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

Small Groups & Special Interest Groups

Small groups and special interest groups are the modern day equivalent of the old fashioned quilting bee.

Many small groups have formed as a result of friendships made through the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. Small groups range in size from 2 to 25 members. Some groups have been meeting for several years, others are just forming. These groups establish regular meeting times and often meet in one another’s homes or a restaurant, library, church or community center. Small groups may study a common theme, participate in exchanges and/or round robins, take shopping trips, visit quilt shows, take retreats, volunteer in guild and community projects and participate in a variety of other planned activities.

This area of the website will be used to identify the small groups that are active within our guild.

If you are interested in joining an existing or newly forming small group, please email

Special Interest/Open Small Groups:

These groups are open to new members, feel free to go to a meeting and see if you’d like to join them!

In Stitches

Members work on hand stitching or cutting fabric.
Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1 – 3 pm
Urbandale Library, 3520 86th Street, Urbandale
Contact:  Kären Wignall   (515)778-8104,

Rather Bee Quilters

A very small group that has been meeting since the late 1970’s.
Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 1 – 3 pm
Meets in member’s homes
Contact:   Jenny Held   (515) 681-2624,

EPP Knicker Knots

Group for persons interested in English paper piecing.
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1 – 3 pm
Polk County Westside Senior Center, 134 6th Street, West Des Moines
Contact:  Mary Jane Reelitz   (515) 491-1106,
Comments:  Are you ready to learn more?  This is the group for that!

TAG 2.0

The Appliqué Group (TAG) is for quilters interested in machine or hand appliqué.
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 10 am
The Iowa Quilt Block, 325 5th Street, West Des Moines
Contact:  Susie Martin   (515) 240-2359,
Comments:  This group welcomes new members regardless of skill level or experience with appliqué.

Binding Sisters

Members get together and sew.  At 3 or 4 meetings a year, they make binding for the State Fair Sew-in.
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1 pm
Creekside Quilting, 9926 Swanson Blvd, Clive
Contact:  Phyllis Blood   (515) 255-1100,
Comments: The group tries to take one road trip a year.

Iowa Fibers and Beyond

Artistic members explore all types of fiber and fiber-like material.
Meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 am – 3 pm
Summer Meeting Place:  Jean Taft’s home, 2618 40th Pl, Des Moines, IA
Winter Meeting Place:  West Des Moines Library, 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines
Contact: Jean Taft   (515) 202-5879,
Comments:  Not affiliated with the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild.  Meetings start with a program and end with show-and-tell.


A small group for members interested in making bags and totes.
Meets the 1st Saturday of Odd Months (January, March, May, July, September, November) at 9:30 am
Cornerstone Commons Community Room, 6365 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Contact:  Karen Macon   (515) 371-6167,

Known small groups within our guild:

Artsie Fartsie
Binding Sisters
Bitsy Chicks
Bitty Bees
Bold N Batty
Empty Spools
Errloom Quilters
In Stitches
Itch ‘n To Stitch
Laundry Baskets
Legendary Ladies
Loose Threads
Material Girls
Modern Quilt
Monday Basket Quilters
Nine Patch Quilters
Patchwork Pals
Peddle Pushers
Pin Pals
Rather Bee Quilters
Rotary Cut-Ups
Rotary Strippers
Rowdie Rippers
Sacred Heart Quilters
Seams Sew Easy
Sew Be It
Sew N’ Sews
Sew Nuts
Sew Sew Joyful
Sew What
Southside Quilters
Stitchin’ B’s
Tangled Threads
The Applique Group (TAG)
The Drake Quilters
Thread Bears
Three Sisters
Tuesday Morning Cut-Ups
Twisted Sisters

Updated June 2015