Sew 'N Tell
January 2007
Issue No 184.
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, January 2, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, January 9,  2007, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Heidi Kaisand joins us in January!

Heidi Kaisand, editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, "American Patchwork and Quilting", will lecture and present a trunk show.

Bring a friend, recruit a new quilter.

January Treats!

January Treats will be provided by Sharon McCarthy, Jan Hart, Kay Pallas, Joan Maust, Kay Huntimer, Kelly Snyder and Debra Dickerson. Thank you!

Winter Weather Policy

It's getting to be that time of year again—so here's a reminder about our guild's winter weather policy!

If the Ankeny schools are cancelled (or evening activities at the schools are cancelled) due to weather there will be no quilt guild meeting or guild activities in the evening.

President's Letter

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2007 promises to be a very good year for everyone! Did everyone get a chance to see the article Emily Bida wrote about quilting in Ankeny and our guild? What a nice article! And Gloria Ross looked awesome on the cover! Do you have your quilting resolution list completed and ready to get started on? I am hard at work trying to get labels on all of my quilts. I haven't been the best at labeling and one of my resolutions is to make sure all of my quilts have a label of some type. I've found that buying pre-printed labels works great! Thimbleberries has about a half yard cut that includes approximately 20 labels and I know other companies make them, too. Just iron a huge sheet of freezer paper over the back of the entire piece of fabric and then cut out the individual labels (leaving at least 1/4" around each one). Now you have several labels with freezer paper already on the back which makes it easier for you to write on them! After that, just remove the paper and sew a used dryer sheet to the right side. Make a slit in the dryer sheet, turn, press, and you've got your label. Well, need to get going. I have more quilts to label! See you at our next meeting.

Continually quilting,

Kim Manthe

Resolutions List

It's time to write them down and turn them in! They are DUE by the January guild meeting. Resolutions need to be completed by the August 2007 guild meeting.

Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, 12/5/06

Meeting called to order. Attended by Kim; Marlene; Susan; Celeste; Linda; Kay; Sammy and Charlotte. The article about AAQG in the Ankeny Magazine (Des Moines Register) by Emily Bida is available at Quilters Cupboard. Amy Westendorf would like the Guild to consider "ChildServe" (Children's Habilitation Center) for our donation quilts. New directories are printed and available at Dec. meeting. Kay has 16 donation quilts. She delivered 8 suitcases to Children and Families of Iowa. Kay also has TONS of fabric for donation quilts. Retreat sign-up will start in January. Resolution list available now. Class with Thuy Nguyen scheduled for Aug 24, 25 sign-up, available this Spring. Quilt Show Committee is setting up a Jan. meeting--Tips and Techniques Group will be announced at meeting.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary

AAQG Guild Meeting, 12/12/06

Kim called meeting to order and welcomed any guests or new members. Directories are available now. New Guild brochures are printed. Check out article "Quilting Queens in Ankeny" in Ankeny magazine. Nice article representing our Guild. Kim announced that we will be donating quilts to ChildServe, as well as Children and Families of Iowa. Tips & Techniques Group will meet the third Tuesday in Jan. English Paper Pricing is topic. Those attending need to bring BSK (Basic Sewing Kit). Quilt Show Committee meeting set for 9:30, 2nd Sat of Jan at HTLC, room #207. Lottery winner for Dec., Sharon McCarthy. Block lottery for Jan. is called "Snowchurn". Donation quilt fabrics available, contact Kay Huntimer, Linda Schlenker or Denette Stoll if you need fabric, pattern or kits. We had an ornament challenge, refreshments, show and tell, and were thoroughly entertained by Terry the Magic Guy. Happy Holidays!

Tips and Techniques

The Tips and Techniques Group starts January 16, 2007. Come and learn about English Paper Piecing. The group will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Tips and Technique's will continue meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month all winter and spring. Please contact Jenna Ingle, 965-1585, for more information.

Quilts of Joy for the Homeless

The wall hanging donation project for QUILTS OF JOY FOR THE HOMELESS are due February 1st, 2007. Please turn them in at the office at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. If you have a completed wall hanging bring it to the January meeting for all of us to see! If you have questions about the project please contact: Elaine Haugen, Parish Hospitality Minister, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 964-4348 (church), 999-2857 (home), 490-6545 (cell)

photo of a wallhanging

Here are two of the wall-hangings that have been completed by guild members for "Quilts of Joy".

January Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Janietta Peek— January 2

Pearlyn Reitz— January 23

Retreat sign-up in January

The spring retreat is Thursday, March 29-Sunday, April 1. We will be taking names with checks at our January meeting. The retreat will be open to non members after our February meeting.

Mark your calendars now!!

Thuy Nguyen, our amazing October speaker, will be here on August 24 & 25, 2007 to teach two applique classes. There will be a workshop on Friday (August 24) and again on Saturday (August 25), each limited to 15 quilters. Sign-up will be later this spring.

Membership Directory

The Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild membership directories are now available. If you didn't pick yours up at the December guild meeting please be sure to get it in January or ask a friend to pick it up for you! The directory includes the names and contact information of all paid members (as of October 15, 2006), program dates and information through August 2007, and the guild by-laws.

We have some additions and corrections to the 2006-2007 Membership Directory.

We accidentally omitted Kay Pallas from the Directory. Here's her contact information:

Kay Pallas

219 NE Pinehurst Cir

Ankeny, IA 50021


Email: lenpallas@msn.com

Anne Kruse's address needs correcting also. Her address is:

3311 NE Renaissance Dr.

Ankeny, IA 50021

Please make the changes in your directories.

We're still collecting suitcases!

We have had 10 suitcases donated to the guild since August. If you have any gently used suitcases you would like to donate --just bring them to a guild meeting. The suitcases are given to Children and Families of Iowa which in turn give them to their clients in need. For example, suitcases are given to children in foster to care so they can move their things more easily and with more dignity than a garbage bag.

It's an easy donation to make and a positive and direct way to help fulfill a need.

Ankeny Magazine Article

Have you seen the article in the December issue of Ankeny Magazine on our guild? It featured great photos and stories of fellow guild members. The article was written by Amy Bida of the Des Moines Register. Copies of the article (may be?) available at Quilter's Cupboard and the Ankeny Press Citizen office.

Quilt Donation Request

The AAQG Board recently received a letter from ChildServe, Children's Habilitation Center, for a request for donation quilts. These quilts would be used by children in ChildServe's residential program. The residential program provides three core residential services, including skilled nursing care, intermediate care for children with mental retardation and residential supported community living.

Currently ChildServe has 102 children that live at the Habilitation Center and in group homes throughout the communities. The children would be able to use the quilts on their twin size beds and also use quilts when sitting in their wheelchairs.

The board would like to donate some of the donation quilts that we make this year to ChildServe. We will also continue to donate quilts to Children and Families of Iowa. We hope that you will consider making a donation quilt (or two) this year.

So far this year we have received 16 donation quilts! Remember, there are kits available to make donation quilts. Also, the guild has LOTS of donation fabric. If you need additional fabric for your quilts please contact Kay Huntimer. Let's make 2007 another great year for donation quilts!!

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance 11/30/06-------$2,500.27

Plus December Income-----------------$0.00

Less December Expenses------------$742.32

Checkbook Balance 12/13/06-------$1,757.95

Savings Account Balance 12/13/06--$15,120.11

Ribbon awards are ending.

We are going to discontinue handing out ribbons (to put on your name badge) for show and tell items. For the next few months ribbons will be put on the information table at the meetings. If you would like ribbons for your show and tell items please pick up the appropriate amount. (There will be no check list or anything-- just the honor system.) When the ribbons are gone--we're done with the ribbon awards.

Door Prize Winners

Charlotte Stordahl and Joan Maust were the lucky winners of December's door prize.

December block lottery

We had 16 participate in the December block lottery. Have you tried it yet? Get in on the action with the January block SNOWCHURN.

photo of a the poinsettia blocks in lottery

Congratulations to Sharon McCarthy the winner of the December blocks.

Christmas Ornament Challenge

Congratulations to our winners of the ornament challenge.

Quilted Ornaments: 1st-Kris Brighton and 2nd-Cyndee Davis

Non-Quilted Ornaments: 1st-Ramona Tapper and 2nd-Deb Pierschbacher

photo of winners of ornament challenge

Quilt Show Committee to meet in January

Quilt Show committee meetings will be the 2nd Saturday of each month starting with January 13, 9:30-10:30 or 11:00. (Some meetings will be shorter or longer than others). We may schedule more frequent meetings when the Quilt show is closer. At the first meeting we will go over the various duties of each committee member, future meetings and make decisions regarding the quilt entries for the show.

The first meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church-probably in Room 207-but will let you know if room # changes. We can also hold some of our meetings out for breakfast, but the first one will take awhile and I thought it best to not try and eat at the same time!


Karen McTavish

I know we are all excited to have Karen McTavish at our quilt show in July. Some guild members may want some hands on experience with Karen. On Sunday, July 15, 2007 (the day after our quilt show) Karen McTavish will be teaching at Country Quilt Studio in Nevada her "Custom Heirloom Workshop".

The class is geared toward the intermediate to advanced quilter; although, others are more than welcome. Topics include instruction in traditional quilting, using heavy quilting, trapunto, stencils and full traditional feathering. There will be hands-on instruction in "Mctavishing" contemporary traditional background quilting.

The workshop is limited to 10 students so if you are interested or would like more information please contact Vicki or Jeri at Country Quilt Studio, 515-382-1815.

Check out this Contest!

Win a Quilting Kit worth over $2000!

Go to www.bhg.comand enter now until 11:59 p.m. E.T. on 02/27/07

or, Send a postcard to: Quilts & More Sweeps, PO Box 7020, Des Moines, IA 50309. Must be postmarked on or before 02/27/07 and received by 03/06/07.

No purchase necessary to win! One entry per household. Must be 21 years old or older to enter. More details on the website. Sponsored by Meredith Corporation.

T'was A Night For Magic!

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

December's program featured a wonderful magic show presented by 'Terry The Magic Guy'. He revealed to us that our inner child is indeed alive and well! We laughed and enjoyed ourselves, especially during a busy time of year. Tricky card tricks, ballooning animals, super, super juggler. For a few lucky members, a chance to participate. Terry himself, offered his helping hands for Show & Tell! Simply hilarious! Thank you for expressing your positive, favorable comments.

photo of Terry the Magic Guy

Terry the Magic Guy was most entertaining!

On behalf of your board members, I created a greeting card for each of you, to include a little 'something' for the holidays. The winner of a $20 gift certificate for Carmen's Flowers was Becky Larsen. Congratulations to you, Becky!

As we begin a new year, new quilting projects, new adventures await! Guild Director-at-large and Elect, Linda Schlenker & Diana Weirich, have done a super job arranging the new monthly quilt block lottery as well as presenting the first seasonal Christmas ornament challenge! Great ideas, gals!

Also, consider participating with Denette Stoll, Quilt Show Chair and her committee to help with QuiltFest.

Last but not least, take time to thank your board members. Support their efforts.

Happy 2007, everyone!


Check these out!

Kim Manthe says every sew often she gets on a roll and starts surfing for new things and all things quilted. Recently she came across these sites. If you have a chance, check these out!





This will make you smile—

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

Sunday, after church a mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about. The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt".

Needless to say, the mom was perplexed.

Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the mom asked him what that mornings' Sunday school lesson was about.

He said, "Be not afraid, the comforter is coming..."


Let's do a Mystery Quilt!

During the next few months we will feature directions for a Judy Hopkins Mystery Quilt in the newsletter.

The pattern, "Summer Breeze" will make a small pieced quilt 40" x 48" including borders.

This pattern uses 2 different fabrics; total yardage required is 2-5/8 yards plus backing. The pattern uses basic rotary cutting and machine piecing techniques. The fabric requirements are generous, to allow for shrinkage, uneven cuts and mistakes—and because most quilters would rather have a bit too much fabric than not enough!

We are starting with step 1 this month (it's on the next 2 pages of the newsletter—or if you're reading the pdf in the web newsletter, it's step 1, too.)

Have Fun!

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

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Quilters make the best soup!

We've had requests for the delicious soup recipes featured at our November "Souper Pot-Luck". Looking for something new to try—here are some tasty ideas!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

submitted by Anne Kruse

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

¼ cup all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken broth

1 ½ cups seeded chopped tomatoes

1 Tablespoon crushed dried basil

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon dried dill weed

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ cup half-and-half

Saute oil, onion, and garlic until softened (not browned), about 3 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, basil, sugar, salt, dill week, and pepper. Stir until well blended. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes.

Carefully puree in batches in a blender or food processor. Return to pot, stir in half-and-half and heat until hot, but not boiling. Serve warm

White Bean Soup

submitted by Linda Schlenker

1 48oz. jar Randles Great Northern Beans

5 carrots

5 potatoes

1 small onion

1 ½ cups cooked ham

White Bean Soup—continued

Finely grind the carrots, potatoes, onion, and ham

Add the beans to the ground mix in a crock pot and heat.

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

submitted by Sharon Hawthorne

1 Quart of Chicken Broth

2 chicken breasts—skinned and boned

½ chopped onion

½ t ground cumin

1 clove garlic, minced (I used ½ t minced garlic from jar)

1 T cooking oil

3 T sugar

3 - 14oz cans of Diced Tomatoes with Green chilis

¼ c snipped fresh cilantro or parsley or 1 T dried cilantro

1 T snipped oregano or 1 t dried oregano

Tostitos—bite size

Shredded cheddar cheese

Place the broth in a large sauce pan or dutch oven, add chicken breasts, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered for about 15 mins. Remove chicken, skim fat. Remove broth from pan/dutch oven and aside. Cook onion, cumin and garlic in 1 T oil until onion is tender. Add broth and remaining ingredients (not chicken yet), simmer 20 minutes. Add chicken and heat through.

Pour in bowl, top with some shredded cheese and Tostitos chips.