It's good to be back! I am up and moving after a successful hip
replacement surgery mid-May. There is a new spring in my step
instead of a hobbling limp. Many thanks to Joyce and the other
Board members for a seamless cover at the May meeting!
is hard to believe that our 2015 quilt year is one-half over! We
still have a lot to look forward to. The Charity Auction and
Mall-in-the-Hall are our next big opportunities. There is still plenty
of time to start (or finish) those auction quilts or items!
Gathering donations to the Mall is always a great way to unclutter our
sewing space. All proceeds will be donated to our chosen
charities. We are known in the community for our generosity, so I
am looking forward to another successful event. See you at the
- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President
are getting very excited about the 2015 "Building Friendships Through
Quilting" Quilt Show! While a group of us are working behind the
scenes, we need everyone to get involved to make this show
successful. Things you can do:
- Enter your quilt(s) in the show. You can do this online
- Make an item for our Little Quilt Silent Auction
- Buy and Sell tickets for our raffle quilt (these will be available at the July Meeting)
- Have your small group participate in the Special Exhibit Display, email ellenwkelly@hotmail, if your small group is interested.
- Volunteer at the show (this will be available after the July meeting, watch the website for the link)
forward to seeing your beautiful quilts. Any questions about the show,
please contact Diane Crawford, 515-988-8368, or Cindy Ohmart,
- June 30 Return Small Group Special Exhibit form to Ellen Kelly Smith
- July 28 Deadline to Enter Quilts
- July 29 Volunteer Registration begins, watch web site for the link
- September 17-24 Drop-off Judged Quilts at Creekside Quilting
- September 17-26 Drop-off Non-Judge Quilts at the Quilt Block
- September 30-October 3 DMAQG Quilt Show, Iowa Events Center
|Quilt Show Entry Information |
you entered a quilt in this year's Des Moines Area Quilters Guild 2015
quilt show? We would like to encourage all you to register at
least one quilt into this year's show!Please try to submit your entries by this month's meeting.
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 June Guild
Meetings. Or email your questions to: DMAQGQuiltentry@gmail.com - Janora and Coleen Hayes, Quilt Show Entry Committee
|Mall in the Hall Gift Shop |
the August Women's Health Auction, we will have a Gift Shop along side
the Mall in the Hall. The Mall in the Hall is a quilter's garage
sale. Start collecting items to bring to sell. Books, tools,
fabric, or anything that can be sold to make a successful sale for the
Health Charities that we support. (No magazines please )
The Gift Shop will be a new section of Mall in the Hall.
The Gift Shop will feature completed items that will be suitable for
gifting to family or friends. Items will be priced from $1 to $50. We
need your help. Please make items for us to sell.
Some ideas are ----
Penny Rugs Tree Ornaments Stuffed
Toys Quilted books
Pillows Small wall
or anything else you like to make that one would find in a gift shop.
bring your gift shop items to the July general meeting or between
1-4:30, August 25th (the day of the auction). General Mall in the
Hall items can be dropped off the day of the sale (August 25th-- between
1-4:30.) We will price the times and the sale will begin at 5
A Coffee and Treat Shop will be open between 3-5
so you can relax and enjoy talking with friends while waiting for the
really big sale to begin. Then, be sure to shop for that special gift
while shopping Mall in the Hall.
Peggy Kirk & Sharon Meisenheimer
|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
|Little Quilts at the Quilt Show |
Our group Sew Sew Joyful
is looking forward to seeing your wonderful small quilts that will be
sold at the Show. We are hoping each of you will be making one.
Again this year the quilts may be any size up to 24" on one side or a
total of four sides equaling 96". Bags, purses and totes are also
We do need to have them before the end of August,
so you can bring them to the August Charity Auction, if you wish.
We love the ones we have received. We encourage you to show off
If you have questions, you may call or text Sherri Street (515-664-3996) or Sue McMain (515-865-5218).
The library has added 6 new books in April and May through donations, including:A Patchwork Murder by Jan FieldsImpressionist Applique: Exploring Value and Design to Create Artistic Quilts by Errea and OsterfeldNew Mercies by Sandra DallasQuick and Cuddly Baby Wraps by Karla AlexanderQuilt-Lover's Favorites, Vol. 12 by Better Homes and Gardens
Quilts made Modern by Ringle and Kerr- Sherry Baze, Librarian
The full listing of books is available on our website here.
Habitat for Humanity Update
Community Giving outreach for this year's quilt show is to give new
Habitat for Humanity homeowners a quilt. This quilt will be to
honor and recognize the hard work each family has done to become
One of the criteria to becoming a Habitat for
Humanity homeowner is the "Willingness to Partner". This criteria
includes 300 hours of "sweat" equity" for previously owned homes and 400
hours for new homes. This is from 7 ½ to 10 weeks of work.
All the family members are encouraged to participate. They will
work at the Des Moines ReStore, or on current home projects for
others. The applicants also must be employed.
family has earned a half of the "sweat equity" they can choose a
home. From then on the family must work on their home weekly to
complete the remaining hours.
Another criteria is that the family
needs to complete "Blueprint to Homeownership". There are three
parts to these classes: Finances (banking services, credit,
savings, and budgeting), Life as a Homeowner (insurance, closing
documents, being a good neighbor), and Protecting Your Investment/Home
Maintenance (Outside and inside the home, and plumbing, electrical, and
At closing, homebuyer families purchase
their home for the value of the materials and land, with no charge for
volunteer labor and no allowance for profit. Financing is provided
by GDM Habitat through an affordable 20-year mortgage.
can see it is a lengthy process which require a great deal of
commitment. These families deserve our support and recognition. We
hope that you or your small group are also making a commitment by
making a recognition quilt for a happy, new-homeowners family.- Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
DMAQG Members Deserve Recognition
You deserve a write-up, or a gold star, or a trophy! Sandy and I
have returned home after our member meetings with empty project
containers and a back seat full of finished quilts, pillowcases, and
placemats. We also have done some heavy lifting with bags of pop
tops and toiletries that you have turned in.
At the April
meeting you checked-in: 18 pillowcases, 46 placemats, 9 pieced
tops, 6 quilts to bind and 16 finished quilts. You checked out 9
pillowcase kits, 14 quilt top kits, 10 kits to quilt, and 8 quilts to
Special thanks to these members for completing a
part or all of a project: Susan Corbett, Gloria Iverson, Diane Caufield,
Linda Mould, Bonnie Hamling, Gretta Wilkinson, Nan Newell, Deloris
Shepley, Kathy Wunder, Margaret Simons, Judy Parkhurst, JoAnn Belling,
Helen Smith, Chris Patrick,JoAnne Schnebly, Rose Schutte, Katheryn
Russi, Shari Walkup, Beth Bradly, Marilyn Carlson, Norma Hamilton ,
Sherry Von Fumetti, Tiffany Melchers,Sue Conard, and Lisa Flyr.
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