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Upcoming Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, June 28, we welcome Nancy Prince, an award winning quilt artist from Orlando, Florida, who specializes in thread painting.  Her anyone-can-do-it approach to thread painting is fun, easy and a new way for quilters to broaden their quilting experience


The afternoon lecture topic is "So What is Thread Painting All About?"


The evening lecture topic is "Anyone Can Do It Thread Painting."


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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June 2011

I think in Iowa we are blessed with Cold and Hot weather for a purpose.  It gives us time to quilt!  I say that as I am working diligently to get things in order for summer company and have not been able to sit at my machine for a couple of weeks.  I do find time for some handwork.  I have been getting up 15-30 minutes earlier to do some applique which I have found is a great starter for the day. 


This past weekend as we were driving to Northeast Iowa and drove past the many flower gardens and wooded areas, I was struck by how the color and patterns pop out at us.  The iris, peonies, and the list goes on for the flowers in full bloom.  They create quite a vision for upcoming quilts.  My husband is the gardener at our house but the appreciation I get from looking at the potted geraniums, the deep purples or bright whites of our new Iris, or the gentle pinks of peonies, and the lavender from lilacs have a new dimension when I think about incorporating those colors into a quilt.  I challenge you to go outside and take a look, incorporate the colors you see into your next quilt.  You will never be disappointed because they are the colors that are natural to you.  We don't need to go to France for Picasso's garden inspiration, we have it here in our own yards, corn/bean fields, rivers, and woodlands. 


Aren't you glad you live in Iowa and are a Quilter?  Don't forget to let us see your inspirations during our Show and Tell at the guild meetings and I'm so looking forward to the Quilt Show!  I am always in awe of the creations that come from thread and needle.  What a simple process with so many magnificent results! 


See you at the meeting


Diane Thiese---President




Entries for the Iowa State Fair are due soon. Have you ever entered a quilt in the Iowa State Fair? If you haven't, consider entering this year.  It's fun to see your quilts displayed with other quilts from all over the state. All quilts entered receive written comments from the judges. Exhibitors also are invited to a special preview night before the State Fair opens to the public. You must request entry tags by July 1, 2011. For information about the categories and how to enter, click here 




Please be thinking about what you wish to donate to our auction or to the Mall in the Hall. The auction will be held Tuesday, August 23.  More details will be in the July and August newsletters.  



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.   


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) NEW ---- BACKGROUND BONANZA -- 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 June will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Sharon Meisenheimer will do a program on foundation/paper piecing.


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


Upcoming Meetings:

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 June 23.  The study topic will be will poison green fabric. Please note that meetings are an informal exchange of ideas and information. If you have any questions, please contact Kimber at 515-993-4005 or



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