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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, April 26, we welcome Wendy Butler Berns, a quilt artist, teacher, and lecturer from Lake Mills in southern Wisconsin.  Wendy found her passion for quilting in 1993 and since 1997, she has taught and lectured about the art of quilting regionally and nationally.   Wendy's quilts are noted for their bold use of color, unusual fabrics, and a combination of unconventional techniques.  Her quilt designs are original and fluctuate between traditional with a twist and contemporary art quilts.


The afternoon lecture topic is "I've Been Bitten by the Bug."


The evening lecture topic is "Capering With Creativity and Our Quilts."


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 2011

 Finally we are getting some warmer weather!  I was beginning to think it was never going to get here and we would miss the crocus, daffodils, and tulips.  I thought after the large storms that were a distraction for our evening meeting in March we were much closer.  Uffda, I am thankful it seems to be here.


I have been working on my President's challenge--on paper anyway. We have so many Uffda moments in our life and we need to go through all of them whether awesome or chaotic. Thanks for sharing your Uffda jokes.  I need them when I get home. Sometimes it's just an Uffda to sit down to eat supper.   


I have gotten further on my Veterans quilt.  I fell asleep on the couch one night and Myron woke me up to go to bed (which is not all that unusual) but this time as much as I tried to go back to sleep I couldn't.  Red, White, and Blue fabrics are fun to work with any time of the night or early, early morning. I am ready to set the rows together. It reminded me of how many of our military are not doing something fun when they are out on duty or cannot sleep. I don't know about you but I usually am thinking good thoughts and praying for those I make quilts for. Although I may never meet the person on the receiving end, I am so thankful for the dedication they gave to make our country what it is today.


Inspired--I see the show and tell, listen during treat time of what you are creating, and come home and day dream about all those wonderful quilts and the quilters that made them.  The community projects you are all involved in are so appreciated!  It is a gift to be a part of this giving community.  You are all so giving, hospitable, flexible in storms and microphone problems.  I get so excited for the Guild meeting to come. 


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).

April'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 Fitnesslocated at 3120 SW 9th Street, Des Moines.   


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 April  will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Mary Cecil will talk about creating with color.

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.

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:

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 515-440-2160 or  


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 28.  The study topic will be thread company history. This can be any thread company that started in the 19th century. 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 515-993-4005 or



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