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On Tuesday, June 26, we welcome Melinda Bula whose quilts have the wonderful look of a painting, but she uses fabric and thread to create beautifully artistic quilts.


Melinda has been sewing since she was a young girl.   She has been in love with fabric all of her life and knew when she was 16 years old that she was going to be an artist, which became her major in college.


Soon she was off to Hawaii as a flight attendant (a real job that lasted 8 years) and met her husband during this time in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


She worked in the interior design field for 15 years as a fabric and wallpaper designer.  Soon after the birth of their son, Matthew, in 1988, she and her husband, Joe, started their own wallpaper and fabric design business. The company, Melinda Bula Designs, sold their hand silk-screened wallpapers and fabrics nationwide.


Melinda's wallpaper and fabric designs have been featured on the covers of Better Homes and Garden magazine as well as Sunset design books in addition to other noted publications.


Since moving to the Sacramento area in 1996, she has been involved in quilting and wearable arts, which has always been her first love.  Her sense of color and design has won her numerous awards for both quilts and her dynamic and modern wearable arts. She loves to experiment with new techniques.


She has been lecturing and teaching her unique Fusible Flowers, both in the United States and internationally. She has written two books on her Fabulous Fusible Flowers technique, Cutting Garden Quilts and Candy Cane Lane, both published by the Martingale Company.


Melinda's afternoon and evening lectures will be the same: Developing the Artist Within Through Quilts and Wearable Arts. She'll take a humorous look through the eyes of a quilt artist as she finds her way through the world of art, quilting and wearable arts.  Melinda shows the evolution of her art with humor and lots of inspiration.  



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June 2012 




Welcome to the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild.


The Newcomers Group was formed in 1999 with the purpose of allowing new members to learn Guild procedures and meet other members in a smaller setting. It is open to members who have belonged to the Guild for less than one year.


If you qualify, please attend the meeting on Tuesday, June 19th at the Urbandale Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Our Recording Secretary, Barbara Hines, and our Treasurer, Gerry Hingst, will talk about their responsibilities.


The program is entitled "My Magical Flower Garden" and will be presented by JoAnn Belling.


Remember to bring one or two of your quilts for Show & Tell.


We look forward to seeing on Tuesday, June 19.


 Peggy Kirk

Peggy Kirk, Vice President




Small groups are one of the most effective ways for members of the Guild to connect with one another. Because of this we are focusing on how to better serve our small groups and those who wish to join small groups.


First, the small group reporting form has been revised. We feel that it will give us better information. We ask that all small groups please fill out the new form, called "Small Group Form."  Find the form by clicking HERE.

Second, we have created an "Individual Seeking Small Group Form." Now we will have the information necessary to make a better match with a group looking for additional members. 11 people have filled out the form to date. Find the form by clicking HERE.


Please fill out the new form(s). You can mail your form to me or drop it off at the small group table at the Guild general meetings. Visit us at that table to ask questions or to pick up a form to fill out.


Thank you for helping us to serve you better.
Peggy Kirk 






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).


We have JUST THREE TEACHERS LEFT who are giving workshops, so sign up right away to reserve your 2012 spot. You won't want to miss these exceptional teachers. We've heard that when teaching at national shows their classes fill very quickly. Our June speaker, Melinda Bula, will be teaching classes at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan at a cost of $75 each. You can attend the same workshops here on June 27 and/or June 28 for only $50 each.


For any workshop, you may mail in your reservation (see link to registration form) along with your workshop fee to Judy Proksa, 99 Linden Blvd., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. We will also be taking reservations at our meetings on Tuesdays. If you'd like to be put on a waiting list while sending in your registration, email Judy at or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.


Linda M   Judy P

            Linda Montet and Judy Proksa

                     Program Co-Chairs



June's Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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 meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness.


Melinda Bula


Wednesday, June 27 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Summer Rose. Learn the basics for building a Fusible Flower quilt in these 6 hour classes. All students in the class work from the same flower pattern. You will learn the steps of developing a flower art quilt, including how color works to make a flower look real, how to use the fusible and lay out of design. Melinda encourages creativity while assisting those who may feel timid about color and design. All skill levels can master these flowers and make them their own. The students will get 80% of their flower done in class. There is a $15 pattern fee for pattern (most pattern pieces traced for student) and all hand outs.


Thursday, June 28 (9 am - 4 pm) Fabulous Fusible Flowers - Renegade Thread PlayRenegade Thread Play is a bold quilting technique that is easy and fun. This class breaks all the rules by taking the fear out of free motion quilting and giving you confidence to finish your flower quilt and experience to try all kinds of quilting in the future. This is a technique class that will give you the ins and outs of how Melinda does her Renegade Thread Play. This is different than most free motion as there is a trick to sewing through layers of fusible web.



Mary Sorensen 


Wednesday, July 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Appliqué Potpourri. Explore advanced techniques for precision needleturn appliqué, and raise your skills to a new level. Learn straight-forward techniques for dealing with complex and challenging shapes, layering fabrics without bulk, and precision placement, as you stitch an elegant appliqué nosegay or wreath. Bring your questions and get hands-on help with your personal "trouble spots". Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn technique.


Thursday, July 26 (9 am - 4 pm) Baltimore Tribute - Advanced Hand Appliqué Techniques. Baltimore Album quilts remain a source of inspiration for hand appliqué. Using an original basket pattern designed in the spirit of the classic quilts of the mid-1800's, explore advanced needleturn techniques common to Baltimore Album quilts. These include woven baskets, complex flowers, layering without bulk, small circles, challenging shapes, and reverse appliqué. If you love hand appliqué, this class just may tempt you to stitch your own heirloom Baltimore Tribute quilt. Students must have a comfortable knowledge of hand appliqué. Skill level: Intermediate to advanced. Emphasis: Needleturn technique.



Sharon Rotz


Wednesday, October 24 (9 am - 4 pm) String Piecing 101 and Beyond. In hard times, quilters used every bit of their fabric. Today, we can use string piecing techniques to create a delightful mixture of color and pattern. Learn the basics and get creative.


Thursday, October 25 (9 am - 4 pm) Paper Piecing by the Strip. Paper piecing is a wonderful way to make perfect points but can be confusing. How much fabric should be allowed? Where should it be placed? In this class, you will learn the trick of using fabric strips to conquer this useful technique.




TAG--The Applique Group

The TAG group meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Quilt Block at 10:00 a.m. Anyone interested in hand or machine applique is welcome. We are a very informal group, and usually talk and sew and then have show and tell. Some go to The General Store after the meeting for lunch. This is a great meeting for people who want to learn more because we have a good range of appliquers from new to very experienced. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Earll at 515-321-4949 or

Evening Applique Society 

DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month

TIME: Beginning at 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction

If applique is your passion, either by hand or machine, gather your bags and items, we are regrouping again. You can be a Blue Ribbon winner or just starting out with a project and learning the techniques of the trade....all are welcome.

Feel free to bring snacks or teas to share. Also bring Show & Tell, UFO's or anything you may need help with or want to share.

The group meets at The Quilt Block on the 1st Thursday of the month @ 6:30 until.......Mary Miller (or one of her staff members) is kind enough to stay until we are ready to leave. If you forget anything, the shop with gladly open the register for sales of needed or must have products, so remember to bring your tucked back cash or credit cards.

If you have any questions, contact Jeannie Murphy at 515-440-2160 or  


1800s Quilt Study Group

The 1800's Study Group will hold their next meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction.

Virginia Berger will lead the discussion on the color orange in antique/vintage quilts.

You can join the discussion by joining our group on Yahoo. Go to and search for 1800studygroup. 

For questions/assistant, please contact Virginia Berger  at 



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