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On Tuesday, March 27, features one of the best-loved teachers in the appliqué world--Nancy Chong.

 

Nancyhas been teaching needleturn appliqué and Hawaiian quilt making since 1982. She receives rave reviews wherever she teaches, including on the internet as an instructor at QuiltUniversity.com.

 

Take a look at her website www.prqc.com and you'll know immediately why we are thrilled she's coming to Des Moines. In 1991, Nancy and her sister, Janice Lee Baehr, formed Pacific Rim Quilt Company to sell their Hawaiian quilt patterns and promote Hawaiian Quilting.  Together they have produced three distinct lines of appliqué quilt patterns: Hawaiian Quilts, 2 Fabric Appliqué Quilts, and Quilt Borders & Table Runners.

 

Nancy's specialty is stress-free needleturn appliqué.She shows how incredibly easy appliqué is without the use of freezer paper, toothpicks, starch, cardboard, ironing, or interfacing--all things that needlessly complicate what is otherwise a very simple process.

 

Her afternoon lecture is "First Make it Fun". Nancy says "there's no right or wrong way to make a quilt, as long as you are having fun." In this spirited presentation, while showing her quilts, Nancy will tell stories about how much fun she has had making quilts and share practical tips to increase your quiltmaking enjoyment.

 

The evening lecture "Finding Time to Make Quilts" is a humorous look at how to become more efficient with both time and space in order to become a more productive quiltmaker. Although this is a different lecture, Nancy will show the same quilts as in the afternoon.

 

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 2012 

Greetings!

 

 NEWCOMERS MEETINGS
 

Welcome to the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild.

  

The Newcomers Group was formed in 1999 with the purpose of allowing new members to learn Guild procedures and meet other members in a smaller setting. It is open to members who have belonged to the Guild for less than one year.

 

If you qualify, please attend the meeting on Tuesday, March 20th at the Urbandale Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

  

Guild President Barbara Smalley will tell us about the duties of the president. She will also be giving a talk on the "History of Quilting".

 

For roll call, please tell about a historical quilt in your life. Also, remember to bring one or two of your quilts for Show & Tell.

 

We are looking forward to seeing on Tuesday, March 20th.

 

Peggy Kirk, Vice President

 

UPCOMING 2012 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).

 

You may mail in your reservation (see link to registration form) along with your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99 Linden Blvd., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. And of course, we will be taking reservations at our meetings on Tuesdays. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list while sending in your registration, email Judy at jproksa@yahoo.com or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list

   

WORKSHOP LOCATION -- NEW LOCATION

March's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Johnston Lions Club at 6401 Merle Hay Road in Johnston. Click HERE for a map.

 

Nancy Chong   www.prqc.com 

 

Wednesday, March 28 (9 am - 4 pm) - Hawaiian Quiltmaking. Awesome in their symmetry and beauty, Hawaiian quilts are surprisingly easy to make.  Nancy has been making Hawaiian quilts since 1978; she knows them intimately.  In the one-day class, you will have hands-on experience with cutting out a Hawaiian block, basting, and needleturn appliqué. All skills levels are welcome. CLASS IS FULL--YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST

 

Thursday, March 29 (9 am - 4 pm) - Miniature Appliqué. Don't ever be intimidated by an appliqué pattern again.  In this class you will learn how to deal with tiny shapes so any appliqué project is a SNAP.  Leave all your preconceived ideas at home, and come ready to experience an awakening of your inner talents!  Some appliqué experience is preferred in this class, but if you take the Hawaiian Quiltmaking class on Wednesday, you have the skills to take this one, too.  CLASS IS FULL--YOU WILL BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST

 

 

Toby Lischko  www.gatewayquiltsnstuff.com

 

Wednesday, April 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Millefiori - New York Beauty. A class based on Toby's Millefiori quilt featured in McCall's Quilting magazine May 2010 - how to create this unique New York Beauty quilt. It is an extension of Toby's Unfoundation piecing 101 class, which includes curved piecing, foundation piecing with freezer paper, and adds how to find designs with mirrors, fussy-cutting with templates, using stripes in your block, and construction of the block. Intermediate to advanced. Kit fee of $25 includes templates and pattern is required.

 

Thursday, April 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Stars Over St. Louis - Eight Point Star. The St. Louis Star has no "y" seams and has so many possibilities for designs. You can use mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect. Participants may make her small "Miniature Quilt Magazine" prize winning wall quilt (18") or a 36" version. In the morning there is a short Powerpoint presentation on using mirrors and then you get to play with mirrors and sew the center medallion. In the afternoon you will learn to make perfect "y" seams without marking. Intermediate quilter. Kit fee of $35 includes the pattern, "Magic Mirrors", and acrylic templates (specify large or small).

 

 

Bettina Havig   www.bettinahavig.com

   

Wednesday, May 23 (9 am - 4 pm) Classic English Medallion - 21st Century Style. With an overview of the classic style of English medallion style quilts students will get a glimpse of this style which influenced our quilts in both the late 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout the development of quilt making. With the concept in hand we will take a quantum leap into the 21st century. As only three size strips are used for all the basic units; we can sometime use the leftovers from one cutting to make the next borders. We will begin modestly with a wall hanging project but because of the style it may be the start of 'something big'. This is also a good introduction to quick pieced border options.

           

Thursday, May 24 (9 am - 4 pm) The Fine Art of Hand Quilting. A sampler of quilting designs in a 15 inch pillow top is designed to sharpen your quilting skills, achieve a smaller, even stitch and help develop good quilting techniques. A pattern for the sampler is provided. Students will use various marking techniques. Class discussion includes information on batting, threads and needles.

 

 

Melinda Bula   www.melindabula.com

 

Wednesday, June 27 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Summer Rose. Learn the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in these 6 hour classes. All students in the class work from the same flower pattern. You will learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of design. Melinda encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done in class. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs.

 

Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Thread Play. Renegade Thread Play is covered and demonstrated in class. The class will all do the same flower but can choose the colors for their project as the flowers can be done in any color.  

 

 

Mary Sorensen   www.maryappliques.com 

 

Wednesday, July 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Appliqué Potpourri. Explore advanced techniques for precision needleturn appliqué, and raise your skills to a new level. Learn straight-forward techniques for dealing with complex and challenging shapes, layering fabrics without bulk, and precision placement, as you stitch an elegant appliqué nosegay or wreath. Bring your questions and get hands-on help with your personal "trouble spots". Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn technique.

 

Thursday, July 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Baltimore Tribute - Advanced Hand Appliqué Techniques. Baltimore Album quilts remain a source of inspiration for hand appliqué. Using an original basket pattern designed in the spirit of the classic quilts of the mid-1800's, explore advanced needleturn techniques common to Baltimore Album quilts. These include woven baskets, complex flowers, layering without bulk, small circles, challenging shapes, and reverse appliqué. If you love hand appliqué, this class just may tempt you to stitch your own heirloom Baltimore Tribute quilt. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn technique.

 

 

Sharon Rotz   www.bysher.net

 

Wednesday, October 24 (9 am - 4 pm) String Piecing 101 and Beyond. In hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.

 

Thursday, October 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing. How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this useful technique.

 

SPECIAL GROUP MEETINGS

 

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 applique 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. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Earll at 515-321-4949 or nanquilter@gmail.com

  
Evening Applique Society 

DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month

TIME: Beginning at 6:30 pm

PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction

If applique 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.

We get together as a group to have fun and learn from one another. Mary also has water ready, so bring your favorite tea cup. Feel free to bring snacks or teas to share. Also bring Show & Tell, UFO's 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 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.

If you have any questions, contact Jeannie Murphy at 515-440-2160 or QSJeanniem@aol.com  

 

1800s Quilt Study Group
The 1800's Study Group will hold their first meeting of 2012 on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction.
Marge Pearson will be sharing her collection of vintage doll quilts and doll clothes.  
You can also join the discussion by joining our group on Yahoo. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for 1800studygroup.
For questions or assistance, contact Virginia Berger at va_berger@hotmail.com

 

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Please stop by and visit our re-designed DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org for  information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful information.
  
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