March 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, March 24

1 p.m. Carol Taylor: So Many Quilts and

7 p.m. Carol Taylor: Working in a Series


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
Newcomers meetings are open to guild members who have joined within the last year. Our next Newcomers meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th, at 6:30 PM at the Urbandale Library in Meeting Room B. Our presenter will be Nan Earll and her topic is machine Paper Piecing. We will also hear from our Community Giving committee.  Please join us to learn more about our guild and meet other new members. We will also have a Show-and-Tell segment, so bring something you want to brag about. I hope to see our new members on March 17th!

- Joyce Moore, 2015 Vice President.

Program Chairs' Note 
Thanks to everyone who attended the February lectures and workshops. After seeing all those wonderful historical quilts, isn't it rewarding to be part of continuing the legacy of quiltmaking?

The March and April lectures and workshops offer a wide spectrum of skills and insights - from English paper piecing, a quilting technique with a long history, to contemporary design and techniques. We have a few spaces left in the March and April workshops so join us for these learning opportunities.

- Kathy Russi and Martha Henrichs, Program Co-chairs
March Program & Workshop
Carol Taylor


In March, we will welcome Carol Taylor ( 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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April Program & Workshops
Jody Sanders   

In April, Jody Sanders will be our featured speaker and teacher. Jody, a fellow Iowan, is Editor of Quilts and More magazine. Her lectures at both April meetings will be 'A Week in the Life of a Magazine Editor'. In addition to talking about Meredith Corporations' process for acquiring quilts, photography, instruction writing, etc., Jody will bring a trunk show from their various publications. Jody's 'fee' for the April 28 lectures is to have members bring pillowcases to donate to the Million Pillowcase Challenge. We had a wonderful response to this request last September so let's show that we can do it again!

English Paper Piecing- Tips, Tricks, and Techniques:
Wednesday, April 29, 9 AM- 4 PM:   Cost $ 20 +pillowcase donation
Jody will teach a technique based workshop on English Paper Piecing/hand-stitching. She will discuss glue basting vs. thread basting, paper vs. plastic templates, etc.  Jody will provide a pattern for participants to make a project, probably a small pincushion, but the class will focus on different ways to English paper piece and giving students time to try them out, determining their favorite method. Jody will have a number of samples to inspire the class. She will also bring a variety of fabrics, paper pieces, templates, and free patterns for students to use.  Workshop fee $ 20 plus a requested/optional pillowcase to donate to the Million Pillowcase Challenge.

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Location & Registration Information
You may register for workshops at 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 (; 277-2357) or Kathy Russi (; 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.