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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, May 25, we welcome Maggie Ball from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She will educate us to quilting in another culture and how to educate the next generations.  
Maggie's afternoon lecture is "Quilters without Borders".

In June 2004, Maggie went to Mongolia as a volunteer to teach quilting to needy women in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. She returned in June 2006 to help organize the first International Quilt Show in Mongolia and again in 2009 to teach and visit the new Mongolian Quilting Center. Her lecture will be filled with fascinating stories of her visit to Mongolia, the people she met and worked with, and the quilts they made.

The evening lecture is titled "Creative Quilting with Kids".
This illustrated lecture should inspire you to pass on the quilting tradition to the next generation. This talk has illustrated examples of projects made from a variety of techniques by children of all ages and skill levels. There are many appropriate for inter-generational groups with little quilting experience as well as some new ideas for seasoned quilters to enjoy 

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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        May 2010

We are so fortunate to have a strong guild and strong board.  The talent, flexibility, and willingness to serve is what Iowan's are all about.  I have seen it first hand throughout this month.  Much THANKS to Janet Pittman, Pat Johnson, Sharon Meisenheimer, and Mary Shotwell for stepping in very quickly to produce an afternoon program at our last guild meeting.  Just like quilting and running out of the fabric for the last few squares, life sends us emergencies that send us scurrying but the end product is much to be proud of.  Kudo's to the board to keep it moving without missing a beat. 


It was decided at the last board meeting to continue through the rest of the year with our current board members.  I will preside at the board and guild meetings with assistance from other board members if I am unable to attend.  This decision was based on the work for this year is well underway for all positions and we have the capacity and skills to step in for each other if necessary.  That being said, as we saw at last month's guild meeting, we have many members that have offered to assist in a pinch as well. This will enable us to continue our normal nomination for the VP position at the December meeting and I will continue with the duties of President for 2011.


See you at the guild meeting!

Diane Thiese  


Upcoming 2010 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 interchange of information.  (Adopted -- September 20, 2003).


Please sign up for the May and June 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 May and June workshops will be available at the May meeting. The supply lists are also posted on the DMAQG website. See the links on the side bar of this newsletter.  


The May workshop has been moved to a new location. It will be at the Wildwood Lodge, 11431 Forest Avenue in Clive.

From the West Des Moines intersection of 50th and University, head west to 114th Street, turn north onto 114th Street, and turn west onto Forest Avenue. Follow Forest Avenue until you reach Wildwood Lodge. You may park on either side of the building and come in through the lobby.  Signs will direct you to the proper room.


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 $20 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 Newcomers' Program for May will be held on Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Janet Pitmann will be demonstrating thread play.

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: 
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 May27. The study topic will be
quilts in fiction. 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, so please feel free to join us as we learn more about the history of quilts.  For a list of future 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 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.  Any questions please contact Jeannie Murphy at or 515-440-2160.