Sew 'N Tell
December 2005
Issue No 171.
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, December 6, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

December 13th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

We welcome Sue Nickels, an international quilter and lecturer to our guild meeting. She will present “The Beatles Quilt Lecture.” Additionally, she will be conducting 2 workshops: A full day workshop, Machine appliqué: a sampler of techniques on Wednesday, December 14th, and a half-day workshop: Exploring machine stipple quilting, on Tuesday, December 13th.

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 or 965-9064.

The fat quarter lottery for December is Hearts! (any color).

Get ahead start on the new year- the fat quarter lottery for January 2006 is Purples (any shade).

December Treats!

The treat committee for this month includes: Kay Huntimer (964-1851), Cathy Gordon (306-1444), Shelley Borlin (965-2399), Sharon McCarthy (289-2200), and Sandy Verbeski (965-0050).

Please bring 2 dozen cookies or bars and a 2-liter soda pop each. The group will need to bring cups and napkins for about 100 people. Thanks!

Happy Holidays

President's Report

The snow we received a few weeks ago gave me a reality check as to what time of year it is! I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving, filled with good food, good company and good times. With one holiday under our belts, and another one fast approaching, please take time to de-stress and enjoy yourselves. I plan on seeing Jolly Holiday Lights, a Christmas Concert by an a capella group and anything else that might come my way. Have a great Holiday season with your family and friends!



We have members interested in joining small groups. Please give us your information if your small group has room for more, or if you are a new member looking to join a group. We may start a whole new group! We will have a sign up sheet at the guild meeting.

Secret Sisters:

At the December meeting, Jenna will have forms for 2006 secret sisters. If you are interested, you can fill out a form and we will draw at the end of the meeting.

Secretary's Reports

AAQG--Meeting--Tues.Nov 8--HTLC

The meeting was called to order by President Jenna Ingle. She reported that eight quilts for the Pink and White blocks had been taken to Hospice in Johnston and were well received by Dee Dee. Kim Manthe has set up a Sew Day @ Quilters Cupboard, Fri., Nov 11., 10-5--Donation Quilt packets are available and more will be cut on the 11th. Kris B. reported that the contract has been signed for Faith Bible College for the 2006 Quilt Show. She will be calling those who signed up to help with a meeting date. Sherrie, Program Chair reminded us of the classes in Dec. with Sue Nickels--space available in both. Therese reminded us to pick up resolutions list--Fat 1/4 lottery will be hearts. We were reminded to make and wear our name tags. The meeting was followed by Donna Olmstead and her fun and fascinating fabric samples--show and tell and refreshments ended our evening.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary.

AAQG--Board--Nov. 1--HTLC

Meeting was attended by Jenna, Marlene, Linda, Susan, Celeste, Sammi and Charlotte. Jenna called the meeting to order and minutes from previous meeting were read and approved. We discussed possible ideas for bringing in more income and spending less.--1.) Second Raffle Quilt.--2.) Membership drive.--3.) Cutting back on expenses; such as--Door prizes; challenge prizes; resolution prizes; State Fair prizes and programs. Some of the discussion was a result of the possibility of not having a 2007 Quilt Show and spending less this year .Marlene presented some ideas for possible programs for 2006-2007. -- 1.) Carmen's Flowers - decorating with quilts and flower arrangements. -- 2.) Framing special quilt pieces with Walnut Street Gallery.--3.) Metro Sales. No new Quilt SHow report. No workshop report other than what has been setup for Nov. 11th and Dec. No new retreat report. We are still hoping for someone to volunteer for Quilt Show elect. Without a Quilt Show in 2007 our Guild would be affected in areas of programs, prizes, donations, memberships etc. Please give is some thought. It was decided to donate Betty Stirms membership dues to ISU Reiman Garden in her memory. We talked about how other Guilds handle their business meetings, length of time for meeting what is reported allows more time for program and show & tell. Jenna took 8 quilts to the Johnston Hospice and Dee Dee was extremely grateful for the Pink and White quilts. Next meeting Dec. 6th. A reminder to Board Members--It's difficult to make decisions and get reports when not all members are in attendance. If you can't make a meeting, please let Jenna know and try to get her or another Board member your Guild information. Thanks.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary.

AAQG meeting--Oct.11--Tues.

President Jenna called the meeting to order with a sad announcement of the death of our friend and member Betty Stirm--We were reminded that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that over 15,000 people participated in the "Race for the Cure" held in Des Moines on Saturday, Oct. 8th--Pink and White quilts finished by our members will be taken to Mercy Hospice in Johnston--This coming Friday, October 14th, the Quilters Cupboard would be having a sewing marathon "Stockings for Soldiers"--Jenna read off the list of items that could be packed in the stockings--Jenna reminded us that our membership dues need to be paid bu the end of Oct. to be current. If not, at the Nov. meeting, we would be considered guests.--Please wear your name tags--we will only supply them for new members/guests--Retreat for April 6-9th will be priced $85 for three days--$115 for 4 days.--Vice President Kim announced that a workshop for Nov. 11th will be at Quilters Cupboard, 10-5.--A road trip is being planned for January to Heartland Quilting--Kim also reminded us of Speakers and workshops for Nov. & Dec.--Donna Olmsted in Nov.--Sue Nickel in Dec.--PLease see Sherrie for signup for workshops--Jan-APQS will have a trunk show--Therese L. awarded $50 Gift Certificates to those who participated in this years resolution list challange.--We enjoyed a Soups On Supper--"Quilto" and Show and Tell after the meeting.

Submitted by Charlotte S., Secretary


Jenna called meeting to order; minutes read and approved--Nan reported Retreat prices set @ $85 for three days; April 6-9 @ $115 for 4 days--Quilt Show Chair Kris B. suggested we think about having a show every other year opposite Iowa Guild--this could be possibility if a Quilt SHow Chair-Elect is not found--Sammie gave Treasurer's Report to the 20th and will have available for members @ meetings--Therese L. talked about resolution for next year and how they will change--next years challenge could tie in with floral fantasy and may be judged by outside independent judges--Jenna reminded us to wear pink to October meeting for Breast Cancer Awareness--our donation quilts will not be sent to Houston--tentative date for workshop is Nov. 11th--Kim is looking into a road trip for early 2006--Raffle Quilt is being put together by Chatterblocks and quilted by Trina--the Board signed up for soup for next weeks meeting--Marlene shared some fantastic ideas for future guild meetings and that was the end of our Board Meeting

Submitted by Charlotte S., Secretary

??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 "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."

Here are the quilt shops I've visited in Branson, Mo.

All are unique and special. Well worth a return trip there someday! --Marlene


Hwy. 165 South, 1/4 mile past Welk Resort / 417-339-3445

The country cottage charm of this log cabin, nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, has one of the largest collections of handmade quilts in the area at the lowest prices. This shop is filled with garden decor, many gift items including creations from area artisans and is a must to experience. Shipping available.


118 W. Main Street, Downtown Branson / 417-337-7585

A must-see shop in Branson. Large selection of Crabtree & Evelyn and Camille Beckman products. Fine china, crochet, lace and many other fine gifts complement one of the largest selections of quilts you will ever find under one roof.


1000 Pat Nash Dr., Bldg. 15-D / 417-332-0122

Do you love quilts? If you do, you won’t be able to leave Branson without seeing this store! They have the best prices, service, and selection of quilts you’ll find anywhere. They also have many gifts for loved ones.


117 E. Main Street, Downtown Branson / 417-336-3436

One of the most unique shops in the Ozarks - a quilt shop and flea market all in one! Many antiques and collectibles to go along with one of the largest selections of quilts in the country! Shipping available.

“The Stitchin’ Post” in Sisters, OR.

One of my favorite shops is “The Stitchin’ Post” in Sisters, OR. I was there during their outdoor quilt show (a destination all on its own). I snuck into the store Friday night as we were driving to my relative’s home in Bend, OR. It was pretty crowded, even on Friday – but nothing compared to Saturday of the show! - but there was so much to see! Hanging from every surface were quilt examples with fabrics actually AVAILABLE!! I fell in love with a flannel that was the “3 Sisters Mountains” – which Sisters, OR is named for! Their website www.stichinpost.com is an excellent site, offering more than just selling their inventory!--Celeste

The Button Hole in McPherson, Kansas

I found The Button Hole after attending a family reunion in Kansas. It was highly recommended by a cousin as worth the drive (it's north of Witchita) and I really agree. If you find yourself driving through Kansas -be sure to stop! The Button Hole is the fourth largest independently owned quilt store and fabric shop in the United States. The store has over 15,000 bolts of quilting, fashion, decorator, and novelty fabrics from all major manufacturers including RJR (Thimbleberries), South Seas, Moda and Hoffman and many more!--Susan

December's ??Question of the Month??

The new year is almost here! What quilting resolution are you making for 2006? Are you planning on learning a new quilting technique, taking a class, or finally finishing an old project? Do you find the AAQG resolution list motivating for finishing projects?

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

Thank you from Marlin Stirm and family

Dear Quilters' Guild,

Life is changed....not taken away. Thank you ...for caring.

Thankyou for the beautiful Pink Azalea sent for Betty's funeral.

Marlin Stirm and family

Look who's speaking at AAQG!

A quick review of coming programs!

December 13th features 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

A full day workshop, Wednesday, December 14th,

"Machine Applique: A 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.

Laura Wasilowski - continued

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.

Join us Saturday, December 17th, for a Sew Day!

Our first sew day was held at Quilter's Cupboard on November 11th. There were about 10 of us....some working on their own quilts and some cutting donation quilt kits. We had a blast and would like to thank Quilter's Cupboard for their hospitality and use of their room. We made approximately 25 really cool kits and will have them available to pick up at our December meeting. I'm planning another Sew Day for Saturday, December 17th, at Quilter's Cupboard, 10 am to 5 pm. There will be a sign up sheet at the December meeting. This will be a great day to finish up those last minute Christmas presents! We will have room for 10 - 12 people so sign up early.--Kim

November Door Prize Winners!

To be eligible to win the monthly door prize you must be wearing your nametag and your membership dues must be paid.

Susan Body, Charlotte Stordahl, Rita Bigelow, and Diana Weirich

November Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Susan Body

November Birthday Winner!

Sandy Mitchell

The birthday winner is selected from the birthday sign-up sheet at each meeting so be sure to sign-up on the list if it's your birthday month!

Meet Polly Anderson

October Quilter of the Month

 Polly Anderson

Polly joined the Ankeny Guild in September 1997. She is also a member of a small group -the Sewflakes.

She says "I first got interested in quilting by watching quilt shows on IPTV back in the early 90's. I picked up a free spool quilt pattern in Wal-mart and decided to try it. I'm a self-taught quilter, and learning more all the time. I did have a great grandmother and great aunt that quilted and I'm lucky enough to have some of their quilt tops and quilts. I've repaired and finished a few of them. I probably don't have a favorite kind of quilt to make because I like to try new things and colors all the time. I seem to be drawn to a blue, burgundy and tan color scheme and have to stop myself from buying blue fabric all the time! Probably advice I would give any quilter is never stop thinking "outside the box." Try a new technique or color combination and don't be afraid to do a variation on a pattern."

"My favorite quilt shop--Of course there are several I love to visit but I'm really fond of a place near Dry Ridge, Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is called The Quilt Box and is out in the country on an old farmstead. There are tons of flowers around and very pleasant surroundings. It's in an old building and they have a lot of homespun and reproduction fabric. They ALWAYS have lots of sale fabric in the upstairs so I never leave empty-handed. When I visited there this past summer after a 2-year absence, the shop owner remembered that I had been there before, so I was really impressed by that. There are a couple of shop cats that roam around the store and everyone is really friendly and helpful. Just wish it wasn't so far a drive!"

Meet Ann Finger

November Quilter of the Month

 Ann Finger

Ann has been a member of the guild for just over a year. She says "I'm a self-taught quilter, and have been "creating" things for years, Halloween costumes, seat covers, pillows, but didn't really start quilting until about 4 years ago. My kids are away at college now, so I'm going to start taking some of the classes the guild offers to improve my skills. My mom HATED to sew, so she's amazed at the things that I give her. I have 3 sisters and two brothers but am the only one (right now...) that quilts. I've made 8 of my nieces and nephews quilts, and have 4 to go."

"I love going to the guild meetings and quilt shows and seeing what others create. I keep trying different techniques and fabrics, I have some projects that have been delegated to my UFO container because I just didn't like the way they were working out. Someday, I'll go back and give them another try. If nothing else, I'll "recycle" the material in some other way!"

"I've been married to Dave for 27 years and have two sons, Matt & Jeff. They were very active in Boy Scouts (they both are Eagle Scouts) so my husband and I are involved too. Even though the boys are away at school, we still are merit badge counselors with Troop 182 in Ankeny and sit on the Eagle Review Board. We also work with a group of disabled scouts at Link Associates."

"I like to garden, do woodworking and refinishing, and go 'treasure hunting' at garage sales. I work at Central Service and Supply here in Ankeny doing the accounting. I'm a member of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, have taught religious education classes and am a eucharistic minister. My husband and I like to camp, canoe, and fish. And I've been known to work on cars and other repair projects around the house."

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Make your New Year's Resolutions Now!!!

Need to get your project done? Want to learn a new skill, but keep putting it off?

Then it's time to make a commitment!

Fill out the resolutions list -it's on the next page in the newsletter-and return it by the December 13th guild meeting to your directors at-large, Therese Lumley and Linda Schlenker.

Resolutions must be completed by the June 2006 meeting.

Web Sites of Interest

  • http://www.fibermania.blogspot.com

    This is a “web diary” that is pretty interesting. Melody Johnson is a quilt artist and these are ideas she has and shares them with whoever will read them. On Tuesday, Nov. 29 – she shows a pile of cut up batting and shows us what she did with all those leftovers. (http://www.wowmelody.com/ is her actual website)

  • http://blockcentral.com/index.shtml

    This website has free blocks/block of the month series, interesting articles (one was websites devoted to organizing your stash!), swaps, a link to quilt related books on amazon.com and lots of other interesting info. This site is geared toward EQ5 users, but anyone would enjoy it. There’s even a forum to post questions or info to share with others.

  • http://www.fabshophop.com

    This is the home of the “fab shop hop”. This is the first one I knew about. You hunt for a bunny clicking on it, and when you register, you’re registered to win prizes. There are lots of shops here to look at!!

  • http://www.thimbleworks.com

    Anita Shakelford’s website. Author of 3 Dimensional Appliqué, Infinite Feathers, and Pennsylvania Plain and Fancy to name a few. A fine quilter with appliqué as her specialty. You can buy her quilt books directly from her. (Maybe she’d sign them for you?!?) Lots of interesting items on this site!

  • http://www.quiltindex.com

    This is the home of the “Mall Crawl”. Besides doing the “crawl” you can look up hundreds of quilt shops in the “Index of Quilt Shops” tab. It also has a search engine to find quilt shops according to certain criteria. You can also find quilt guilds listed. (Look for our favorite, AAQG!)

  • http://www.missingfabrics.com

    You look for and can donate to the missing fabrics collection. There’s a search engine to search for fabric, and pages and pages of people looking for fabrics. (I like to look through these to see if I have any!) A good site to bookmark ahead of time so you can find it when you need it!

Quilting Resolution for 2005-2006 (all for fun!)

Resolution List for: (write your name here)



List up to 10 specific quilting resolutions that you want to complete between December  8, 2005 and June  13, 2006.

Your name will be entered into a drawing to be held at the August 8, 2006 meeting for each resolution that you complete and show at the guild meeting. (Pictures are ok) If you fail to complete everything on your list by June 13, 2006 you will need to donate one of the following Per Item Not Finished: batting or fabric for a twin-sized donation quilt or $5 in money.

If you have not donated your items for unfinished resolutions by the July meeting, then your name will not go in the drawing for a chance to win, one or up to five, $50.00 Quilt Shop Gift Certificates.

Fill out the resolution list above with UP TO 10 specific resolutions. Examples are: Make a quilt for a friend; finish a quilt you've had for 5 years; Take a class (bring pictures). Make a copy or your resolution list for yourself. The Resolution list must be turned in to Therese Lumley or Linda Schlenker by December 13, 2005.

To get credit for items completed, you must get your name checked off before the Guild meeting at the Director at Large table, then show it during Show and Tell and announce that it is one of your completed resolutions items.

Last chance to show your resolutions will be at the June 2006 meeting before the Quilt Show 2006. I hope you finish all your items on your Resolution List. Happy Sewing.

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

This month's featured shop is The Quilt Block in West Des Moines.

It's a Bernina Sewing Center!

The holidays are almost here! The Quilt Block has something for every quilter on your Christmas list! For your own holiday treat - take a look at - the new Bernina machines!

The Quilt Block has been a Bernina dealer since the early 1990's. Bernina, a family-owned Swiss company, was the first sewing machine to feature the zig-zag stitch. The machines have continued to evolve. New innovations include Microsoft Windows based computers, embroidery modules and stitch regulators.

Bernina Sewing Center

Try it --- you'll like it!

The Quilt Block opened 18 years ago, in 1987. The store moved to its current location after the flood, in 1993. Over the years, shop owner Mary Miller has seen many quilting trends come and go. She reminisced about afew of them with us. For example, solid colored fabrics were very popular early on at The Quilt Block. They had to reorder them weekly. Today there are so many other fabric options that solids seem to be primarily used in Amish quilts and as accents. With the advent of 108" wide fabric, muslin now takes a back seat as the quilt backing of choice. Today quilters prefer cotton batting to polyester.

The rotary cutter was probably the most revolutionary trend of all! Currently embellishment of quilts with beads, paints and yarns is popular. It will be interesting to see what's next!

 Inside The Quilt Block

Enjoy your holiday shopping at The Quilt Block!

The Quilt Block offers year-round classes, lots of books, quilting gadgets, thread, and new tools for your Bernina machine. The store has 11 friendly and knowledgeable employees to help you with your projects and purchases.

Shop owner, Mary Miller, learned to sew from her grandmother when she was 8 years old. Grandma was an excellent teacher and Mary has continued to sew!

Mary is very proud of The Quilt Block's sewing camps for young people. These classes are a great place to teach kids sewing skills and also help the children's self-esteem by showing them that each one of them "can create". The next sewing camp is "Holiday Camp Sew Fun" - December 27-30.

Stop in or call The Quilt Block for their complete schedule of classes and clubs! They also offer Bernina sewing machine mastery classes.

As we close we will consider one more trend Mary offered. The quilting industry is much more consumer driven then it used to be. In the past shop owners would present the latest trends to quilters that they had seen at market. Now quilters have far more options with magazines and websites available. Quilters themselves are finding and creating the trends and asking quilt shops to carry the supplies they need.

The Quilt Block website: www.iowaquiltblock.com

Phone: 515-255-1010

Address: 325 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Store hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Thursdays open to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-4 pm