Sew 'N Tell
October 2005
Issue No 169.
Web Address: http://www.aaqg.net
Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021
"Sharing a common thread!"

There will be a board meeting Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

October Guild Meeting

The meeting is Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our "Soup Supper" potluck and Secret Sister Revealing! Quilt Guild Board Members will bring the soup/chili. Beverages will also be provided.

Members should please bring:

(If your last name begins) A-L: salad or bread and crackers

(If your last name begins) M-Z: desserts

The fat quarter lottery for October is Holiday Prints.

Resolutions: If you didn't complete the items on your resolutions list please pay your fine at the October meeting.

November and December will bring some exciting programs and workshops to our guild!

The November 8th guild meeting will feature Donna Olmstead from Janesville, Iowa. Her program "Fabric Painting and Surface Embellishment" will give us all lots of inspiration. There will be a "Surface Embellishment" class on Tuesday, November 8, 12:30 p.m.- 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. The class meets at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall. The class fee is $30 which includes a $10 supply fee. Please sign up at the October guild meeting for the class! You will receive your supply list when the class fee is received.

Sue Nickels, an international quilter and lecturer, will present "The Beatles Quilt Lecture" at our December 13th guild meeting. Additionally , she will be conducting 2 workshops. There will be a 1/2 day workshop on December 13th on "Machine Stipple Quilting" and a full day workshop, December 14th on "Machine Applique: A Sampler of Techniques". Please sign up for these at the October meeting!

President's Report

Hello and Happy Fall!

I love this time of year! The air is crisp and cool and the leaves are changing color, it feels warm and cozy to curl up under my favorite quilt. October is a busy month with football games, college homecomings, quilt shows, Halloween and let's not forget the standard birthdays and anniversaries.

October also is a month to "think pink", it is breast cancer awareness month. I know members of our guild have been affected by cancer either personally or through loved ones. My grandmother was a survivor of breast cancer for over 20 years! Sadly, my husband lost a young, 60 year old grandmother to cancer in October 2001, after she had battled for 3 years. At our meeting this month, I plan on wearing pink --to cheer on those who are fighting cancer now and in celebration of those who have fought the battle and won (and also in memory of those we have lost). I wish all of you would do the same! It would be awesome to see a room full of pink that night! That evening is our potluck and secret sister revealment, a good night for socializing with our quilting friends!



Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, Sept. 6, 2005, HTLC.

Attended by Lisa L.; Therese L.; Susan B.; Celeste M.; Sherie J.; Jenna I.; Charlotte S. and our new members--Sammy Palmer, Marlene Da Ros, and Linda Schlenker. Minutes were read and approved from July Board Meeting. We all introduced ourselves and explained our jobs and what we were responsible for on the AAQG Board.

Lisa gave final treasurers report of Quilt Show--$14,379 income, expenses of $9,365 with a net profit of $4,871. We planned, discussed and approved the 2005-2006 budget changes and proposals. There was some discussion of the possibility of needing a laptop computer in the future and was tabled for future meetings. Retreat Expenses were not budgeted yet because of change in length of time for Retreat and change in prices at Retreat Center. September treats will be provided by Board--as well as the soup for Octobers "Soup's On Supper".

AAQG meeting, Sept. 13, 2005

President Jenna Ingle called the meeting to order. She asked the 10 guests and seven new members to stand and be recognized and welcomed. A highchair that was donated for DHS went to Children and Families Services so a motion was made/seconded to purchase a new highchair for DHS.

Deb Piersbacher has volunteered to take or send our donation quilts to Texas for Hurricane victims. It was voted on by members and over half were in favor. Those who oppose can e-mail Jenna or any Board member and the Board will take this into consideration when a decision is made at the October meeting.

We were reminded of Shop Hop this coming weekend. Oct. meeting will be "soup supper" and Secret Sister Revealing. Board members bring soup/chili--last name A-L bring: salad, bread or crackers--M-Z bring : Desserts.

The bylaws were read over, changes approved and voted on by members. Jenna introduced the Board for 2005-2006. Kris B. announced the theme for 2006, 15th anniversary, "Fifteenth Floral Fantasy" at Faith Baptist Bible College, July 7th-8th.

Sherie showed samples of the workshop in November and announced upcoming classes--see Marlene DaRos if you are interested. The meeting was followed by a unique and creative program by Barbara Randall on her fun purses and how she got into this crazy quilt business. Show-and-Tell and refreshments ended our evening.

Minutes taken and submitted by Secretary, Charlotte Stordahl.

AAQG Featured Quilter of the Month - Lonnie Parsons

Lonnie Parsons

Lonnie Parsons showing her prize-winning quilt at the September meeting.

Alittle bit about Lonnie!

She sells real estate for Iowa Realty. She has been quilting for 7 years and really likes applique.

She belongs to a small group, The Wednesday Group, and has found it very helpful and enjoyable. She has taken lots of quilting classes and thinks they are helpful too. Lonnie loves going on retreat and "getting stuff done and meeting other guild members."

We hope this new column will help us all get to know each other better. Be sure to say "Hi" and introduce yourself to Lonnie at our next guild meeting!

September Meeting Prize-winners

Fat Quarter Lottery -- Lisa Starr

Door Prizes -- Jan Temeyer, Sandy Verbenski, Ann Pederson

Birthday Prize -- Stephanie Nickels

Barbara Randle Purse -- Carlene Smith

Craft Shows

Anyone with any contact information of craft shows, please contact a board member. The Eastern Polk Guild, as well as our own, would be interested in displaying raffle quilts at these shows to help generate more ticket sales.

Web Sites of Interest

This month's websites have a historical theme.

  • http://www.reddawn.net/quilt/timeline.htm

    Very interesting timeline of quilting history in America.

  • http://www.antiquequiltdating.com

    Historical and educational information on quilt and textile dating, identification, development and manufacture.

  • http://http://www.womenfolk.com

    A wonderful site about quilts and quilters of yesterday and today.

  • http://http://www.ismacs.net - International Sewing Machine Collectors' Society

    It has all sorts of history on antique sewing machines.

  • http://www.needlebar.com

    The NeedleBar is an international group of enthusiastic vintage and antique sewing machine collectors, who also have an interest researching the history of their machines.

We're encouraging everyone to send us web addresses of sites we may not know about. That way the column will continue to be worthwhile! Please send us your ideas!

A few more things...

Thank you to all the members/ small groups who have assembled pink and white quilts. They will be donated to Hospice this month. If any members still have blocks un assembled, Please finish them when you can. we can continue to donate these quilts any time. If you have blocks you have not finished and do not have time to finish them, please return them to me because I have other members interested in making these quilts. -- Jenna

I have decided to keep the donation quilts here in Iowa and donate to the Children and Family Services of Iowa. We heard that Houston has received enough quilts. I may look into donating some to the families who were evacuated to Des Moines. If any one has suggestions, please contact me. --Jenna

Please remember to wear your nametags to our meetings. The secretary has temporary tags, but they are only for guests and new members.

A Note from the VP

The leaves are starting to turn, a chill is in the air, and I've got quilting fever. It is a condition that I suffer from year-round but especially in the fall and winter months. I thought I'd start this year by introducing myself. I grew up in northern Iowa, in the small town of Algona. I have four beautiful children (Bobby - 27, Brad - 22, Brooke - 14, and CJ - 12) I also have a beautiful daughter-in-law, Angie, and the cutest two year old granddaughter, Alyssa. Bobby, Angie, and Alyssa live in the Denver area. I come from a family of non-quilters. My mom and my sisters would not touch a sewing machine if their life depended on it. I am the only one that caught the quilting bug. I love it when I see mothers and daughters and sisters quilting together. I wish I had that but.....I do have nine nieces and one daughter so you would think, in time, I could convert one of them!

Enough about me, let's get down to business. I don't know about you but I've got enough UFO projects to last me until the cows come home. And it warms my heart when I've completed a donation quilt that I know a child will be happy to receive. This year, as in years past, we'll focus on completing a record number of donation quilts and finishing some of our UFO's. Jenna did a wonderful job last year coordinating sew days and I plan to continue that this year. We'll have our first Sew Day in November. The date is tentatively set for November 11 (Veteran's Day). That way (hopefully) alot of us will have the day off due to the holiday and we can get together and just get things done. I am still trying to finalize the place and time so watch next month's newsletter for more information! For now, mark Nov. 11 on your calendars, girls and guys. I guarantee a good time! I'll also have a sign-up sheet at the October and November meetings. Hey, I might even bring my guitar and play some tunes for you!

I have lots of fun ideas for this year.....how does a caravan road trip to Algona to visit Pat Lucas' shop, Heartland Quilting, sound? How about a wooly, quilted project published in the newsletter over the course of two or three months? Would you be interested in the cutest quilted purse contest? (An idea I had before the purse lady came in September but now I REALLY think this would be fun!) Keep watching the newsletter.....for now, I'm signing off. I have another condition and that is rambling.

See you at guild and stay stitchin',

Kim Manthe

A few more things...continued

Anyone who brings handouts to our meetings, please be responsible for clearing them at the end of the meeting. We end up with papers we don't know what to do with at the end of the night.

Fons and Porter ad

Sewing Machine Repair ad

Creative Sewing Center ad

Quilter's Cupboard ad

The Sampler ad

Creekside Quilting ad

Quilt Show News

Thanks to everyone who signed up to help on the quilt show committee. There are still a couple of open positions, including Quilt Show Chair Elect. If we do not find a quilt show chair elect, it will greatly impact the future of our quilt show. Which brings up another point, without a quilt show where will the money come from for speakers and classes? Something to ponder...

Please search your conscience and step up to help our guild. The Quilt Show Committee is very capable and our past quilt show chairs are always willing to offer advice. We hope to report next month that a new Quilt Show Chair Elect has volunteered.

You'll be a real hero!!

??Question of the month??

The question provides another way for us to share our knowledge and interact with each other. Last month's question was "What ideas for quilt guild programs or workshops do you have? Are there specific programs, speakers or topics you would like our guild to feature? "

"I would really like to see Ricky Timms as a guest speaker and workshop presenter. My cousin's guild in Illinois had him around Christmas, and said he was the best presenter they ever had. He has a trunk show that he sets to music (he plays piano as well as quilts). There are so few men that quilt, I think the men in our Guild would enjoy him too." --Cyndee

I would like to see if we can have our meetings on Monday night, so we can have workshops on Sunday. This may increase the number of people in workshops. I also think there are a lot of talented quilters in our guild you may be able to offer workshops to quilters interested in different techniques. --Trina

I would like to see Sandy Gervais who designs fabric and has a pattern line called "Pieces from my Heart". If we can't get her, Pat Lucas owns a quilt shop in Algona (Heartland Quilt Shop). She speaks about local talent which includes Sandy Gervais and does vending at her speaking events. I agree with Trina about the talented guild members speaking. --Jenna

Two nationally known speakers we would like to see are Harriet Hargrave and Jinny Beyer! --Celeste and Susan

I would like to see Quilt Artist Marti Plager from Louisville, Kentucky. Also, Darlene Miller of Arizona. She does art to wear "creations" using quilting designs. Elaine Waldschmitt lives in Johnston and is a nationally known speaker. She designs quilted items and garments with decorative embellishments.--Cecilie

Thanks to everyone that shared their ideas! You may submit a question of the month or share a comment, idea or answer by emailing us at: newsletter@aaqg.net

October's ??Question of the Month??

The holidays will soon be here! Is there a quilting related item that you think would make a wonderful gift for the quilter on your holiday shopping list?

My trip to the Eureka, Montana Outdoor Quilt Show

I was lucky enough to travel to Eureka Montana in early August. I attended a one day class on Invisible Machine Applique by Harriet Hargrave and the first ever Eureka Montana Quilt show held August 6, 2005 on a beautiful day at the local Historical Village in the community.

 Montana quilt show

Quilts hanging at the Eureka, Montana quilt show

The quilts and wall hangings were displayed outdoors on the walls of the buildings and on store fronts up and down main street of Eureka. Others were hung on A-frame supports in the village area or draped over the porch railings. A few were in the historical buildings. Several businesses in town had quilt displays in their shops and had door prize drawings.

There were 450 quilts and wall hangings on display --mainly hung from clothesline rope and eye bolts. They were hung in 2 1/2 hours and came down even quicker!

The Eureka Montana Quilt Show Committee worked very hard on the show--and it showed. It was two years in the planning stages. The volunteers on the committee and the community deserve a round of applause for their hard work and support for this Quilt Show.

Jackie Robinson, a resident of Eureka and a quilt designer and educator was instrumental in getting the "show on the road". A raffle quilt appropriately called "Eureka" was won by a young woman from Texas. You can visit the Eureka Quilt Show web site and see the quilt: www.eurekaquiltshow.com

There were 5 quilt shop vendors and two food stands. In addition, the local quilt shop - Buttons, Bobbins and Bears, ran a shuttle bus to the shop from the Quilt Show and offered specials on fabrics and patterns. This shop has close to 1000 bolts of flannel plus cottons and yarn, doll and bead supplies, patterns and thread.

Classes were offered on Thursday, August 5 and Friday, August 6. Harriet Hargrave taught a class on Heirloom machine quilting and on invisible machine applique. Linda Jenkins (Piece'o'cake Designs) taught classes on her hand applique technique and flannel applique.

The next Eureka, Montana Outdoor Quilt Show will be Saturday, August 5, 2006. Class instructors for August 3 and 4, 2006 are Libby Lehman -Threadplay 1 and 2 and Mickey Lawler -Painting landscape fabrics.

Hope you can attend - enjoy the classes, quilt show and beautiful N. W. Montana!

---Cecilie Vogt

Look who's speaking at the November and December guild meetings!

We welcome Donna Olmstead from Janesville, Iowa, to our November 8th guild meeting.

She will present the lecture "Fabric Painting and Surface Embellishment". There will be a Surface Embellishment class on Tuesday, Nov 8th, from 12:30 to ~ 5:30 or 6:00 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Class fee is $30, which includes a $10 supply fee. When the class fee is received, you will receive a supply list.

Donna says "When I was expecting my first child 14 years ago I decided it would be nice to make a baby quilt. I caught the quilting bug, joined the local guild, and have been knee deep in fabric ever since. I started out with traditional quilting and quilt restoration. I now enjoy working with hand painted and hand dyed as well as commercial fabrics. I find it very satisfying to work spontaneously."

Donna has many interests besides quilting. "I love working with metals and have taken a welding class, a few blacksmithing classes as well as an armor making class. Along with working with metal, I also enjoy making jewelry, photography, working with wood, painting, found object/junk art; I am a back porch musician and a pitiful belly dancer."

 Painted fabric

Painted fabrics by Donna Olmstead

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. -- Thomas Edison

"I worked at a local quilt shop for many years and enjoyed being able to assist quilters. I have been giving lectures, classes and workshops in the Northeast Iowa area. I enjoy teaching because it allows me to share my experience and enthusiasm with quilters who are interested in becoming more expressive with their own quilts through surface embellishment and designing their own fabrics."

 Embellished fabric

Close-up views of Donna Olmstead's embellishments.

 Embellished fabric

Join us for our December 13th guild meeting with featured speaker Sue Nickels!

Sue Nickels, an international quilter and lecturer, will present "The Beatles Quilt Lecture."

In this popular slide lecture, share the inspiration and the making of this award winning quilt made by Sue and her sister Pat Holly. Hear what inspired these quiltmakers, how they took the idea and transformed it into this fascinating quilt. Take a look block by block and border by border. Understand the symbolism and see the techniques used to make this tribute to a group and their music that touched a generation.

 The Beatles Quilt

Some of the images represented in the blocks are familiar to many. They include the Yellow Submarine, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, Octopus's Garden and Eleanor Rigby just to name a few. There is endless symbolism in the quilt. There is an “I Want To Hold Your Hand” border representing the Beatles' first #1 single in the USA. There is a “Free As A Bird” border representing the last collaborative effort by the Beatles on the Anthology CD. The birds on this border represent women in the Beatles' lives, including Yoko, Maureen, Jane, Patti, and a Linda bird. The center of the quilt has a Tree of Life (very common on antique quilts) that is an apple tree representing Apple Records, the Beatles' record label. On the back of the quilt they have handwritten all the lyrics to the 181 songs the Beatles wrote while they were a group.

Sue Nickels will be conducting 2 workshops:

Half-Day Workshop - Tuesday, December 13th

Exploring Machine Stipple Quilting Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Free motion quiting will be explored for background areas on your quilt and overall surface designs. Ways to vary traditional stipple quilting will be practiced as well as many fun alternatives. Some variations include: loopy meandering, psychedelic stippling, and curvy crosshatcing. If you are looking for interesting ways to make your machine quilting different from the crowd, this will inspire you. Some basic free motion quilting will be reviewed,

then jump into the fun with new ideas!

A full day workshop, Wednesday, December 14th,

Machine Applique - Sampler of Techniques Beginner/Intermediate In this workshop, learn to machine applique using a variety of techniques. Sue's new book "Machine Applique: A Sampler of Techniques" cover three specific machine applique techniques: Invisible Blind Hem Stitch, Template-Starch with Blanket Stitch and Raw Edge Fusible with Blanket Stitch or Zigzap Stitch. Make blocks to be used in a future sampler quilt or for practice purposes to determine your favorite technique. Choose from a variety of rose and tulip patterns to create your own sampler of techniques.

Sue Nickels says --I began quilting over 25 years ago, starting out by hand and gradually focusing on machine work. I have been teaching machine quilting and applique classes for the past 12 years. I teach regularly at local quilt shops, and have taught and lectured nationally at both the American Quilter's Society and National Quilting Association show, and for many guilds around the country.

I have co-written two books with my sister, Pat Holly, on machine quilting patterns. Pat and I also worked as contributing editors for Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts Magazine. In addition, I am currently working on a machine applique book to be published by AQS.

My most rewarding quilting endeavor is teaching others about quilting and machine techniques. My family includes my husband, Tim, and two daughters, Jessi (22 year old graduate of University of Michigan) and Asheley (19 year old University of Michigan sophomore). Along with being a wife and mom, I will continue to make the best machine quilts I can, and share my knowledge with other quilters around the country.

 The Space Quilt

The Space Quilt--Sue Nickels and Pat Holly, 2003 $5,000.00 Pfaff Masters of Machine Artistry Award International Quilt Association Judged Show, International Quilt Festival, Houston TX 2003

Each month we will be featuring a special quilt store and hope you will visit.

This month's featured shop is Creekside Quilting in Clive, Iowa.

Visit Creekside Quilting for a real treat!

October is the month of Halloween and Tricks or Treats. Creekside Quilting offers tricks and tips in their many and varied classes. For treats check out their 4400+ bolts of fabric!

Creekside Quilting has a wide choice of fabrics including traditional, flannels, reproduction, wool, hand-dyed, and a great selection of batiks. They also carry the less traditional like Kaffe Fassett and have a large assortment of threads. They carry many colors of silk threads for hand applique too.

Quilting classes are available for all levels of quilters--for someone making a first quilt to advanced techniques. Visit their website for a complete class schedule: www.creekside-quilting.com

The 2006 block of the month quilt begins soon. This original pattern uses the same block each month but it's done in various patterns and colors. There will also be different setting options available for you to finish your quilt.

Connie Doern opened Creekside Quilting in March 2003. She says Creekside Quilting has been a "joyous experience" for her. Connie grew up in Wisconsin. Connie said she bought a hand-made Amish quilt on a shopping trip. The more she looked at the quilt the more it intrigued her. That quilt provided her with a life changing experience. She wanted to understand how the quilt was made and she realized with a quilt she could create something that lasts and has purpose and value. She began quilting in 1993. She is self-taught and really recommends the Quilter's Complete Guide by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter.

 Connie Doern and quilt

Connie Doern with her quilt that won in Paducah.

 Quilts for hurricane victims

Quilts collected to send to hurricane Katrina's victims

Connie says that quilting is her favorite part of making a quilt. She's thinking about how she will quilt the project as soon as she starts cutting it out. The quilting is done on her sewing machine at home. Before she opened Creekside Quilting Connie worked in the insurance industry. She lived and worked in Arizona before moving to Des Moines in 1989. Due to changes in the corporate world Connie left her insurance job in August 2002. It was then that she thought -- if I'm ever going to open a quilting store -- why not now!

In addition to Connie, Creekside Quilting has nine part-time employees. Most have been working there since the store opened. "Listening to your customer base" is very important to Connie and her staff.

Creekside Quilting is a drop-off point for quilts that will be sent to the American Quilting Society in Paducah to help hurricane Katrina’s victims. With colder weather just two months away, quilts made with loving care, will offer comfort to those facing winter and rebuilding their lives. The American Quilting Society will distribute the quilts to various support agencies.

Creekside Quilting will be vending at The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild quilt show, October 7,8,9, at Adventureland Park in Altoona. Be sure to stop by and say hello!

Creekside Quilting website: www.creekside-quilting.com

Phone: 515-276-1977 and Address: 9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325

Store hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-5:30pm; Thursday 10am-7pm; Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 1-4pm

Time to renew your guild membership!

The membership form can be found on another page of our web site. Please click the link for the form.

Membership Form