Sew 'N Tell
April 2006
Issue No 175.
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, April  4th, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

April 11th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Our featured speaker is Angela Lawrence.

The Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild monthly meeting will host Angela Lawrence of Creekside Quilting. She will present a lecture/trunk show on color. We hear it every day: "Choosing fabrics for my quilt is the hardest part. I'm just no good at it!" We know what we like when we see it, but aren't always able to visualize it ahead of time. Angela will explain the basics, and have a trunk show.

The fat-quarter lottery for April is bright colors!

Join us for the "Spring Challenge" on May 9th.

"Grandma's Flower Garden" is the theme of this year's challenge. Please bring your finished entries to the guild meeting in a plain brown paper bag. Please use masking tape to cover your name/label on the back of the quilt. Prizes will be awarded in each category with winners determined by vote of members present at the May 9, 2006 meeting. The categories are: first time ever completing a guild challenge, pieced item-no applique, and mixed techniques-combining applique and piecing.

Can't find your challenge guideline —they are available on the AAQG website in the March newsletter.

Nominating Committee

Just a reminder that our nominating committee will be forming soon. Please consider helping with our search to fill our board of directors for next year!

President's Report

Happy Spring!

April showers bring May flowers, and May Flowers bring ... our spring challenge! I actually bought my first challenge packet with good intentions of finishing it. The reason why I even bought the packet is because I was motivated by Mickey Depre, last month's speaker. I took her creativity workshop and it really helped my "get out of my box" and try to look at things differently. I want to challenge myself, just buying the packet was something new for me! I hope everyone who is participating in this challenge is enjoying the creative process. For those of you who aren't participating, I hope you will be inspired by your fellow members. I know we still have a month to go (only a month for those who haven't started yet), but I am excited to see the results!

Piece, love and quilting,


Time to renew your Fons and Porter subscription!

There will be forms available to renew your Fons and Porter magazine subscription at the April guild meeting. This is a fund-raiser for our guild. The money raised is used to purchase batting for our donation quilts.

Quilters help fight Ovarian Cancer

There are so many opportunities for quilters to use their talents to help raise money and awareness for national causes. In last month's newsletter we mentioned the "Quilt Pink" initiative to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation (for breast cancer research). We also had information about the Alzheimer's Quilt initiative.

This month we want to share with you information about the "Inspiration Guild". Blank Quilting, a fabric manufacturer, will donate $1.00 to the combined efforts of both the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for each 12" by 12" quilt block submitted to the "Inspiration Guild". The block must be made with at least 50% of any Blank Quilting fabric. Every completed quilt will be auctioned off with all proceeds going toward these charities. Submit as many 12" by 12" blocks as you wish along with a photo of yourself and the Inspiration Entry Form. The entry form, mailing information, and other details can all be found at the Blank Quilting website: www.BlankQuilting.com

Mark your calendar for the Ames quilt show!

Come see the quilt show at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, June 2nd through July 23rd. The quilts are from the American Quilt Society traveling exhibit Dresden Plate--New Quilts from an Old Favorite. The Quilting Connection quilt shop in Ames is a sponsor of this wonderful exhibit.

April Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Susan Body, April 7

Lynn Koester, April 16

Sharon McCarthy, April 17

Joann Olson, April 17

Marcia Lemke, April 19

Susan Stoll, April 20

Linda Schlenker, April 25

Linda Northwick, April 28

Polly Anderson, April 29

April Treats!

Volunteers for April treats are Lynn Koester, Marilyn Cory, Sally Hartman and Susan Stoll.

We are still looking for treat volunteers for the next few months -- please see Linda Schlenker at the April meeting and volunteer!

March 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.

Ann Finger, Kay Huntimer, Sherie Johnson

March Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Joanne Phillips

March Birthday Winner!

Laura Parker

Donation Quilts and Spring Challenge

We collected 26 donation quilts at the March meeting. Thank you!

If sales of the fabric kits are any indication we will have a wonderful showing of Spring Challenge quilts. We have sold 39 fabric kits so far. There are still a few available for purchase at the April guild meeting.

Quilt Show

Did you pick-up your raffle tickets at the March meeting? They will be available at the April meeting also. There are very nice prizes for the top two ticket sellers. Stop by Quilter's Cubboard in Ankeny to view the quilt! The quilting detail is exquisite. It was quilted by guild member Trina Kirkvold. There are photos of the quilt on our website too!

We are still in need of country store donations. Please help!

Looking Ahead

submitted by Marlene DaRos

I don't know about you but I'm ready for SPRING! Sure, being cooped up inside has kept me busy on a few quilting projects, but I'm also ready for some nice sunny spring days—that special time of year when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom!

Speaking of flowers, this years' quilt show theme is "Floral Fantasy" I can't think of a better theme to be excited about. Take a look at all the pretty floral fabrics in the quilt shops and fabric stores! Such a pretty time of year awaits us. As you know, many of your fellow guild members are working early and hard, behind the scenes preparing for this fantasy to become a reality. As the months and weeks grow closer to those fun days in July, more and more participation is necessary to help make the show a great success. To support your guild, find an area you think you can help with. Contribute your time and efforts however you can.

As for me, since I'm your guild programs chair-elect. That means I've been busy putting together presenters for next years meetings, already. I'm hoping what I have planned will interest most of you. The topics are somewhat out-of-the-box, so give them a chance. I'm hoping everyone will stretch their imaginations and plan to attend these out-of-the-ordinary presentations.

Here's a recap of what I've put together so far.

September –"Sew Many Quilts, Sew Little Time!" Have you ever felt you needed motivated to finish your UFO's, resolutions or you needed an extra push or encouragement to finish resolutions & projects? I have signed up for us motivational speaker, Debi Garner. She's a professional who works with companies to boost employees' performance. She'll coach us back on track.

October – If you enjoy Applique, you won't want to miss Thuy Nguyen. She comes to us from Oelwein, Iowa. Her work is superb! She'll bring along a trunk show of her talents. Check her website to learn more. http://members.tripod.com/~thuy/

November – We'll still be fantasizing over flowers, so I've contacted Carmen's Flowers of Ankeny to arrange some spectacular floral pieces for us. She's excited to visit and share form, shapes, colors with us. Plan to attend "A Patchwork of Flowers" and a chance to win a floral arrangement!

December –It's getting close to the holidays and time for a party! I've scheduled none other than "Terry The Magic Guy", to perform some magical entertainment for us. Sit back, tap that inner child, laugh and enjoy yourselves!

January– "Go Fly a (Quilt) Kite!" Ripstop nylon? Nylon thread? Hot knife? Edo? Rokako? These are a few terms you'll learn at this months' meeting. Imagine flying a quilted kite! Yours truly will bring a few kites and share of making my 1st quilts 'fly'.

February – Join us for Valentines' month and learn "T. L. C. For Your Sewing Machine" The gals from Metro Sales and Sewing Machines will be on hand to give us a few pointers on how to love and care for those precious 'babies' of ours.

March – A very special presentation! We'll feature our own Ilene Bartos and her group of 'Central Iowa Textile Artists'. This fine group of talented artists will treat us with a trunk show of their fabulous quilts and inspire us to think new directions. Stretch your imaginations. Don't miss this one!

April – We all love fabric! From our time honored stashes to shopping for more and more yardage than we'll ever know what to do with. You'll experience a return visit from Judy Martin. Her presentation "Scrap Quilts for The Love of Fabric" should be informative and enjoyable.

May – Challenge! Challenge! Challenge! This month has become a real favorite! It's fun to participate, but it's equally as fun to witness all the different interpretations of the chosen themes. Don't miss our 'Challenge 2007' to vote your favorite!

June – Ok, so you're still dreaming of owning a long arm quilting machine/frame someday! Dan Terrill, of Nolting Quilting Systems will have his system at our meeting for us to try before we buy. This system just might be the one that fits your needs and the pocket book. Attend this meeting to find out!

I ask you to step away from the crystal ball for now. Put your sights into this year's events. Support all of those are putting in their personal time and efforts. They try very hard to make it work, make it right, to make your AAQG the best.

Happy Quilting!

Marlene DaRos

Programs in the next few months include:

May 2006 – "Spring Challenge"

June 2006 –Katherine Litwinow

July 2006 –Quilt Show (no regular monthly meeting)

August 2006 –Quilt show wrap-up

If you're ever in Cleveland

submitted by Celeste Muehlenthaler

Pins & Needles

4597 Great Northern Blvd., No. Olmsted, OH 44070

I was looking for a quilt shop as a stress reliever during my dad's surgery and hospitalization in Cleveland. Being one to look for quilt shops on the internet, I "googled" quilt shops in Cleveland. We took off down the freeways and interstates of Cleveland, just to find out the quilt shop I was looking for had closed. We turned the corner to go back downtown and I spied a sewing machine & vacuum shop. "I bet they have something!" I told my fearless driver, so we stopped. The people in this shop were so nice!! They sold Pfaffs and Berninas. Pretty nice, all my machines in one shop. They had books and gave me a brochure of classes. The next day was a special weekend and they told me to be sure to come back. You buy a cd for $1 and you get several embroidery designs.

Cotton Candy Quilt Shoppe, www.cottoncandyquilts.com

9630 Ravenna Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087

The next shop I "googled" was still there, although it is in the process of moving in 2 weeks. When we drove by, I didn't notice it. Our driver said "I think that said Quilt Shop." So we turned around and by gosh, it was. It was in a small home. But looks are deceiving!! Not only was the front room full of fabric, a cutting table and cash register, but the store filled the entire house! Up the stairs were 2 rooms of goodies. Then up more stairs and 2 more rooms full! They had a big variety of fabric. From the "normal" fabrics, to batiks and novelties, to a large selection of orientals! They also carry books and embroidery threads. Just after I walked in, the owner looked at a thread rack on the wall and looked at the customers in the shop. "Do you have an embroidery machine?" she asked each of us. For everyone that answered "Yes," she said "Well take 4 or 5 of these, (embroidery threads) I don't want to have to move them." What a welcome!! Not being one to wait until she came to her senses, I went over and chose several beautiful colors! (Knowing me, they'll make beautiful flowers!!) A nice surprise to get during a stressful trip! It just goes to show you, you can't judge a book by it's cover.

If you're ever in Cleveland, I suggest these 2 shops!

Fabric Dyeing Class

submitted by Cecilie Vogt

The Ames/Central Iowa Sewing guild will have a special program on Saturday, May 20th at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Huxley. Sara Kadolph, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator Textiles and Clothing Program Area at ISU will do a program on Fabric Dyeing using natural, exotic, and synthetic dyes. The morning session is from 9 am to noon, the afternoon session is from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Professor Kadolph's morning program will be a lecture and demonstration of dyeing using natural and exotic dyes. The afternoon session will be a "hands on" session with class participants using various dyes to dye silk fabric samples. Pre-registration for the afternoon program is required, space may be limited. The cost for the "kit" is $10.00 per person. No pre-registration is required for the morning session but there is a $3.00 guest fee. Guests are always welcome. For more information or to register for the afternoon session, contact Cecilie Vogt  (515) 964-2827– by April 15th.

Professor Kadolph will bring samples of her research and also some of her creative dye work for "show and tell". Professor Kadolph is a native Iowan, with a BS from ISU, an MS from Kansas State, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. She has taught at ISU since 1980. Her specializations are textiles, textile conservation, quality assurance of textiles, and natural dyes. She has been researching natural dyes as a renewable and sustainable resource since 2000. In 2002, she planned an international dye conference at ISU that included over 280 participants from 22 countries, 35 states and 6 Canadian provinces. Professor Kadolph owns a small business and sells seeds for natural dye plants and also creates and sells one-of-a kind naturally dyed silk scarves and other accessories.

I hope a few of you will plan to join the Sewing Guild for a very informative and fun day on May 20th. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dye splashed on and shoes with closed toes. Bring your lunch or dine at the Subway across the street. Remember, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for the afternoon session.

Quilter's Haven is for Sale

Our last day of business will be Saturday, April 29th, 2006. As this shop has been in business for over 20 years, it deserves another good owner. Could be you. If interested please contact Judy Larsen, owner. Fixtures to be sold end of April.

We're also having a fabulous sale on fabric, threads, notions, patterns and books!

Fons and Porter ad

Sewing Machine Repair ad

Quilting Connection ad

Quilter's Cupboard ad
The Sampler ad

Creekside Quilting ad

Country Quilt Studio ad

Mickey Depre brought creativity, fun and whimsy to our March meeting!

Mickey Depre

Mickey wearing her sweatshirt jacket —that we all loved!

Dancing Olives

"Dancing Olives" is one of her series quilts.

Mickey was born and raised in Chicago.

She "fell in love" with fiber as a child and is a self-taught quilter.

She never makes a quilt specifically to enter into quilt shows. If she finds that a quilt she has completed fits a competition —she enters it!

She has won several major awards for her quilts. Her quilt "Sun Daisy Seeds" won an award at the Houston quilt show.

The quilt on the lower right is from her coffee quilt series and is titled "3 Joes to Go".

Mickey Depre

"Sunglasses" are her trademark!

Mickey Depre

Have you ordered your copy of her new book "Garden Whimsy Applique"? You can order a copy through her website: www.mdquilts.com" target=_blank"

Mickey Depre coffee quilt

Making a Hanging Sleeve

for your Quilt

reprinted with permission from the new magazine

$100,000 Quilting Challenge

Most quilts that you intend to hang will need a sleeve, including those entered in the $100,000 Quilting Challenge. The sleeve provides a place for a hanging rod or dowel to rest as it supports the quilt. It also protects the back of the quilt from the rod. You can make your sleeve in muslin or in a fabric to match or complement the back of your quilt. The directions below include ease for the width of your rod.

1. Cut a piece of fabric 9" wide by the width of your quilt.

2. Fold the 9" length under 1/2" on both ends and press. Fold each end under 1/2" again and press. Stitch in place.

3. With wrong sides together, stitch the long edges together using a 1/4" seam. Press the seam open, centering it on the back of the sleeve. Press the sleeve to create sharp edges at the top and bottom.

4. Pin the sleeve to the back of your quilt, approximately 1/2" below the quilt top. Slipstitch the sleeve in place, catching only the back side of the sleeve and the back of the quilt. Do not stitch through to the front of the quilt.

5. Pin the sleeve bottom to the quilt 1/4" above the bottom fold. Fold back this edge and slipstitch the back of the sleeve in place catching only the back side of the sleeve and the back of the quilt top.

Note: If your quilt is more than 60" wide, you might want to attach two sleeves equal to half the width of the back, leaving a space between the sleeves. This will allow you to have room for additional support to hang your quilt.

Alittle bit about the concept of the

$100,000 Quilting Challenge magazine

The magazine is published by Reality Publishing, LLC (a subsidiary of All American Crafts, Inc.) It the world's first reality-based magazine. "This groundbreaking approach to publishing will finally bring quilting the attention it deserves, as well as enable us to showcase the very best quilters in the world and their masterpieces."

$100,000 Quilting Challenge magazine, continued

"Too many quilters work in obscurity, and their immense talents haven't found a public outlet. The $100,000 Quilting Challenge changes that. Our goal is to unearth the best quilting talent and share it with the world. We invite you to join in and watch with us as the $100,000 Quilting Challenge unfolds. From 10 quilting categories and four issues per year, our esteemed judges will select 40 finalists, and, from those 40, the judges and you, the buying public, will ultimately vote for one grand-prize winner. This new quilting superstar will receive the $100,000 grand prize, and the winning quilt will be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going to our 2006 Challenge Charities: the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Spina Bifida Association, and United Cerebral Palsy. Even if you don't win, you can help support these worthy charities by donating quilts to be auctioned."

If this concept interests you check out their website: www.quiltingchallenge.com It explains all about the magazine, how to subscribe, and how to enter the contests.

Colors in Motion

Cable Car Quilters Guild Quilt Show will be held in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday &Sunday, April 22 &23, 2006 at Northeast Iowa Community College, Town Clock Campus, 680 Main Street. Admission is $5.00 for adults, children under 12 years are free.

The Quilt Show features the talents and skills of our 150 Guild Members. Enjoy a Mini Quilt Auction, Antique Bed-turning, Technique Demonstrations, Garage Sale, Guild Raffle Quilt, Raffle Baskets, Merchant Mall.

Special Exhibits: The Art Quilts of Rosalie Baker and Dolls by the "Quad Cities —Hello Dollies" Doll Club

Saturday Lecture by Kathy Kansier at 1:00 p.m., "Taking Care of Grandma's Quilts". Kathy, a certified quilt appraiser, will be doing appraisals during the show. Schedule your appointment with Cyndy by email at: cyndyb98aol.com or phone 563-552-1110.

Email for more general show information: quiltthyme@yahoo.com

Our featured shop this month is

Grinnell Fiber Works

in Grinnell, Iowa

Featuring: Contemporary Quilt Fabrics, Wearable Art Fabrics, International Fabrics, Beads, Yarns, Doll Making, Designer Pillows, Fiber Art Source, Purse and Bag Supplies, Jacquard Dyes, Paints and Shiva Sticks!

Grinnell Fiber Works

Color surrounds you the moment you walk into Grinnell Fiber Works. You know you are in a special place!

Reading nook inside store

Grinnell Fiber Works is an extremely inviting shop. It has a cozy reading nook filled with pattern books and magazines for you to browse. It also has toys to keep the "little ones" occupied while you shop. The shop's staff were enthusiastic and very creative and made us feel "inspired" to try new ideas and techniques.

Grinnell Fiber Works hand-dyed fabrics

The store is known for its hand-dyed fabrics. Absolutely lovely! They have dyeing supplies and offer a fun class "Dye Your Own Umbrella" for those who enjoy working with color or those who want to learn!

Grinnell Fiber Works yarn

Fiber Works carries wonderful yarn, great knitting and crochet patterns and all the supplies for knitting, crochet and tatting. Lots of workshops too, all the basic "learn to" classes and some very unique ones like "Tatting with Beads".

They also carry clothing patterns by independent designers including, Sewing Workshop, Indygo Junction and Rag Merchant.

Sewing classes are offered to "learn how to make your own clothes", purses, and of course, quilting! A piecing class for quilters that focuses on "getting back to the basics" is taught by Chris Hulin. She will teach private lessons, small groups or any size class.

Grinnell Fiber Works recently celebrated it's 1st Anniversary. The shop is owned by Betsy Shannon (she lives in Minnesota) and managed by her daughter, Melissa Lewis of Grinnell. There are about ten employees and a large offering of classes and workshops. Their website has all the details, www.grinnellfiberworks.com The store sells Pfaff sewing machines.

Grinnell Fiber Works yarn

And now for the wonderful fabric! This list is by no means complete or in any sort of order—but it should entice you to jump in your car and drive over to Grinnell —SOON!

Batik High Twist by Stylemaker (made for tiered skirts), Australian fabrics, Andover Fabric-Dimples, Maywood Studios-Just For Fun, Valori Wells, Amy Butler, lots of Hoffman including the challenge fabrics, Jane Sassaman, Kaffe Fasset Collection, Carol Bryer Fallert-Aurora Borealis, Lonnie Rossi fabrics, a large collection of Japanese Fabrics and Junko-Anishi prints, Italian prints, Kona Bay fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Pamela Mostek, Pop Art prints, Guatemalan fabrics, Alexander Henry, Virginia Robertson, Red Rooster, lots of cowboy prints, Duponi silks, Astro Dots, Fancy Cats, a large black and white collection and a huge collection of batiks.

Grinnell Fiber Works yarn

Doll making supplies and patterns, by Julie McCullough, are available at Fiber Works.

Grinnell Fiber Works beads

Beading and embellishment are a large part of Grinnell Fiber Works.

Grinnell Fiber Works floss

Hand-dyed floss, Fimo clay, foil, and Angelina Fibers are just some of the embellishments available.

Ankeny guild members that participate in the April retreat and shop at Fiber Works will receive a retreat discount! Purchases up to $25.00 receive 10% off and purchases over $25.00 will get 20% off.

Grinnell Fiber Works —831 Main Street, Grinnell, Iowa

Telephone: 641—236—7026, www.grinnellfiberworks.com

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-4