Sew 'N Tell
February 2007
Issue No 185.
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, February 6, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, February 13,  2007, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

It's sewing machine care in February!

Join us for Valentines' month and learn "T. L. C. For Your Sewing Machine". The gals from Metro Sales and Sewing Machines will be on hand to give us a few pointers on how to love and care for those precious "babies" of ours.

We have an interesting newsletter article this month about sewing machine history. Come with questions about the care of all your machines both old and new!

February Treats!

Thanks to Cecilie Vogt, Donna Jo Smith, Jenny G., Cathy Dimit and Diane Collette for providing February's treats.

Winter Weather Policy

It's 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

Have you ever looked up the definition of Quilting? Webster's Dictionary (online) states:

1 a : to fill, pad, or line like a quilt b (1) : to stitch, sew, or cover with lines or patterns like those used in quilts (2) : to stitch (designs) through layers of cloth c : to fasten between two pieces of material

2 : to stitch or sew in layers with padding in between

We as quilters know it is much more than that. It's the chance to be creative, to give from the heart, to meet new friends, to touch, smell, and feel fabric. It's the chance to learn, to grow, to get excited about a project or the next guild meeting. Quilting is so much more than just stitching two layers of fabric together with a pad in between. I'm thinking if they would add the words "with love" to the end of each entry, they would have it right. Agree? Happy Valentines Day to ALL of you!

Continuously quilting "with love",

Kim Manthe

Donation Quilts

We are challenging guild members to donate 40 more donation quilts by April.

We have lots of fabric for the donation quilts. Precut quilt kits are available at our guild meetings as well as stacks of fabric (you chose what you would like to use) for donation quilts and quilt backs. We have lots of fleece too if you would like to use that to make a quilt.

Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, 1/2/07

Attended by Kim; Celeste; Susan; Denette; Jenna; Linda; Kay; Sammy; and Charlotte. Secretary minutes were read and approved. Quilt Show Committee meeting Jan. 13, 9:30 at HTLC. Still looking for Raffle Quilt Co-Chairs. No comments from comment box. Tips and Techniques, Tues., Jan. 16 English paper piecing will be taught by Gloria House. Mar. 29—April 1, Spring Retreat sign-up will be available at Tues. meeting Jan. 9, 2008, dates are Mar. 27-30. Quilting Treasures Sale will be advertised in Feb. newsletter so members can start cleaning out their no-longer needed quilting items for a sale in the Spring. Kay will be bringing donated fabric to meetings for members to take for donation quilts—she has lots!

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary

AAQG Guild Meeting, 1/9/07

President Kim Manthe was ill so VP Kay Huntimer led the meeting. Quilters Cupboard is having a Retreat Feb 23-25th at Southeast Elementary in Ankeny. call shop 963-8758 for more info. Denette reminded us of meeting on Sat 1/13 at HTLC for Quilt Show Committee and that Country Store items will be accepted anytime. Our goal for donation quilts is 40 by April. Kay has fabric at meeting for donating quilts. take what you need—PLEASE!. Jenna has retreat sign-up at tonight's meeting and Feb. meeting. after that it will be opened to other Quilts/public. Linda/Diana W. have resolution lists, Feb Lottery Block pattern. challenge packets available in Feb. Linda thanked those who donated to "My Brothers Keeper". Marlene reminded us to use comment box, see her it you're interested in Quilt of Joy Project w/HTLC or take brochure, and of upcoming programs. Feb-Metro Sales; March-Central Iowa Textile artist who currently have quilts on display at the Ankeny Art Center thru March 2. call 965-0940 for more info. Heidi Kaisand, editor of American Patchwork and Quilting entertained us with her inspiring program and quilts. we feel very fortunate to have had Heidi for her first and possible last lecture of 2007—she is expecting twins—any comments about AP&Q can be sent to heidi@meredith.com. the evening ended with Show & Tell and refreshments

Spring Challenge

Spring Challenge packets will be available at the February guild meeting.

February Tips and Techniques

Please join us at 7:00 PM on February 20 to learn about lumpless binding. We will meet in classroom 207, which is upstairs. The meeting is free of charge and open to any level of quilter. Bring a friend! Please contact Jenna Ingle, 965-1585, for more information.

We had a great first meeting learning about english paper piecing! We had 10 members learning from Gloria House and Jennifer Peil. Thanks to all of you who participated!

Please watch for weather reports, our guild policy is to cancel when other events around town are cancelled.

February Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

JoAnn DeMoss— February 10

Cathy Sanders— February 11

Jo Ann Dyar— February 12

Jerry Spowart— February 12

Sammy Palmer— February 14

Leona Martin— February 16

Gloria Ross— February 20

Ruth Stewart— February 21

Rhonda Smith— February 25

Spring Retreat Update

Our spring retreat is March 29- April 1 at the Newton Christian Conference Center. We currently have 27 members signed up, which leaves approximately 13 spots left. See Jenna Ingle at the February meeting to sign up! Any spaces left after the February meeting will open to non members. Please pick up your confirmation letters at the March meeting. ( Any one who has signed up and did NOT give me an interesting fact about yourself, you may want to think harder... there are prizes involved!)

Cost: 3 day- 2 night= $90 ( lodging plus 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts)

4 day- 3 night= $120 ( lodging plus 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts)


On Tuesday, February 6, a new Husqvarna Viking Sewing machine and fabric store will open in Ankeny at 104 E. 1st Street—the corner of 1st and Ankeny Boulevard by Moulton Real Estate. Ankeny Sewing Center, an affiliate of Quilting Connection in Ames will carry a modest selection of quilting fabric, heirloom fabrics and laces, software for embroidery machines, threads and other notions. Machine classes will include Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine owner's classes, a software club, an heirloom group, and some quilting classes after we get started. Other future classes are basic sewing, home décor, and more. Viking Sewing machines may be dropped of for service or repair. The hours will be 10-6 Tuesday-Friday and Saturday 10-4. Closed Sunday and Monday. 963-8967. Stop by to say hello to Mary Lou Wildrick, the store manager.

Potluck Quilts Exhibit

The Grout Museum in Waterloo is opening an exhibit this week that displays the work of 53 quilters from the Rocky Mountain Region that pairs food and fabric. The exhibit, called "Potluck Quilts: Art Quilts From the Piecemakers", celebrates potlucks in original patterns. It opens January 30th and runs thru March 24th.

The Potluck Quilts exhibit was conceived over lunch one day when a group of quilters from Colorado decided to create a series of food related quilts using both traditional and contemporary sewing techniques.

The quilts on display typically show combinations of appliqué, embroidery, beads, foil and buttons on a print fabric. Some quilts might make use of computer generated images and printing. Each quilt incorporates red and white checks in the design.

The exhibit joins two strong threads-- quilts and food --and is meant to remind the viewers of community, family and the strength of two beloved American traditions: quilting and potluck dinners.

The Grout Museum of History and Science, 503 South St. in Waterloo is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call (319) 234-6357 or check out the museum's website at: www.groutmuseumdistrict.org. Adult admission is $4.50.. Children 12 and under is $3.50.

January Door Prize Winners were: Marlene DaRos and Debra Dickerson

Judy Herrin won the block of the month lottery.

Quilting Treasures Sale

Start 2007 off right by cleaning out your sewing space. Save your duplicate and unwanted sewing items for our big Quilting Treasures Sale in May. We will begin collecting items for the sale in March. Bring your donations to the March or April guild meetings. We want to organize and price the items before the May guild meeting so the sale set-up goes quickly before our guild meeting. We will also be having our Spring challenge that evening.

We are collecting all items quilt related!! For example: patterns, fabric, tools, books, magazines, thread, kits, UFO's.

Blue Jeans Quilt Project.

Submitted by Cecilie Vogt

Andrea Holldorf, an Iowa woman, is making blue jeans quilts to be given to wounded men and women soldiers that are returning from Iraq.

Andrea lives in Grant, Iowa, and she was featured on a news segment on KCCI news at 6pm on January 22, 2007.

Andrea has run out of blue jeans that she cuts into squares for her quilts and made an appeal on the news for Iowans to send her used blue jean. It takes 100 squares to make a quilt. That means each quilt needs 5 to 6 pairs of jeans. Andrea stitches "critters" onto some of the squares before she sews them into quilts.

The finished quilts are mailed to Lilibet Hagel, the wife of Senator Chuck Hagel. Mrs Hagel then takes them to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. to be given to the soldiers recovering there.

It would be nice if members of the Ankeny Guild would each contribute a used pair of jeans or other denim garments, or denim fabric to this cause. If you mail them, it might be cheaper to trim the waistbands and zippers off first.

I wrote Andrea a letter asking her what size squares the jeans are cut into and a couple of other questions about the quilts she makes. If she replies, this information will be included in a future newsletter and announced at meetings.

I'm sure Andrea could use momentary donations for mailing costs and supplies if any member wishes to contribute more than blue jeans. Send your used jeans to:

Andrea Holldorf, 408 Jefferson, Grant, Iowa 50847

Let's help Andrea with her project to give some comfort to our nation's soldiers.

Heidi's A Hit!

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

January's quild meeting featured "American Patchwork & Quilting" magazine editor, Heidi Kaisand. She shared a terrific trunk show of quilts, mixed with stories and information. Many designs and patterns have been or will be featured in future editions. Her dedication to our craft shines through with her warm personality and keen knowledge of quilting. The Quilt Pink project, sponsored by Meredith Corporation, statistics-to-date were explained. I was amazed to learn the volume of work and dedication to accomplish a feat of its size.

Heidi will be on R & R for awhile. Her family will grow from one to 3 this spring!! We were lucky to have her visit. Thank you, to those who expressed appreciation for the program. Cecilie Vogt and I had the privilege to help show the collection. It's a real treat to have a close-up inspection of so many quilts! Others who helped assist were, Cathy Sanders and Stephanie Nichols.

A wonderful show! Wonderful attendance! What a way to start the New Year!

antique basket quilt

same pattern updated colorways

The antique basket quilt (1890-1920) is featured in the April 2007 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine along with the same pattern done with modern fabrics to demonstrate the basket block's versatility. The magazine is available to purchase in our local bookstores now.

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance 12/31/06-------$1,757.95

Plus January Income----------------$227.00

Less January Expenses-------------$335.70

Checkbook Balance 1/20/07-------$1,649.25

Savings Account Balance 1/20/07--$15,150.56

Central Iowa Shop Hop

March 29-31, 2007

Thursday 10:00—8:00

Friday & Saturday 10:00—6:00

Participating Shops:

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods, Adel

Creekside Quilting, Clive

The Quilt Block, West Des Moines

Quilting Connection, Ames

The Quilt Express, West Des Moines

Quilter's Cupboard, Ankeny

The Quilt Junction, West Des Moines

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

FREE pattern at each shop

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

Shoppers who visit all 7 shops will receive a coupon good for a future purchase at each shop.

The Sewing Machine and Quilters in the 19th Century

by Kimberly Wulfert, PhD

Obtained from http://www.antiquequiltdating.com/sewmachine.html

Submitted by : Marlene DaRos

The first several years the sewing machine was available in America are curious ones to reflect upon . . . one would think women had flocked to buy them, assuming they could afford them, as they were not cheap, but they did not. In fact, when mechanic, Elias Howe Jr., patented his invention in 1846 (it featured a horizontal needle; and the lock stitch, invented by Walter Hunt in the 1830s), he could hardly get anyone to notice. The Patent Museum shows a copy of the original application and drawing.

But, it was the marketing genius of Isaac Singer that put them into the hands of women across America. He introduced his version of the lock stitch machine (with a vertical needle and foot treadle) in 1851 and patented it in 1856. See one of his 1853 commercial machines.

Singer was charming, outgoing, and quite the ladies' man. He would travel to different towns to set up rooms filled with sewing machines. He offered all the women the opportunity to sew, at their leisure. When they were impressed, he offered to let them take the machine home right then, for a small down payment and a contract to pay it off over time. He was the grandfather of the credit card, you might say. By the mid-1860s, the sewing machine was in common use, and within the next couple of decades, was in most homes. The 'chain stitch' appeared in 1851, and the 'zig zag stitch' in the 1870s.

One historian estimates that between 1865 and 1900, approximately 10% of quilts had some form of machine work on them. I have studied many quilts made during this time, and seldom have I seen machine quilting. When I have, it is more likely from the 1880s or 1890s. Machine piecing is more common. The Amish used their treadle machines to piece their quilts, a fact that many people do not realize, because of the Amish beautiful and skillful hand quilting. However, the Amish made their quilts to serve a purpose, and the sewing machine made it faster to accomplish that end. You will also find women often used their machine to put on the binding, even when the quilt was hand-made. It is believed they did this to show off their machine!

Besides the cost, I believe the reason the sewing machine was not immediately embraced is because women took great pride in their ability to make all the clothes, bedding, and household decor for their families, and it was one of the major ways they contributed to their family's needs. As much as it was grueling work at times, and seemingly never-ending, to take it away by speeding it up and making it so simple would be to take away a big part of their way of nurturing and raison d'etre within the family.

I call it the, "Betty Crocker Instant Cake Mix Syndrome." Advertising history tells us that women in the war years had a similar response to this new quick cake mix, when it was first introduced. It failed so miserably, they took it off the shelf.

Here's another point of view on the newly invented sewing machine - This conversation may be referring to factory machines, since it says the machine makes 400 stitches a minute!

In an article from 1873, in Arthur's Illustrated Home Magazine, #6, there was a letter written to a friend, written 25 years earlier [1848] about the virtues of the sewing machine.

"I have been examining a new machine for sewing, which has recently been invented and constructed by an ingenious mechanic of Cambridge.....this is the first attempt to construct a machine of this kind, and it appears to be successful......it is very correct and does not occupy a space of more than about six inches either way. It runs with such ease that I should suppose one might easily operate twenty or thirty of them, and the work is done in a most thorough and perfect manner.

"Both sides of the seam look alike, appearing to be beautifully stitched, and the seam is closer and more uniform than when sewn by hand. It will sew straight or curved seams with equal facility and so rapidly that it takes but two minutes to sew the whole length of the outside seam of a pair of men's pantaloons. It sets 400 stitches a minute.

"The thread is less worn by this process than by hand-sewing and consequently retains more of its strength. The simplicity of this machine, and the accuracy, rapidity and perfection of its operation, will place it in the same rank with the card-machine, the straw-binder, the pin-machine, and the coach-lace loom, machines which never fail to command the admiration of every intelligent beholder."

Views have changed significantly since the sewing machine as we know it, came on the scene. Or have they? Contrast this with the ongoing discussion today about the virtues of hand quilting over machine quilting, and custom machine quilting over a longarm quilting machine.

It seems the machine age is still vying for equal status. I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion given to the use of computer machine fancy stitches vs. hand embroidery. Maybe that will change, now that the crazy quilt is getting more attention and more reproductions are being made.

My feeling is . . . let the craft, the art, and the creativity flow in whatever way it possibly can. Set no limits, and you can see where the creative mind and hand can take us. Each individual can choose that which they desire to produce, buy, or see. With limits set and negative judgments left to stand as truth, the process stops unfolding.

Mystery Quilt

We are starting with step 2 this month!

Ankeny Art Center

There is still time to visit the quilt show at the Ankeny Art Center! The show: Expressive Quilts by the Central Iowa Textile Artists runs to March 2, 2007. The displayed works are from nine Central Iowa Textile Artists.

The Central Iowa Textile Artists (CITA) began in 2002 as a group of women who were interested in pursuing quilting as a means of personal expression beyond traditional boundaries. The members' other interests include photography, painting, costuming, and dance, which also contribute to their creative visions. The artists' work has been displayed in many places and some are in private collections across the country. Several of the pieces on display have been exhibited in regional and international shows.

This group of women will be our featured speakers at our March guild meeting. We're including a small sampling of their work displayed at the Ankeny Art Center not only to whet your appetite for our March meeting but to entice you to go see the exhibit! It's wonderful—and fun! While you're there be thinking of questions you would like to ask at the March meeting. After seeing the exhibit I've been wondering which came first—the idea for "Marleigh the Moose" or the fabric selection.

The Ankeny Art Center is located at 1560 SW Ordanance Road, the entrance access is on State Front Road. Hours are: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-1 PM, Thursday, 4-7 PM, and Saturday, 9AM-12PM

art quilt

Swamp Gas by Marj Luchtenburg 43x62

"My quilts are usually inspired by nature. When I see an exceptional setting featuring a bird, animal or landscape, my mind take a snapshot for future use in an art quilt. I started quilting by focusing on traditional patterns in the 1970's."

art quilt

Kimono Niban by Jan Hall 40x50

"I find that fabric is a comfortable medium in which to express my love of life and occasionally my sense of humor. Nearly everything-nature's beauty, art, poetry, my loved ones and the world at large inspire me."

art quilt

Fractured Leaves by Ilene Bartos 36x36 and Expresso Series by Ilene Bartos 12 of 16 13x13

The next two photos are of "Marleigh the Moose" by Barbara Jones 40x48

The second photo is a close up to show the detailed stitching.

"Wherever I go and whatever I do, I'm always looking for ideas for my artwork. I didn't have this compulsive drive until I discovered art with fabric and textiles. Now I feel very driven to create: however I know I can never get it all done.

art quilt

art quilt

International Quilt Festival

The International Quilt Festival will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Il, April 13-15, 2007. The Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild has a few seats available on their bus trip to the event. Their bus trip to this wonderful show will be on Friday, April 13, 2007. The cost is $35.00/person. The bus will depart Davenport at 6:00 am. They are scheduled to depart the Rosemont at 4:30 pm and return to Davenport. If you are interested please contact Kathee Secor, 309/234-5208 or kathee@frontiernet.net. Payment is expected at sign-up, your seat will not be guaranteed without payment.

Seven Sister's Quilting

Jennifer Peil

Ankeny, Ia


I-80 Quilt Shopper's One Stop Shopping Spree

Little Amana Holiday Inn, I-80 Exit 225

Sunday, February 18, 2007 10-5

Monday, February 19, 2007 10-5

On Presidents Day Weekend 11 vendors will be offering books, fabric notions, kits and gifts for sale.

Make it a fun-filled weekend with your friends. Create your own quilting/sewing retreat or just have a fantastic shopping day all under one roof. Open sewing area available for a fee. for more information call: Barb 319-668-1977 or Kathy 563-927-8017

Participating Merchants

Rainbows & Calico Things, Williamsburg, IA

The Quiltmaker's Shoppe, Manchester, IA

The Cottage Rose, Marion, IA

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods, Adel, IA

Merry's Stitchins, Jessup, IA

Heritage Designs & Needlework, Amana, IA

Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, IA

Seams to Me, Algona, IA

The Back Stitch, Elkader, IA

When Quilts Fly, Oxford, IA

Nolting Long Arm Quilter, Hiawatha, IA

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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