Thank you! Thank you! Again you proved yourselves to be the
generous, creative, and talented group we are known to be. 530
pillowcases were donated to the BHG 1Million Pillowcase Challenge at
last month's meetings and workshop! The pillowcases will be
donated locally, and are in the process of being distributed.
Thank you again---your generosity never ceases to amaze me!
is the time to be planning ahead for our future big events. The Charity
Auction in August will be here before you know it. Spring cleaning is a
great opportunity to go through that pile in the sewing room and make a
donation box for the Mall-in-the-Hall. Small groups and individuals
still have plenty of time to finish those auction baskets and quilts.
Register your quilts for the show in October and donate those small
quilts for the Silent Auction. And then there is the President's
Challenge to plan. Yikes! Who knew there was so much to think
about? I hope no one was feeling bored! Just take one project at a time
and we will all get there. Looking forward to seeing you at the next
- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President
to everyone who attended the APRIL lectures and workshop. It's always
interesting to step inside the quilt publication world and we so
appreciate Jody Sanders for sharing her experience with us. And, on
Wednesday, more than two dozen of our members learned a variety of ways
to create English Paper Piecing (EPP) templates, prepare the pieces for
stitching, and piecing them together. We're looking forward to
seeing many EPP projects at future Show and Tells and the quilt show.
guest speaker in May is Lenore Crawford from Midland, Michigan. A
chemist during her earlier career, Lenore now devotes all of her time to
creating quilts and teaching. Lenore is an award winning quilter best
known for her landscape and floral appliqué quilts. Her quilts have
graced the cover of many quilt magazines and are among the collection of
the American Quilt Museum. Lenore's website is:
Lenore will present two different
lectures for our membership meetings. 1 PM lecture will be
'Fusing, Fabric Painting, and Stitching to Create Your Own Art
Quilts'. Her lecture at the 7 PM meeting will be 'Award Winning
Techniques to Create Art Quilts'.
Refer to the Programs Newsletter and Website
for more information about the workshops, and we hope to see you there!- Kathy Russi and Martha Henrichs, Program Chairs
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. Look for the Small Groups table at the May 26th Guild meeting 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
|Quilt Show Entry Information |
Did you know one of DMAQG membership benefits allows you to participate in this year's Des Moines Area Quilters Guild 2015 Quilt Show
? You may register your quilt(s) online at the www.DMAQG.org website starting now through the July Meeting, July 28th.
you prefer to register your quilt by paper entry form, forms will be
available at the May and June Meetings and must turned in at June
Meeting, mailed (postmarked by) or emailed to DMAQGQuiltentry@gmail.com
no later than the July 22nd.
may register your quilt(s) as either Non-Judged (free entry) or Judged
(a $10 per quilt judging fee will apply) in the following categories:
- Art Quilt/Pictorial
- First Quilt Entered in a DMAQG Show
- Mixed Technique
- Quilting for the Home
- Wearable Art/Accessories
- Whole Cloth
- Junior Guild Member
For more information regarding category definitions and rules please see General Rules and Definitions.
must be a current member of the DMAQG to enter a quilt so there is
still time join and enter your quilts. Thank you to all of you
entering a quilt into the DMAQG 2015 Quilt Show. You are the
reason why our Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Show is the best part of
Des Moines AQS QuiltWeek!
If you have any questions or need help
entering your quilt(s) please stop and see us at the May or June Guild
Meetings. Or email your questions to: DMAQGQuiltentry@gmail.com - Janora and Coleen Hayes, Quilt Show Entry Committee
|Quilt Show Judging Information |
are pleased to offer quilt judging again for our DMAQG show! We
have contracted with NQA Certified Judge, Lynne Erbach, from WI.
quilt categories will be the same for 2015, including our traditional
categories for applique, art quilts, mixed technique, modern, and
pieced, as well as categories for wool, whole cloth, wearable art, and
quilting for the home.
One category to highlight is our
First Quilt Entered in the DMAQG Show. This is a great category to
enter for new members or those new to judging to receive helpful
comments on your quilt. We will also have a separate Junior
category for members 18 years or younger. Quilts entered in either
the First Quilt or the Junior categories can be of any size and any
technique. For more category definitions and other judging entry
information, please see: General Rules and Definitions.
article above for the details on registering quilts. Judging will take
place the weekend of September 25th, with results made available at the
show on Wednesday, September 30th or on our DMAQG website after the
opening of the quilt show.- Diane Crawford & Cindy Ohmart, Quilt Show Committee Chair
|Quilt Show Special Exhibit |
We are Building Quilts to Make Friends
Small Groups have been invited to participate in the special exhibit by
sharing activities, projects and good times. More than 20 groups said
they plan to participate.
We encourage you to share stories
about your group and display one or two group projects. This could be
some type of friendship quilt, round Robin Quilt or challenge quilt. We
hope to have at least one quilted item from each group to display at the
show, as well as photos and a few stories (humorous or otherwise) from
Jennifer Bernard will once again create the display
posters. Many of you have seen her beautiful posters at our special
exhibits. Your group must fill out the Special Exhibit Form
with all the information you would like on your poster. It must come to
me in email form, text and separate pictures so that Jennifer can
transfer this information to the posters. WE MUST HAVE THIS INFORMATION BY TUESDAY JUNE 30th. The posters will be created during the month of July.
If your group hasn't contacted me, it is not too late to join the exhibit!.
phone numbers are (home) 515-279-2218 and (cell) 515-443-3001. Please
call or email me with questions or concerns.
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you so much for participating. - Ellen Kelly Smith
|Treasured Quilts at the Quilt Show |
Building Friendships through Quilting
year's Treasured Quilts display is being built around Buildings that
appear on quilts, old or newer, pieced, appliqued, or embroidered.
Send me a picture and tell me the size.
It would be nice if we
could get a centennial quilt from the 1990s or an album quilt that
contains a building in one of the blocks.
Please send photo, via email to email@example.com
Thanks!- Barb Eckoff
Community Giving Blooms in April
Giving has had another very active month. You, the members, make us,
Sandy and Terry, so excited. Your efforts keep us cutting squares and
strips and pillowcase parts from the fabric you donate.
In April we had 19 pieced tops, 2 top-to-bind, 19 finished quilts and 55 place mats checked in.
want to graciously thanks the following members for completing their
part of the Community Giving Projects: Chris Patrick, Joyce Moore,
Linda Mould, Susan Corbett, Eva Marie Evans, Judie Crowley, LaVerna
Griffin, Mindy Miller, Norma Hamilton, JoAnn Belling, Bonnie Hamling,
Joanne Kelsey,Better Shutters, Shirley Loeffler, Gloria Overson,
Margaret Simons, Jean McLaugle, Linda Stohbeck-Beges, Carolyn Hosier,
Hellen Ringgenberg, Sandy Stoltenow, Sue McMain, Tamara Deaton, Dannelle
Wagner, and Paulette Clemens.
We also had 24 tops, back, batting kits, 11 tops-to-piece kits checked out. - Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
Hoping for Habitat for Humanity Quilts
Our quilt show is five months away and that means that we need to be
thinking of a quilt for Habitat for Humanity. We are emphasizing
our show theme of "Building Friendship through Quilting" by making
quilts to give to the new home owners of Habitat for Humanity.
are several quilt blocks on our web site www.dmaqg.com that might be
appropriate for a Habitat quilt. There are two friendship blocks and a
house block. Click on Programs and then Community Giving to access the
patterns. We are thinking that lap size would be great.
So far we
have not heard that any quilt at "Show and Tell" during our meetings
was designated for Habitat and that is making us just a little nervous.
However, we also know that guild members always come through. Just think
of the number of twin sized quilts you made for the YMCA project. We
would like to offer an incentive for you but we just don't know what to
do that would top Phyllis' dance number. So instead just imagine the
look on the faces of the new homeowners as we congratulate their hard
work with a quilt.
Spring Cleaning = Donations!
Just a reminder for you as you complete your quilting supplies spring
cleaning. The following are the items that are most useful for the Des
Moines Schools sewing and design classes.
2 3/4 yd lengths of fabric (flannel or cotton) for pajama pants projects
1 yd and 1/3 yd contrasting fabrics for middle school projects
1/2 inch wide ribbon
Knit, cotton and fashion fabrics in any size other than scraps
Notions - zippers, thread, buttons, elastic, etc.Please label these items with the words Des Moines Schools when you bring them to our meetings to donate.
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