Sew 'N Tell
January 2006
Issue No 172.
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, January 3, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

January 10th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

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

Laura Wasilowski speaks at AAQG February 14th.

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.

We need volunteers to bring the January Treats!

Please contact Linda Schlenker (964-8121) if you can help provide treats for the January 10th AAQG meeting. Cookies or bars, soda, cups and napkins are needed.

The Designing Divas small group will provide treats for the February meeting. Treat sign up sheets for the rest of the year will also be at the January meeting.

President's Report

Happy New Year!

January may be a bleak, blah month, but I always feel like it is a fresh new start. A new year, starting calmly after the holiday chaos. I am always thinking of new year's resolutions, and trying not to break them. It is also a good time to be working on my quilting resolutions that I handed in last month! With the start of the new year, I want to get my sewing room organized and dedicate one day a week to sewing (maybe not the whole day, but you get the point). I also want to practice machine quilting tips that I learned from Sue Nickels last month. This is my hobby, and I shouldn't feel guilty spending time doing it, right? This time of year is great to get our projects done, because it is too cold to leave the house! Our meetings should have a lot of show and tell!

Happy quilting,



Please watch for the secret sister forms at the January meeting! If you want to participate but will not be at the meeting, please contact Jenna.

North Polk post prom committee is looking for donations to be drawn for prizes. Janna has the information if anyone/small group is interested in donating.

The fat quarter lottery for January 2006 is Purples (any shade).

Secretary's Reports

AAQG--Meeting--Tues. Dec. 13--HTLC

The meeting was called to order by president Jenna . She announced that in January the members will be voting on a change in the wording of the by-laws. It now states that we have a quilt show each year and that will be omitted. Kim announced that there are donation quilt kits available to pick up tonite. Batting should be available in January or February for those quilts. Kim also announced a road trip is being planned for ALGONA and Pat Lucas's shop. 50.00 and we can stay with Kim's sister (if you want to). Includes Fri. nite/wine -snacks, Sat. breakfast/lunch, dinner on your own, Sun. brunch at Pat's home. She would put together a little class if we would like, there would be a cost for a kit. Sign up available tonite.

The board voted to buy a new display rack for our raffle quilt. Kim asked members that have volunteered to be on quilt show committee to meet after. Those interested in joining or forming a small group could sign up tonite.

Sherrie talked about up coming programs and introduced Sue Nickels. We enjoyed her slide show and lecture on The Beatles Quilt. Show and Tell, refreshments and holiday merriment followed the program.

Happy New Year!

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary.

AAQG--Board--Dec. 6--HTLC

Meeting attended by Jenna, Therese,Celeste,Linda, Marlene, Sherrie, Susan, Kim, Kris and Charlotte.

Old business: Budget is over but there will be no cuts until 2007/depending on a quilt show. The members will be asked to vote on the wording of the by-laws in January to change " quilt show every year." We discussed forming a committee to brainstorm ideas for 2007 money makers.

  1. Raffle quilt at Santa's North Pole
  2. Craft Show on the day of Santa's North Pole
  3. Making quilt calenders to sell

Susan presented a bill from last summer to be paid by the end of the year to Ryan for computer work. Judy Larsen sent an e-mail to Celeste about not receiving the newsletter even though she advertises in the letter. Only paid members receive the newsletter.

minutes continued

We discusses possible programs for future meetings...Rikki Timms, Judy Martin...Central Iowa Textile Artists were a few ideas. There was a motion made and 2nd to purchase new display rack for raffle quilt. Sewing day set for Dec.17 at Quilters Cupboard. Contract signed for the 2006 quilt show in July. Trina is quilting the quilt now . Jenna took quilts to Children and Families of Iowa.

Happy New Year!

Submitted by Charlotte S., Secretary

Treasurer's Report

November 30, 2005 Bank Balance $2,906.05

December Income $360.00

Total $3,266.05

December Expenses $l,281.84

December 20, 2005 Checkbook Balance $1,984.84

'Simply Quilts' - HGTV Pulls the Plug

If the rumors are true, and it's a pretty good bet that they are.... As of yet HGTV has not renewed Simply Quilts and it does not seem as they will. Maybe if we ALL write in and e-mail to tell them how much we love the show they will hear the voice of thousands and have to keep it on the air, and maybe just maybe if we are lucky we will make a difference to save the show. Another source claims, HGTV will not be ordering new shows. Current plans are to play reruns of Simply Quilts thru at least '06. As for DIY, no one knows anything. Address your comments and pleas to keep SQ to: comments@hgtv.com Lets hope that they change their mind!

Petition to save 'Simply Quilts' http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/simplyquilts

Sew Days

On December 17th we held yet another Sew Day at Quilter's Cupboard in Ankeny. Several guild members got together to sew for the day. We worked on individual projects, some finishing Christmas gifts, while others worked on UFO's....Once again we had a blast and are planning another Sew Day on Friday night, January 13th at Quilter's Cupboard in Ankeny from 5 pm - 11 pm. On this night we would like to focus on making Country Store items to be donated for this year's quilt show. If you have a simple pattern for something new you'd like to try or have a UFO you'd like to finish and donate, this would be a great time to do it. If you haven't joined us yet, we'd love to see you there. We'll order pizza, work on Country Store donations, and laugh alot! Look for the sign-up sheet at the January meeting!

We are in need of Country Store items!

Each year during our annual quilt show we set up a Country Store booth where the public can bid on items donated by our guild members. Thanks to your generosity, last year we had a record number of items donated! This is a big moneymaker for our guild and since this may be our last quilt show for awhile we are hoping to break last year's record, this year. For each item donated, your name goes into a drawing for a really cool quilting-related prize to be won at the quilt show wrap-up meeting in August 2006. Please remember to attach a small label or piece of paper with your name so you get credit for your donation.

Items donated in the past include, but are not limited to, tablerunners, wallhangings, lap quilts, purses, vests, quilt hangers, etc. As you go through your stash of fabric and patterns, please keep the Country Store in mind. It's a great way to try new techniques, practice your machine or hand quilting skills and help the guild at the same time. On Friday, January 13, from 5-11 pm at Quilters Cupboard in Ankeny we are getting together to work on Country Store donations. Watch for the sign-up sheet at the January meeting.


The response from all of you to take a donation quilt kit or two has been unbelievable! Thank you!!! We are working on getting a roll of batting to help you finish those kits and hope to have it available at our February meeting. It will be given away on a first come basis so get there early!

If you haven't picked up a donation quilt kit please consider doing so. The kids that receive them are so grateful and it gives them something of their own when they have so little to begin with. It's a great way to practice your machine quilting skills, too! Look for the kits on one of the tables at each meeting. And you don't have to use the kits we supply. You can donate any crib, lap, or full size quilt that you wish. All donation quilts received will be displayed during our annual quilt show before being donated to the Children and Families of Iowa organization.


February 17, 18, and 19, 2006 - Algona, IA

Pat Lucas from Heartland Quilting is excited to have us southerners come north to quilt with her in her shop for a weekend in February! We'll leave Ankeny by vanpool at 5:30 pm on Friday, February 17th and arrive at Heartland Quilt Shop between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Pat will have wine and hors d'oeuvres waiting for us and we'll have a chance to visit with her, get our workstations set up and shop! Saturday morning, Pat will provide rolls, coffee, and juice and we'll spend the day quilting! You can work on your own project or one that Pat will have available to purchase at a discount! Saturday evening, we're on our own for dinner. Sunday morning, it's brunch at Pat's house! She has a beautiful home full of quilts and cool decorating ideas. After brunch, it's back to the shop to quilt for an hour or two and then we'll head for home. We should be back in Ankeny by late Sunday afternoon. The cost for the trip is $50.00 payable to Pat when we get there plus lodging and our Saturday evening meal. However, my sister, Kris, who would do anything for me, has invited us to stay at her home for the weekend. If you would rather stay in a motel, let me know and we can arrange that, too. Pat can accommodate between 12 and 15 quilters in her classroom. If you've never been to Pat's shop, here's your chance! It's awesome and we'll have a blast! I promise! I hope to meet with Pat over the holidays to get more information on the project(s) she'll have available and will share that at our next meeting. Look for the sign-up sheet at the January and February meetings. We already have 8 people signed up so space is limited. If you would like more information, call Kim Manthe at 515-491-2647. (The weekend of February 24, 25, and 26th is reserved in case of bad weather.)

Meet Joyce Romick

December Quilter of the Month

 Joyce Romick

My name is Joyce Romick, married to Steve (soon to be 30 yrs) and have 2 grown married children and 1 new grandson. I live in Alleman, just north of Ankeny and I'm only 5 miles for where I grew up. I have been a member of the guild since, I think, about 1993. I had been wanting to start quilting and didn't know how, so I jumped in with both feet. Lots of times I forget that my real first quilt was a small crib size quilt for my daughter when she was about 4 years old. It was an old fashioned looking kiddy train with all kinds of machine applique pieces. It's well worn and she still has it.

Then it was about 15 yrs. before I ever did any more. I went to one of the first quilt stores in town and took a class called "No Sag Bag" and I've been quilting ever since and I sill carry that bag at times. That is when I took that big step and joined the Guild

Like most quilters we all tend to love the batiks fabric and I have my share of them to fondle. I like to work with brights and have a tendency to head in the blue direction. I like to do the Block of the Month and Mystery quilts at the different shops because I will take a color choice that I would never buy any other time. I have always been pleased with the finished top. When I get done with a quilt I am usually asked "who gets this one", because I tend to give a lot of them away for different reasons.

I have been the winner of the Mary Conkle award and for those that don't know, she was my 3rd cousin and a lot of fun. My Grandmother Jean Reynolds was her aunt. Grandma was always sewing a quilt top and making quilted sofa pillows for someone. That is where I was first exposed to the art of quilting even though grandma never actually quilted them herself. She sent them out to be quilted.

I shop at the local shops in Ankeny and Ames. I love to do the open sewing at the Quilters Cupboard, in the backroom. Everyone should do that at times, it is so much fun to get together with the other quilters. Other times that I really enjoy is helping to put on the quilt show. I usually do a lot of the hanging of the quilts and have for many years. Get involved and work them. You can't believe the friendship that can develop from working them.

I have plenty of UFO and still have that very first big quilt I ever started and like many others it still isn't finished. My best tip to new quilters is don't start out on that queen or king size quilt. They tend to over whelm you before you can get it done.

Let's designate March as Donation Quilt Month

Although you can donate anytime, let's see how many donation quilts we can get done and donated at our March meeting! Sound good? It would be nice to have at least 30 quilts donated during our March meeting. Can we do it?

December's 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.

Carolyn Link, Jenna Ingle, Dena Randles

December Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Kay Huntimer

December Birthday Winner!

Sylvia Helgeland

Copyrights and Quilts

When it comes to quilts, the copyright issue is a very hot, and sometimes controversial, issue. Many feel that since quilt patterns and designs have historically been freely shared it is okay to copy quilts and patterns now. Others want to protect the hard work they have put into their own original designs. Quilters must realize that all original designs are protected under US copyright law.

There are many traditional block designs, such as the Ohio Star, and quilting patterns, such as a Feathered Wreath, which fall into the "public domain" category. These designs have been around for more that 75 years, so they may be freely copied and distributed. You can check a source such as Barbara Brackman's "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns" or her "Encyclopedia of Applique" to get an idea of when many of the traditional designs were first published.

However, original work made less than 75 years ago is protected by law, even if it does not have the copyright symbol © on it. A copyright gives the copyright owner the exclusive right to reproduce the copyrighted work, to prepare works derived from the copyrighted work, to distribute copies, and to display the copyrighted work publicly. As a side note, after 1978, the copyright law was changed so it now lasts the lifetime of the author plus 70 years.

Copyright infringement occurs when a person copies someone else's copyrighted item without permission. This also includes publicly displaying a copy of copyrighted work. So, if you simply fall in love with someone else's original quilt and want to make one too, be sure to ask permission first and get it in writing. Many quilt artists are happy to grant permission as long as they know you are not going to mass produce their design and, when you have obtained permission, be sure to give credit to the designer on the quilt's label.

At times, a quilt we have seen may be an inspiration for one we design ourselves. So that you do not violate copyright law, you would need to change the design enough that it does not look like the original. Just changing the color scheme or altering a design detail or two is not enough.

When it comes to commercially produced quilt patterns, quilt books and quilt magazines which you have purchased, you can make one photocopy for yourself so you can cut it up or mark on it and not ruin the original. However, you can not photocopy the pattern to give to a friend so she doesn't have to buy it. This would result in a loss of income for the author and is protected by US law. It doesn't matter if the book is out-of-print either; the copyright still exists for the time period discussed above.

If you take a quilt class, you have implied permission to make one copy of the teacher's class sample. However, if your friend did not take the class, she does not have permission to make a copy too. She would need written permission from the teacher. In addition, you would need permission to publicly display the quilt or to sell it.

It is easy to respect the copyright law once you know what is permissible and what is not. Simply follow the golden rule.

Reprinted with permission. Please visit the Lost Quilt Come Home Page, http://www.lostquilt.com, which displays lost and stolen quilts and provides information on protecting quilts.

Article originally published December 2000 © 2000, Maria Elkins

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??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 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?

Every year I resolve to finish one old project for every new one started. This year my big goal is to finish two project that are more than 5 years old. Even as a person who lists 'finishing' as her favorite part of quilting, I start 2 or 3 projects for everyone I finish. --Jean Taft

I seem to have trouble finishing projects. I have submitted my AAQG Resolution list for the first time -- in hopes that it will motivate me to finish afew things. I sure hope it works!--Susan

Sue Nickels gave a wonderful presentation at our December meeting.

Sue showed slides and told us about her award-winning "Beatles" quilt. It was amazing! The Beatles quilt now lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where it won "Best of Show" in 2000. The photo shows a smaller (and without all the detail) traveling version of the quilt.

When asked how long it took to complete the Beatles quilt--which she made with her sister, Pat Holly, she answered -two years. But she said the real answer was 25 years because without many previous years of sewing experience she would not have been able to make the quilt.

Small version Beatles quilt

Sue also gave a trunk show of some of her other quilts. The bindings were very unique. Sue has a new book on quilt bindings that will be available in March 2006.

Details of a Sue Nickels quilt binding.


There is an increasing awareness of the health benefits derived from participating in various forms of art. In hospitals across the US, doctors, nurses and patients are discovering that participation in the arts including quilting, dancing, listening to music, and working with beads, clay and collages is beneficial to the healing process, and in staying healthy. As a matter of fact, last year more than 300 health and arts professionals gathered in Alexandria, Virginia for the 13th annual conference of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH). This group is slated to meet in Alberta, Canada in June 2005, and will combine its conference with Partners in Healthcare.

Stories abound of patients suffering from cancer, ALS, Diabetes and stress-related diseases, whose recovery has benefited tremendously from their participation in various forms of art. Once considered on the fringe of healthcare, the arts are being used by a growing number of healthcare institutions around the globe. Here in the US, the University of Washington Medical Center uses art in its entrance to create a friendly, welcoming environment and reduce the stress of actually walking in to their hospital. Quilts, paintings, sculpture and musicians scattered throughout the hospital continue the theme of relaxation and reflection through art.

Frequently patients are given directions to offices or labs with references to sculptures or the Healing Garden. Nurses are known for taking a piano break, and providing soothing live music in the corridors. Artists work with patients teaching them new art skills so the patients can express themselves creatively during their stay in the hospital.

And what ís the Quilting Connection?

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare sponsors the Healing Gardens Quilt Show, a collection of 27 quilts made by Northern Virginia Quilters. These quilts are currently on tour and available for members to display in their healthcare facility. Each quilt depicts a plant currently under study or being used as a potential source of cancer-fighting drugs. This display uses art to educate people about a healthcare issue.

While men and women find joy in making "happy" quilts -baby quilts, wedding quilts, graduation or friendship quilts - many find relief in making quilts that depict life's tragedies such as divorce and death. A case in point is the AIDS quilt project which now contains more than 44,000 quilt panels; each panel memorializes the life of a person who died of AIDS.

And, if quilts and making quilts can be helpful in healing, won't it be helpful in preventing illness?

It must! Advice from healthcare professionals around the world includes engaging in constructive, creative activities as well as contemplative activities. Quilting is all of that. During the planning and construction of a quilt, all of your contemplative and creative talents are tapped into. As a matter of fact, many quilters report that they get completely lost in their quilts time and time again, thereby providing relief from life's stresses and promoting good health.

So, the next time your spouse or other family member asks you about your quilt making activities, just say "I'm doing it for my health!"

©2005, Penny Halgren Penny is a quilter of more than 24 years who seeks to interest new quilters and provide them with the resources necessary to create beautiful quilts. This article courtesy of http://www.How-To-Quilt.com.

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This month's featured shop is County Quilt Studio in Nevada.

It features longarm rental, classes, retreats, workshops, and custom quilting!

Psssst… I’ve got to let you in on the best little idea you’ve never heard of! But let’s just keep it between us, OK?

It seems like I’ve always wanted a long-arm quilting machine since I knew what one was. But who’s got the space and/or the $20K lying around? I’ve found the perfect solution…but let’s not let the word get around too far, or there may not be time for us! In Nevada, just a short drive from Ankeny, there’s a studio where you can long-arm quilt your OWN quilts! I love our long-arm quilters, they’re all so talented, but I felt a little like I was cheating when I said I’d made the quilt when I’d had it long-arm quilted by someone else. But in my defense, there was just no way I could have quilted some of them on my little home machine. Now I can feel truthful when I say I made the quilt!

Learning how the long-arm works!

Learning how the long-arm works!

The sequence is simple. You take a beginning class, at the end of which you’ve quilted your own queen-sized “cheater” panel quilt. Then, you can rent long-arm time – either by the block of time (1/2 day or all day) or by the hour. Vicki Swensen, studio owner, is there while you’re quilting to answer questions or to help you out of sticky situations. Another innovation is the “Quick Zip System” by Sue Schmieden (who owns a quilt shop called Quilt Connection in Elk Horn, WI) Instead of spending lots of time pinning your quilt to the leaders on the machine, you purchase a set of “quick zips” and pin to your quilt back and top at home. Then, when you come to quilt, you can just zip your quilt onto the frame, and off you go! (Can you tell I’m really excited about getting to work?!?)

 Vicki Swensen

County Quilt Studio owner, Vicki Swenson

Vicki has lots of threads available at her studio for patrons to purchase for their quilts. She also has batting and some backings. Muslin and flannel are readily available and if you’d like something else, she can order that too.

Vicki Swensen began quilting about 14 years ago. Her mother-in-law asked her to go to a 1-day quilting workshop. Her reply was “I can’t do that! I’m just too busy!” Her husband laid a pretty heavy guild trip on her. “This is your opportunity to do something with my mom,” he said. The next time she asked, they were doing a “Quilt in a day” a la Eleanor Burns in Gilbert. She decided her husband was right. She could bond a little more with her mother-in-law and decided she would go. At the workshop, someone was cutting, someone was sewing, someone was pressing…and she was hooked! To this day, her mother and father-in-law tease her about being “too busy” to quilt! Since then, she’s gained lots of expertise. Doing research, taking workshops and doing lots of quilting, she has lots of knowledge to share. She was doing quilting in her home, and just grew out of space. Vicki also learned of Karen McTavish (who’s famous for a style of long-arm quilting known as “McTavishing”). McTavish was teaching and renting out her long arm machine. It seemed like a great idea to Swensen who also loves teaching. (I can attest to that! In the short time I visited, I learned a lot! For example, did you know there’s an “upside” and “downside” to quilt batting?) She’s now in her own studio, giving classes and providing supplies as you quilt.

Address: 975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B, Nevada, IA

Phone: 515-382-1815

Website: www.countryquiltstudio.com