February 2015 Issue  

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Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday February 24

1 p.m. and  

7 p.m.   


West Des Moines Christian Church
4501 Mills Civic Pkwy
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In this issue of Piecetime Programs you will find information on the Guild's Newcomers meeting and the coming months' programs and workshops.  Look for the full Piecetime News newsletter in your inbox next Friday.
Newcomers Meeting

Our next Newcomers meeting will be on February 17th, at 6:30 PM at the Urbandale Library in Meeting Room B.

Our presenter will be Martha Henrichs and her topic is Quilt-As-You-Go featuring String Quilts. We will also hear more about the Spring Retreat from Deb Kirby.

Newcomers meetings are open to guild members who have joined within the last year. The purpose of these meetings is to allow new guild members to learn more about our guild, meet other new members, and help with the formation of small groups. Besides getting to know each other better, we will have a Show-and-Tell segment so bring something you want to brag about. Please join us on February 17th!

- Joyce Moore, 2015 Vice President.

Program Chairs' Note 
Thanks to everyone who attended the January meetings or workshop! We had a lot of fun at the workshop and many projects were completed.

The February and March lectures and workshops will give you lots of good information, help you build your quilting skills, and introduce you to some new techniques.

- Kathy Russi and Martha Henrichs, Program Co-chairs
February Program & Workshops
Chris Moline  

On February 24 at 1 p.m., Chris Moline will give an overview of quilting through the years with her talk, "200 Years of Quilts." At 7 p.m., she will pose the question, "Why in the world did they do that?" with her presentation on "Ugly Quilts." Chris is a quilt collector and certified quilt appraiser. She is the owner of Jean Lyle, supplier of English hand quilting needles and Featherweight sewing machines. You may have visited her booth at AQS Quilt Week - Des Moines.

Chris will be teaching two workshops. If you don't want to make a full sized quilt, you can adapt the patterns for a wall hanging or throw.

Round the Bend:
Wednesday, February 25, 9 AM- 4 PM:   Cost $ 50 + $5 kit fee
Learn the tricks of curved piecing by machine while working on a wonderful old block pattern. Finished quilt has great secondary designs and circle illusions. Make it traditional or contemporary, large or small, it's your choice.  

Two Block Two Step:
Thursday, February 26, 9 AM- 4 PM:   Cost $ 50 + $ 5 kit fee
Make it scrappy or make it simple, this two block combo creates wonderful stars in a traditional old design. Your friends will wonder how you put it all together by machine! This unique setting technique can be used on other traditional blocks to make your quilt a one-of-a-kind design.

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Photo: Round the Bend (left), Two Block Two Step (right)
March Program & Workshop
Carol Taylor


In March, we will welcome Carol Taylor (www.caroltaylorquilts.com) from New York. Carol states on her web page that her "quilts are contemporary in style and often abstract in design, emphasizing color, contrast, and value relationships." Carol's quilts have been featured on the cover of American Quilter, Quilters Newsletter Magazine, and Quilting Arts. Carol will present two different lectures, "Sew Many Quilts" and "Working in a Series."

She will teach two different workshops:
Sensuous Lines and Curves
Wednesday, March 25, 9 AM- 4 PM:   Cost $ 50
Do you love the look of those really skinny lines and curves, but don't know how to make them? Now is your chance to learn. Carol shares the secrets of piecing them and you can make those practice blocks into a lovely wall quilt ( 41" x 36") full of those 'sensuous lines and curves'.  You will start with piecing simple lines that are cut improvisationally on small pieces of fabric that will turn out to be 7.5" blocks. The middle section is made by couching. All this is done with no pinning and a minimal amount of measuring to free you up and allow you to think outside the box. You'll also learn how to finish your quilts with facings instead of bindings.

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Thursday, March 26, 9 AM- 4 PM:  Cost $ 50
Create a small (15 x 15) unique quilt of your very own and learn something about composition, textures, and circular quilting.  This is a chance to use some of those fancy and unusual fabrics that you've been attracted to, but didn't know how to use. We will tame them by fusing, and learn to mix them with other textured looking fabrics. And you won't need much of any one fabric...even scraps will do. You'll learn about fusing and how to finish your quilts with facings as opposed to bindings. Carol will also teach you how to quilt and couch those "perfect" circles that have almost become a trademark on her quilts. You'll be thrilled with the resulting small quilt, which you can do in many different color schemes, and hang in your own home or give as a gift.

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Location & Registration Information
You may register for workshops at www.dmaqg.org. You can either register online or print a registration form and mail it to Martha Henrichs, 5730 Allison Ave., Des Moines, IA  50310.

Please email or call Martha Henrichs (mjhenrichs@aol.com; 277-2357) or Kathy Russi (KWRussi@aol.com; 333-1764) if you have any questions.

All meetings and workshops will be held at the West Des Moines Christian Church at 4501 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. To get there from Interstate 35, exit at Mills Civic Parkway, exit 70. Turn east onto Mills Civic Parkway and drive about 0.9 mile. The West Des Moines Christian Church will be on the north side of Mills Civic Parkway. Meetings are in the Sanctuary in Building 2 and workshops are in Building 3.