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Our Annual Charity Auction and Mall in the Hall will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand in West Des Moines. This takes the place of both our regular meetings. 

The Mall in the Hall opens at 5:30 and the auction begins at 6:00 p.m.



There will be NO programs until October because of the Charity Auction in August and the AQS/Des Moines Quilt Show the end of September.


Our next guild meeting will be on Tuesday, October 25, and Anita Shackelford will be the speaker. 


The topic of her afternoon lecture will be "Designing the New Album Quilt." The evening lecture will be "Applique With Folded Cutwork."



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Piecetime Programs
August 2011 


I apologize for sending the WRONG newsletter earlier tonight----

Linda Enghausen, editor




I had an opportunity this past week to take my Grandson shopping for a quilt he has asked me to make.  How things change from year to year.  Last year Noah asked me where he was on my list for making quilts.  I pointed out I had quite a few that I needed to finish and then I asked him if he had an idea of what he wanted.  He quickly took me to his room and showed me his Minnesota Vikings helmet with strict instructions it needs to be purple and gold with a white swish in the corners.  This year when I mentioned we needed to go to the Quilt Store to get the fabrics he was very satisfied with me doing that alone since I had good judgment in fabric choices.  Needless to say I knew if I wanted his help it was going to have to be a quick shopping trip.   We had our opportunity Wednesday before going to Adventureland and I'm happy to say with the great help of quilting shop friends we were in and out of the shop in less than 40 minutes.  The quickest fabric selection I have ever done.  We are so fortunate to have great quilt shops in our surrounding area.  Noah thought it was very cool that the clerks were well versed in Minnesota Vikings trivia as well!  It's a great memory and I'm so glad we found the time to take this little excursion.  He's pretty proud of those fabrics and I can't wait to get started. 


Memories-Friendship-Creativity, that is what quilting is about for me.  I am blessed with many friends and family that may not sew but they appreciate the time and talents put into these gifts of love.  So too, although we probably will not meet or know the Veterans or those receiving Community Support gifts--it is uplifting to me to know that it is all done out of love and respect for those who do not have this talent.  I am in awe after each meeting of your generosity and the give, give, give attitude of each of you.  There are years I do not produce anything to give but other years I am able to achieve quite a lot.  I always know when it is meant to be because the time is opened up and zwa la a finished product shines back at me.


See you at the AUCTION!!!  I am busy cleaning my quilting shelves.  It's like a shopping trip by itself but I'm so glad to have an opportunity to share those gadgets, patterns, and fabrics that I no longer have a need for.


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 starting at 5:30 p.m.  Details were in the July newsletter and will also be in the August newsletter you will receive next week.  



Upcoming 2011

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).

October'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.  


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 August will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library. Barb Riggs will talk about machine quilting. 


Remember to bring "Show N Tell" and block of the month.


Upcoming Meetings:


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 




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

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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