April 2015 Issue  

In This Issue
Upcoming Meeting
Tuesday, April 28

Jody Sanders
"A Week in the Life of  Magazine Editor"


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 Tuesday, April 21st, at 6:30 PM at the Urbandale Library in Meeting Room B. Our presenter will be Janora Hayes on the topic of Color and Design Basics. We will also discuss more details for the August Charity Auction. The meeting will finish up with Show-and-Tell, so bring something you want to brag about.

Newcomers meetings are open to guild members who have joined within the last year. Please join us to learn more about our guild and meet other new members. I hope to see our newer members on April 21st!

- Joyce Moore, 2015 Vice President.

Program Chairs' Note 
Thanks to everyone who attended the March lectures and workshops.  At the end of winter, wasn't it wonderful to see all of that spectacular color in Carol Taylor's quilts! And, we're looking forward to seeing the wonderful wall-hangings that result from Carol's workshop. Carol was so complimentary of our members' creativity and productivity.

The April and May lectures and workshops offer a wide spectrum of skills and insights- including English paper piecing, fusible appliqué, and log cabin construction to make colorful, floral window boxes.

- Kathy Russi and Martha Henrichs, Program Co-chairs
April Program & Workshops
Jody Sanders   

In April, Jody Sanders will be our featured speaker and teacher. Jody Sanders works for the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts group at Meredith Corporation. Her day-to-day responsibilities include being the editor of Quilts and More magazine. She also contributes to American Patchwork & Quilting , Quilt Sampler , Make It Yourself, and allpeoplequilt.com.

Jody's 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. Meredith and Jody are generously donating Jody's time for Tuesday's lectures and the Wednesday workshop.
To show our appreciation, we're asking members to bring pillowcases to donate to the Million Pillowcase Challenge.  It only takes @ 45 minutes 1.25 yards of fabric  to make a pillowcase. 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 + a requested/optional 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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May Program & Workshops
May: Lenore Crawford    

Our guest speaker in May is Lenore Crawford from Midland, Michigan. A chemist during her earlier career, Lenore now devotes all of her time to creating quilts and teaching. Lenore is an award winning quilter best known for her landscape and floral appliqué quilts. Her quilts have graced the cover of many quilt magazines and are among the collection of the American Quilt Museum.  Lenore's website is: www.lenorecrawford.com.

  Flower Boxes
Wednesday, May 27, 9 AM- 4 PM:   Cost $ 50 workshop fee plus $ 10 class kit fee (includes fabric and other supplies)
In this workshop students will create this project using a basic log cabin style pattern while incorporating the window box theme. This pattern was created by Lenore's mother, Myra Moore, and is a unique design using floral prints as the flowers for the window box. The pattern will be made by the students creating as many window boxes as desired and sewn together by machine in class for the finished art quilt.  They can be configured by threes in a row or column, four in a square, etc.  Lenore will supply most of the floral prints.

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Fusing and Fabric Painting to Create Realistic Fabric Art
Thursday, May 28, 9 AM- 4 PM: Cost: $50 workshop fee plus $15 class kit fee (including the pattern you choose plus other supplies used in the workshop)
In this workshop designing a small, fused project will begin using one of Lenore's patterns: Yellow Poppies, Yellow Cone Flower, Cone Flower, or Rose. The design will be outlined on freezer paper and then transferred to a background fabric on which the design will be fused. No sewing will be done during the workshop, only the designing and fusing. You will learn how to make your own patterns from your own photos, too. Lenore will also demonstrate how to add fabric painting to your design to add detail and depth. Students will select their fabric before class for the pattern they choose for the class.

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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.