Sew 'N Tell
July 2006
Issue No 178.
Web Address: http://www.aaqg.net
Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021
"Sharing a common thread!"

There will not be an AAQG Board meeting in July. The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

July is our QUILT SHOW!

The quilt show is July 7 & 8th and will be held at Faith Baptist Bible College. There is no regular guild meeting in July.

Country Store Items

Don’t forget. You can still drop off Country Store donations up until 9:00 AM on Friday morning. Don’t forget to put your name on your donation, as you’ll get your name in the hat to win a really cool prize at our August meeting! Each donation gives you a chance! If you need to drop it off sooner, call Dena Randles or Amy Westendorf.

Raffle Quilt Tickets

There’s still time to sell those tickets! The person selling the most tickets will win a PFAFF sewing machine donated by The Stitching Place. The person selling the second most tickets will win a Hinterberg Quilting Frame donated by the Quilter’s Cupboard. Please bring all unsold tickets to turn in at the quilt show when you bring your quilts.

Our next regular quilt guild meeting is August 8th!

This meeting is the "Quilt Show Wrap-Up". Quilt Show prizes will be awarded at this meeting. The fat-quarter lottery for August is: Fall colors. We still need volunteers to bring treats to the August meeting. Please contact Linda Schlenker and let her know how you can help.

A letter from the Quilt Show Chair

Wow….it’s here! Show Time! I’m so excited about this year’s show. A lot of planning has gone into this and I’d like to thank all of you for your help. I couldn’t have done it without the help of this year’s wonderful committee and all of you who have volunteered in any way or made a donation quilt or country store item or the raffle quilt, etc. (the list goes on and on). Our new location is lovely and I’m excited for all of you to see it. Please remember that this is all new to us, too, and setting up for it may take a little longer than we’re used to. If you have any comments or suggestions on how to make things better for the next year, please send them to our PO Box, Attn: Quilt Show Suggestions. I also wanted to mention that this year's counting of the Viewer's Choice votes will be handled the same way as last year. Five to seven quilt show committee members will get together and count them as a group. The winners will not be announced until the August meeting! If you have any other questions about anything to do with the show, feel free to call me anytime. Thanks again everyone!

Kris Brighton

204 Quilts on Display

We did it! We hit the 200 mark! We will have over 200 quilts on display thanks to the talent and creativity of all of you who entered. Thanks again everyone. This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Drop off and Pick up Instructions

You can drop off your quilts at the Quilter’s Cupboard, 131 N Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA during store hours beginning Saturday, July 1 and ending Thursday, July 6 until noon only. Or you can bring them to the Faith Baptist Bible College, 1900 NW 4th St, Ankeny, IA - Room 103 on Thursday, July 6th between 10:00 AM and noon. Go through the new entrance (look for the white pillars), go left and Room 103 is the first door on the left. You may pick up your quilts on Saturday, July 8 between 4:15 pm and 5:15 pm in Room 103, also. Please form a line outside the door no sooner than 4:15 and you will be escorted into the gym to get your quilts. Quilts may not be picked up before 4:15 pm. A big thank you to Jenny for again letting us drop our quilts off at the “Cupboard”!


The Karen Stone and Libby Lehman lectures will be held in Rooms 104 and 105. Come in the new entrance (look for the white pillars), go left and they are the second and third doors on the left

Food Items

Please drop your food items off in the refreshment area on Thursday, July 6th between 9:00 AM to 6 PM (sooner, if possible) so the refreshment committee can get things organized as early as possible. Because we are working with a new facility this year, this would be greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget those old quilting books and magazines!

If you have quilting-related books and magazines you’d like to get rid of, bring them to the college on Thursday, July 6th. We’ll have a free-will donation table set up as in past years. The table will be located in the refreshment area this year. The refreshment area is on the other side of the gym. If you can’t find it, ask any guild member helping on set-up day. We’ll try to have signs put up right away.

June Door Prize Winners!

Linda Balentine, Diana Weirich, Joyce Romick

June Fat Quarter Lottery Winner!

John Pierschbacher

June Birthday Winner!

Deb Pierschbacher

A letter from the Vice President

These past few months I’ve been really busy helping Kris Brighton and the quilt show committee with the 2006 quilt show. Things are falling into place and this year’s show will be awesome. I’ve completed four donation quilts (a new record for me) and everything on my resolution list. I’m not bragging, I’m just amazed I got it all done! But that’s not all I’ve been doing. I have been working on some new, fun ideas for next year and will be sharing some of them in an upcoming newsletter. See you all at the show…..

Kim Manthe

Awesome Fabric Donation

A huge Thank You to Jacque at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods! Jacque has donated approximately 10 bolts of fabric for our guild to use any way we choose! What a gift! The 2006 - 2007 board will be discussing how to use them but if you have any ideas, please contact a board member and share it! The fabric is mostly pinks, purples, and sage greens. If you haven’t been to Jacque’s store lately, please make the trip (she has really cool stuff there) and be sure to thank her on behalf of the guild.

July Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Patti Whitham

Jean Taft— July 5

Nan Herman— July 14

Gail Miller— July 18

Pat Dolecheck — July 26

Sharon Hawthorne — July 28

Therese Lumley —July 31

Resolutions need to be completed by the August 8th meeting!

For each incomplete resolution item you will owe the guild $5.00 or some quilt batting. The drawing for prizes for resolutions will be in August too.

We welcomed Katherine Litwinow in June!

Her presentation was "Happy Colors from a Sad Time! Quilts from the Depression era, original and reproduction".

Katherine Litwinow with a quilt

We can guess this quilt was made before the 1930's since it features pink and brown printed fabrics. Smaller patterned prints (repeats closer together) were used in 1920's fabric. Larger scale prints were more commonly used in the 1940's.

Katherine Litwinow with a quilt

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" was a way of life for the woman of the 1930's. This shows a family favorite quilt "Grandma's Flower Garden" The quilt features a "Church basement green" color which was a defining color of the depression.

Quilt kits grew in popularity in the 1930's and several of the quilts Katherine showed were made from kits. During the 1930's yo-yo quilts became very popular using the smallest scrapes of fabric.

Katherine Litwinow with a quilt

This quilt was made from a kit. Eleanor Burns new book "Egg Money Quilts" contains several patterns that were popular kit quilts in the 1930's.

Thanks to Sharon Hawthorne for submitting her recipe. She made these treats for the June guild meeting and they were delicious!

Chocolate Applesauce Bar

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons cocoa

2 cups applesauce

2 eggs (beaten)

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine above ingredients all at once. Beat well. Pour into greased 10X16 jelly roll pan.

Sprinkle on top:

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 - 11.5 oz. package of milk chocolate chips

Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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

Quiltfest 2006 is here!

Nationally know quilters, authors, and teachers, Libby Lehman and Karen Stone will be at our show! They have some wonderful lectures prepared for us. Here is the schedule - you won't want to miss any of it!

Friday, July 7

Meet Libby Lehman

10:00 AM - Threadplay Tips &Techniques

11:00 AM - Creativity for Klutzes

1:00 PM - Snow, Squirrels and Sew On: The Evolution of an Art Quilter

2:00 PM - Threadplay Tips &Techniques

3:00 PM - Creativity for Klutzes

Saturday, July 8

Meet Karen Stone

10:00 AM - Organization of Color in Scrap Quilts

11:00 AM - Little Things that Count

12:30 PM - Contemporary Variations of Traditional Ideas

1:30 PM - Organization of Color in Scrap Quilts

2:30 PN - Little Things that Count

Map to Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Wow - we have the vendors at our show!

Plan to shop 'till you drop!!!

Quilting Connection

The Stitching Place

Quilter's Cupboard

The Quilt Junction

Tracey's Tables

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods

Rainbows &Calico Things

Uniquely Yours Quilt Shop

Harvest Table

The Quilt Shoppe

The Sampler

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

Quilting on Main

Connie's Quilt Shop

The Quilt Block

Homespun Quilt Shop

The Quilter's Portable

Grinnell Fiber Works

Quilt Express

Volunteer sign-up sheets for the quilt show, including set-up, take-down, food and work schedules.

Tradition is honored in many ways at Cornerstone Quilts!

located in Newton, Iowa

Cornerstone Quilts has been in business almost a year and a half. Opening in Feb. of 2005, the business is housed in a beautiful, traditional, 106 year old home. Lee Plisch, owner, had been in the house in 2004 and liked it. In October of that year, it came up for sale and she bought it. She credits the building for some of the business' success. People really like to see the house, and it adds a "home-y" feeling as soon as you step inside. A beautiful set of built-in cupboards and a matching table make a great front desk to ring up purchases and check out Lee's collection of sewing machines. She fondly points to one small machine and lets us know that was her very first sewing machine.

Traditional customer service has an important position at the shop. In addition to lots of fabric, classes, clubs, vintage quilt repair service, blocks of the month, sewing machines and service, notions, and a long-arm quilting service, Lee and her staff say they try to help answer any question that comes through the door. Sometimes if they don't have the answer or the service at the shop, they just might know someone who can help. (One of the benefits of smaller towns!)

Traditional quilts are the store's specialty. Cornerstone Quilts has a variety of fabrics ranging from reproduction prints to bright novelty prints, but one of Lee's interests is in reproduction fabrics and historic quilt patterns. The shop has a Jo Morton's club, and a Civil War Block-of-the-Month club. Every month quilters get a block from the Civil War era, reproduction fabrics to make it in, and the history of the block. I also noticed some traditional patterns with a very contemporary flair!

Cornerstone Quilts
Cornerstone Quilts

Lee gave us a tour of the house, and she truly uses every square inch of the place! There are fabric collections in each of the rooms, with lots of samples for inspiration. In the back room are the sewing machines (they became a Pfaff dealer in November of 2005). A Grand Quilter (Pfaff's version of a home-size long arm machine) is set up on a frame and is available for people to try their hand at machine quilting. Downstairs are classrooms, a restroom & small kitchen, and the service area. Lee also showed us upstairs where the long arm business is housed.

As we entered we were greeted by a very friendly Kevin, the shop's service technician. We asked if he just worked on Pfaffs, or if he also worked on other machines. He let us know he works on all kinds of machines. Bonnie is also an employee and is a certified Pfaff instructor. Carrie is a certified embroidery software instructor and leads the embroidery club. All the employees believe in the "Customer first" traditional philosophy. We definitely experienced it firsthand. We had a very good time, and highly recommend adding this fine shop to your list of shops to visit!

Cornerstone Quilts

Address: 426 First Ave. E, Newton, IA 50208

Phone:(641) 792-6274

Website: www.cornerstonequilts.com


Monday-Friday: 10am - 5:30pm

Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Sunday: closed