July 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, July 28

Ruth Powers
1 p.m. Creativity
7 p.m. Dare to be Different


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 

July is running true to form---hotter than ever!  Just like the deals at the Mall In the Hall and August Charity Auction!  (Notice the slick segue?!)  Time to get geared up for the coming big events.  If  you would like to help this year, I will have a sign-up list at both July  meetings for volunteers.  We will need afternoon volunteers to carry donations in to both the M-I-H and Auction areas, as well as helpers during the Auction that evening.  Work shifts will be 2 hours, so your whole day won't be affected.  

Our charity auction has a proud tradition of generous donations to local organizations.  Last year we donated over $14,700 to American Heart Assoc., Breast Cancer Research, and Alzheimer's Assoc.  We will again be supporting these worthy organizations.  So plan your donations, finish your projects, and cull those notions and extra fabrics!  Let's make this year's auction a success and a night of fun!  See you July 28! 

- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President 
Quilt Show Latest News  
We 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)
Important Dates:
  • 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
Looking forward to seeing your beautiful quilts. Any questions about the show, please contact Diane Crawford, 515-988-8368, or Cindy Ohmart, 515-238-6246.
Quilt Show Entry Information 
Have 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!

Paper entry forms must turned in no later than the July Meeting!

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 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 
At 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 ----
Coasters        Tablerunners        Penny Rugs    Tree Ornaments   Stuffed Toys        Quilted books       Pillows        Small wall quilts
or anything else you like to make that one would find in a gift shop.

Please 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 o'clock.

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
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 welcome.
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 your talents.
If you have questions, you may call or text Sherri Street (515-664-3996) or Sue McMain (515-865-5218).
Retreat News  
Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I am getting so excited to start taking reservations for the Fall Retreat Nov. 5-8 at Camp Wesley Woods in Indianola. Sign up will be starting at the July meeting, which is July 28!!  

If you were there before you know how much fun it is. If you were not you need to be sure to sign up as it is so much fun to sew when you want and visit when you want and make lots of new friends. Be sure and sign up early to be sure of a spot. There is a limit again of reservations I can take.

Some changes this fall is we are going to try out sewing in the Gym. We will all be sewing in the same room which I think people will like.  It will mean going outside to eat and sleep for everyone. I have also a reserved a new lodge for sleeping that holds 8 and you would drive to it and park there.

Fee will be $140.00 and we will once again take the $25.00 down will hold your spot but the final money needs to be paid before Sept. 1 due to camp cancellation policy.

Find me in the back of meeting room at the July meeting with sign up sheets. It will then be in the August Newsletter and you will be able to print it on line shortly after the July meeting. 

- Deb Kirby, Retreat Chair
Library Notes  

Remember that the library will not be open in August, so books checked out in July are not due back until September.  This gives you a whole extra month to enjoy your book.  Also, July will be our last month for book sales.  All remaining books will be donated to mall-in the-hall in August.

We have been happy to see a few more members visiting the library.  Please remember that you may check the website in advance if you are looking for a specific book or topic.  We are also happy to help you look for a book, but you need to know the author or the title of the book in order for us to do this.

Two new books were added to the library in June.  Angela Lawrence graciously donated a copy of her book Needleturn Applique The Basics and Beyond.  Please say thank you to Angela when you see her at the next guild meeting.  Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses by Linda Franz was purchased by the library due to member request.

- Sherry Baze, Librarian
Community Giving 
Our Guild is Dy-na-might! 

Again!  You have emptied our containers and asked for more.  We are astounded and grateful for your generosity.  Our Guild is dy-na-mighty when we work together! During the June general meetings you checked  in 13 completed finished quilts, 12 quilt top, 1 quilt ready to bind and 29 pillow cases. You checked out 6 pillowcase kits, 9 tops to quilt, 3 quilts to bind and one to piece.

In June we delivered 152 placemats to Meals on Wheels, and 17 burp cloths, 10 cuddle quilts, 22 kid cot quilts to Children and Families of Iowa Urban Ministries, and bunches of pop tops and toiletries to Ronald McDonald House.

We have 51 quilt tops that need batting.  We purchased charitable batting from The Heart of Iowa at a reduced rate and we are grateful for their generosity as they delivered it from Wisconsin at no charge.

If, however, you are willing to quilt a top and provide batting we have kits with a top, backing, and binding for you.


Community Giving has a request of those in our guild that work on long arm sewing machines.  Please save any long side or end pieces and donate to Community Giving. We will take pieces that are 16 inches or wider and make them into battings for our quilt tops.  We thank you in advance.

Habitat for Humanity

We have caught sight at the guild meetings of a few quilts that are being made for our Habitat project. The quilts we have seen are spectacular and by the grape vine we have heard that they will be entered into the quilt show.

We would like to recognize those groups and individuals that are making a quilt for Habitat.  If you would like your name or your small group's name mentioned in the display at the show please give your information to Terry or Sandy in written form.
You can also send us an email or call us. 

- Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
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