Sew 'N Tell
November 2005
Issue No 170.
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, November 1, 2005, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

November Guild Meeting

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.

There is still space available in the class!

If you are interested in participating please let Sherie Johnson know right away. Contact her at (email) johnsonrda@mchsi.com

The fat quarter lottery for November is Flannels.

We need your help!

We are still searching for a member to be Quilt Show Chair Elect. If this position does not get filled, we will not have a 2007 quilt show. If we do not have a quilt show, we do not have any income to support programs for the following year and we will be forced to cut expenses. That will result in less "big name" speakers and less workshops. Please don't let this happen! Step up and serve our guild now!

Have you renewed your membership?

Membership dues were to be paid by October 31. Any members who are not current with their dues will be charged a guest fee at every meeting you attend until your membership is renewed. Please update your membership information and renew now.

Sign-up for Sue Nickels workshops

There is still space available in both workshops. Sign-up at the November guild meeting for the December 13 and 14 classes.

We lost a guild member to cancer in October. Betty Stirm passed away October 3 while on a trip with her husband in Sedona, Arizona. Betty had been fighting her battle with cancer for some time, but when most of us saw her, we never knew she was sick. We will miss her enthusiasm for quilting and her cheerful, smiling face.

President's Report

Can you believe it's November already? The year is flying by and the holiday season is upon us. I started thinking about everything that needs to be done, quilts that need to be finished, quilts that need to be started and finished, gift buying, food preparing... AHHHHHH!!! It's hard not to feel overwhelmed. Then I started to think of less fortunate people, hurricane victims without homes, families who have lost a loved one, thousands of men and women over seas who won't be home for the holidays and my perspective changes. Now I feel blessed that I have these LITTLE stresses in my life. I want to sit back and reflect on the blessings in my life and enjoy my family and friends. I encourage all of you to do the same! Happy Thanksgiving!

Don't sweat the small stuff,


Web Sites of Interest

This month we will feature websites that teach techniques, tips and tricks for accurate piecing.

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!

??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 "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?"

Lighted seam ripper/threaders

Pink, Quilt for the Cure, rotary cutters

Magnetic Message Pads - Quilt block prints adorn the top of 50-sheet lined magnetic message pads. Each vibrantly colored pad comes with a tile magnet featuring the same block.

BBD Quilt Gift tags can be used on gifts, luggage, bags, or anything that needs a quilty label. Each tag has a reinforced hole and vintage lined back.

Quilt Block sticky notes for all those urgent little reminders.

Dritz Electric Scissors - Perfect for making your own Chenille! Kit includes scissors, all purpose blade for fabric, leather and paper, shoe blade for fabric and patterns, rechargeable battery, charger and adapter for running scissors from AC adapter.

"BobbinSaver"™ Holds metal or plastic bobbins, large or small. Holds over 20 bobbins. Threads won't unwind or tangle. Fits into most drawers. Easy to grab your bobbins and take to class or retreat.

Rotary Blade Sharpener - Save money by sharpening your own blades (not for damaged or severely nicked blades). Available for 3 blade sizes.

Creative Kindness Video and Book by Nancy Zieman with Gail Brown

People and Projects Making a Difference.

Reading Creative Kindness is like investing in happiness. This book, is filled with so many heartwarming stories from so many warm hearted people that you´ll be inspired to create your own kindness right away. Go right ahead because you get instructions for 12 projects. In the Sewing With Nancy® video, Nancy and Gail share even more projects plus news about the people in the book. Gail also introduces the Creative Kindness Beret she designed for people undergoing chemotherapy.

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

November's ??Question of the Month??

Most of us really enjoy visiting new quilt shops when traveling outside of Iowa. Please send us the the name and location of a quilt store(s) that you have visited in your travels and would recommend to others. Please share any interesting information about the shop too.

Look who's speaking at AAQG!

Join us for our December 13th guild meeting with featured speaker Sue Nickels, presenting "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

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 crosshatching. 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.

A full day workshop, Wednesday, December 14th,

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 Zigzag 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.

Join us on January 10, 2006 for an APQS demonstration.

See a long-arm demonstration and view a trunk show!

Laura Wasilowski will give a presentation"So Many Chickens, So Little Time" at our February 14, 2006 meeting.

So Many Chickens, So Little Time: Diary of a Serial Quilter Explore the artist's quirky mind with this lecture about quilt making in a series. Enjoy the revelation that one chicken quilt will surely lead to a second, third or fortieth. And discover what drives a person to create multiple quilts about a blue chair, garden implements, or unsung kitchen appliances. All is revealed in this exposé, the Diary of a Serial Quilter. After the lecture, which includes dramatic renditions from Songs of the Fuser, Laura will display her small quilts ("mini-series quilts") and offer a trunk show of hand dyed fabric and threads from the ARTFABRIK dyers.

Mickey Depre will be speaking at the March 14, 2006 guild meeting.

Her lecture "Me, Myself, and I" is a one hour slide show/lecture/trunk show covering my progression from a traditional quilter to the present. Topics touched on will be inspiration, color choices, and belief in one's own self and your sense of "style." Mickey will also host a workshop for guild members. Check the website for more information.

2006 Retreat News

Plans are well under way for the 2006 Retreat. Get ready for sewing, food, sewing, massages, sewing, shopping, sewing and more sewing! We will start sign-up in January or February. Mark your calendars for April 6-9th. You will have your choice of Friday thru Sunday for $85.00 or Thursday thru Sunday for $115.00. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fons and Porter ad

Sewing Machine Repair ad

Creative Sewing Center ad

Quilter's Cupboard ad

The Sampler ad

Creekside Quilting ad

Treasurer's Report as of 10/20/05

September 30, 2005 Bank Balance ----- $ 3,661.52

October 2005 Income ----- 660.00

Total Income ----- 2,701.52

October 2005 Expenses -----1,188.22

October Bank Balance -----$ 3,133.30

Savings Account Balance ----$17,192.20

End of the month financial available at Guild Meetings

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

This month's featured shop is The Quilt Junction in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The Quilt Junction now carries Janome Machines!

November brings a chill to the night air. It's perfect weather to cozy-up under a quilt! This time of year is a busy one for quilters with the holidays looming on the horizon. Whether you are busy making holiday gifts for others or something warm for you to snuggle under The Quilt Junction has all sorts of things for your sewing and creative needs.

Renae Stiffel became the new owner of The Quilt Junction in January 2005. She has been busy filling her shop with new fabrics and quilting products. This summer, she started carrying Janome Sewing Machines. The Quilt Junction has a good assortment of sergers and embroidery machines as well as the Janome 1600P for machine quilting. In the store, there is a Janome 1600P set up with a Grace frame so all of the customers may try their hand at machine quilting on this system. Renae also does machine repair and cleaning.

 Janome 1600 P machine

The Janome 1600 P set up with a Grace frame.

The Quilt Junction has lots of fabrics including many fun bright bolts. The store has all sorts of kits available and will mail fabrics and supplies to you anywhere. They mean it when they say anywhere --they frequently send supplies to a customer in Japan!

The Quilt Junction carries Superior thread - a polyester thread designed for embroidery machines. Superior thread makes a product called Bottom Line which they also carry. Bottom Line Thread is an innovative bobbin thread for sewing with all types of top thread including metallics and designer threads.

 Inside The Quilt Junction

Many kits are available at The Quilt Junction.

Bottom Line Thread has a silk-like finish that allows it to slide, not grab, to form the perfect stitch. It can be used as quilting, bobbin (for machine embroidery), and appliqué thread.

You may want to take a quilting class at The Quilt Junction. There are lots to chose from. They host a Jo Morten's "Little Women" Club, the 2nd Tuesday of each month and a Thimbleberries Quilt Club monthly. Check with the store for all the current class details! The Quilt Junction also provides "One-on-One Machine Quilting" instruction. Teacher, Kathy Claton, will spend 2 1/2 hours teaching tips and tricks for great machine quilting. And since this is a one-on-one session, she will work around your schedule, not the other way around!

When asked if she had any special quilting advice she'd like to share, shop owner, Renae said to remember that " There are no rules in quilting!"

The Quilt Junction is open on Thursday evening until 7:00 p.m. They will also participate in the Valley Junction Holiday Open Houses on November 17th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. and December 1st, 5:00-7:00p.m.

The Quilt Junction website: www.thequiltjunction.com

Phone: 515-274-0660

Address: 220 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Store hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Thursdays open to 7 pm, Sunday 12-4 pm

After shopping at The Quilt Junction stop by Nan's Nummies for a gourmet treat! Nan's Nummies is located in Valley Junction at the corner of 5th and Elm streets. The shop carries delicious cookies, fudge and gourmet foods. It's owned by Ankeny Guild member Nan Herman. Be sure to say "hello" to Becky Larson, another AAQG member who works there!

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