|Upcoming Program |
At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, July 27, we welcome Edyta Sitar who resides
in Marshall, Michigan with her husband and children where she enjoys
creating beautiful patterns for Laundry Basket Quilts and designing
splendid fabrics for MODA.
The afternoon lecture is entitled "Reasons for Quilting".
The evening lecture is entitled "Five Favorite Techniques Used in Quilting".
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.
|Workshop Registration and Class Supply Lists |
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Stars in Quilts
|Board Members and Committee Chairs |
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quilters we have so much to celebrate and we commemorate many of those
celebrations with our quilts. We give quilts to celebrate new life,
confirmations, graduations, anniversaries, special achievements, and
special holidays. The list goes on. How many of you have a red, white,
and blue quilt you use for the 4th of July? It
is a special time to celebrate those who have served and given so much
for the freedom we have. At the same time it is a very whimsical time of
the year--pin wheels, firecrackers, fireworks, cotton candy,
watermelon, ice cream. Great ideas for a small quilt for the Silent Auction.
Have you submitted your quilts for the Quilt Show? I
am going to get mine done as soon as I finish this. It is an
opportunity for all of us to show our work and celebrate with our
friends the gift we have. The hardest part of the process is submitting
the form. The rest is what we love to do so it is effortless. Take the
time--you will be glad you did. We go to quilt shows because we love to
see the color, patterns, and work others are doing. They inspire us. I
challenge all of you to show your quilts!
August 24th is the annual charity auction to support the needs for Women's Health. It
is frightening to go through health issues. Yes, I am old enough today
to know health issues happen to each of us in some form. We are better
today at diagnosing, treating, and curing because of research. What
we do in August gives us a voice in this important part of our life. We
have active members today that go through pain, emotional stress, and
face the unknown. I am always amazed at the baskets, quilts, tools, and
books you give for this cause. It is a fun night to celebrate our health
we have and help those who are going through current struggle. Get
fired up and ready for an evening of fun!
to see more news on the Nomination Committee for next year's Board
Members. Please contact me at if you are willing to be on the
Nominating Committee. Please consider serving on
the Board. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow
members, have potlucks, meet the speakers over dinner, and use your
The Nominating Committee will be filling the following
positions this year: Vice President, Program Chair Elect, Quilt
Show Chair (Co-Chair) Elect, Director at Large, Corresponding Secretary,
Treasurer, Librarian, Community Service, and Retreat Chair.
Descriptions of duties are at the back of your
directory and carry a 2 year commitment. More information
will be coming, but please contact me or any of the other
Board members if you have questions. Get involved! It's easy and
See you at the guild meeting!
Upcoming 2010 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
supply list for the July workshop will be available
along with a map and further instructions at the
workshop table at the Guild meeting on July 27.
The supply lists are also posted on the DMAQG web site. See the links on the side bar of the newsletter.
Edyta Sitar www.laundrybasketquilts.com
NEW LOCATION FOR WORKSHOPS --
As many of you know, the WDM Christian Church was a wonderful location. They really do want us to return. However, they have already scheduled Vacation Bible School for the week of July 26 -30. Therefore, we had to find yet another location.
On Wednesday, July 28th and Thursday, July 29th, the workshops will be held at the Park Avenue Presbyterian Church located at SW 9th and Park Avenue. The entrance is on the west side of the building.
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
Vikki Pignatelli www.vikkipignatelli.com
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.
The Newcomers Meeting for July will be held on
Tuesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Mary Shotwell
will be demonstrating hand applique.
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.
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.
Annual Charity Auction
Annual Charity Auction to support Women's Health will
be on August 24th. Donations should be delivered to the
church by 5:00 pm with your name or the name of the small group
making the donation. This is an event that is open to the public to
participate. The cause is worthy but what is more important to me
and the board is coming together and having a good time. Let's
make it a year where there is something for everyone. All
donations are greatly appreciated. To accommodate
time the Mall in the Hall will handle all donations with
the value of $50 or less. Here are specifics for the evening:
are ideas for donations: quilts, tools, notions, books, baskets,
fabric, kits, patterns, etc. Deliver all items by 5:00 pm on the
24th at the Church. Items should have the name of the group or
individual donating the item and a quick note of contents. Please mark
the price on the Mall in the Hall items to save time.
TIME and PLACE:
Mall in the Hall will be in the Fellowship Hall and will start at 5:30
pm. The Auction will be held in the Sanctuary and will begin at
6:00 pm. Viewing of items will begin at 5:30 pm in the front.
Please take time to browse--as much as we hope to show things well
through the Auction, it's so much better to see what is there and get a
Items for Mall in the Hall must be paid for in the Fellowship Hall.
Auction Items will be paid for at the back of the Sanctuary before you
leave. You will receive your item when it is won during the bidding
process, a scribe will take the description of the item, the amount
accepted for the bid, and take the information to the bankers in the
THANKS to the Bitsy Chicks and So What's small groups for managing
the Mall in the Hall. Additional volunteers are needed: Bid
Numbers and Sign In (4:45 and 6:00 shifts), Announcers (6:00 and 7:30),
Donation Helpers (5:00), Isle Helpers (5:45), Scribes (5:45), and
Runners (5:45). None of these are hard jobs and the work of many hands
helps so all can enjoy the fun. Please contact me by e-mail email@example.com or my cell phone 515-480 5666. I will be out of town the week of July 17-24 and will get back to you then.
again for all the support you give. It is awesome and
overwhelming to think of the care you give to our community.
SPECIAL GROUP MEETINGS
Evening Applique Society
QSJeanniem@aol.com or 515-440-2160.
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
1800s Quilt Study Group
Our group always meets the fourth Thursday
of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Quilt Block. Our next meeting will be
July 22nd and the study topic will be antique sewing tools of any kind.
Members are encouraged to bring examples of these if they have them.
Please also bring your 9" finished (9 1/2" unfinished) brown-and-pink
quilt blocks for the quilt guild auction project to this meeting. This
will be the last opportunity to turn them in. If you can't make it to
the meeting, please drop your completed blocks off at The Quilt Block by
the July meeting. For a list of future study topics, contact Kimber Van Heukelom at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-993-4005.