Sew 'N Tell
November 2006
Issue No 182.
Web Address: http://www.aaqg.net
Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021
"Sharing a common thread!"

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, November 7,  2006, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, November  14,  2006, 6:30 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

It's our annual soup potluck supper and

"A Patchwork of Flowers"!

For November's Program we have invited floral designer, Debra Groff of Carmen's Flowers & Gifts. Spectacular floral arrangements will be designed just for us. Attend for your chance to win!

An assortment of soup will be provided by the AAQG Board Members. Board members will also bring drinks and table service.

The rest of the meal will be provided by Guild Members!

If your last name begins with A—L please bring DESSERTS.

If your last name begins with M—Z please bring bread, crackers or rolls.

If any member would like to bring a relish plate with fresh veggies that would be welcome too!

Remember it begins at 6:30 p.m.!!

A note from the President:

What a program last month! How inspiring it was to see the beautiful appliqué quilts created by Thuy Nguyen from Oelwein, IA. And so many of them! I know I walked away totally inspired. Many of you asked that we bring her back for a class. We are working on that for you and will let you know details as soon as we know them.

The board has been working hard to make some changes to our monthly meetings. We hope you will participate in the monthly block lottery that replaces the former fat quarter challenge, join in fun with the ornament challenge, and enjoy receiving a fat quarter when it's your birthday month.

Don't forget our meeting starts at 6:30 in November due to our annual potluck. I'm looking forward to next month's meeting. Not just because of the food, but did you know we will all have a chance to win a quilting-related floral arrangement? How cool is that? See you in November!

Continually quilting,

Kim Manthe

Thank you to Charlotte Stordahl, Linda Schlenker, Cecelie Vogt, Kay Huntimer, Ramona Tapper, Sharon McCarthy and Jenna Ingle for your help on our Quilt Pink sewing day, September 30. We got a lot of fabric cut and 3 quilt tops pieced. We also had a quilting project going of a quilt that had been pieced from previous blocks we had received from APQ. If there are other members/groups who have quilts to donate, they are due February 7, 2007. The ebay auction will begin May 2007. Quilts can be sent to or dropped off at the following address: Quilt Pink Quilts, 1716 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. Any questions, call (515) 284-3575, or log on to www.quiltpink.com.

Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, 10/3/06

Meeting called to order by Kim. Minutes read and approved. Kim passed out agenda for meeting; treasurers report; board meeting dates; storage shed info from AAQG account at Ankeny Copy Center. Bad weather call goes along with Ankeny Schools. If schools let out early or canceled meeting is canceled. Kit cut day Oct. 7th has been postponed because of conflict at Quilters Cupboard. We discussed starting up another newcomers group "Tip and Techniques" and Jenna will give more if about this meeting. November meeting will be a Soup Supper with Board members providing soup...members bringing bread/crackers/desserts. See elsewhere in newsletter for more info. Jenna gave update on Pink and White Day Sept. 30. Seven guild members attended at HTLC. Fall Retreat still has opening and members can signup at next weeks meeting. Refreshment sign-up will be passed around at Oct. meeting and the Board decided if members don't want to sign up there just won't be refreshments served. Linda Northwick has volunteered to start sewing on our "Hawaiian Dreams" Raffle Quilt, with Kim Manthe cutting it out. Denette Stoll shared the pattern "Butterfly Blooms" from which it will be made. If anyone is interested in helping Linda Northwick, please contact her at 964-5594 or Denette at 984-6746. Maybe a small group would like to help? How about some of our prize-winning quilt makers? Your talents would be greatly appreciated!!! Please have newsletter info in by the 20th or before. Meeting attended by Kim, Linda, Sharon, Marlene, Kay, Denette, Diana, Celeste, Susan, Jenna and Charlotte.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary.

AAQG Guild Meeting, 10/10/06

Kim called the meeting to order and welcomed new members and guests. She presented the proposed by-law information and changes calling our attention to the increase of dues to $25, effective 2007-2008. Changes will be in Nov. newsletter and voted on after that. $20 membership dues must be paid by Oct. 15 to be in Directory this year. If your dues have not been paid by Oct. 15, membership with AAQG expires. Nov. meeting will start at 6:30, soup provided by Board members--last name of members A-L bring desserts; M-Z bring bread/crackers/rolls. Kay Huntimer showed example of new donation quilts--kits and patterns available. Linda and Diana passed out refreshment sign-up sheet, and let us know Quilt pins are for sale. Resolution list available in Dec. and new block lottery to start up. Watch for more info later. Denette reminded us of Quilt Show dates July 13-14 with setup on the 12th. Sign-up for 2007 Quilt Show Committee now. Raffle Quilt to be pieced by Linda Northwick and quilted by Jacque Johnson.

A reminder for members to think about country store items. Jenna let us know the Fall Retreat has openings yet. Seven members attended the Pink and White Quilt Day Sept. 30. T-shirts on sale-$6. Tips and Techniques meeting to start up after the holidays. Marlene let us know that Karen McTavish will be a speaker at our Quilt Show. Carmen's Flowers will be our program for Nov. Thuy Nguyen and her husband, Thoi, entertained the members with a wonderful program and trunk show of Thuy's outstanding appliqué quilts. Their fascinating story of how they escaped Vietnam and came to the U.S. is told in the book, "The Making of a Believer", by Thoi Nguyen. Show and Tell with refreshments followed the program.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary.

photo of Purseabilities contest winners

Cyndee Davis wins Purseablilities contest

This is a picture of my purse that won 3rd place in the national American Sewing Expo "Purseabilities" contest. (It's the one with the ribbon on the far right). It's called "Japanese Lantern." It will be published in a future issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery. I also won a $100 gift certificate from Ghee's.

Submitted by Cyndee Davis

November Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Anita Uthe— November 16

Celeste Muehlenthaler— November 17

Marlene DaRos— November 21

Simply Quilts Continues

HGTV tells APQS that Alex Anderson's Simply Quilts TV Show will continue to air on their network through at least half of 2007! The decision is thanks to all your emails, phone calls, letters and online petitions. Simply Quilts will also continue to air on the DIY network. Thank you for all your help!!

Courtesy the APQS Quilting News Forum

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

SURPRISE—It's Karen McTavish!

During last month's meeting, I was very pleased to announce our program speaker for QuiltFest 2007 —"Hawaiian Dreams", will be Karen McTavish.

Judging by your enthusiastic response, I'm sure you're pleased with Karen's plans to visit our quilt show. She'll present four 1 hr. lectures, two Friday, two Saturday. She has announced a new book, her fourth and final, "Quilting For Show", which will be released spring 2007. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to meet Karen, purchase books, enjoy and support her visit. Presentations will include a history of wholecloth, trapunto, helpful techniques, discussion of useful products, machine quilting, many question and answer opportunities, as well as a special trunk show of Karen's award winning quilts! The lectures promise to be entertaining, humorous, informal and fun-filled. Look up her website, www.designerquilts.com, notice what a busy, popular lady she is. We're very fortunate to have her join us. I'm excited! I know you are too!

Happy (McTavishing)Quilting

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance 9/30/06-------$2,488.08

Plus October Income-------------$1,603.00

Less October Expenses------------$909.01

Checkbook Balance 10/19/06-------$3,182.07

Savings Account Balance 10/16/06--$15,058.39

October Door Prize Winners!

Judy Pierschbacher and Sheila Arney

NEW Block Lottery

Beginning in November, we will start a block lottery to replace the fat quarter lottery. The idea is simple-we will provide a 121/2 block pattern each month at the guild meeting, you take home the pattern, choose your fabric and color, complete in time for the next meeting and bring your block to put in the lottery. One lucky winner (or maybe more-depending on participation) will take home that month's stack of blocks. The patterns will only be provided at the monthly guild meetings! There are no restrictions on fabric or colors, just make a block according to the given pattern and directions, and bring it to share. Have Fun!!

Resolution Lists

Resolution lists will be available for pick up at the November Guild meeting. The contest will start in December and will wind up in August. So start thinking about things that you would like to complete in the New Year, and maybe win a prize for doing it! Photos of completed projects are acceptable, as well as actual projects. So think about cleaning your sewing room, quilting grandma's long lost Flower Garden, or maybe that lap quilt to snuggle under in January while the snow flies!

Christmas Ornament Challenge

We are having a Christmas Ornament challenge at the December Guild meeting. Rules and categories are simple. Quilted or non-quilted ornament will be accepted. The item must be made by the guild member, and non quilted items can be felt, beaded, crochet, knit or other. The Quilted items are just that---Quilted!! you Appliqué or pieced, all are welcome. Winners will be awarded to the top 2 ornaments in each category. Bring to the December guild meeting in a small brown bag. Check in at the Director's at Large table, where we will give assigned numbers for your ornament. All members will vote. So let's get creative and have some fun.

In January a new group is starting called "Tips and Techniques". This will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. It will be taught by guild members who will be demonstrating and teaching tips & techniques. PLEASE VOLUNTEER! Let Jenna know how you would like to help.

Quilt Show News

It seems hard to believe that it is already time to start planning for Quilt Show 2007. This years theme is Hawaiian Dreams.

Here is our committee so far:

Quilt Show Chair—Denette Stoll

Quilt Show Chair-Elect—Anne Kruse

Quilt Show Advisors—Kris Brighton and Kim Manthe

Advertising—Anne Kruse

Brochures—Lisa Starr

Country Store—Kris Brighton, Sharon McCarthy and Lisa Starr(?)

Refreshments—Linda Schlenker

Set-up—Jenna Ingle, Kay Huntimer, Joyce Romick, and Linda Schlenker

Take Down—Jenna Ingle, Joyce Romick and Linda Schlenker

Vendor/Vendor Hospitality—Kim Manthe and Bonnie Barry

Treasurer—Sammy Palmer

Raffle Quilt—We have Kim Manthe cutting out the raffle quilt, Linda Northwick piecing it together and we are lining up the quilting. The raffle quilt will be awesome. The committee is shaping up nicely.

We still need a volunteer for the Raffle Quilt position. This person will coordinate the schedule to display the quilt, develop the raffle tickets and take to copy shop, coordinate the photo of the quilt and get copies for the packets. Call me for more details.

Thanks to all for your very generous gift of time!

If you have any questions about the committee or the responsibilities of any position please contact Denette at 515-490-8281.

Thanks again to all the above committee members.

Denette Stoll—Quilt Show Chair

Here are the proposed changes to our guilds By-laws and Standing Rules. We will vote on these changes during our November meeting.

Proposed By-law changes

Article V


Section 2

The annual membership dues shall be payable commencing September 1st of each year in the amount to be determined by the Board of Directors. Any member who has failed to pay dues (must be received and not postmarked) by the October meeting will be dropped from the membership list and will not appear in the yearly directory.

Article VI


Section 4

After approval of a majority of the Board, the proposed amendment(s) shall be published in the newsletter prior to the vote. The By-laws may be amended at any meeting by sixty percent of the members present.

By-laws as amended October 2006, and supersedes any previously adopted by-laws.

Proposed Information and Standing Rules Changes

Membership Dues

2006—2007 dues are $20.00 (September 2006 through August 2007). Effective September 2007 dues will increase to $25.00 per year (September through August).


The Guild sponsors an annual Quilt Show. Guild members are encouraged to enter their quilt projects. A Quilt Show Chairperson along with the Board of Directors outlines the details and brings information to the membership throughout the year. If you have any questions, contact a Quilt Show committee member. A successful quilt show requires, many volunteers to organize and serve on the various committees, hang quilts, sell and take tickets, and work as white glove attendants. In conjunction with the quilt show, we hold our major fundraisers of the year; the Raffle Quilt and Country Store.

A Gem Found in Iowa

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

If you had the chance to attend last month's guild meeting then you won't soon forget the fabulous trunk show and presentation from appliqué quilter, Thuy Nguyen!

If you missed the meeting, then you missed a true diamond in the rough. Thuy and her husband, Thoi traveled all the way from Oelwein, to share with us stories of their lives living in Iowa Thuy described her passion through stories of her life in Vietnam, using one of her quilts which displayed in minute detail, lovely symbols of her homeland. Colorful and spectacular, all of her work is truly amazing. Pictures won't do. You would have to see up close, the attention she pays to details, designs and precision in her stitching.

Near the end of her presentation, Thuy offered for sale many of her ready-to-quilt tops! Bargains galore! Interest peaked in many of us to maybe secure and complete one for ourselves someday. Thoi is author of, "The Making of a Believer", which includes the story of his journey from Vietnam to Iowa. He offered us for sale a few copies, which is also available on the internet, Amazon.com Plans are underway to invite Thuy again in the future to present a workshop of her fine craft. Plan on it, you won't want to miss it!

For more information on this wonderful lady, visit her website http://thuy.tripod.com

Thuy Nguyen with her Viet Nam quilt

Thuy Nguyen with her Viet Nam quilt

Applique quilt by Thuy Nguyen

Applique quilt by Thuy Nguyen

Applique quilt by Thuy Nguyen

Living History Farm Quilt Show

Submitted by Cecilie Vogt

I attended the Quilt Show at Living History Farms held in the Church of the Land. The show was from October 4-8 and was titled "The Ties that Bind". The quilts on display were from the Living History Farms Textile Collection.

The 30 quilts plus 3 quilt tops were on display along with linens with crocheted edgings or cross stitch, aprons and bonnets and some woven cloths.

Quilts on display were from 1815 through the early 1930's. Many were from the 1860-1890 time period. Many were in excellent condition, a few were worn and frayed. Of the 33 quilts, 18 were appliqué. One or two combined trapunto and appliqué.

The Appliqué Album Quilt (circa. 1845) used the Broderie Perse technique along with traditional appliqué. A common theme in appliqué was flowers--roses, tulips, lilies.

Many of the quilts were large, over 80"x90". All were hand pieced and hand quilted. The quilting on these vintage quilts was amazing. Very detailed designs and very close together. One quilt was done in rows less than 1/2" apart and all were very even and tiny stitches. Twelve to the inch was common. Background quilting was varied ranging from diamonds or diagonal rows to overlapping circles (probably 1" diameter). Common designs were floral, feathered swags or feathered circles. It was not uncommon to see a variety of quilting designs.

One quilt on display was designed by the groom and made by the bride. After the quilt was finished the pattern was destroyed so it would forever be an original. It had the Broderie Perse technique as well as appliqué and reverse appliqué in a border. A small sawtooth border also was appliqued around the center.

One quilt top was on display. It was never finished but a sample block was completed. The quilt top and sample block contained 1016 stuffed and appliqued cherries in addition to the vines and leaves.

In the early 1930's quilt top kits were popular. They were offered in the Sears catalog for $12-13.00 for the appliqué pattern and fabric. I thought it was interesting that in 1933, the Sears catalogue was offering cotton fabrics in 15 different shades and colors. The fabric was called "Pastoral" and cost 25 cents a yard. Regular percale cotton was 8 cents a yard. "But the women were willing to pay for quality."

If you missed this show, you missed beautiful quilts with amazing hand quilting. I was really impressed with the perfection that was in these quilts and the history that went with them.

Living History Farms Lily Quilt

This quilt is titled "Lily" and it dates from 1840 to 1860. The tan fabric in the flowers has faded from green over the years. There is lots of detailed quilting on this quilt. It measures 63" by 86".

Living History Farms Brides Basket Quilt

"Brides' Basket" quilt dates from the 1920-1930's time period. This quilt measures 82" by 98" and uses the "pastoral" cloth that cost 25 cents a yard. This quilt has interlocking circles in the quilting.

Living History Farms, cont.

Living History Farms Baskets Quilt

The quilt "Baskets" dates from 1880. It used indigo blue dye and red, grey and black and the baskets are pieced from a variety of fabrics including wool. It was a large quilt. There is lots of detail in the hand appliqué.


Submitted by Celeste Muehlenthaler

Summer's gone, the leaves are turning, and the football season is well underway. So of course it's time to think about...the 2007 Iowa State Fair? Well, if you're a quilter it is. That's because ISU has announced that there will be a special category in the 2007 State Fair fabric and threads competition in honor of Iowa State University's 150th birthday. Entries can consist of any combination of quilting techniques and must be at least 36 inches on each side. The winner will receive $150 in honor of ISU's 150 years. There will also be a special competition that also includes out-of-state Iowa Staters to create quilt blocks that commemorate the university's sesquicentennial. Blocks will be 10 inches finished (10 1/2"), and they cannot have additional fabrics and cannot be quilted. The blocks will be used to construct a finished Iowa State University Sesquicentennial Quilt, which will be on display throughout the fair and sold at the State Fair Auction on Aug. 18. Rules for entering will be available after May 1 by contacting the Entry Department, Iowa State Fair. So think it over and check out http://www.iowastatefair.org after May 1. In the meantime, happy stitching!

Sports for Quilters:

Submitted by Kim Manthe

  • RUNNING to the quilt shop
  • HURDLING over piles of books
  • LIFTING large quantities of fabric
  • RACING to finish a project deadline
  • SWIMMING through pages of quilt magazines
  • KICKING around new ideas
  • SPINNING new yarns about quilting adventures
  • CYCLING through decades of quilting designs
  • There you have it. Scrap the gym and start scraping!

Found this at the end of the book: It's a Stitch: 21 Patchwork Quilt Projects with an Eye on Tradition by Karen Bolesta

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Prairie Star Quilts is celebrating 20 years as a Quilt Shop!

located in Elk Horn, Iowa

Prairie Star Quilts is a destination quilt shop you don't want to miss! Country is their look. They are known for their selection of flannels and country fabrics as well as their large selection of pre-1900 reproduction fabrics. They specialize in kits and do lots of mail order all over the country. In fact, it was Prairie Star Quilts that pioneered the idea of the quilt kits. Kits are available for everything from small wall hangings and garments to bed quilts. Four on staff designers publish patterns and books and owner Julie Larsen designs one or two original blocks of the month each year.

When the shop opened in 1986 there was just one other quilt store in Iowa. The shop (which was then known as "Cozy Quilt") was a real innovator of the quilting class. Instead of teaching a series of quilt classes each several hours long they chose to teach all day classes. They reasoned that since most of their customers came from quite a distance away they would prefer to come to just one class.

Prairie Star recently opened their new Retreat Center which is just steps away from the quilt shop. It includes a spacious classroom, plus kitchen and restroom. They can accommodate groups from four to thirty-six, with adequate wiring and large pressing stations. Prairie Star Quilts can arrange a complete retreat for your group including classes, meals and lodging. Or, you can simply rent the space. Planning a quilter's bus tour to our shop? Prairie Stars will plan a short workshop for you in their Retreat Center as well as arrange a catered meal for the group. They have lots of ideas and will be happy to help you plan a great quilting get-away, just give them a call!

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While Prairie Star Quilts is known for country they really carry a much bigger variety of fabrics. They have over 200 bolts of batiks, lots of Asian fabrics and also fabrics from India. They carry Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett fabrics too. Prairie Star Quilts has an entire room of fabrics just for babies. This includes lots of bright, colorful, fun flannel and 20 colors of chenille. They have Minkie and Cuddle, fleece and swirly plush, and many other warm and textured fabrics that kids enjoy.

Prairie Star Quilts has an incredible selection of punch needle embroidery and wool felt. They have wonderful embroidery patterns designed by Jan Speed (the owner's sister) and have two new embroidery block of the month quilts starting. Transferring photos to fabric is another specialty Prairie Star Quilts offers.

Don't forget to see the "Ladies of the Loo" quilt show while you're at the shop. It's a changing exhibit of featured area quilters - their unique quilt show in the store's rest room!

Prairie Star Quilts is all decorated and ready for your holiday shopping. What a fun way to start the season!

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Address: 4132 Main St., Elk Horn, IA 51531

Phone: (712) 764-7012

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Website: www.prairiestarquilts.com


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