"Pay me in pillowcases!" are the words from our April presenter, Jody
Sanders. So the challenge is set! We're asking all members to make
and donate pillowcases for the American Patchwork & Quilting
Million Pillowcase Challenge. We've set the bar high - last year's
donation was 597! We can beat that! Please bring your
pillowcases to the April 28th meetings or the workshop April 29th. Our
Guild is known for its generosity and community giving. Please
help continue this proud tradition!
- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President
of the foundations of our guild is our many and diverse Small Groups.
Small Groups not only provide camaraderie for their members, but also
fulfill vital volunteer roles for many activities which make our guild
great. At the April and May guild meetings (April 28th and May 26th),
look for the Small Groups table during treat-time if you are a member
wanting to join a small group or a small group ready for more members.
Our current VP, Joyce Moore, will be hosting this table to help you
connect with one another and would love to hear from you.
The Spring Retreat was April 9-12 with 37 attending at Camp Wesley
Woods near Indianola, Iowa. We sewed a charity quilt and played
games and did stretching exercises. Everyone had a great time
visiting with old friends and making new ones. There were 4 new attendees this Spring.
Plans are already being made for the Fall Retreat on Nov. 5-8 once again at Camp Wesley Woods. Hope to see you all there!
Deb Kirby, 2015-2016 Retreat Chair and committee
Two Lamoni area Amish quilts, 20+ years old
Measure 104 x 87 and 102 x 84
If interested, please contact Peggy Kirk
corrected phone # 515-314-1118
YARD SALE -- We are downsizing!
Saturday May 2, 2015 8 am to 4 pm
For sale -- Quilts, Longaberger baskets, Boyd's and Russ bears, Crystal, Nick-nacks, Kitchen stuff, Books plus more.
At our warehouse -- 1650 Fuller Road, West Des Moines - Peggy Kirk
We are Building Quilts to Make Friends
Giving has had a very active month. On March 13 we donated 23
more twin size quilts to the YMCA Supportive Housing for Young Adults,
70 placemats and 2 large bags of personal care items went to
Meals-on-wheels, 30 pillowcases and personal care products to the Youth
Emergency Shelter (YEss) and a very large bag of pop tops to Ronald
McDonald House. As Sandy said, "Isn't it a beautiful day for
giving?" And it was.
At the March general meetings we
collected 30 pieced tops, 5 self-binding receiving blanket, a large
flannel blanket, 11 burp cloths, 21 completed quilts which
include: 3 vets quilts, 4 tied baby quilts, a large kid's quilt 11
throw/twin size and 2 queen size quilts. We also collected 26
placemats and 14 pillowcases. The pillowcases will be used to start the
drive for the Million Pillowcase collection that supports our May
Twelve tops to piece kits were checked out at the March meeting and 15 tops, batting, and back kits were taken to quilt.
will have at least 20 more kits of top, batting, and back available to
check out at our April meeting. We are really impressed with
straight lines. We appreciated vertical, horizontal, and
diagonal. If you want to meander, we are OK with that also but
what we really want is something that will hold the batting in place
when it is washed and hugged. We have some requests for quilts to
bind. We were a little short last month and maybe this month too
but hang on cause when these quilted tops start coming in those of you
that like to bind will be really busy.
We want to give our
warmest thanks to the following people who donated their time and
talents to complete projects for the March meeting: Leigh Lussie, Linda
Mould, Phyllis Blood, Helen Smith, Mary E. Booth, Colleen Linkin, Susan
Corbett, Sue McMain, Judy D'Iapico, Linda Wilkinson, Karen Spencer,
Rhonda Saylor, Sherry Street, Jill Pickett, Jo Anne Schnebly, Bonnie
Hamling, Gloria Overson, Shirley Loeffler, Mildred Agena,Jan McLaughlin,
Dianne Melendez (Patch Work Pals), Alene Baily, Genevieve Gunderman,
Norma Hamilton, Doris Rumpp, JoAnn Belling, Margaret Simons, Carol S.
Noyes, Sue Guess, Michele Sparks, and anonymous.
- Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
|Community Giving Sewing Day |
Our annual Community Service Day was held on National Quilting Day, Saturday, March 21 at the West Des Moines library.
were excited to have 23 members participate. These
included: Kris Peterson, Karen Macon, Carol and Nyah Noyes, Linda
Bergeson, Phyllis Blood, Joan Rotert, Judy D'Iapico, Sue McCain, Marales
Kruse, Jane Barnes, Sandy Lanning, Terry Holt, Barb Anderson, Michele
Sparks, Chris Patrick, Jean McLaughlin, Danille Wagner, Carolyn Hosier,
Jan Stump, Linda Wilknson, Sharon Meisenhiemer, and Cindy Ohmart.
group cut strips, pillow case and quilt top kits until their fingers
were too sore to do more. These women walked in and said, "Tell me what
to do," and they did it most of the day!
They cut 60 pillowcase
kits, made 10 pillow cases, cut strips for the fair quilts, cut blocks
for quilt top kits, and worked on their personal community outreach
projects. Then they help clean up, put away, and carry to cars.
What a fantastic group!
|Quilt Show Committee News |
Calling all Small Groups within DMAQG
The Magic of Small Group Quilting:
Building Friendships through Quilting
The theme for this year's AQS/DMAQG fall Special Guild Exhibit is "Building Friendships Through Quilting".
We are inviting each Small Group to help us highlight the work, fun,
accomplishments and play of their small groups. Ellen Kelly Smith
is the contact person for the Special Exhibit and will be in touch with a
representative of your small group about being part of our
We hope you will share stories of your group and
display group projects. We have heard that many of you have made some
type of friendship quilt, round Robin Quilt or challenge quilt and we
would love to have examples of this work for the display. We will be
asking for some quilts to display at the show as well as photos and a
few stories (humorous or otherwise)from your group. The committee will
help with the display poster for each group so that the exhibit is
We will need the name of your small group,
along with a list of its members and a contact name and phone number.
Please talk about this at your next small group meeting and be prepared
to provide the information listed above by the end of April. We welcome
your ideas on how to highlight the wonderful friendships that develop
through our quilting together. Start talking. We know you'll have great
Please email Ellen Smith your small group members and the
contact phone number. Ellen's phone numbers are (home)
515-279-2218 and (call) 515-443-3001. Looking forward to hearing from
you during the next month.
|Quilt Show Committee News |
are "Building" a great quilt show for you this year. We wanted to
provide you with several dates you may want to add to your calendar.
|May 26||Quilt Show Entry for will be up on the Website|
|July 28||Quilt Show Entries are due.|
|July 29 ||Volunteer Sign up begins|
|Sept 17-24 ||Judged Quilts are due. Turn in sites to be announced at a later date|
|Sept 17-26||Non-Judged Quits are due. Turn in site to be announced at a later date|
|Sept 28||Quilt Show Set Up begins|
|Sept 30-Oct 3||"Building Friendships Through Quilting" Quilt Show at the Iowa Events Center|
We urge everyone to continue working on their quilts for the show. You
may want to work on a small quilt as a donation for the Little Quilt
silent auction. This is one of our largest fundraisers for the guild.
Let's make it an outstanding year.
were happy to see a few more of you browsing in the library in March.
Hope you will keep it up. Remember that books checked out are due back
the next month. If you need to keep them longer, please let us know.
Three new books were donated to the library in April:
Quilts in Morocco by Kaffe Fassett
The Jane Austen Quilt Club by Ann Hazelwood (fiction)
The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas
price on the sale books put out in January has been reduced! There will
also be some new books put on the sale table in April.
Sherry Baze, DMAQG Librarian
Come Join Us!
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