Learn to Love Needleturn!
Tuesday, July 24th
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.
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
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.
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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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.
1999, Newcomers was formed for the purpose of educating new members
about the workings of the Guild and to get acquainted with other
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, Vice President
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).
We have JUST FOUR WORKSHOPS REMAINING THIS YEAR and slots are filling up fast.
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 email@example.com 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
WORKSHOP LOCATION - NEW!
July's workshops will be held at Walnut Ridge Senior Community located at 1701 Campus Drive in Clive.
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.
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
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 www.maryappliques.com
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
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
Sharon Rotz www.bysher.net
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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Evening Applique Society
DATE: The 1st Thursday of the Month
TIME: Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Quilt Block in Valley Junction
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.
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 QSJeanniem@aol.com
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 http://groups.yahoo.com/ and search for 1800studygroup. For questions/assistance, please contact Virginia Berger at email@example.com.
Please stop by and visit our
re-designed DMAQG website at www.dmaqg.org
for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking
place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful