August 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, August 25

Annual Charity Auction,
Mall in the Hall,
Gift Shop & Treats


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.

President's Letter 

One of the biggest events of the year is here! Our annual Women's Health Charity Auction will be held August 25 at 6:00. Your auction donation items must be valued at $50, otherwise they can be directed to the Mall in the Hall or Gift Shop. Quilts, baskets, and other desired items may be donated; we've had many wonderful choices in the past!  It was great to see several quilts at Show and Tell that will be offered at the Auction. Just a preview of the wonderful things to come! 

Please drop your donations off at the middle church door between 1:00-5:00. Two cards must accompany your item. The cards should include the following information: Description of item, estimated value, and Donors or makers of the item. A preview of the auction items will be at 5:30, with the auction starting promptly at 6:00. Auctioneer Tim Busby has once again donated his services, so the auction promises to be fun as well. Our selected charities this year will be the American Heart Association, Breast Cancer Research, and the Alzheimer's Association. Our Guild has a proud history of generosity, so please  plan on attending, bidding, and generally having a good time! Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event happen!  

Also, click this link for more information about the other events happening at our August Meeting and how you can contribute. Looking forward to seeing you August 25!   Thank you!

- Karen Macon, 2015 DMAQG President 
Quilt Show News 
The Quilt Show is 6 weeks away! It begins on Wednesday, Sept 30 and ends on Saturday, October 3rd. We hope you all are working on putting the finishing touches on the quilts you entered.

Raffle Quilt

The raffle quilt is "Petals and Pennies", a quilt adapted from a Lisa Bongean, Primitive Gatherings pattern of the same name. We passed out tickets at the July meeting. If you did not receive any or would like more, we will have those available at the August & September meetings, and at the quilt show. Tickets are $1 a piece or 6 for $5.

Quilt Entries

Please remember that all quilts entered in the show must have a 4" sleeve affixed to the back of the quilt.  If the quilt is greater than 90" long, the top of the sleeve should be 90" from the bottom of the quilt.
The entry tag that was generated when you entered the quilt should be in a plastic sandwich bag, and affixed with 2 safety pins to lower right hand corner of the back of the quilt.  Each quilt should be placed in a pillow case. Pillow cases will be available at the August and September meetings.

If your quilt(s) is judged, please drop off your quilt(s) beginning Saturday, September 19 and no later than Thursday, September 24th to Creekside Quilting, 9926 Swanson Blvd, Clive.  If you have entered a non judged quilt(s), please drop it off at The Quilt Block, 325 5th St, W Des Moines, beginning Saturday, September 19, and no later than Saturday, September 26th.


How would you like to get in free to the Quilt Show? You can do so by volunteering at the show. All volunteers get in free the day they volunteer. If you volunteer for hanging you can choose your free day.  We have over 450 volunteer opportunities.  Please click this link to be directed to Volunteer Spot where you can see what fits into your schedule. Sign up early and often. Should you have any questions about volunteering, contact Lynn Johnson

Lectures & Workshops at the Show

AQS has put together a great line-up of speakers and teachers!  They have also provided many classes this year. Visit the Quilt Week Website,, for more information. 
Click here for the direct link to lectures & workshops.

Should you have any questions regarding the Des Moines Guild Show, Building Friendships through Quilting, please contact Diane Crawford  515-988-8368, or Cindy Ohmart, 515-238-6246.
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  
Fall Retreat Nov. 5-8 at Camp Wesley Woods in Indianola. Space is limited, so sign up now to reserve your spot!!   Click here for the registration forms.

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. S
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 is $140.00.

- Deb Kirby, Retreat Chair
Library Notes  

The library will be closed in August due to the Auction. Check out Mall in the Hall for some books this month! See you in September.

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

Another great month as we checked in 22 completed quilts, 4 pieced tops, 50 placemats 4 receiving blankets and 9 pillowcases.  We checked out 8 pillowcase kits, 5 quilt kits to pieces, 14 quilts to be quilted and 1 quilt to bind.We had 3 pieced backs and a large amount of batting scraps donated.

Meredith Publishing has donated 18 quilt tops. We found enough pieces of coordinating fabric for the bindings but we need fabric pieces for backings. Each quilt requires 3 to 4 yards. We need mostly bright colors: orange, turquoise, yellow, lime, green, pink, gold, red, black/white, a medium tan, mint green, light pink and light blue.  

HEADS UP NOTICE:  We will be present at August auction to collect any projects that you have finished. We will not have any projects to check out. Also thank you for the batting pieces donated from our long armers. Right now we have enough but we will send out the call again in the future.

- 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