September 2015 Issue  

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Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, September 22

Program Changed

Board Members' Then & Now
Trunk Show 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.


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 

     You did it again!!  Quilters are the most generous people I know!  Our Women's Health Auction was a HUGE success!!  We raised $18,028 for our selected charities!  The American Heart Association, Alzheimer's Association, and Breast Cancer Research Foundation were all blown away by our generous donations!  (see blog post for more details) You helped in so many ways: donating to the Mall in the Hall and Auction, volunteering your time to work, baking for the cafe, and most importantly, buying the donated items. Thank you for all you do to make our Guild and community better!

    Now it's time to gear up for our next great adventure---the Quilt Show!  Preparations are well underway by our committee, so we need to do our part to support them.  Finish those quilts to hang in the show, volunteer at the show, sell raffle tickets for that beautiful quilt, and finally, attend the show!

     And if that's not enough for you, continue working on your President's Challenge quilt!  Mildred Agena returned from the Grand Rapids show with lots of good advice for this year's projects.  One tip concerns the hanging sleeves.  AQS does not want them sewn into the binding.  They should be at least I/2 inch below the top binding. The sleeve should extend from side binding to side binding.  Remember the theme "Starstruck", and the size is 36"x36".  Have fun creating; I can't wait to see them at the December Tea, December 12!

     See you at the September 22 meeting!

- Karen Macon, President 
Quilt Show News 
The Quilt Show is less than 2 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 September meeting 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. *Directions here.  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 September meetings and the drop off sites.

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.
Other Quilt Show News 
Paid Vendor Staff Wanted
2015 Quilt Show

From time to time we have vendors who are in need of an employed worker in their booth. As a service to the vendors we maintain a list of names and phone numbers of members who are interested in working in this capacity. If you are interested in being on this list please contact Sharon Meisenheimer at (

Please keep in mind that our first responsibility to the quilt show is to fill all our volunteer slots. This is very important to our obligation with AQS and to our own DMAQG show. Know that if you have previously signed up for a volunteer slot, we are counting on you.

Sharon Meisenheimer, Vendor Tender Coordinator
Fall Guild Retreat  
There are still openings for the Retreat Nov. 5-8 at Camp Wesley Woods, Indianola. Cost for members is $140, Non-members $165.

Come Join the fun, laughs and hours of sewing with friends and gave a chance to make some new friends. We have such a diverse group of ladies you get a chance to see all styles of quilting and learn some new things too sometimes. Quilters are so good about sharing their art.
Just think you can work on your Christmas gifts and it is not December yet. Don't miss the chance!

You can download the registration form right here on our website.

If you have questions you can email Deb Kirby at or call or text 712-830-0833.
Hope to see you there.

- Retreat Chairperson, Deb Kirby
Education Outreach Committee News  
Our Kids Classes and State Fair Sew-In were a huge success. This is due to the help many of you gave to the project.

Thank you to:
  • Those who helped 50 Kids learn to make quilts at Kids Classes.
  • Those who helped the fairgoers make 437quilts during the fair.
  • Donated to Bidwell Riverside, Camp Dodge Counseling, Angel Tree Camp, Children's Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital, Lutheran Social Services of Iowa and to Child Serve.
  • Those who helped with 2 yard cuts of fabric for the quilt backs.
  • Those who cut the many 5 inch strips we needed.
  • Those who cut backs, strips and bindings from their own stash.
  • Those who donated fabric over the year to the charity closet.
  • Those who donated cash to pay for the additional supplies.
  • Fabric and Threads Dept. of the Iowa State Fair        
Small groups who did a variety of tasks:
  • Warren County Piece Makers
  • Pin Pals
  • Corner Quilters of Shenandoah
  • Creative Vision Quilting Class Teachers
Companies who donated to the Education Committee Projects:
  • Leo 9 Textiles
  • Creekside Quilting, Clive, IA        
  • Hobbs Batting Co.
  • Metro Sales and Service     
  •  Debbie Caffery
  • Warm and Natural

- Sharon Meisenheimer and Jill Reber, Education Outreach Committee
My Brother's Keeper Update  
I was notified several days ago that our resource for the My Brothers' Keeper donations can no longer receive and distribute donations.  For the past few years, we have been very fortunate to have a woman from Dexter, IA who has collected boxes of donated fabrics, batting, etc. from my house and distributed them to groups of volunteers and church groups west of Des Moines who have then used them to make pillows, quilts, and other items that are given to the homeless and others in need. This woman also stored boxes at her home until her volunteers and groups were ready for them. Last year alone My Brothers' Keeper received 450 BOXES of donated fabric scraps, batting, etc. and they have received over 280 BOXES so far this year.

With no new resource identified and available now to continue receiving and distributing MBK donations, the donations must stop effective immediately. Please do not continue bringing bags of scraps, etc. for My Brothers' Keeper to guild meetings and do not drop such off at Creekside. They will not be picked up, sorted and then passed on to My Brothers' Keeper. You may continue to donate appropriate fabrics and supplies for the guild's educational outreach and community service.

Thanks, Mary Shotwell
Community Giving 
Some of our members must not get much sleep! How else could our fantastic group keep up with all the programs, activities, personal quilting and still find time to make a quilt for a person who needs one. I hope the sandman finds you good souls and lets you have a great rest after the snow flies. 

Although we didn't have a general guild meeting in August we still were available for collection. We had 12 completed quilts turned in plus three pieced tops and two small quilts. The small quilts were donated to the Small Quilt Auction for the Quilt show.

Several large bags of supplies were picked up by the Des Moines School District and toiletries went to the West Des Moines Human Services.

We will have many quilt kits to quilt at our September meeting. We know how hectic the fall schedule can get so we do not expect these quilts back before February. Maybe if it is a snowy, blowy, January someone will get so bored they will finish it by our January meeting.

Community Giving Needs  

As anyone with children and grandchildren knows, school has begun.  That also means that sewing classes have started and there is always a need for your sewing extras. If you have the following to donate please bring them to the guild meeting in a bag or box marked "Schools."
The items needed are:
  • Fabric for Pajama Pants projects-2 yards of fabric (flannel or cotton), ribbon, knit, cotton, and fashion fabric
  • Interfacing
  • Insulbrite
  • Notions: zippers, thread, buttons, elastic, needles, pins etc.
We also are looking for 4 yard pieces for the quilts donated by Meredith. Or we could use two 2 yard pieces and sew them together. 

- Sandy Lanning and Terry Holt, Community Giving Chairs
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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