October 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tues., October 27

Jacquie Gering
1 p.m. Honoring Tradition
7 p.m. You'll Know It When You See It

West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Pkwy

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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 

         WHAT A SHOW!  We wowed them again! Congratulations to Cindy Ohmart, Diane Crawford, and the Quilt Show Committee for another stellar show. It wouldn't have happened without your participation through volunteering and attendance. Congratulations, as well, to the many award winners and participants at our show and AQS. A lot of time, effort, and angst went into this venture, so THANK YOU to everyone for making our show so successful again!

     October is our last regular meeting for the year. Where has the time gone? It wasn't that long ago that I was nervously anticipating the first meeting of the 2015 year! The year has flown by and I have enjoyed it all! Another reminder that our December Tea will be the second Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 am. Keep working (or planning) your  President's Challenge and plan to sign up for another stimulating year of workshops!

     See you October 27!

- Karen Macon, President 
Get Ready for the Annual Tea  
We are going to try something a little different for our annual Tea on December 12th. Instead of everyone bringing snacks to the tea we are going to divide the alphabet. We are asking those whose last name begins with A through L to bring treats in odd years (2015, 2017, 2019, etc). Even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc) will belong to those whose last name begins with M through Z. Therefore, if your last name begins with A through L, please bring treats to share for our December Tea on 12/12/2015.
Quilt Show News 
Wow!! What a great quilt show!

The quilts were spectacular, absolutely gorgeous. Your hard work throughout the year is definitely appreciated. We had several vendors comment on what a great show the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild puts together.

The Special Exhibits-Barb Eckoff, thanks for another great "Treasured" year. The quilts you are able to pull together offer another facet to our show. Thanks also to Ellen Kelly Smith and Jennifer Bernard for the "Building Friendships though Quilting" small group display.  I'm fascinated by what other groups do and who is in each other's small groups. The quilts and photos were great.

If there were to be an award for the hardest working small group it would undoubtedly go to the Sew Sew Joyfuls. Thank you for all your hard work on the Small Treasures. Thanks also for all the DMAQG members that made small treasures and also those that made purchases. I love the one that I bought. It's something that I would never make and I will treasure it in a big way. 

The raffle quilt made a stunning entrance to our show.  Thanks to Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings, for allowing us to use her pattern. We have a very talented group that made a block or multiple blocks - thanks. Special thanks to Diane Thiese who did all the beautiful beading and embroidery. Thanks also to Connie Remetch who for the quilting. Our quilt was won by Sandy Kray from Tiffin Iowa.

A big "Pat on the Back" to all our volunteers. Once again we filled approximately 500 volunteer positions before, during and after our quilt show.  THANK YOU for your help is making our show a success!

Fall Guild Retreat  
The Fall Retreat is fast approaching and all of those attending are getting very excited.  The committee is finalizing the plans.

We will be offering Stretchercises and a new game for those interested.

The retreat is full for this Fall but there is always next Spring and here are the dates so you can put this in your calendar. April 14-17, 2016.

- Retreat Chairperson, Deb Kirby
Photos to Give Away  
We found some photographs of guild members and their quilts from the past. We will have a table at the December 12th Tea for viewing and distributing these photos.  Some have been documented with date and who is in the picture. Stop by the table to see them and take any photographs that you would like to have. We will not be keeping these with any guild records. Help us find a new home for these old, yet memorable, photos!
Retiring Board Member Gifts  
To show our appreciation to our Board Members who are retiring from their current position, we are asking for donations to our Education Outreach committee instead of personalized gifts to each. If you would like to participate, please bring a 2-yard cut of fabric or some 5-inch by WOF (width of fabric) cuts with the salvages removed. We would like "blender" type fabric or fabric appropriate for juveniles (please no "baby" fabric). This would be one type of donation to honor all retiring Board members - not one per retiring board member. No hatchet blocks to make this year!

Thank you!

 Volunteer with Tax Exempt Encouragement  
Did you know that the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild is designated as a 501(c) (3) organization? Since 1985 we have been designed as a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code. Many businesses in Iowa have generous volunteer policies that allow employees to log volunteer hours and after the individual company requirements have been met - the organization is eligible for a donation, grant or in some cases a day off for the employee.

Guild members spend endless hours volunteering their time at such activities as the State Fair, the Quilt Show, pillowcase challenges, Creative Vision, or even sitting at home making Charity Quilts. Over the years, through Community Giving and Education Outreach the guild has touched the lives of many Iowans as well as people outside the state and even the country. Encouraging community giving is even part of our Mission Statement.

Does your company or place of business have such a policy in place?  If so, that would be yet another good reason to volunteer for the guild!!  A copy of our letter from the IRS and Federal Identification number is available upon request.
Community Giving 
  Our grins are bigger than this pumpkins because you are all so fantastic about Community Giving projects.

In September we collected 53 place mats, 14 pieced tops, 4 quilts to bind and 11 finished quilts.  We checked out 12 pillowcase kits, 15 kits to quilt and 4 quilts
to bind.  

We would like to especially thank the following members who returned a project in September or August:  Shirley Loeffler, Helen Ringgenberg, Carol Krause, Gail Peterson, Joyce Ryerson, Sue Conard, Carol Heneluick, Dueanna Johnson, Danelle Wagner, Judie Croneley, JoAnn Belling, Norma Hamilton, Gloria Iverson, Lisa Zbylicki, Margaret Simons, Susie Martin, Doris Rumpp, Geneviere Gunderman, Barbara Hines. If we have missed anyone we are so sorry and please bring it to our attention and we will include your name in the next newsletter.

We will have quilt kits for quilting at the October meeting but no quilt top kits as we are getting ready to pass the baton forward for 2016.  We will have the Meredith donated quilt kits available in January.

We will be available for collection of any projects you would like to return at the  Tea, on December twelfth.

- Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
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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