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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, April 27, we welcome Kay M. Capps Cross from Spring Grove, Minnesota. I first met Kay at the 2008 AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show. I found her to be a fun, creative, and warm person. I am now happy to count her as a friend. 

The afternoon lecture topic will be "Black & White Goes With Everything."


The evening lecture topic will be "Working in a Series".


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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      April 2010
The cold snowy weather just about did me in this winter so I have decided to move south. The middle of June I will be moving to the Austin, Texas area where my youngest daughter will also be moving. While I'm looking forward to no snow and playing golf all year, I'm sad to be leaving the Des Moines area. I have enjoyed my tenure as vice president and president of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. I hope to make some trips north in the future and perhaps catch a meeting or two.

Keep on quilting,


Liz Porter---President

Upcoming 2010 Workshops

Please sign up for the April and May 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 April and May workshops will be available at the April meeting. Also the supply lists are now posted on our website. See the links 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 community room is right there. The phone number for Legacy Pointe is 515-987-3625.
Kay M Capps Cross

Kay's thoughts about foundation piecing


Paper piecing gives me hives.........I abhor ripping out those pieces of paper, shortening my stitch length and having stress while stitching.  However, the sharp angles and crisp lines that are possible with paper piecing are intriguing. My design sensibility is angular and asymmetrical, and those qualities are certainly possible to achieve with paper piecing. But is it the only way? Of course not!  No-stress foundation piecing is simple and fun and yields terrific results.Any paper piecing pattern out there can be done with this method. 


.....I want you to enjoy foundation piecing as much as I do. It opens up incredible design and quilting opportunities that we shouldn't miss!

Wednesday, April 28 (9am - 4pm) -- CONTRAST IN THE PINES (using Pole Pines) -- Using only black and white, we will look at the importance of contrast in simple yet effective pieces while we learn how to foundation piece with no stress!  Kay will teach you her easy and fun method for no stress foundation piecing and cover ways to deal with "opportunities" that arise while creating our blocks.  (Mistake is not a part of Kay's vocabulary!  Leave your seam ripper at home!!)


We will play with various fabric combinations and evaluate our fabric choices during class.  We will piece some blocks (or work toward completion) of our actual pines quilt.


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 will have a fabulous quilt.


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 April will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Liz Porter will be demonstrating bindings.

Remember to bring your finished projects and the projects you are currently working on. We will try to cover any issues you may be having on a current project.  
Upcoming Meetings: 
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. 


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 April 22. The study topic will be
 medallion quilts. 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. 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.
Name Tags
We have had numerous requests to provide a pattern for a name tag to wear at the guild meetings. We went back through the newsletter archives and found the pattern which Martha Henrich designed in 1993. The directions can be found on the DMAQG website by clicking this link: Name Tag 

We hope to see lots of you at the April 27 meeting with a name tag you made by using this pattern.