January 2015 Issue  

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Upcoming Meeting

January 27

1 p.m. & 7 p.m. 


West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Pkwy, WDM

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The mission of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild is to stimulate an interest in quilts and quilt making, educate its members, provide for the interchange of information, and encourage community giving.

President's Letter 

Welcome to the start of the Des Moines Area Quilter's Guild 2015 year!  I am excited to get going!  We have many new faces to get to know, several changes and "firsts" to look forward to.

A big welcome and THANK YOU to the Guild members who have stepped up to serve on the Board. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. I'm also happy to announce Chris Patrick as our new Treasurer!  Welcome!  She will be introduced and voted on at the January meetings. Other new faces include the Modern Quilt Guild which has disbanded and joined the DMAQG as a small group. We are glad for your enthusiasm and fresh outlook on quilting. I know you will benefit from the programs and fellowship of the larger group as well.  A win-win for all of us!

We will start with several "firsts" this year.  Our first meetings will be January 27 at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. It will be our first meeting at our new location, the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. Since this is new for the Board as well, we will try to make the transition as easy as possible.  But I'm sure the check-in process will be tweaked as necessary in the first few months.  Bear with us!  I know you are going to enjoy the new location! 

The President's Challenge for 2015 will be STARSTRUCK!  Starstruck can be defined as being particularly taken with stars or celebrity.  So you can focus on stars, night skies, constellations,etc...or ...remember Maria Elkin's workshop on creating quilts from  photo portraits?  Are you "starstruck' by a favorite person you would like to represent? More details on our website. Have fun creating!  I can't wait to see our entries at the December Tea! 

Mildred Agena has announced the winners of her 2014 Challenge, "Unbound Imagination."  In the order of their position on the display, the top 8 quilts were made by Pat Weber, JoAnn Belling, Mildred Agena, Lynn Randall, Judy D'iapico, Karen Macon, Barbara Riggs and Barb Smalley. Mildred thanks all the participants in the 2014 Challenge and congratulates the winners! Would the 8 selected winners please bring your quilts to the January meeting for Show and Tell? See photos on the DMAQG Blog here.

And there is one more "first" to report!  Each month the American Quilt Society (AQS) Guild News will put a guild in their spotlight.  Our DMAQG is the FIRST guild in the nation to be spotlighted!  As they put it, "The goal is to share the work of guilds around the country in hopes that you'll be inspired to try new things with your guild."  It is a great article highlighting our guild.  Ladies, you are an inspiration!  Click here to read the article online: http://www.quiltviews.com/guild-spotlight-des-moines-area-quilters-guild

     I'm looking forward to seeing you at our January meeting and starting our 2015 quilting year!

- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President 

Outgoing Board Thank You Gifts 


Its not too late to thank the retiring board members. Remember to bring your 15 hatchet blocks to the January Meeting. More details here.

Many thanks to the Board members whose time and efforts are sincerely appreciated by all.

Guild Library 
The library will be making some changes at our new location. It will be located across from the fellowship hall where we will have our snacks.  You will now be able to access all of the books directly from the cabinets. If you are wanting a specific book or topic, I would suggest checking the library book lists prior to the meeting to make finding what you want easier. The librarians will be available to assist and check out books for approximately 30 minutes before and after both the afternoon and the evening meeting. We will also have books for sale.
Please remember that ALL books you currently have checked out are due at the January meeting.
Sherry Baze, DMAQG Librarian
Spring Retreat  
As we start the New Year it is time to make plans to attend our 2015 Spring Retreat! The dates are April 9th through 12th at Wesley Woods Camp, near Indianola, Iowa. This is a fun, enjoyable, relaxing time to make new or renew friendships with other quilters. The fee is $140 for guild members $165 for non-members. 

Register at the Retreat table at the January 27th Guild meetings. You may also find registration forms on our website to print and mail or print now and bring completed form to the meeting!

Deb Kirby, 2015-2016 Retreat Chair
Did you know that Des Moines Area Quilters Guild has a Facebook page? Make sure that you LIKE our page. You will learn information about upcoming workshops and programs and see reports and photos from the workshops and other guild events.
Community Giving 
We are Building Quilts to Make Friends  

For 2015 our emphasis will be on lap size quilts for Habitat for Humanity. Our quilt show theme is "Building Friendships Through Quilting." So we are 'building' quilts to encourage those at Habitat who strove to build a home for their family. We encourage individuals and groups to add a friendship or house blocks to their quilt. More details and nstructions for a Friendship Block is available on our website.

We recently delivered 186 placemats to Meals-on-Wheels, 21 small quilts to the Preemie Project, 52 Newborn knit hats and 65 twin-sized quilts for the YMCA Shelter project.

Our thanks to the following people for sharing their time and talents by donating to Community Service in the month of December.
MaryJo Bonsall, Sue McMain, Judy D'Iapico, Rod Turner, Pat Hjelmeland, and Jan Peterson.

Other Donations to Make in 2015

1. Placemats: We have homes for around 1000 placemats for Meals-on-wheels!  You know what to do with your scraps, quilters!
2. Pillowcases: We will have some kits available in March or you can supply your own fabric and make pillowcases.
3. Des Moines Public School Sewing Classes need supplies: Please see our complete list here and bring some fabrics and notions to a guild meeting, labeled for Des Moines Schools.

We had a wonderful 2014 of giving, see the
Full Report of Donations Available Here.

Save the Date!  
National Quilting Day, Saturday March 21 
Community Giving Sewing Day
Education Outreach
2014 Education Outreach   

We had a very productive year!  Here are some of our numbers, click here for the full report on our website.
  • Creative Vision:  25 women participated in 35 days of sewing making over 100 quilts.
  • Kid's Classes:  50 kids make a completed quilt to take home
  • State Fair Sew In:  During the ten day event 375 quilts were made by over 600 volunteers.
  • Over 15,000 yards of fabric were used on these projects!
Our goals for 2015

Continue what we are doing!  We feel we are making a difference in the education of youth and the general public. DMAQG's members step up and volunteer to staff all these events teaching quilting basics. We also feel that the quilts are going to worthy causes.

Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber, Education Outreach Co-Chairs
Come Join Us!

The monthly meetings of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild are held January through October on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the West Des Moines Christian Church, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines (NOTE NEW LOCATION!) We have an afternoon meeting at 1:00 p.m. and an evening meeting at 7:00 p.m.


Things to bring:

■ Name tag (required to win a door prize)

■ Membership renewal form
■ Workshop registration form
■ Items for show and tell
■ Items for Community Giving