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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Heidi Kaisand

My Quilt Top is Done:

Now What?


West Des Moines United Methodist Church

8th & Grand

West Des Moines   


Heidi Kaisand


"We're surrounded with thousands of pieces of fabric and as many patterns to use them in. But, why is it so hard to decide how to finish our projects? Through this inspiring presentation, I'll provide you with five ways to get those tops turned into useable quilts. You'll see specific examples, including 20 quilts, in person. Have a project you don't know how to finish? Bring it along, and I will select a few to discuss in front of the group."

A graduate of Iowa State University in Consumer Food Science-Food and Nutrition, Heidi began her career at Meredith Corporation in the cookbook division. Then, in 1993, she joined the first American Patchwork & Quilting magazine staff. 


Heidi's passion for quilting helped her make great strides in taking American Patchwork & Quilting magazine to the top of the industry in just a few short years. In addition she helped create and produce many other quilting titles, including Quilt Sampler, Quilts and More, Quilt-Lovers' Favorites, Complete Guide to Quilting, and a calendar.


In September 2007, Heidi took a new direction in the quilting world by taking the position of National Sales Manager at APQS. After years of getting people started quilting, now she is helping them finish their projects on a long-arm machine.


Today, she adds Hen & Chicks Studio -- a new quilt shop at 101 North Main St. in Conrad, IA -- to her long list of creative outlets. Here, Heidi combines 30 years of crafting experiences, a 20-year professional quilting career, and a passion for inspiring others.


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September 2012 



In this issue, you will find information on all the upcoming programs, workshops, and meetings of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. Look for the full newsletter in your inbox next Friday.



Welcome to all newcomers 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, September 18th at the Urbandale Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Retreat co-chair Nan Earll will talk to us about the fall retreat. Jane Hamilton will then talk to us about "Orphaned Blocks and Unfinished Tops." It is amazing what new creations can be made. Please bring a pair of "paper" scissors with you. Jane will be showing us how to make our own jacket pattern.


Remember to bring one or two of your quilts for Show & Tell. Also, if you have completed Jill Reber's 8-pointed star challenge or if you want help auditioning your fabrics, please bring these items as well.  


Don't forget, October will be the last time we will meet in 2012.


We look forward to seeing you.

 Peggy Kirk

Peggy Kirk, Vice President


Our quilt show in conjunction with the AQS Regional Show will be at the Iowa Events Center October 3-6, 2012.


If you are showing your quilts, please drop off Non-Judged Quilts at the Quilt Block, and Judged Quilts at Creekside Quilting. Drop off dates begin September 21 and end Thursday, September 27 at the close of business for both shops. Please fold your clean quilts and place each one into a separate pillowcase. 


Pillowcases will be available at the September guild meetings and at each of the drop-off shops. Or you may use an old pillowcase of your own from home -- which you will not get back.


Tickets for the raffle quilt go on sale beginning September 23 and end October 6, 2012. Please share a copy of the Quilt Show poster with your friends and neighbors to increase interest in this guild fundraising effort. Tickets cost $1 each, or $5 for six tickets.


Details, details, details: Your quilt must have a 4-inch wide hanging sleeve at the top of the back of the quilt. Place the small entry form stub into a zip-lock baggie and pin the baggie to the lower-left corner of the back of your quilt (as you view the quilt from the back). The baggie should be the quart sized bag so that the judging helpers can easily open your baggie and insert the judge's comments about your quilt. Finally, please, remove all pet hairs and odors from your quilt.


This show will be SO fun -- so we hope that everyone participates, either as a volunteer or as a displayer of your own quilt -- or both. 


Your Quilt Show Committee



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). 




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


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 p.m. 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 September 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the Quilt Block in Valley Junction. The topic will be "Conversation Prints." Bring any information you can find and examples that you might have in your collection. For questions/assistance, contact Virginia Berger at


Please stop by and visit our re-designed DMAQG website at for information about upcoming quilt shows and other events taking place around the area, our newsletter archive, as well as other useful information.