Sew 'N Tell
September 2006
Issue No 180.
Web Address: http://www.aaqg.net
Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021
"Sharing a common thread!"

Board Meeting—for new and old board members!

Our September board meeting will be held at Kim Manthe's home on Thursday,  September  7, at  6:30  pm.  The address is: 4005  NE  Tulip  Lane,  Ankeny,  IA. (Note the address change - Long Story) All 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 board members should attend. Please bring your notebooks and plan to spend approximately three hours. This is the longest meeting of the year due to the amount of business to get through. If you need directions, call Kim at 515-491-2647 or email her at kmm0901@hotmail.com. Last year's board members that are not holding a position this year should only plan to attend for approximately 30 minutes.

The next guild meeting will be September 12th, at  7:00 p.m.

Meetings are held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

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? We 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.

Treats will be provided by the new board members.

The fat-quarter lottery for September is: Black &White's.

President's Report

Hi everyone. I can't believe September is here already! The past couple of months have been a whirlwind for me. A new grandson born in June, Quilt Show in July, and moving to a new town home in August. September looks to be busy, too but in a different way. I have yet to meet with the 2006-2007 board members but our first meeting will be packed with regular business and then on to the new ideas and fun stuff alot of us have been discussing. One of the things we definitely want to do is update the donation quilt pattern. I've been working on two designs—one that is really fast and easy to make and perfect for beginning quilters or those of us with extremely busy schedules and one that's a bit more challenging but still quick. Both patterns will be available in October. We have also talked about eliminating the fat quarter lottery and replacing it with a block exchange or 2'' strips or just something different. Other ideas we've thrown around are a postcard club, a quilted purse contest, and as a Christmas project, making quilted totes instead of stockings and filling them with a small gift or two. All of these ideas and many more will be ironed out and finalized at our Sept. board meeting so that we can share more in October. I'm really am looking forward to this year and can't wait to get things started.

See you in September!

Kim Manthe

Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, 8/01/06

Present: Gloria R., Sherrie J., Marlene D., Linda S., Celeste M., Denette S., Kay H., Susan B., Sammy P., Kris B., Kim M., Jenna I., Charlotte S. Minutes read and approved for June, because there was no meeting or board meeting for July. T-shirts will be for sale at the August meeting and September meeting. 83 of the 100 T-shirts have been sold so far. We are still looking for a Quilt Show Chair Elect and Secretary. At the meeting next week an announcement will be made to ask for nominations for any position, then the slate of officers will be voted on by members. Pink and White quilts is set for Sept. 30. The board talked about ideas of what we could do. We will bring patterns to Sept. Board meeting that would be easy enough for any level quilter to make and the guild members who are interested could make blocks or tops. Suitcases and donation quilts should be brought to the Aug. meeting. The comments about Quilt Show have been very positive. Great location and Faith Baptist was a good facility. Good layout and everyone enjoyed the speakers. All expenses need to be in to Sammy ASAP. Marlene explained the posters made and donated by Staples that will be set up at each meeting announcing that night's speaker/program and the next months. She will continue to keep in touch with Ricky Timms. He only does Regional programs so it would have to be a joint effort with other guilds or shops to arrange a program with him. Next Board Meeting, Sept.7th. Kris will planning budget.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary.

AAQG Guild Meeting, 8/20/06

With 80 members present, Jenna I. opened the meeting by reading a Thank You from Hospice in Johnston for the pink and white quilt donated. Also a Thank You from Katherine Litwinow for having her speak at our meeting this Spring. She also announced Shop Hops that are coming up for our area. Joan Maust showed the special quilt given to her dated around 1830 and appraised at $5600.00. Gloria Ross was given the Mary Conkel Award for this year. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate of board positions for 2006-2007 as announced. (See elsewhere in newsletter). Kim Manthe updated us on Pat Lucas, from Algona, Heartland Quilt Shop, who has breast cancer. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Pat's address is in this newsletter if you would like to send her a note. Marlene D. spoke about our motivational speaker for September meeting, Debi Garner. The poster on display announcing our meeting for each month has been provided by Staples. A Thank You to Staples. Keep them in mind for your office needs. Jenna gave a quick little talk about her road trip to Kansas City, to see fabric designer Amy Butler at Harper's in Overland Park, KS, Quilt Store.

Kris introduced the Quilt Show Committee and thanked them for all their help and support and hard work to make our show a success. Rose Renhart was there to get her sewing machine as door prize winner. The Raffle Quilt was won Vicki Derhart and was on its way to Vancouver with JoAnn DaMoss. We awarded prizes for our quilt show winners and they had their pictures taken for the Ankeny-Press Citizen. Prizes were drawn and given to volunteers at the Quilt Show and certificates were given out for those participating on the resolution list. Show and Tell followed, then refreshments.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary.

Griffin Thomas Meyer

These minutes were re-written at Mercy Hospital while we were waiting for our grandchild to be born. Aug. 19th, Griffin Thomas Meyer arrived at 2.23 PM, 7 lbs. 1 oz. OH, BOY!

September Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Kim Manthe— September 1

Judy Herrin— September 8

Jan Temeyer— September 10

Carolyn Link— September 18

There will be new birthday sign-up sheets available at the next meeting. These are for our 2006/2007 guild year. Please check to make sure your information is correct and/or add your name to the list. We want to wish ALL guild members a Happy Birthday!

Treasurer's Report

7/31/06 Beginning Checkbook Balance----2,243.80

Plus August Income-----------------------772.00

Less August Expenses --------------------375.00

08/10/06 Checkbook Balance-------------2,640.80

Saving Account Balance----------------14,997.92

Quilt Pink with AAQG!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

We will be meeting at Parkview Middle School from 9-5. Please join us any time, we need help with cutting, piecing blocks and quilt tops, and we need quilters!

We need pink and white fabric! Please bring good quality, 100% cotton fabric to our September guild meeting or to Parkview on the 30th. If you have questions, please contact Jenna Ingle.

We have 17 T-shirts left and they will be on clearance at the September meeting for $6.00!

I have been contacted by a women looking to hire someone to make a photo memory quilt for her granddaughters graduation. If anyone is interested, please contact Jenna Ingle.

August Door Prize Winners!

Lanae Rohwer, Patti Whitham, Judy Herrin

August Birthday Winner!

Candy Watkins

July Birthday Winner!

Pat Dolecheck

Gees Bend Stamps

Gee's Bend Quilt Stamps

These new stamps showcase ten quilts created between circa 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee's Bend, Alabama.

Noted for their unexpected color combinations, bold patterns, and improvised designs, the quilts of Gee's Bend are also remarkable for the humble materials with which they are made. Necessity limited the quilters to fabric from everyday items such as flour sacks, old dresses, and worn-out denim and flannel work clothes. Stains, mended holes and tears, faded patches, and seams all became integral parts of a quilt's design.

You may want to ask for these interesting stamps at the Post Office. We thought they were just what the newsletter needed!

FOR SALE: Antique hand-quilting frame. All the pieces are there and it comes in a nice box for storage. Asking $100 obo. I've moved and just don't have room for this. Call Kim Manthe at 515-491-2647 for more information.

Donated Fabric looking for a home!

I have several boxes of fabric that have been donated to me and I would like to pass it along to someone that can use it. This is all sorts of fabric from sweatshirt fabric to polyester blends to double knits to weavers cloth. If anyone knows anyone that could use this please let me know and I will make arrangements for them to get this. I have about 5 boxes of fabric. Please contact me- Ramona Tapper, phone number is 984-6401 or send me an e-mail at urat1@yahoo.com and put donated fabric in the subject line. Thanks so much!

Quiltfest "Floral Fantasy" 2006 Results

Quilt show winners were announced at the August guild meeting. We've included some photos of the winning quilts. Unfortunately, there is not enough space for all the photos we took in the newsletter. If you would like the photo of you and your prize-winning project let us know and we will email them to you or arrange another way for you to get the photo. Celeste and Susan

Door Prize Mega Quilter, won by Rose Reinhart of Ankeny (ticket sold by Joyce Romick)

Raffle Ticket Sales Winners

1st—Jo Ann DeMoss (won the Pfaff sewing machine)

2nd—Jenna Ingle (won the Hinterberg frame)

3rd—Pat Dolecheck (won $65)

Viewer's Choice

Lanae Rohwer and quilt Ribbons and Roses

Lanae Rohwer—Ribbons and Roses

Natalie Smith and quilt Megan's Happy Rainbow

Natalie Smith—Megan's Happy Rainbow Quilt


1st—Natalie Smith—Megan's Happy Rainbow Quilt

2nd—Natalie Smith—I Love Presents

Start to Finish

1st—Carolyn Magnani—Garden Impressions

2nd—Gloria House—Wild Flowers

Dena Randels and quilt Floral Fan

3rd—Dena Randles—Floral Fans

Wearable Art

1st—Collette Wortman—Crazy Eight Sweatshirt Jacket

Peggy Palmer and her Patchwork Jacket

2nd—Peggy Palmer—Patchwork Jacket

3rd—(tie) Joann Olson—Springtime Purse and Leona Martin—Fantastic Jacket

Original Art

1st—Lanae Rohwer—Scrolls

2nd—Becky Larson—Chutes and Ladders

3rd—(tie) Gloria House—There's a Color Riot in Grandmother's Garden and Marlene DaRos—Grandmother's Flower Garden

Mixed Technique

1st—Jo Ann Dyar—Simply Romantic

2nd—Gloria Ross—Woodland Butterfly

3rd—Kim Manthe—Storybook Farm


1st—Deana Stuart—Spring Blooms

2nd—Kris Brighton—Tulip Mini

3rd—Linda McGhee—Meg's Four Patch Doll Quilt

Small Applique

Amy Leonard and Farm Quilt

1st—Amy Leonard—Farm Quilt

2nd—Helen Schleicher—Affairs of the Heart

3rd—Sherie Davis—Storybook Farm

Large Applique

1st—Diane Inman—Remember When

2nd—Becky Larson—Vintage Valentine

3rd—Helen Schleicher—Jacobean

Collette Wortman and her quilts

Small Pieced

1st—Collette Wortman—Fire and Ice

2nd—Collette Wortman—Star Search

3rd—Collette Wortman—Butterflies are Free

Large Pieced

1st—Lanae Rohwer—Ribbons and Roses

Kathy Hamilton with Feathered Star

2nd—(tie) Kathy Hamilton—Feathered Star

(tie)Sherie Johnson—Color Wash Irish Chain

3rd—Nancy Herman—Peacock

Ricky Tims Update

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

Below is a portion of correspondence we've received so far from Ricky Tims. Note how we might look forward to Ricky appearing within our 'region' rather than for our guild, as is his new format. We've followed through with a message to 'Pat' by placing our name on a waiting list. In addition, we've given a copy of this letter and a request for feedback to many quilt shops, guilds and professionals statewide in the hope that others may also have interest toward scheduling a seminar from Ricky.

(portion of an email received 5/6/2006)

Dear Marlene,

Thank you so much for your interest in having me come to teach at your guild. If it has been a while since your request, please accept my apologies. My schedule over the past year has been unusually hectic and we have been making some significant changes in the focus of our company and considering more efficient ways to teach. I wish I could be cloned, but alas, I can't, so the need to reevaluate has been very important. I am grateful that so many of you appreciate my work and have kept me so busy. I have made quite a few changes in the way I teach in an effort to offer exciting and innovative classes and lectures that reach as many students as possible while limiting my time on the road, which will provide much needed creative time. And there will be more new things coming in the future as I work on developing new classes and more effective ways of teaching. The remainder of 2006 is fully booked with personal commitments and seminars, and I am beginning to look at potential commitments for 2007 in addition to scheduling the 2-day Ricky Tims Quilt Seminars. I am attaching my fee schedule for 2007 that covers traditional workshops and my newer lecture/demo format presentations for you to consider. If your guild would like to consider a cost-free way to bring me to your region, please contact Pat for more information on my 2-day seminars or visit my website at www.rickytims.com (click on Seminars and you'll find information on seminar content and student feedback. These seminars have been so well received around the country over the last two years, and I have been able to teach hundreds of quilters in 2 days of fun, laughter and learning. The seminar costs your guild nothing but there is a good amount of pre-seminar legwork and the need for a committed volunteer work force during the seminar. Upon your request, Pat can provide you with all of the particular seminar information that you will need to put in a formal request for a seminar in your area.

With the seminar format, I would not be coming to YOUR guild, but rather YOUR region. In return, the guild receives financial rewards based on the total number of registrations. It's a win-win for the guild, its members and the quilting community. I hope you'll explore its possibilities with me. Seminars are limited in availability and are determined in most cases by geographical location.

Thanks again for your patience regarding my scheduling issue.


Ricky Tims

Central Iowa Shop Hop

September 21-23, 2006

Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM

Friday &Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

Participating Shops

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

15% store-wide discount (some exceptions may apply at each store)

FREE PATTERN at each shop

Visit all 7 shops for chance to win a gift certificate!

Longarm machine quilting by Barbara Dickerson

Specializing in stipple (meandering) and pantogram (edge to edge pattern)

Reasonable prices!

Quick turn-around! (2—4 weeks)

Smoke-free environment!

Quality work!

Contact us about pickup arrangement in the Ankeny area.

Barbara Dickerson, Runnells, IA, 515/966-2190

Quilting Connection ad

Quilter's Cupboard ad
The Sampler ad

Creekside Quilting ad

Country Quilt Studio ad

Quilting Events around Iowa

"Quilted Memories" Quilt Show

Friday & Saturday, September  8 and  9,  2006 9 AM—5 PM

Sunday, September  10,  2006 12—4 PM

Boone County Historical Center, 602 Story Street, Boone, IA

Admission $4.00, Raffle Quilt-all proceeds benefit the Boone County Historical Society

Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild Quilt Show—"Piece in the Valley"

Friday, September  15, 2006 9 AM—8PM

Saturday, September  16, 2006 9 AM—5PM

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa

Admission $5.00, free parking, Fashion Show-2PM each day

Keepsakes Along the River—Keepsake Quilters Guild

Friday, September 15, 2006 9AM—7PM

Saturday, September 16, 2006 9AM—5PM

Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St., Waterloo, Ia.

Admission $4.00, No strollers, please, We are featuring Fons & Porter 25th Anniversary Trunk Show

Jackie Robinson will be teaching 2 different classes on Saturday - Strip & Sash from 9 AM - 12 PM and Diamonds for the Lily Livered from 1 PM - 4 PM Class fee for these classes is $50.00 each, fabric is furnished!

We have 5 vendors and lunch available on site.

TTT Annual Quilt Show

Saturday, September  16, 2006 9AM—8PM

Sunday, September  17, 2006 11 AM—3PM

Davis County Fairgrounds, Bloomfield, IA

Admission $2.00, Quilts, Door Prizes, Food, Mini Displays, Quilt Raffle

Central Iowa Shop Hop

September 21—23, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 10 AM-8PM

Friday and Saturday, September 22, 23, 10 AM—6PM

Participating Shops

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

Round Bobbin-Everything Quilting, Sewing & Home-Dec Expo

September 21—23, 2006

Saint Charles Convention Center, St. Charles,MO

There are many speakers and classes available. For complete details visit www.roundbobbin.com

Hawkeye Heritage Quilters Presents their 11th Biennial Quilt Show

Saturday, September  23, 2006, 9 AM—5 PM

Sunday, September  24, 2006, 10 AM—4 PM

Southeastern Community College, Gear Avenue & West Avenue Road, West Burlington, Iowa

Admission $5.00, Merchant Mall, Quilt Raffle, Lunch Available

Heartland of Iowa—"Mystery in the Heartland Shop Hop V"

September 29-October 7, 2006 10 AM-5PM, closed Sunday

Solve the case of the Missing Puzzle Piece At each shop, look for the missing puzzle piece. When you find it, you will receive the FREE pattern to help solve the mystery. Visit all the shops, take home the FREE pattern and build you own mystery quilt.

Participating Shops:

CR Quilts, 61 S. Court, Fairfield, IA

Common Threads Quilt Shoppe, 2411 Coral Ct. #2, Coralville, IA

Quilters Paradise, 120 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, IA

Sew 'N Sew Shop, 3206 Division St., Burlington, IA

B. R. Le'Quilt Shop, 209 Scott Court, Iowa City, IA

Neal's Vacuum & Sewing Center, 309 E. 2nd St., Muscatine, IA

Nola's Homespun Boutique, 211 N. Taylor St., Brighton, IA

Sandi's Sewing Connection, 219 W. Mt Pleasant St., W. Burlington, IA

Our Quilting Heritage, Town & Country Quilters

Sunday, October  1, 2006, 10 AM—4PM

Pearson Hall, Jackson County Fairgrounds—1212 E Quarry St., Maquoketa, Ia

Admission $4.00

Quilts across Time, Fort Dodge Area Quilters Inc., 18th Biennial Quilt Show

Saturday, October  7, 2006, 9 AM—5 PM

Sunday, October  8, 2006, 10 AM—4 PM

Career Education Building, Iowa Central Community College, Tower Dr. off Ave O, Fort Dodge, Ia.

Admission $5.00, Vendors, Quilt Talks, Fabric Dive, Door Prizes, Silent Auction, Donation Quilt Drawing

Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Friday and Saturday, October  13,  14, 2006, 9AM—5PM

Sunday, October  15, 2006, 11AM—4PM

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.

Garden of Stitches, Northeast Iowa Quilters Guild

Saturday, October  14,2006 10AM—6PM

Sunday , October  15, 2006, 10AM—4PM

Thomas Roberts High School, 100 Clairborne Dr., Decorah, Ia

Heads Up!

There may be a FALL RETREAT

October 12, 13, 14, and 15

Come hear the details at the September guild meeting!