Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Newcomers Meetings
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Upcoming Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, July 26, we welcome Joanie Zeier Poole. Joanie has had a lifelong passion for quilts and for pursuing an education in art, including a degree in graphic design. She creates original patterns for quilting, appliqué and embroidery through her company, Heirloom Quilting Designs. Using a home sewing machine, she has designed many award-winning quilts, earning Best of Show at both Road to California 2006 and Pacific International Quilt Festival 2006. 


The afternoon lecture topic is "Heirloom Quilting by Machine."


The evening lecture topic is "A Quarter Century of Quilts."


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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Choosing, Adapting, and Using Quilting Designs---Supply list available from Val Russell



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Background Bonanza--Supply List amd Pattern available from Val Russell

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July 2011

Ever have those days where you don't know if you are coming or going!  It's been one of those seasons for me.  I knew I was in trouble this morning when I woke up comparing the lives of bees and ants to frogs and turtles.  Oh how I wish I could quit buzzing around so fast and sit on a lily pad waiting for the next fly to come around. Well today I took the day off and guess what it's not to sit on a lily pad.  I am working to finish some things that have deadlines.  A couple of those items are for quilting and this morning when I sit back and look, the patterns are the whirl-i-gig with bright, bold colors and a wall hanging with ants stealing a piece of watermelon.  Remarkable our work often displays where we are in life and as much as I think I would like to change it, I think it is here to stay and I am glad for it.  I can't wait to see the Show & Tell each month, the quilts/small quilts that will be displayed in the show this year, and the State Fair Entries!  If you haven't sent in your entry forms, do it now!  If you have, it is much appreciated so our worker bees can find some time to sit on a lily pad far away from the frogs and turtles closer to show time!


See you at the meeting


Diane Thiese---President




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).

July '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. 


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. Pattern is needed before class to do preparation work for class and is  available from Val Russell for $6.
Please contact Val Russell at 

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 July will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Rebecca McCreary and Sara Harless will talk about "Beyond the Block--Scrap Piecing." 


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


Upcoming Meetings:


August 16---Machine Quilting with Barb Riggs

Sept 20--Finishing Touches: Binding, Squaring Up and Labels with Shirley Loeffler



If you have any qiestions, 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 July 28.  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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