Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012
1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
My Quilt Top is Done:
West Des Moines United Methodist Church
8th & Grand
West Des Moines
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."
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.
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.
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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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.
1999, Newcomers was formed for the purpose of educating new members
about the workings of the Guild and to get acquainted with other
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.
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.
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, Vice President
Our quilt show in conjunction with the AQS Regional Show will be at the Iowa Events Center October 3-6, 2012.
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.
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: 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.
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
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).
Only TWO WORKSHOPS REMAIN this year!
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 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, Program Co-Chairs
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 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 QSJeanniem@aol.com
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 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