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Mary Sorensen 

Learn to Love Needleturn!

Tuesday, July 24th


Mary Sorensen

Specializing in traditional fine hand appliqué done from original patterns, Mary's distinctive design style is characterized by elegant, formal lines, complex layering of small pieces, and an emphasis on using a myriad of fabrics to create visual texture and excitement. Her flawless appliqué technique and humorous, hands-on approach to teaching have motivated students to return to handwork with enthusiasm. 


Mary has taught and lectured at guilds and conferences throughout the United States. She designs and markets a full line of appliqué patterns sold in quilt shops across the country. In addition to exhibiting at the AQS annual show in Paducah, KY and Quilt Expo VI in Innsbruck, Austria, Mary's appliqué was recognized with a blue ribbon at the IQA annual show in Houston, TX. Her work has also appeared in the AQS Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, Traditional Quiltworks magazine, American Patchwork and Quilting magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens Quilt-Lovers' Favorites


Afternoon lecture: Buy Everything! A Practical Approach to Fabric Selection. Your fabric selections have a huge impact on the success of your quilts. Through a series of examples, Mary removes some of the mysteries of this process, so you can approach your next quilt with confidence and enthusiasm. 


Evening lecture: Appliqué and Piecing, Making Quilts That Have It All. This lighthearted presentation explores the possibilities and pitfalls of combining these two fundamental techniques. 


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.


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July 2012 



In this issue, you will find information on all the upcoming programs, workshops, and meetings of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild.



Welcome to the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild.


In 1999, Newcomers was formed for the purpose of educating new members about the workings of the Guild and to get acquainted with other members.


If you have been a member of the Guild for less than one year, please attend the next Newcomers meeting on Tuesday, July 17th at the Urbandale Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Our Guild Librarians will talk about the wonderful books that are in our library and how you can check them out. 


Judi Urbanek has graciously agreed to demonstrate how to successfully accomplish foundation piecing without going to pieces.


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


We look forward to seeing you.

 Peggy Kirk

Peggy Kirk, Vice President



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 FOUR WORKSHOPS REMAINING THIS YEAR and slots are filling up fast. 


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 the fourth Tuesday of each month. 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



July's workshops will be held at Walnut Ridge Senior Community located at 1701 Campus Drive in Clive.

From I-80/35, exit at University Ave, and turn east. Take the first left onto NW 114th St., and then turn right onto Campus Drive.

From I-235, exit at 50th St. and go north. Continue north as 50th St. turns into NW 114th St. at University Ave., and then turn right onto Campus Drive.

Walnut Ridge is located directly behind the Clive Water Park. Park on the east side of the building and sign in at the front desk. We will meet in the craft room on the second floor, just up the stairs and to the left.  


Mary Sorensen 


Wednesday, July 25 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.) 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 appliqué 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 appliqué 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, UFOs, 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 1800s Study Group will hold their next meeting on July 26th at 6:30pm at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction. The group will watch and discuss a segment of the series, "Why Quilts Matter." 


You can join the discussion by joining our group on Yahoo. Go to and search for 1800studygroup. For questions/assistance, please contact Virginia Berger  at



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