Sew 'N Tell
June 2006
Issue No 177.
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, June 6, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

June 20th Guild Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Remember the date change for the June meeting!!! Katherine Litwinow will give her presentation "Happy Colors from a Sad Time! Quilts from the Depression era, original and reproduction" on June 20th --- which is the 3rd Tuesday in June.

The fat-quarter lottery for June is "Anything Goes!!"

JUNE TREATS: Sharon Hawthorne, Gloria Ross and Cecilie Vogt. We still need afew more people to help with June treats. If you can help please contact Linda Schlenker, 964-8121.

SELL, SELL, SELL those raffle tickets!

Resolutions need to be completed and turned in at the June 20th meeting!

July is our QUILT SHOW! There will be many opportunities to help at the July quilt show. Please volunteer! There will be sign-up sheets at the June meeting. Just a reminder: the quilt show is July 7 & 8th and will be held at Faith Baptist Bible College. There is no regular guild meeting in July.

Purchase Guild T-shirts!

AAQG "15th anniversary" T-shirts will be for sale at our June meeting and at the Quilt Show.

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

Notes from the President

Hello fellow quilters!

I can't believe it is already June! It is an exciting month for our guild as we prepare for our quilt show! It's time to fill out your entry forms, prepare the quilts, finish your country store items and sell those raffle tickets. I love everything about the quilt show, and it brings all of us together for our main event. Please consider volunteering to work at the quilt show, it is a fun time!

Keep on quilting,


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. All nominations must be received by the June meeting. You may email Jenna or give her the nomination at the June guild meeting. The award will be presented in August.

Secretary's Reports

AAQG - Meeting - Tues. May 9, 2006 - HTLC

Jenna called the meeting to order and announced that our member John Pierschbacher was in the hospital and to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. The board members were wearing the new T-shirts for AAQG looking bright and cheerful. These shirts are available tonight to purchase and are available in two designs/ four color choices. They will also be available at the June meeting and quilt show. We were reminded that the June meeting will be on the third Tues.,the 20th, because of a conflict with vacation Bible school here at HTLC. Nominations for the Mary Conkel award may be submitted tonight. Kim let us know that we have turned in 50 donation quilt so far and that she will be taking them right up until the quilt show. There are kits still available for those of you that would like to make a quilt to donate. The County Store items total 6 so far, and the committee is asking for any wallhangings, quilts, purses or quilt related items. These can be donated right up until the day of the quilt show. Entry forms for the quilt show are available tonight and need to be returned by JUNE 13th not at the meeting on the 20th. Quilters Cupboard is a drop off for entry forms. Remember the forms need to be in by JUNE 13. Kim spoke to the members about the programs for next year, not knowing until recently if there would be a 2007 show, using our local resources and not having as many "big name" speakers (more expense) and explained what has to be taken into consideration when planning programs. Kris talked to us about the facilities at Faith Baptist and how it will be awesome for the quilt show. Joyce gave us a little pep talk on selling tickets, reminded those who have not picked up their tickets to do so. After viewing the display of Grandmothers Flower Garden Challenge quilts we voted, had show and tell and ended the meeting with refreshments. Winners announced elsewhere in the newsletter.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

AAQG - Board Meeting - Tues. May 2, 2006 - HTLC

Jenna went over the results of the surveys that had been passed out at the April meeting concerning: A change to Monday night meetings, continuing with treats, newsletter, fat quarter lottery and program interest etc. Thanks to all who filled them out and an extra thanks to those who indicated they would be interested in serving on the board next year. Jenna showed the new T-shirts and the board was able to buy theirs so we could wear them to the meeting next week. Kris and her quilt show committee walked through the facility at Faith Baptist for the quilt show and they were really impressed.

Secretary's report continued

Kim has arranged with Quilter's Cupboard to be a drop off sight for entry forms because the forms are due June 13th and our meeting at HTLC had to be changed to the 20th because of vacation Bible School .Thanks Jenny at Quilter's Cupboard! All the packets have been sold for the challenge and Linda and Gloria are looking forward to seeing what our talented and creative members turn in next week. There was an article in the Des Moines register about the Kalona Quilt show and also about the woman who will do our program in October. We talked about having a mentoring program for new members as it is sometimes hard to get to know people, or get into a small group when you first join the guild. We also talked about the possibility of having a joint meeting with the Des Moines, or other guilds to share speakers or workshops. An idea for a fund raiser could be a quilt calender to sell. Sandy Sanderson will be at Tues. to take pictures of the challenge winners. Kim will speak at the meeting about the programs lined up for next year.

Submitted by C. Stordahl, Secretary

Treasurer's Report

Beginning Bank Balance as of 4/30/06 —$383.00

Plus income —$599.00

Plus transfer from savings—$1,000.00


Less expenditures—$1,615.04

Bank Balance as of 5/20/06—$366.96

Savings Account Balance as of 5/20/06—$15,401.35

May Door Prize Winners!

Sandra Rompot, Christine Engelbrecht, Donna Jo Smith

May Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

Jo Ann Dyar

May Birthday Winner!

Deanna Stuart

Meet Marlene DaRos

April Quilter of the Month

Marlene DaRoa

A dear aunt of mine, Anna Lee was a fantastic seamstress. Always admiring her creations, as a small girl, I desperately wanted to sew myself, "someday". Then one day in a home-economics class, my love-affair with sewing machines and fabric began!

Seams I've always enjoyed fabric, creativity and sewing. Lately, I ventured toward quilting, joining Ankeny's guild over a year ago. I enjoy sharing same interests with others, laughter's, conversations, and ideals all bound together with quilts.

I don't consider myself a quilting fanatic, I like to take my time, relax and bask in a pieceful zone. I create quilts for pleasure, no pressure, no profit, nor for anyone particular. My inspirations come from gotta-have fabrics, quilting magazines and books. I sample techniques and methods then I create my own interpretations. (Rather than assemble kits or have someone else do the quilting for me) My goal is not for such perfection in a finished project- but rather a sense of self pride that I can say to myself - "I completely created, pieced, and quilted it, totally start to finish, myself!" Always challenging to improve myself, trials and errors are my best learning tools. I'll try a method just to discover something new...if that goes well; I'll keep using those skills and move forward. As an example, I tried and discovered I do NOT like to hand quilt! However, I really enjoy machine quilting! Needle-turn appliqué? NO WAY! Machine appliqué? HORAY! We just find what pleases us and works the best.

My machine buddies are a Pfaff 1469, this was one of the first computerized machines on the market in 1980's, still works!

The Pfaff 2144 has an embroidery unit, an adventure in itself. My Pfaff Hobby 1200, is wonderful for piecing! The Voyager 17"/Hinterberg frame is my latest buddy and we've been having great fun getting acquainted the past 6 months.

Sew I guess, my journey continues.....

My husband, Larry and I have lived in Ankeny 34 years, he works for John Deere. We have 2 grown children, Scott & Jean. I'm currently a stay-at-home-mom to 2 Pekingese girls - "SheMa" and "Penny".

Happy quilting everyone!

June Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Jeanne Phillips — June 6

Charlotte Stordahl— June 12

Judy Pierschbacher— June 14

Nancy Sorenson — June 16

Anne Kruse — June 20

Lonnie Parsons — June 27

Roxie Brown—June 27

Ann Finger— June 29

Deb Pierschbacher— June 30

Entries for quilt show are due June 13th (NOT at the June guild meeting). You may drop them off at Quilter's Cupboard until the end of the business day June 13th. Mailed entries must be post marked by or before June 13th. No late entries will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS. (There will be NO email entries allowed.) Quilt entries may be dropped off at Quilter's Cupboard during store hours beginning July 1 - July 6, until noon only. OR You may bring your quilt to the Faith Baptist Bible College between 11 am and NOON on July 6th. Please read the rules on the Entry Form for complete details. Entries must be picked up between 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm on Saturday, July 8th.

Spring Challenge Awards!

The flowers were blooming at this year's Spring Challenge - "Grandma's flower garden". There were 22 entries in three different quilting categories. There were two pieced entries, seven 1st time entries and 13 mixed media entries. This year, a gift certificate was awarded to the "Most Creative Interpretation of the Theme". Congratulations to all who participated for making this a successful event!

Spring Challenge Winners

Winners (from left to right)

Kris Brighton — 1st Place "Pieced"

Kim Manthe — 1st Place "Mixed Media"

Sharon Lesan — 1st Place "1st Time in Challenge"

Marlene DaRos — "Most Creative Interpretation of the Theme"

1st time in challenge

Winners in the "1st Time in the Challenge" category are:

1st place, Sharon Lesan — $40.00

2nd place, Joann Dyar — $30.00

3rd place, Jan Heddinger — $20.00

Mixed Media

Winners in the "Mixed Media" category are:

1st place, Kim Manthe — $40.00

2nd place, Cyndee Davis — $30.00

3rd place, (3-way tie) Marlene DaRos, Gloria House, Gloria Ross — $20.00 each

1st time in challenge

Winners in the "Pieced" category are:

1st place, Kris Brighton — $40.00

2nd place, Bonnie Barry — $30.00

Marlene DaRos won "Most Creative Interpretation of the Theme" and received a $25.00 gift certificate from Quilter's Cupboard, in Ankeny.

Spring Challenge Participants

We Want Your Quilts!

Please, Please, Please enter your challenge quilt in the challenge division of our July quilt show.

We would really like to have a nice display of all our challenge quilts!

Remember, quilt show entry forms are due June 13th!

Creative Cut-Ups Quilt Group presents

6th Annual *Open Quilt Show

Featuring NE Iowa Area Quilters' Creations

Sat, Aug 19, 2006, 9 am - 5 pm

Sun, Aug 20, 2006, 10 am - 4 pm



Featuring: Raffle Quilt, Country Store, Merchant Mall, Demonstrations, Quilter's Challenge

For more information contact us at creativecutups@yahoo.com or call Carol at 319-283-3300

*Open show means that any quilter or quilt owner can display his/her fabric artwork.

If you would like to display your work at our show, please let us know by Aug. 1, 2006

Quilts for Change 2006

Traditional & Art Quilt Show

Juried Quilt show, Workshops & Vendor Mall

August 10,11, & 12th

Cintas Center at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Featured Speaker, Kay England. Proceeds support organizations working to eliminate violence against women. More info at www.quiltsforchange.org or 513-588-4674

NOW HIRING: Softlines Supervisor, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts in Clive (West Des Moines)

Responsibilities include:

guest service, maintain merchandise/fabric presentation standards, team member relations, training, prepare departments for sales events, freight receiving and processing, serve as manager on duty, open/close store

Position is FT hourly with benefits including an employee discount. Great advancement opportunities, fun atmosphere. Some weekend and evening hours required. Please submit a resume and application directly at the store, or call Melissa Suek (Store Manager) at 515.225.6517 for more details.

Submitted by Cyndee Davis

Do you have any leftover quilting squares you don't want?

These organizations will be happy to take them off your hands.

Quilts for premature babies: Touching Little Lives, Inc., 4300 Winchester Southern Road, Circleville, OH 43113

To donate squares to be made into quilt for military personnel:

The blocks can be simple 4 patches, or almost anything, but need to be 12" square - all we ask is that each block is signed with the name and the City, State from which it comes. Then the families receive a quilt with 28 separate blocks from 28 different people in various parts of the country, plus the two center blocks, which are embroidery.

Please send all material, signed/unsigned squares for MARINE, AIR FORCE, NAVY & COAST GUARD to:

Jan Lang, c/o Marine Comfort Quilts, P.O. Box 1679, Manchester, MO 63011

Please send material and signed/unsigned quilt squares destined for ARMY to:

Sue Scheri, 35 Trinity Place, Spring Valley, IL 61362

JUNE TREATS: Sharon Hawthorne, Gloria Ross and Cecilie Vogt. We still need afew more people to help with June treats. If you can help please contact Linda Schlenker, 964-8121.

Check this website out!

I went to check out this website to see if I should list it in the newsletter and acouple of hours later I was still looking at this website. It links to hundreds of websites and has hundreds of interesting free patterns. I kept printing patterns out --- like I need another project! It has something for everyone's interest.

Link to free quilt patterns: Free quilt patterns

There are 941 different sites linked and they ALL offer FREE QUILT PATTERNS!! That gives you thousands of free quilt patterns to choose from!

Each link opens a new window and will take you right to the free quilt pattern page or index.

The main pages are listed alphabetically and include quilts, blocks of the month (BOM), pieced and applique blocks, paper pieced patterns (PP), mysteries, quilting designs (QD), quilt labels, wallhangings and small projects.

There are quilt pattern category pages with suggestions within the category theme. For example if you look under vintage quilts you will find these topics and links, Almost a Flower Garden, Aunt Hattie's Garden, Bride's Bouquet, Double Wedding Ring, Dresden Plate, Egg Money Quilts, Jane Austen's Quilt, Oh, My Stars!, Orange Peel, and Vintage Propellers.

Pour yourself a nice cold lemonade and be prepared to spend some time browsing through this site!

Dear Ankeny Area Quilters,

Thank you for inviting me to speak/teach to your group. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and found your show-n-tell inspiring. I hope the return is true for you.

Thanks Again -Enjoy the day

Mickey Depre

Mark your calendar for the 2007 retreat!!

Next year's retreat will be from Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1, 2007

It's Aunt Grace's 15th Anniversary!

Help Marcus Brothers celebrate the original 1930's designs by Judie Rothermel

Vote for your favorite Aunt Grace prints. The most popular prints will become our Limited Edition Anniversary Collection, to be introduced at Fall 2006 Quilt Market.

To vote go to the Marcus Brothers website: Marcus Brothers

The contest ends July 30, 2006

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Try Something New!!!

Do you listen to podcasts on your IPOD or MP3 player?

OR, Have you tried listening to a podcast at your computer?

Alex Anderson is trying something new --- and it's really great. She calls it a computer radio broadcast. I've listened to several of her podcasts --it's like the radio because it's sound and no picture but it is like listening to a CD because there is no scheduled time you need to tune in for the program.

The Alex Anderson Quilt Connection is dedicated to inspiration, education and growing today's quilting community. Segments will include quilt related topics including, instruction, events, interviews, questions and answers and much, much more.

How to try it?

Visit this website for a complete list of her (currently) 20 podcasts (with a new one each week): List of Alex Anderson podcasts

Or, go to her website and follow the links. Alex Anderson's website

Go ahead --- try something new!