Sew 'N Tell
May 2006
Issue No 176.
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, May 2, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

May 9th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

"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.

The fat-quarter lottery for May is Stars & Stripes

(red, white, and blue)

The small group, Stitch & Chatter, will provide our May treats!

Please mark your calendars! The June guild meeting has been moved to June 20th.

Our featured speaker is Catherine Litwinow. Her program is "Happy Colors from a Sad Time! Quilts from the Depression era, original and reproduction".

We need more volunteers to bring the June treats. The sign-up sheet will be available at the May meeting. Thanks for helping!

There are more donation quilt fabric packs available. Be sure to pick one up at the next guild meeting! We are still collecting country store items for the quilt show. Please bring your donations to the May guild meeting. Thanks everyone!!!

Notes from the President

I love the month of May! First of all because it is my birthday month and I love having a birthday! ( ask my mom, she'll tell you I start counting weeks in advance!) Second, I love all the spring flowers that are coming up and now all the greenhouses are open so we can start planting! Have any of you planted a garden quilt? I think that would be cool, but it would take some planning. Our May guild meeting is going to be an exciting one! We have our grandmothers flower garden spring challenge, we will have new "15th anniversary" AAQG T-shirts for sale and we will be taking nominations for our annual Mary Conkel Award. You must read farther into this newsletter for all the details!

Piece, love and quilting,


P.S. Thankyou for all of your great comments in our survey at last months meeting, it was very helpful to get all of the feedback!

Time to renew your Fons and Porter subscription!

Please check the table at the guild meeting and sign up for your renewal or new subscription to "For Love of Quilting". The cost is $20 dollars and it is a great fundraiser for our guild. We use the proceeds to buy batting for our donation quilts.

Secretary's Reports

AAQG - Meeting - Tues. April 11, 2006 - HTLC

The meeting was attended by 94 members and 4 guests. The meeting was called to order by Jenna and she reminded us that we could renew or subscribe to the Fon's and Porter's magazine at tonight's meeting. She passed out surveys for the members to fill out. Jan Temeyer spoke about the Family Benefit for Dave Ritland, Sun. April 23 at the Methodist Church, who is having a bone marrow transplant. We were reminded of next months quilt challenge — bring your finished item in a brown paper bag with your number on the outside. June's meeting will be on the 3rd Tuesday ,June 20th , because of a conflict at the church. Quilt Show entry forms are not here tonite because Kim is at home sick. Please pick up your raffle tickets if you have not done so. Logan Smith spoke to us again about his Eagle Scout Project — a quilt for Children and Families of Iowa. The board will be getting together the nominating committee so if any of you are interested in filling a position, either on that committee or on the board for next year, please let them know. We enjoyed a wonderful program by Angela Lawrence from Creekside Quilting on Color and Choosing Fabrics for your quilts. Show and Tell and refreshments followed.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

AAQG - Board Meeting - Tues. April 4, 2006 - HTLC

Attended by Jenna, Susan, Gloria, Linda, Marlene, Kim, Kris, Charlotte, Denette, Sammy and Sheri J. Minutes read and approved. Sammy gave her treasure's report with no questions or concerns. Iowa Public Broadcasting is asking for donations and the board decided to let next years board decide if they want to increase the donated amount or leave it the same. Jenna will be meeting P&M Apparel in Polk City to design the 15th Anniversary AAQG T-shirts. She hopes to have the designs for the April meeting. Mary Conkel Award will be given out in June. Members will have April and May to nominate. Fons and Porter Subscriptions and Renewals can be made at the meeting in May. The guild makes about $5 per subscription and the cost is going up in July. Jenna will be passing out a survey at the April meeting for the members to fill out and give their input on possible Mon. night meetings, programs/workshop, continuing with treats and the fat quarter lottery etc. There was a discussion of maybe needing a "Charity Quilt Coordinator" to handle donation packets and/or delivering the donated quilts. This may be included in the survey. Quilt Show entry forms are ready to be printed. Most of the booths for vendors are filled. All but 5 packets for the May Challenge have been sold. Resolutions are being worked on. Membership dues will stay the same until June....the guild information on the website and in packets is incorrect/outdated.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

Secretary's report continued

AAQG - Meeting - Tues. March 14, 2006 — HTLC

Jenna called the meeting to order. Logan Smith explained his Eagle Scout project – a quilt for Children and Families of Iowa. He is recruiting skilled laborers (we who quilt, or have fabric to donate) to help. See his mom Donna Jo Smith if you are interested. Kim has donation quilt kits available to meet/beat our goal of 30 by 3/30 completed donation quilts. Linda Northwick gave a report on the trip to Quilts from the Heartland in Algona. Five members were able to go and it sounds like they had a great time. Not only does Pat Lucas have a terrific shop but she is a wonderful hostess. Kris B. said everything is running smooth for the quilt show. The Raffle quilt is on display at Quilter's Cupboard. Challenge packets are available to purchase – remember May is our Challenge month. We had a wonderful trunk show and slide presentation by Mickey Depre – "Me, Myself and I". Her quilts have a very interesting and whimsical look to them. Her class on Weds. "Permission to Play" is not full so you can still sign up tonite. Refreshments and Show and Tell followed.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

AAQG - Highlights from Board Meeting - Tues. March  7, 2006 —HTLC

The number of newsletters printed will stay at the reduced amount. September 30th will be a national sewing day for Pink and White, Quilts for a Cure. Marlene gave out a list of programs scheduled for next year and it will be printed in the April newsletter. We discussed the Ad problems(space,time involved to set up etc.) Susan and Celeste will come up with a letter explaining what they need for an ad and that letter will be sent with the advertising contract. Please have information you would like to appear in the newsletter to webmaster@aaqg.net by the 20th of the month or earlier. My apologies for these minutes arriving a month late. Our computer was in the fix it shop, (My Computer Guy) for 4 days, and I was unable to meet the deadline.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

Purchase your Guild T-shirt in May!

AAQG "15th anniversary" T-shirts will be for sale at our upcoming meetings.

We have 4 pretty spring colors to choose from and 2 different designs. The shirts cost twelve dollars and are available in sizes small —3XL.

Meet Deb Pierschbacher

March Quilter of the Month

Debby Pierschbacher

I started quilting about 20 years ago when a co-worker brought a quilt that she had made to work. Mabel was taking classes in Panora one Saturday a month taught by Shar from Prairie Star quilts. I made one quilt a month for about 5 months then the classes stopped . . . but I didn't! I came to my first quilt show 9 or 10 years ago and saw and old high school friend Linda Mc Ghee who encouraged me to come to Guild and I have been coming ever since.

My parent who are also guild members moved to Ankeny when I was about 6 months old and I lived here until 3 years ago when I bought a home in the big town of Sheldahl. I love my flower gardens and my home is pretty much the right size for me the large bedroom is my quilting, craft room (you only sleep and store clothes in a bedroom so I sleep in the small bedroom).

I have recently celebrated my 25th year at Wells Fargo Card Services. It has been a good place to work with good benefits.

My taste in quilts runs toward the traditional my eye is always drawn to the log cabins and simple traditional blocks but I try to change up the colors or something to give them some zing. I try to get myself out of that rut once in a while but I'm soon drawn back. My favorite fabrics are florals so many fabrics can be used with them. My small group the Sewflakes have become some of the best friend I have, I am so glad I looked into joining a small group. I also am an adopted member of another group, the Wednesday group but they meet on Mondays now . . . ? I'm confused but I have gone to the Houston International quilt show with them twice and look forward to going with them again this fall we have such a great time (hopefully we get a van with a DVD player this year — inside joke).

This fall and winter I taught a quilting class at my church Ankeny Baptist and a couple of my student have finished and more are still working on their quilts I am so proud of their diversity in color choices, and 3 ladies are hand quilting something I have not done. A good friend of mine Darlene Campbell, who is a part of our quild also, came to class to help with things that I am not as accomplished at. The class must have gone well they are asking for another already.

May Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Dena Randles — May 2

Bonnie Barry — May 4

Jenna Ingle — May 8

Ramona Tapper — May 8

Jacque Johnson — May 9

Deanna Stuart — May 11

Donna Jo Smith — May 13

Barb Pighetti — May 14

Diana Weirich — May 19

Marilyn Cory — May 22

Alene Bailey — May 29

Sheila Arney — May 29

April Door Prize Winners!

Bettie Bennett, Sandra Rompot, Marcia Lemke

April Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Kay Huntimer

April Birthday Winner!

Linda Northwick

It's nomination time for the Mary Conkel Award!

We are taking nominations for our annual Mary Conkel Award. This award is given to any guild member who embodies the following characteristics: Volunteers for jobs "behind the scenes" for the guild, including making donation quilts, volunteering for shifts at the quilt show, and in other ways throughout the year. May be modest about their own talents, although they may be considerable, and shares knowledge and enthusiasm of quilting with others. This person may be involved in other community service projects. Also, they may have offered a number of years of service to the guild. We will have a basket at the May and June meetings to collect nominations, or you can email your nomination to Jenna Ingle.

Treasurer's Report

March 31, 2006 Checkbook Balance — $809.19

Plus Income — $3,570.00

Less Expenses — $4,379.19

April 20, 2006 Checkbook Balance — $488.30

Savings Account Balance — $16,369.37

We have a NEW location for the Quilt Show!

We hope everyone knows that the Quilt Show will

be held at Faith Baptist Bible College this year.

Do you know where it is?

Faith Baptist Bible College:

1900 NW 4th Street in Ankeny

To get there: go West on W. 1st Street,

turn Right (North) onto NW Abilene Road

For Sale:

APQS - Ultimate II 12' Long Arm Quilting Machine Lots of thread, bobbins, needles, bobbin winder and misc. maintenance items. $4000.00

White treadle sewing machine $85.00 Singer treadle sewing machine $85.00 Or both for $150.00

Amy Leonard — Phone 287-8849

Hi everyone,

I'm finally over being under the weather and back to feeling normal — I wanted to tell you we had a great time at the Heartland Quilt Shop and will be planning another trip this fall. I've been really busy helping Kris Brighton plan the 2006 quilt show and you'll notice the newsletter this month is filled with quilt show information. I really hope you can volunteer to help us, either by working or entering a quilt or two or three or making a donation quilt or a country store item. We still need donation quilts! We have approximately 50 donated to date and want to hit at least 100! See you at the May meeting.

Kim Manthe — 2006 AAQG Vice President