getting better, keeps us fresh with new techniques, and what great friends I have because I met them at class and yes they shared some of their secrets that work for them.   Each year as we go through the process of selecting speakers, we work to get a well-rounded list of classes so everyone can find something they enjoy.  We need your support to fill the classes.   


Spring Break!  Quilt Shop Hops!  Small Group Get-Togethers!  Quilt Classes!  SHOW & TELL AT GUILD MEETINGS!  Isn't this a wonderful time of year to get those inspirations going for a new quilt just before the outdoors calls us for gardening, sports, and just sitting outside with a great book.


See you Soon!


Diane Thiese---President

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).

's Workshop  will be held at 
Park Avenue Presbyterian Church located at 3120 SW 9th Street, Des Moines.   


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, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Janet Pittman will talk about designing machine applique quilts. The block of the month will be strip piecing which was inspired by February's speaker, Elsie Campbell.

Remember to bring any projects you are currently working on and also your 4 blocks for the Quilt of Valor. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.

February was a great meeting--Mary Shotwell came with her applique group and showed us beautiful and inspiring quilts.

Show & Tell: members brought finished quilts which were fun to see.
Block of the Month: for January it was a 6.5 inch 4-patch made with four 3.5" squares. Two members brought their blocks. The block for February was a rail fence made with three 2.5" x 6.5" strips.
Quilts of Valor: newcomers volunteered to make a donation quilt together. Each member took home enough strips to make 4 blocks.

Come and enjoy "with or without show and tell". All  members who joined in 2010 and 2011 are welcome. Other Guild members are also welcome to attend.
Upcoming Meetings:

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.  If you have 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 March 24.  The study topic will be whole cloth quilts. Please note that meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information--no formal presentations are expected. If you have any questions, please contact Kimber at or 515-993-4005.


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