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Upcoming Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, May 24, we welcome Karen Eckmeier, who began teaching her technique for "Layers Curves" and "Accidental Landscapes" nationwide in 2002. She says that teaching workshops gives her the opportunity to share her passion for playing with fabric.  Karen started making art quilts in 1996.  Her hobby officially became her business in 2002 when she opened "The Quilted Lizard." 


The afternoon lecture topic is "Happy Villages and Accidental Landscapes."


The evening lecture topic is "Ooops! My Edges Are Showing."


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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 Accidental Landscapes: Beaches


 Happy Villages/Fabric Collage 
For class supply lists, please contact Val Russell
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May 2011

 Uffda!  I'm ready for cooler weather already!  Life has really been busy around our house.  We have graduation parties, summer plans, and a whirlwind of chores to get done.  I hope you are finding time for some quilting fun between all of this. I have found my sewing time gets broken down into 15 minute intervals but oh how those minutes improve my attitude. 


I can't tell you how impressive your Show and Tell has been and all the donations to great causes that you are supporting.  I have been busy with my Veterans Quilt and working through some old UFO's.  I hope you'll find some time to work on yours as we go into the Memorial Day weekend.  It's hard to believe it has come around so quickly.  I have been in the quilt stores around town and they would be more than happy to fill your order for Red, White, and Blue fabrics.  What a way to celebrate!  Most of the fabrics I have been using came from a basket I was lucky to get from the Women's Health Auction.  It goes to show how what we give just keeps giving.  Little did I know what good use that basket would be put to this year!  I understand the Newcomers are busy at work on a quilt as well.  We can't wait for you to share it!


Deadlines--as Linda will attest, are hard for me to meet at times but thankfully she keeps me straight.  Remember our quilt show deadlines will be coming up soon so don't be afraid to get this done early.  Many THANKS for the show board and keeping everything moving forward! 


Please be thinking about being on the Guild Board next year!  I know this is a little early but it's time to sow seeds.  It is a wonderful experience and broadens your friendships 10 fold.  Special Thanks to our board members this year!  They are always a step ahead and come to the monthly meetings with a lot of energy and fun ideas!  Please don't hesitate to ask them what they do and take the dive.  You won't regret it.  I'll be having more information on the positions we will need to fill for next year soon! 


See you at the meeting


Diane Thiese---President




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The name tag reminders are getting pretty repetitious at our guild announcement times--at least to those of us making those "wear your name tags" pleas.  At our April afternoon meeting, a long-time member stated that in the past, only those wearing their name tag could be eligible for a door prize.  After some deliberation and discussion, we have decided to reinstate that policy.  So, if you hope to win a door prize--we've had some really nice ones this year, thanks to a number of generous donors--you'll need to be wearing your name tag!


This is all in an effort to get to know each other better.  So, before our next meeting, ask yourself:  "WHERE's my name tag? Am I WEARing it?"  Click here for the name tag pattern found on the DMAQG website. 


Pat Knight and Carol Thomason, Directors at Large


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 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 Fitness.   


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) -- BACKGROUND BONANZA -- NEW  Hands-on Workshop
From the ripple stipple to simple grids, from headbands to lazy daisies, filling the quilt background with interesting patterns that create texture, depth and movement is not only possible with machine quilting, Joanie encourages it. Enjoy a full and creative day expanding your free-motion skills creating a wholecloth sampler of patterns used to anchor the entire top or just fill in around stitched motifs. Includes an impressive portfolio of stitched examples of the techniques


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 May  will be held at JoAnn Belling's home on Tuesday, May 17. Please meet at 6:15 p.m. at the Urbandale Library and we will depart at 6:25 p.m. for JoAnn's house for a program on traditional quilts. 

Remember to bring "Show N Tell", block of the month, and blocks for the NewComers Veterans Quilt.


Upcoming Meetings:

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 

Photos from a recent Newcomers meeting: 




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.

We want to thank member Virginia Berger for her wonderful presentation on the American Folk Art Museums's amazing red-and-white quilt exhibit held in New York City in March.

Our next meeting is May 26.  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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