Des Moines Area Quilters Guild
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Upcoming Program

At our next guild meeting on Tuesday, September 28, we welcome Sheila Green from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.


"3500 Quilts and Counting: 

 A Volunteer's Perspective"

This talk covers the history of the museum as well as what they are doing today. Sheila will give us information about what she does at the museum as a volunteer, what classes she has taught at the museum, and how the Lincoln and Nebraska State Quilt guilds support the museum.


Sheila lives in Lincoln with her husband Ken. She started quilting 15 years ago. She has taught quilting to children and adults and has lead work-shops in the public schools, The Museum of Nebraska History and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum and is on the Board of the FRIENDS of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.She loves researching the exhibitions and sharing the history for the art of quilting with the museum visitors, young and old.


Since the museum's quilt collection is preserved in a controlled atmosphere, Sheila will not be able to bring any quilts with her.  However, part of her program will be a power point presentation with pictures of some of the 3500 quilts.


Please invite others whom you think might enjoy this program.  The lecture fee for non-members is only $5.

Guild meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th & Grand, in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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THANK YOU!  The Women's Health Charity Auction gathered $12,999.51 and the monies were distributed as follows: Hospice of Central Iowa $5,461.90, Susan G. Komen $4,452.68, and American Heart Association $3,084.93. Your generosity is so amazing and I know all the efforts you put into having this event each year.  Special Thanks to all of the volunteers that supported the Mall in the Hall and the Auction. You all made it so effortless.


CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to all the State Fair Ribbon Winners!  Doesn't it feel special to know that we have had a sneak preview in our Show & Tell and how great it feels to see ribbons attached to our Friend's quilts.  We are so fortunate to belong and have such a talented/diverse quilt guild. The Fair gets me excited to see the Quilt Show. I always walk out with admiration and inspiration. I just need a few little quilting elves to get all that inspiration down in fabric. 


Remember to be working on your President's Challenge "Winter Wonderland". The weather may be here before I get mine finished but I do have an idea and have purchased the right fabrics to make it happen.  It's one of the few shopping trips that I knew what I needed before I bought the fabric. We have such great shops in our area that help support our habit. 


The leaves are starting to get that feeling of change. The colors of the foliage and the crisp, cool air always get me moving. Take the time to enjoy the season, put a pot of soup on, and enjoy your quilting time. There's nothing better--except taking a weekend to come to the Quilt Show and enjoy it with friends!


Diane Thiese

Upcoming 2010 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).

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   
The location for the October workshops will be at the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.  We will meet in Building #3 which is the one closest to Prairie Life Fitness. 
Vikki Pignatelli

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.

Newcomers Meetings 
The Newcomers Meeting for August  will be held on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library.  Jeannie Stille will be discussing and answering questions on Long Arm Quilting.
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.  

This is the last Newcomer meeting until 2011.


If you have any questions, please contact me at 515-270-1485. 


Diane Thiese

Quilt Sleeves
We had some requests for directions for the quilt sleeves to be on quilts entered in the quilt show. Click here for the directions located on the DMAQG website: quilt sleeves 


Special Group Meetings
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.  Any questions please contact Jeannie Murphy at or 515-440-2160.
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 September 23rd and the study topic will be quilting bees and quilting as a social outlet. For a list of future study topics, contact Kimber Van Heukelom at or 515-993-4005.  
Flu Shots 
Flu shots will be available at the September 28 meetings for all members. Nurses from Wesley Life will be available from Noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost per shot is $20. Medicare covers the cost in full so please bring your Medicare number so the claim can be filed for you.
Save These Dates
Guild member Nylene Dory will be having a huge fabric sale on October 14, 15 and 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Nylene will be selling fabric, patterns, books, magazines and needlework. Nylene's address is 5401 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines.