There will be an AAQG Board meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Meetings are held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.
The program is the "Quilt Show Wrap-Up". Quilt Show prizes will be awarded at this meeting. Also, the Mary Conkel Award winner will be announced.
Hello and happy, hot summer! I hope everyone is staying as cool as possible. I had a week off to stay cool in my sewing room. Actually, I swapped my sewing room with the guest room, so I was working but indoors at least. I hadn't realized how long it had been since I had actually used the room for sewing. I was clearing off the cutting table and found things from retreat of 2005! I am happy to tell you that my new sewing room is 100% functional and organized. It is so pretty, I turn the light on just to look at it! I am motivated to quilt now that the room is in order. August meeting will be packed with events: announcement of the 2006 Mary Conkel Award winner, election of the 2006-2007 board of directors and the big quilt show wrap-up! It will also be my last meeting as President. I truly have enjoyed these past two years. I have met a good amount of members, or have gotten to know some of you better. As you know, I still will be serving on the board. I have a lot of ideas for future retreats and programs. Please know that I am always open to suggestions and comments.
Thank you for all the great friendship! Jenna
The following positions/members will appear on the ballot for the election of the 2006-2007 board of directors:
Vice President- Kay Huntimer
Director at large elect-Diana Weirich
Program chair elect- Jenna Ingle
Retreat chair elect- Sharon Hawthorne
Quilt Show chair elect- open
The positions that will carry over into next year are as follows:
President- Kim Manthe
Treasurer- Sammy Palmer
Director at Large- Linda Schlenker
Program chair- Marlene DaRos
Quilt Show Chair- Denette Stoll
Retreat Chair- Jenna Ingle
Board Meeting, 6/06/06
Attended by Kim, Marlene, Jenna, Linda, Celeste, Susan, Sammy and Charlotte. 55 t-shirts have been sold so far. These will also be available at the June meeting, Quilt Show and August meeting. We will again take subscriptions for Fons & Porter's magazine at the June meeting. So far AAQG has earned 45.00 from subscriptions. After discussing board positions to fill, we will call/approach those members who have shown an interest in being part of 2006-2007 Board. New members who over paid on dues will be reimbursed. Resolutions are due now. Marlene has had a response from Ricky Timms and she will see about setting up the program.
AAQG Guild Meeting, 6/20/06
Jenna called the meeting to order and welcomed back John Piersbacher. She asked that we keep in our thoughts Jennifer Piel as her son Mason starts his treatments. Our sympathy to Kris B. on the death of her mother. T-shirts available tonight. Turn in tickets to Joyce Romick. We need Country Store items and will take right up to Quilt Show time. Sign up to volunteer at the Show tonight. The program was "Happy Colors for Sad Times" by Katherine Litwinow, History of 30's Fabrics. Refreshments, Show &Tell followed.
Minutes submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary.
There was no board meeting or guild meeting in July.
6/30/06 Checkbook Balance----235.78
July Transfer from Savings---500.00
July 20, 2006 Checkbook Balance---8,061.24
Saving Account Balance----14,964.54
A July 31, 2006 Complete Income Statement will be available at the August Guild meeting. It should reflect all the income and expenses from the Quilt Show.
Fall, autumn, cool weather means a kick-off of some sort. Football season, it's back-to-school, and a new guild year begins. September begins a schedule of unique programs I've lined up for us. Professional coach &motivator Debi Garner of Ankeny, Iowa will present for us, "Sew Many Quilts, Sew Little Time!" Come and learn for yourself her techniques.
Programs Chair-elect (All programs are subject to change)
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 have had several inquiries about ordering additional T-shirts in sizes/colors that sold out early. Please contact Jenna Ingle if you are interested in placing an order.
Quiltfest 2006, "Floral Fantasy" had it all! Great show, great location, great weather! Especially, beautiful quilts!
Again, I was happy to enter a few of my quilts into this years' show. I was doubly excited to help Joyce Romack and crew with the take down duties. I learned last year, how much organized work ending the show can be. I felt confident I could help out again this year.
As an 'escort', my job was to assist to remove quilts from their display positions so they could be checked in. This importance ensures all quilts are returned to their owners. Results : no lost quilts. The treat for me? It's a chance to meet the quilt makers that go with the quilts. It's a wonderful way to meet other members. You might call it "organized-chaos" but it's fun and one of the speediest operations I've ever been involved in. Great job, Joyce! and to all the other show helpers!
Surfing the 'net, I found this list of tips judges consider when judging competitions. Please read through this list and think for a moment about our own quilt show, viewer's choice.
quilt clean, neat and odor free
all stray threads, lint, and animal hairs removed
color value (lights and darks) create contrast
design commands attention
points on triangles and diamonds sharply pointed
intersections meet precisely
seam allowances pressed consistently and lay flat
stitching tension strong and even
thread color blends or matches fabrics
curves smoothly rounded, and points sharp without bulk
invisible stitches small, close, tight and even
dark fabric does not shadow through light color fabric
thread color blends or matches with applied piece
markings are not visible
lie flat without buckling or waving
stay consistent in width
long seam lines are straight
fits and fills the spaces uniformly
complements the pieced design
beginning and ending stitches secure and unobtrusive
knots are buried
stitches uniform in size, and even back and front
corners diagonal, or sharp perpendicular abutment
corners smoothly rounded, or 90-degrees square
bias fabric not stretched or rippled
batting firmly and evenly filled to edge
stitches on back small, close, tight and even
thread color matches binding fabric
After I read through the list, I decided that no competing quilt can meet ALL of those requirements! But you know what? It's a GOOD thing! I love our shows' openness, our honest, anything-goes, you-can-enter-anything, in the spirit of good showmanship. Certainly, not all quilts are Blue Ribbon grade, but the variety of entries are spectacular non-the-less!
At one time I felt intimidated when competing against those of professionally quilted entries. Now, I'm convinced that no matter what your skill level or expertise is in quilting, when you enter your quilt into our show, yours will be displayed and treated as honorably and equally, with opportunity as any "blue ribbon" quilt straight out of Iowa's State Fair, Paducah, Ky. or Houston, TX.!
If you've never entered your quilts, please consider doing so next year. The more the better! Your reward- will be, your prize- you'll see, is to hold your love of quilting high, share it, regard it with love and have displayed your efforts so proud.
AAQG moves it's quilt show to a new home. Will it work? Will people come? How will everybody like it? These questions and more filled the heads of our Quilt Show Committee as they planned to move us to a new location. How did it turn out? Absolutely terrific! Everyone seemed to like the new building. It was beautiful, had ample parking space, and the inside was spacious and air conditioned!! What a setting for all the beautiful quilts that were displayed!
The hall itself, displayed the quilts so nicely. The high ceilings let us put up higher display pipes for the quilts. To me, it seemed less closed in than before. I never thought of the show as feeling closed in, until I saw all the quilts in that large open room. It just seemed to give the eye places to rest amid all the lovely quilts. I also enjoyed the vendors in the same room. When I was struck with inspiration, I could run over to the vendor's booths and check on a tool, book, pattern, fabric, etc.
I give the Quilt Show Chair, Past Chair, Chair-Elect, Quilt Show Committee, volunteers, quilt makers, and everyone who had anything to do with the show Very High Praise!!! It's a big job, but they carry it off in a manner that seems effortless. That's when you know things are well done, they may be hard, but to the spectator's eye, it looks easy.
In my opinion, the Quilt Show was a huge success. I'm so glad we'll be able to carry on the tradition next year. I encourage people, to become a part of the show and really think about being Quilt Show Chair-Elect. It could even be a team of people in the position. The Quilt Show committee has such capable people taking care of details, it's a team effort!
What a pleasure to have Libby Lehman at the show on Friday. Her lectures were wonderful and her work extraordinary! It was exciting to see her work up close!!
Her quilt "Joy Ride" was chosen as one of the Best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century.
In addition to making quilts, most of her time is spent teaching, judging and lecturing in the U.S. as well as internationally (Japan, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, New Zealand, and Switzerland).
Joy Ride by Libby Lehman
She is the author of "Threadplay with Libby Lehman" (That Patchwork Place, 1997) and her quilts have appeared in many books and international publications. Libby announced during her presentation that her book was available again and could be purchased at Pine Needles Sewing Center, 290 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, 319-373-0334.
Libby says " I work on one quilt at a time, from start to finish ("finish" means the slides are taken and in the notebook). This discipline helps me to focus in on each quilt as a distinct entity. It also cuts down on the clutter, both literally and figuratively. Part of my creative process involves an ongoing dialogue with my quilts; too many voices trying to talk at once would be distracting. It usually takes from a few days to a month to complete a quilt."
This is a close-up of Libby's amazing work!!
Saturday we had some wonderful presentations by Karen Stone. She spoke on color organization in a scrap quilt and contemporary variations of traditional ideas.
Rob Holland wrote a book review of Karen Stone's work. I think he has given a very good assessment of the work we saw by Karen Stone at our show. He said "What makes Karen Stone's quilts so compelling is their color and complexity. There are a variety of influences—southwestern/Mexican primarily, but also applique motifs—which interplay with complex traditional quilt designs such as the New York beauty and the Lone Star, to make something entirely original. What's more, Karen's fabric imagination is uncanny in its ability to mix very traditional calico-type prints and paisleys with bolder plain and large-print fabrics to make a unique blend. Typically Karen's quilts are very busy, with lots of interplay among curved lines, triangles and other polygons, and straight lines, but they are always harmonious. Despite a very large fabric palette, the last word you would ever apply to them is "scrappy.""
Adel Quilting &Dry Goods, 909 Prairie St., Adel, IA, 515-993-1170
Creekside Quilting, 9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA, 515-276-1977
The Quilt Block, 325 5th St. West Des Moines IA, 515-255-1010
Quilting Connection, 238 Main St., Ames, IA, 515-233-3048
The Quilt Junction, 220 5th St. West Des Moines, IA, 515-274-0660
The Quilt Express, 4800 Mills Civic Pkwy, WDM, 515-224-0151
Quilter's Cupboard, 131 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA, 515-963-8758
Betty Nielsen, co-founder of Freedom Quilt, Inc. will be coming to 1st United Methodist Church, 313 E. Montgomery St., Knoxville, on Saturday, August 5th at 1:30 pm.
She will share her story of making thousands of quilts for the families of 9-11 victims as well as the loved ones of those who have died protecting our country's freedom.
Betty would welcome your donations of patriotic fabrics. A freewill offering will also be taken to assist Betty in this project. Light refreshments will be served.
Francine Elliott stopped at the quilt show to see if there was anyone in the guild who could help her put a quilt on her quilting frame to hand quilt. She was hoping someone could show her how it's done. She is willing to pay for your time and knowledge.
Please contact her: Francine Elliott, 802 NW Applewood, Ankeny, IA Her phone is 964-2286
There is a new link on our website to an internet quilt shop called Quilting for Fun. The shop has a special promotion for our guild members who shop at their site online.
AAQG shoppers will receive 10% off their entire purchase. When AAQG members check out they will need to enter: aaqg-in-912, in the Coupon area on the bottom left. That code will give them 10% off their total purchase.
Questions—please contact: Patricia Fagley, Quilting for Fun, 212 Gloucester Street, Franklin TN 37064, (615) 830-8338, www.quiltingforfun.com
Boone County Historical Center, 602 Story Street, Boone, IA
Come share our love or quilts and quilting during Boone's annual Pufferbilly Celebration!
Located at the Davis County Fairgrounds, Bloomfield, IA
Quilts, Door Prizes, Food, Mini Displays, Quilt Raffle
Located at Advertureland Park, Palace Theater, Altoona, Iowa
Over 600 quilts, free lectures, Little Quilts Silent Auction, Raffle Quilt, Vendors
FREE SHUTTLE RIDES between the Midwest Feedsack Group Show and the DMAQG Quilt Show venues.
During June and July the Octagon Center for the Arts, in Ames, featured 18 quilts in the Dresden Quilt traveling exhibit. This exhibit was developed and organized by the Museum of the American Quilter's Society in Paducah, Kentucky. Quilters from 14 different states as well as Canada and Germany created the award-winning quilts on display.
The quilt shown above is "Can You Fell the Spirit" by Cathy Pilcher Sperry of Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005.
This 1st place winning quilt features machine and hand applique, is machine paper pieced, machine quilted, with machine bobbin writing, machine-piped binding and hand beading.
Cathy Pilcher Sperry's approach to quilting has changed since she took a motivational seminar. This class had nothing to do with quilting, yet she feels it has made a big impact on her work. She says, "The question they have you ask yourself is, "What would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail?""
"Service for Twelve" is a wonderful quilt made by the mother-daughter team of Claudia Clark Meyers and Jessica Torvinen. They are part of a long line of quilters stretching from Claudia's great-great grandmother to Jessica's sons.
Claudia decided to emphasize the table setting idea by using damask-type off white fabrics and lace edging for the background. She them photographed her silverware and fused it on, quilting the knives, forks, and spoons in place to secure them. Daughter Jessica quilted the quilt using her long-arm machine.
This quilt is titled "Service for Twelve" by Claudia Clark Myers and Jessica Torvinen, Duluth, MN, 2005.
They used cotton fabrics, Fairfield batting, Superior King Tut and So Fine thread, and YLI metallic thread. It features machine piecing, machine applique, fusible applique, and is machine quilted.
"Guatemalan Wildflowers" was made by Jane K. Wells, Fort Wayne, IN, 2005.
It was made with Guatemalan cottons and cotton batting. The photo is a close-up of the center of the quilt, showing the texture and color of the Guatemalan woven fabrics.
The Quilting Connection in Ames was one of the sponsors of this exhibit. Be sure to let them know how much you enjoyed seeing the Dresden Plate quilt in a new way!