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At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, June 22, we welcome Virginia and George Siciliano from Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In April 2008, I went to The National Quilt Museum in Paducah. As I walked into the lobby, I was immediately awestruck by a small display of George's work.   
The  afternoon lecture is "This Guy Must be Nuts".

For this humorous trunk show presentation, George brings all of his quilts that he has made that are not away for a show.  Each one has its own (sometimes funny) story and it shows the evolution of his designs. As a bonus, Virginia will bring several of her quilts.  Virginia teaches hand quilting and her stitches are a treat for the eye.


The evening lecture is titled "Log Cabins?  Tell me it isn't so!".
You've heard the names before: Ohio Star, Card Trick, Bow Tie, Snow Ball, Lone Star and they go on and on. Yet, not one of these wonderful blocks offers the quilt artist the flexibility in variations and design possibilities that are offered by the LOG CABIN block alone.  You can elongate it, twist it, skew it, make the block uneven, and more. 

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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 Challenge 1
Size Really Does Matter
Siciliano--Swirling logs 
Twirling Logs
 Stars in Quilts
Sitar--Dresden Stars

Friendship Triangles
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        June 2010

It continues to strike me when I am flying in an airplane and looking down--what a beautiful quilt pattern the earth makes. There are straight and solid geometric patterns met with crazy quilting of various textures through the mountains, and subtle changes in colors as we move from region to region.  I thought of how it reminded me of our quilt show and walking through the quilts that have all those same inspirational points. I know I go through and admire the expertise, whimsy, elegance, and friendships that glow from the work of many hands. Inspiration is all around us and I am hoping you are using your inspirations to finish a project for the quilt show.  It never seems to get old to me to go to the quilt show and see one of my quilts hanging with yours. 


REMEMBER our Women's Health Auction is coming up on August 24th.  Health issues are always unexpected and are part of the lives we all have shared at some time or other.  Your generosity of giving and having fun while giving never ceases to amaze me.  


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 inter-change of information.  (Adopted -- September 20, 2003).

George's Wednesday, June 23rd workshop is full.  There are still spaces available for the Thursday, June 24th workshop.  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 June and July workshops will be available at the June meeting. The supply lists are also posted on the DMAQG website. See the links on the side bar of this newsletter. 


We now have a new location for our workshops. We will meet at the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines.   We will meet in Building #1 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.
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. 
 -----  Sorry, this workshop is full!  ---- 

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.

---- There is still space available in this workshop  ---- 

*Both classes require Kit #1 which includes a seam allowance guide, a pattern for the workshop, all foundations printed on "Foundation Stuff", block schematic, cutting chart, fabric gradation chart and a worksheet. The cost is $20 payable to George Siciliano.

Kit #2 is for those who do not wish to put your fabrics together by yourself. Kit #2 includes all items in Kit #1 plus 2 - six step gradation (1/4 yard each color, 12 colors in all) plus 1 yard of a background fabric.The cost of Kit #2 is $50 payable to George.

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.

A Special Thank You
At the May meetings, Maggie Ball sent around a basket for loose change for the Mongolian Project. She stated that if we contributed a minimum of $100, she would give the Guild a silk quilt made by the women of Mongolia. Our loose change totaled $323.50!  Maggie was so warmed by our generosity that she gave us two silk quilts! Look for these quilts at the August Auction.
Peggy Kirk 
Newcomers Meetings 
The Newcomers Meeting for June will meet at my house on June 15th at 6:30 p.m.  My address is 4038 46th Street, Des Moines, Iowa.  It is 1 block east of Hoover High School and Meredith Middle School. Our speaker will be Jill Reber. Hope to see you there and please remind your friends of this change. 
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: 

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

We have a change of venue for our upcoming June meeting on Thursday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at Linda Montet's house at 4709 Dakota Drive in West Des Moines. Linda Montet, Sharon Meisenheimer, and Judy Proksa--all members of the Midwest Feedsack Club--will be giving a talk on feed sacks. An email with directions to Linda's house will be sent to all regular members. If you are not a regular member but are interested in attending, please feel free to email Kimber for directions. 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.
Just a reminder to interested guild members--the deadline to enter up to three quilts in the Reiman Gardens Garden Quilt Show is Tuesday, June 15, 2010.  Entry fee for 1 - 3 quilts in $20. 

Entry forms are available for download at Reiman Garden's website: 

Please direct any questions or concerns to: Lynne Melssen, Iowa State University at 515-294-8981 or