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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Guild meetings are held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, West Des Moines.
Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists
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Welcome to the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild.
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, Vice President
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.
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
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
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
UPCOMING 2012 WORKSHOPS
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 515-266-1054. Once your check is received you'll be added to the workshop list.
Linda Montet and Judy Proksa
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 www.melindabula.com
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 Play. Renegade
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 www.maryappliques.com
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
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
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
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
SPECIAL GROUP MEETINGS
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 email@example.com
Evening Applique Society
DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month
TIME: Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction
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.
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 QSJeanniem@aol.com
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 http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for 1800studygroup.
For questions/assistant, please contact Virginia Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org
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re-designed DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org
for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events
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