Meetings Fourth Tuesday of Every Month at West Des Moines Christian Church
at 1 pm and 6:30 pm

Community Outreach

Current Community Outreach Projects

So Many Opportunities for Giving to Our Communities!

Community Giving:  Kären Wignall and Julie Hanel
Education Outreach:  Jill Reber, Carol Hendrick and Mary Frank

Community Giving

We have donated to:

  • Bidwell Riverside Center-Holiday gifts for kids
  • Blank Children’s Hospital -NICU
  • Broadlawns Birthing Center
  • Care Initiatives Hospice
  • Free Store
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Iowa Chapter/Family Assistance Program 
  • Nurse Navigators @ John Stoddard and Mercy
  • Polk Count Senior Center
  • Refugee Relocation Program/Catholic Charities 
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace-Iowa (Bunk beds for kids in need)
  • US Committee of Refugees and Immigrants
  • VA Cottages Program
  • and others…

To Get Involved

The Community Outreach Committee has a table outside every guild meeting. Please stop by to pick up a kit of donated fabric to start sewing a quilt top, a quilt top that needs quilting and/or binding. You can donate almost any quilt you make that you do not need! See the Community Giving committee members for suggestions on size and current needs. We also have sew days, where you can come and work on Community Giving quilts with a group. Details here.

We appreciate your generosity In sharing your talent with those in need of assistance in our community.

Education Committee

The goal of the Education part of the Community Outreach Committee is to serve the community and educate others about quilting.  With those goals in mind the committee endeavors to teach quilting skills and make donations to many agencies that help the community. 

  • Anawim Housing
  • Angel Tree Camp
  • Bidwell Riverside Pre-school      
  • Camp Dodge Family Services
  • Children’s Behavioral Health Unit of Lutheran Hospital
  • Four Seasons Adoption Assistance & Polk County Family Court
  • Fresh Start
  • Early Years Preschools
  • House of Mercy Preschool
  • Lutheran Social Services of Iowa
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace
  • House of Mercy  
  • Polk County DHS

Creative Visions

The Creative Visions Quilting Group was organized by DMAQG members in 1989 to help teach a local group of women how to make simple quilts to meet needs in their community.   Sewing machines and donated materials are provided as part of the Community Giving and Education programs of the Guild.   Members of the Guild help with instruction, pinning quilts, cutting blocks, and making kits.  

Over the past 35 years, the membership of the group has evolved, but we are delighted to welcome participants who come from many different backgrounds and countries.  The focus remains on teaching basic sewing and quilting skills,  and supporting participants as they become more independent and move to more advanced projects.   

The Quilting Group meets on Wednesdays during the school year  from 1 – 3 p.m. at  the Creative Visions Human Development Institute ( at 1343 13th St. in Des Moines. Volunteers are always welcome, please contact Carol Hendrick ( for more information.

Charity Fabric Closet

The Charity Fabric Closet is maintained with donations from Guild members and members of the community.  Creekside Quilting continues to have a donation basket that enables people to give fabric.  The Fabric Closet provides fabric to anyone who needs fabric for their charity project.  The following groups have found needed fabric:

  • Des Moines Schools Fashion Design Program
  • Days for Girls (6-8 groups)
  • Little Dresses and Shorts for Africa
  • Various School Districts in Central Iowa

The Education Committee wishes to thank all who have helped us through the years.  It takes a lot of people helping out to do all the things we do.  THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!