Sew 'N Tell
March 2006
Issue No 174.
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, March  7th, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

March 14th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Our featured speaker is Mickey Depre.

She will present a lecture titled "Me, Myself, and I". A slide show/lecture/trunk show covering her 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."

Workshop: Permission to Play, a non sewing workshop, by Mickey Depre

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

A true "free form" creativity class with no pattern other than "gentle" instruction. Workshop will focus on each individual student creating their own form fitting drawing and then taking this drawing to the next level of creation. Raw edge-iron applied appliqué will be utilized to keep this workshop at a "NON SEWING" level. Class will focus more on creativity rather than technique.

This workshop will be held at the Fairfield Inns and Suites, 215 NE Delaware Ave., in Ankeny. Cost is $30.00 If interested in attending please contact Sherie Johnson at (email) johnsonrsda@hotmail.com or 965-9064.

Retreat news

The retreat sign-up form is on page 4 of the newsletter. There are only a few spaces remaining! Sign-up soon if you want to be apart of the fun!

President's Report

I can't believe it's March already! Of course the weather has knocked us back a little, or gave us a reality check! When it is cold and I don't want to leave the house, sewing is my favorite thing to do. I am slowly organizing my sewing room and rediscovering projects that I bought over the last year. I also have been sewing more often than usual, but my sewing machine is still set up in the kitchen. Whatever works!

I wanted to mention an upcoming date, kind of a "save the date". American Patchwork and Quilting magazine is calling for pink and white quilts again, but in a different way than before. They are planning a national sewing day on Saturday, September 30, and are asking for finished pink and white quilts to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation. I think it would be an awesome project for our guild to participate in, and it would be fun to gather in a big space that day and have a huge pink and white production. Please watch for upcoming announcements this summer!

Keep on sewing!


Check the website (www.quiltpink.com) which launches April 1st, for additional information.


If you are a member and bring a guest to a meeting, please remember that your guest must pay a $5.00 fee. Our secretary and treasurer keep track of everyone who walks through the door and they know which guests are visitors or new members.

The fat quarter lottery for March is Flowers.

Secretary's Reports

AAQG--Meeting--Tues. February 14, 2006--HTLC

The meeting was attended by 73 members, 4 guests and 2 new members. Jenna called the meeting to order and presented to the members the idea of having a craft show/country store in Nov.and it was voted NO. Kim had brought batting for donation quilts..remember to finish the quilts and bring them to the March meeting for our 30 by 3/30 kickoff. Algona trip is coming up this weekend and Kim will call Fri. if there is a change of plans due to weather. The beautiful Raffle Quilt made by the small group "Chatter Blocks" and quilted by Trina K. was shown. Tickets will be available at the March or April meetings. The quilt show committee is asking that any item you donate to the country store be labeled. The people who purchase these items like to know who made them. After taking reservations at the meeting Nan announced that there are 8 spaces left for our April retreat. Sherrie introduced the program of "So many chickens...So little time/Diary of a Serial Quilter" with Laura Wasilowski. After this very entertaining and humorous slide show and singing presentation by Laura we had show and tell, refreshments and the meeting was adjourned.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

AAQG--Board Meeting--Tues. Feb. 7, 2006--HTLC

Meeting was attended by Jenna, Kim, Kris, Linda, Denette, Celeste, Sammi, Gloria, and Charlotte. The minutes were read and approved. Jenna announced that Gloria Ross will finish out the term for director at large. We decided to cut back on the # of newsletters as more members are receiving the letter via email. Contract for the Lakeside Center is available and will be presented to the membership for their vote and commitment for a Craft show/ Country store the weekend of Santas North Pole. This was an idea we had for bringing in more income before we had a 2007 quilt show. Jenna brought up mail from groups/organizations that are looking for donations. The board decided if it is not quilting related we do not donate. The theme and fabric is all set for our challenge and Linda and Gloria will have packets available at the Feb. meeting. They are adding a new category this year, Best Creative Interpretation, along with Pieced, Mixed technique and 1st Time Challenge. Kim confirmed that our quilt show lectures will be presented by Libby Lehman and Sharon Stone and also that Quilting Connection will donate a Mega Quilter by Huskavara for a quilt show door prize valued at $1300. Denette is checking on quilt show advertising in magazines. The March class/workshop with Mickey Depre will be advertised at other guilds and in the Des Moines Register. The Quilt University Challenge was discussed and tabled for June meeting.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance as of 1/31/06 --- $838.21

Plus transfer from savings --- $1,000.00

Total --- $1,838.21

Less Expenditures --- $927.58

Checkbook Balance as of 2/21/06 --- $910.63

February'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.

Laura Parker, Pat Tschantz, Bonnie Barry

February Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Lisa Starr

February Birthday Winner!

Pat Tschantz

Help us meet our goal!

The guild's goal is to have at least 30 donation quilts completed by March --- 30 by 3/30!! We are looking forward to a donation quilt extravaganza at the guild's next show-and-tell!

Treasured Quilts from Renowned Iowa Quilters

submitted by Cecilie Vogt

The Grout Museum of History and Science, in Waterloo, is hosting "Treasured Quilts from Renowned Iowa Quilters". The display can be seen through March 26, 2006. Both historic and contemporary quilts from private collections are featured. Included are pieces from Marianne Fons and Liz Porter. Call (319) 234-6357 or visit the museum's website for additional information. www.groutmuseumdistrict.org

Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild Retreat

April 6-9th, 2006

Christian Conference Center, Newton

Come join us for 3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights of fun, sewing, eating, prizes and getting to know each other. You can sew as much as you want, sleep as much as you want or don't sleep at all!

Cost includes meals, a room to share with your friends, and shower and bathrrom facilities in each room.

4 days and 3 nights includes 3 suppers and 3 breakfasts for $115.00

3 days and 2 nights includes 2 suppers and 3 breakfasts for $85.00

Rooms are 2 Queen size beds, 4 persons to a room.

Refunds will only be issued if the cancellation is made ten or more days prior to the retreat. Reservations may not be sold or given to another guild member. Payment must accompny registration and spaces are on a first come first served basis.

Roommates will be assigned when the regitration is full

Registration Form




City, State, Zip:

Roommate(s) preference:

Check here if you can bing an iron and board

Please make checks payable to AAQG. Payment can be made at the February and March Guld meetings or mailded to:

AAQG, c/o Nancy Herman

813 50th Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Questions??? Call Nancy at 221-0786

Dear Quilting Friends,

You are cordially invited to join the Homestead Prairie Quilt Guild of Belmond, IA on a chartered bus tour through southeastern Iowa on Saturday, April 1 as we travel to Kalona, Grinnell and other stops to be announced.

The bus will be picking up participants at Clear Lake, Belmond and other points as needed along I-35 and I-80. On the bus there will be ample opportunity to visit with fellow quilters as you share tips, quilt photos, pattern ideas, color way suggestions, and more. We suggest you pack a few quilt magazines to flip through along the way! Another helpful hint is to bring along a large canvas tote bag to hold all your purchases. (It's easier to keep track of one larger bag rather than four smaller ones!) You may wish to pack a little something to snack on or a bottle of water/juice/pop too. Along the way we have a few fun games and other surprises planned.

Be aware that there are a limited number of seats, so if you want to hold a spot - please send a $65 check (made out to Prairie Quilt Guild) to Marcia Burt at the address below. Our goal is to pack the bus! If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Burt (641-853-2354, marcia_b@hotmail.com) or Sally Woodley (515-532-3894, slwoodley@hotmail.com). We hope you decide to treat yourself to a day of fun and camaraderie as you join us on our quilters' bus tour through southeastern Iowa! Piecefully yours, Homestead Prairie Quilt Guild

Marcia Burt and Sally Woodley, tour co-chairs

March Central Iowa Shop Hop

March Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Laura Parker, March 8

Lois Slaten, March 9

Ilene Bartos, March 12

Linda Balentine, March 18

JorJan Johnson, March 27

Peggy Palmer, March 30

Jan Hart, March 31

Rag Merchants Pattern line speaker coming to Huxley.

submitted by Cecilie Vogt

The March 18th meeting of the Ames/Central Iowa Sewing guild will have Jill Mead of the Rag Merchants Pattern line as their featured speaker. Jill will be doing a trunk show of her clothing and home decor items and will have patterns for sale. Meetings are held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Huxley. Turn at the flashing over head light on Highway 69 in Huxley. Meetings are from 9 am to noon. Guests are always welcome. The charge for the meeting is $2.00 for members and $3.00 for guests.

Country Quilt Studio ad"
Fons and Porter ad

Sewing Machine Repair ad

Quilter's Haven ad

Quilter's Cupboard ad

The Sampler ad

Creekside Quilting ad

Quilting Connection ad

2006 Quilt Show Update

July 7th and 8th at Faith Baptist College, in Ankeny.

Plans are well underway for our 2006 quilt show. The show will be held on July 7th and 8th and we have Karen Stone and Libbey Lehman coming. Our theme this year is Floral Fantasy. Our sponsors are Quilting Connection, Ames, IA, The Stitching Place, Indianola, IA, Creekside Quilting, Clive, IA, Quilters Cupboard, Ankeny, IA, and The Quilt Junction, West Des Moines, IA. We have some new and exciting sponsor donations this year and will be announcing these at our March meeting.

We are also moving our show to the Faith Baptist College, 1900 NW 4th St, Ankeny, IA. The move will allow us more room for displaying quilts, housing our vendors, and will give us a bigger refreshment area. We are again hoping to have approximately 19 vendors.

The categories for quilt entries will remain the same as last year except the miniature quilt size has changed. They are: Large Pieced, Small Pieced, Large Applique, Small Applique, Miniature, Mixed Technique, Original Art, Wearable Art, Start to Finish, and Novice. Watch next months newsletter and the website as we will be posting the details of each category soon.

The raffle quilt is done and it is beautiful. It's an adaptation of the Lucky Stars pattern by Atkinson Designs and was pieced by The Chatter Blocks, a small group of AAQG quilters. Trina Kirkvold owner of Quilting Pathways, Des Moines, IA did an absolutely beautiful job in quilting it. Raffle ticket packets will be ready at our March meeting. Each packet will contain a picture of the quilt, information about the quilt, and 24 tickets for you to sell to begin with. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Once again, the AAQG member selling the most tickets will win a REALLY COOL prize. This prize is one that will be announced at our March meeting. The raffle quilt will also begin traveling to several area quilt shops beginning mid-March. It's first stop will be the Quilters Cupboard in Ankeny, IA. If you are one that wants to win big, contact Joyce Romick at 964-3800 or Kay Huntimer at 964-1851 for more tickets and SELL, SELL, SELL!

As the committee works hard to get everything in place, we ask that you keep us in mind and work on a donation quilt or two, a Country Store donation item or two, or volunteer to help us with the show if you can. This is our biggest money maker for the guild and without it we couldn't enjoy the speakers we bring in to inspire us, teach us, and guide us in our quiltmaking or all the other little extras we get for being a guild member. Keep watching the newsletters and the website for more information as the details get set. Thanks, everyone.

Kris Brighton, 2006 Quilt Show Chair

2006 Raffle Quilt

AAQG 2006 Raffle Quilt

Join the Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative

submitted by Ami Simms

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has two goals: to raise awareness, and to fund research, so that a cure for Alzheimer's disease can be found.

Ami Simms website, www.amisimms.com, has information about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. There are several ways to use your creative talents to help raise awareness and money for this project. There is an opportunity to win a Bernina machine by participating in the project. Look under the link " How I can help" to learn more.

Your "support" can mean anything from "I think it's a good idea," to bidding on a quilt, to making a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, all the way to creating a quilt for the traveling exhibit. By "voicing" your support in your signature you are personally helping me spread the word. I would be grateful. (Email me, so I can see how great it looks!) AmiSimms@aol.com