May 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, May 26

Lenore Crawford
1 p.m  Fusing, Fabric Painting, and Stitching
7 p.m. Award Winning Techniques


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.

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President's Letter 

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!

Now 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 meeting! 

- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President 
Program Chairs Note 
Thanks 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.

Our 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
Small Groups News 
One 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 you.
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 website starting now through the July Meeting, July 28th.

If 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 no later than the July 22nd. 

You 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:
  • Applique
  • Art Quilt/Pictorial
  • First Quilt Entered in a DMAQG Show
  • Mixed Technique
  • Modern
  • Pieced
  • Quilting for the Home
  • Wearable Art/Accessories
  • Whole Cloth
  • Wool
  • Junior Guild Member
For more information regarding category definitions and rules please see General Rules and Definitions.

You 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:

- Janora and Coleen Hayes, Quilt Show Entry Committee

Quilt Show Judging Information 
We are pleased to offer quilt judging again for our DMAQG show!  We have contracted with NQA Certified Judge, Lynne Erbach, from WI.
Judged 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.

See 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 Chairs

Quilt Show Special Exhibit  
We are Building Quilts to Make Friends  

Guild 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 your group.

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!.

My phone numbers are (home) 515-279-2218 and (cell) 515-443-3001. Please call or email me with questions or concerns.  Thank you so much for participating.

- Ellen Kelly Smith
Treasured Quilts at the Quilt Show  
Building Friendships through Quilting  

This 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

- Barb Eckoff
Community Giving 
Community Giving Blooms in April   

Community 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.

We 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.

There are several quilt blocks on our web site 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!

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