The next board meeting will be Tuesday, March 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Please note the change in meeting time for the March and April meeting. It will return to 6:30 p.m. in May.
A very special presentation! We'll feature our own Ilene Bartos and her group of "Central Iowa Textile Artists". This fine group of talented artists will treat us with a trunk show of their fabulous quilts and inspire us to think in new directions. Stretch your imaginations. Don't miss this one!
Thanks to Barbara Raymond, Marianne Lorenz, Polly Anderson, Joyce Romick and Becky Larson for providing treats.
Here is our guild's winter weather policy one more time!
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.
Top o' the month to everyone! Can you believe it? Spring is almost here! Our Spring retreat is right around the corner, our challenge contest is in full swing, planning for the quilt show is at full speed, we've got a Quilting Treasure's sale coming up in May, and that's just mentioning a few things. I've been busy working on my Country Store donation. It's so cute I might even make two to donate. I am a web-surfer and ran across these two tips the other day. As I write this, I haven't actually tried them yet but thought it would be fun to share them.
Tip #1 - To sharpen your rotary cutter blade, fold up a piece of tin foil several layers thick and run your blade through it several times. Rumor has it your blade will be sharp again. I wonder if this really works?
Tip #2 - When threading a needle, whether hand or machine, wet the needle, not the thread to make threading easier. I'm going to try this tonight!
If any of you have any tips that you would like to share, Susan Body and Celeste M., are always looking for things to include in our newsletter. Don't be shy and send them their way! See you all at our guild meeting in March.
The door prize winners were: Jean Taft and Christine Engelbrecht. Cecilie Vogt won the block of the month lottery.
Board Meeting, 2/6/07
Attended by: Susan, Marlene, Linda, Anne, Celeste, Sammy, Charlotte, Jenna, Kim. The meeting was called to order. Secretary minutes read and approved. Quilt Show Committee meeting this Sat. 2/10. Quilted Treasures can be brought to Feb/March meetings. Jenna Ingle will store items. International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska letter to consider donation, construction began in 2006 and is to be completed and open to public by early 2008. Fons & Porter subscription/renewal. Kim will check it out. Tips and Techniques was a big hit in Jan. with English Paper Piecing. Feb will be Lumpless Binding, Feb. 20 at HTLC. We will now be using the copy shop by Benchwarmers - American Solution for Business. -- Susan passed around a letter from Andrea Holldorf in Grant, IA, who is making Blue Jean Quilts for soldiers. Her e-mail is HOLLDORF@NETINS.NET There are many ways she could use help. Also, Quilters Cupboard was going to get involved. Talk with Cathy Sanders if you want some information 963-8758. Challenge packets will be available at Feb. meeting, so will retreat sign-up, donation quilt kits, donated fabric that can be used for Country Store items.
Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary
AAQG Guild Meeting, 2/13/07
Kim called the meeting to order and welcomed any new members/guests. She reminded us of the Quilt Show/Display going on in Ankeny at the Arts Center through March 2nd. Also, we had a new shop open, Ankeny Sewing Center. This is a sister store to the Quilting Connection in Ames. Check it out! Elaine Haugen from HTLC thanked us all for the support they received for Quilts of Joy project. The quilts were on display in the Fellowship Hall and as a thank you, four quilt racks were given as door prizes to AAQG members. Key Huntimer announced there were donation quilt kits available and fabric at the meeting to choose from. Denette let us know that the Raffle Quilt will be quilted by Adel Quilting and Dry Goods, Feb. 24. She is still looking for someone to help out with ticket sales and getting quilt to shops for display. There have been 4 items donated for Country Store at this time. Next Quilt Show committee meeting is Sat., March 10 at IHOP. Challenge packets are available for $2.00. Projects due in May. Talk with Linda or Diana for more details (Linda--964-8121; Diana--289-1191). March Retreat sign-up continues tonight, with 30 spots having been reserved already. After tonight's meeting Jenna will open it up to the public (March 29-Apr. 1st). Call Jenna for info at 965-1585. Tips and Techniques will meet Tues., Feb. 20 at HTLC. Lumpless Binding will be taught by Kris B and Jenna I. Marlene introduced Sherry and Bob Peterson from Metro Sales and Service who educated us on the upkeep of our sewing machines, including importance of thread, changing needles, oiling, etc. Refreshments and Show and Tell concluded our meeting.
Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary
Our subject in March will be hand applique, taught by Jean Taft. Please bring a basic sewing kit, two 10" square pieces of muslin and two 5"-6" pieces of fabric (one light, one dark). Jean will teach us her favorite techniques and we will be learning with "hands on" samples. This group meets on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00 in room 207. All levels of quilters welcome! Bring a friend!
Please watch for weather reports, our guild policy is to cancel when other events around town are cancelled.
Weather kept many guild members home the night of our February meeting. We want to give everyone a chance to participate in the March block lottery! It's a cute and "Springy" pinwheel block. If you would like the pattern please call or email Diana Weirich and she'll send you a copy of the pattern . To contact Diana: (515) 289-1189 or DGWeirich@yahoo.com
Our retreat is now open to any quilter, member or not. We currently have 28 people signed up and we will take 12 more. It is a great weekend to get away and get those projects done without distractions from home! The dates are March 29- April 1st and the cost is $90 for three days two nights, and $120 for four days three nights. Please pick up your confirmation letters at the March meeting. Any questions, please contact Jenna Ingle 965-1585.
We are taking nominations for our annual Mary Conkel Award. This award is given to any guild member who embodies the following characteristics: Volunteers for jobs "behind the scenes" for the guild, including making donation quilts, volunteering for shifts at the quilt show, and in other ways throughout the year. May be modest about their own talents, although they may be considerable, and shares knowledge and enthusiasm of quilting with others. This person may be involved in other community service projects. Also, they may have offered a number of years of service to the guild. All nominations must be received by the June meeting. You may email Kim Manthe or give her the nomination at at the March or April guild meetings. The award will be presented in May.
February's meeting held an added surprise. The wall-hangings that had been donated to the "Quilts of Joy" project were on display in our meeting room. Elaine Haugen, from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, gave a short update on the project. She thanked all the guild members that donated wall-hangings to this fund-raiser. It was a big success! Not only will beautiful wall-hangings grace the walls of the new family homeless shelter when renovations are completed but $550 was raised for renovations. And it turns out that that's just the beginning. There are 29 area churches participating in the family shelter renovation effort. Many of these churches will display the wall-hangings and then ask their members to "vote" (put money in a jar) for their favorites. All the money raised from the donated wall-hangings will go toward the renovation project. Congratulations to Ruth Chitwood who made the lovely wall-hanging that was voted everyone's favorite!
There was also a drawing for four beautiful quilt racks at the February meeting. These were special thank you's for all the help and wall-hangings our guild provided. Polly Anderson, Cindy Davis, Joyce Romick and Linda Schlenker were quilt rack winners.
An important part of our annual quilt show is our raffle quilt. It's almost ready for unveiling! Several guild members have been working VERY hard to get the quilt finished and ready to display. As a guild we all benefit from their hard work and generous donation of time and talent. Please be sure to say THANK YOU and give a big round of applause at the March meeting to:
Denette Stoll, who planned, coordinated, purchased fabric and made the whole project work.
Linda Northwick, who generously gave time and talent to piece the top.
Jacque Johnson, Adel Quilting &Dry Goods, who generously gave time and talent to quilt the quilt.
Becky Larson, who generously gave time and talent to bind the quilt.
We still NEED LOTS of items for our quilt show "Country Store". As you know, the quilt show is our big fund-raiser for the year. Ticket sales from the raffle quilt and country store sales help provide the funding for future programs. Please remember the country store when you are working on your projects this spring.
For those of you on the quilt show committee or others who would like to get involved, the next meeting will be held Saturday, March 10, 9:30 a.m., at the Ankeny IHOP.
Checkbook Balance 1/31/07-----------$1,690.25
Plus February Income----------------$3,545.50
Less February Expenses-----------------$640.81
Checkbook Balance 2/21/07-----------$4,594.94
Savings Account Balance 2/21/07----$15,183.10
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Submitted by Marlene DaRos
Metro Sales & Service owners, Bob & Shari Peterson provided a wonderful presentation for our February meeting.
Nasty winter weather earlier in the day kept some of you safe at home. Considering the circumstances however, a good number of you attended. Thank you for braving to come out and for the kind words approving the program.
Great machine care and tips were explained through technician, Bob's expertise. Besides the importance of tender loving care, we learned "EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SEWING MACHINE, BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK", this evening was it! The Petersons are a family-owned business located in a small shop at 3846 E. 14th. St. Big on customer service, together with machine lessons from Shari completes this husband and wife team of experts.
All members who attended received handy tape measures, complements of Metro! Several coupons are currently being offered in the local DEX (Qwest) phone book. Discounts are for 20% off new sewing machines & sergers, 20% off guaranteed machine service, 20% off cabinets, tables & sewing notions! Check it out!
Submitted by APQS &Kim Manthe
Leave it to Ricky and Alex to have come up with this exciting concept. The Quilt Show promises a fresh and unique format which will include a wide variety of topics, lessons, projects, special guests, and field pieces. The show is a marriage of artist and traditional quilting presented in a fun and playful atmosphere, including a studio audience! No network time restrictions or executive arbitrary decisions. The site is designed for us, the quilters! Think if it, day and night quilting will be at your finger tips.
The first season (thirteen episodes) will air exclusively at www.thequiltshow.com in regular intervals between April and December of 2007. The first episode will be free to view, to see subsequent programs a star member ship will be required. At the end of the season, the episodes will be available on DVDs.
Can't wait until April? Join The World Quilt Community immediately. The World Quilt Community is a place to gather, discuss, learn and share. You will be able to meet up with old friends and make new friends worldwide, who share our passion for quilting!
Even though the shows don't air until April, the site is fully functional. Read the daily blog, chat, and read and post on our forum. Think of it as MySpace for quilters! All Quilters world wide are welcome to this exciting, interactive forum. To sign up today, click www.thequiltshow.com and become a gold star charter member and help build this community together. It is a place, truly for us, the quilters to connect, learn and share!
Friday & Saturday 10:00—6:00
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.
Join us April 21-22, 2007, Clear Creek Elementary School, 901 S. 14th St., Clear Lake, Iowa. Saturday hours are 10-4, Sunday, noon-4pm, Admission $3.
This year's theme is "Quilting links generations together". We have a raffle quilt & merchant mall. For more information contact Laura Little (641)423-0249 or www.lakeareaquilters.org
Kathy's award winning feathered star quilt (Quiltfest 2006) was featured on our guild web site and caught the eye of Judy Schwender with The American Quilting Museum in Paducah. The quilt was invited to be part of an exhibit called "Extraordinary Stitches of the Upper Midwest". This and other exhibits were developed to acknowledge quilters whose work has been recognized at their guild, but has never gone on to national level events. With Kathy's precise piecing techniques and Dawn Cavanaugh's detailed quilting, it's no wonder it is an eye catcher! It is presently hanging in Paducah until March 25.
"Feathered Star", tied for 1st place in the "Large Pieced" quilt category at our 2006 show.
It's time to bring those "treasures" you have been collecting to our next guild meeting. Bring your duplicate and unwanted sewing items for our BIG SALE IN MAY. Donations will be collected at the March and April guild meetings. We need to organize and price the items before the May guild meeting so the sale set-up goes quickly since we will also be having our Spring challenge that evening.
We hope this will be a significant fund-raiser for our guild as well as fun for our members. We need your help and SEWING STUFF to make it happen! We are collecting all items quilt related! Please bring: patterns, fabric, tools, books, magazines, thread, kits, UFO's and anything else that other quilters might enjoy!
The Fons & Porter 2006 "Quilting Together" Challenge winners have been selected. This challenge is part of Fons & Porter's 25th anniversary year events and the challenge theme celebrates quilting and friendship. One of the winning quilts was made by the Iowa Wild Rose Applique Society, which includes Ankeny guild members: Nan Herman, Gloria House, Carolyn Magnani, Mary Sassman and Joyce Wisgerhof. The setting was designed by Mary Shotwell applying the Friendship Star block with the three inch appliqued block as the center of each of the twenty-five stars. The exquisite quilting was by Dawn Cavanaugh, a nonmember of the group. This quilt made in celebration of friendship was planned to be donated for auction at the annual Des Moines Guild Breast Cancer Auction in August. However, this winning quilt was selected as one of the twenty-five best quilts, to be included in a traveling exhibit with the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. The quilts are scheduled to appear in all eight shows across the central and eastern U.S., which exposes them to over 50,000 sewing and quilting enthusiasts! You can see the traveling exhibit (at locations near us) in Chicago (St. Charles, Pheasant Run Resort) Oct. 11-13, Kansas City, (KCI Expo Center), October 25-27 or Minneapolis (Sheraton Bloomington Hotel) Nov. 8-10, 2007. The quilt will be auctioned at the 2008 Des Moines Guild Breast Cancer Auction.
Two quilting contests at the 2007 Iowa State Fair will commemorate Iowa State University's 150th birthday.
QUILT CONTEST—A special quilt category has been created to honor Iowa State's sesquicentennial, and the first prize award, fittingly, is $150. Entries can include any combination of quilting techniques and must be a minimum of 36 inches on each of the four sides.
BLOCK CONTEST—Iowa residents and Iowa State alumni outside the state are eligible to enter the ISU sesquicentennial quilt block contest. Blocks will be used to construct the Iowa State University Sesquicentennial Quilt, which will be on display throughout the state fair and sold at a fair auction Aug. 18.
Contestants will receive a packet of materials in early summer 2007. They should not use additional fabrics or quilt the blocks. Blocks will be 10 inches finished. The block contest is part of the fabrics and threads division of state fair competition, and division superintendent Dorothy Faidley, Colfax, Iowa, will supervise construction of the quilt.
HOW TO ENTER—The rules for entering either contest will be available after May 1, 2007. Check the Iowa State Fair web site at www.iowastatefair.org. Or contact the Entry Department, Iowa State Fair, (515) 262-3111, ext. 207.
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Miniature quilt —maximum perimeter of 48 inches
Small quilt —perimeter greater than 48 inches up to a maximum of 80 inches
This challenge is open only to current members of the Ankeny Area Quilter's Guild.
One numbered challenge packet and instructions must be purchased for each entry. Note that the fabric is 12" x 14" —not a fat quarter. Cost is $2.00
Each entry will be measured to assure that it is within the range listed for its category.
A recognizable amount of the "challenge" fabric must be used on the front of the quilt.
The quilt must be completed entirely by the member. This means that the member submitting the challenge item must do the piecing, applique, quilting, binding, embellishing, etc.
The quilt must be finished.
An unlimited number of additional fabrics may be used.
Entries may be pieced, appliquéd, etc and embellished as desired.
Any design or pattern is acceptable.
Prizes will be awarded in each category with winners determined by vote of members present at the May 8, 2007 meeting.
Prizes in each category—1st place-$40, 2nd place-$30, 3rd place-$20. One $25 gift certificate will be awarded to one entry voted to have the most creative interpretation of the challenge theme.
Finished entries are to be brought in a plain brown paper bag to the May 8, 2007 meeting.
The number provided with your challenge fabric packet is to be pinned to the front of the entry for voting purposes.
Please use masking tape or painters tape to cover your name/label on the back of the quilt.
We are continuing with steps 4 & 5 this month!
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Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4 pm
submitted by Susan Body
Do you have an extra sewing machine around your house that you thought you might use—so you kept it—when you got your new machine? Sometimes machines come to us because family members know we sew and they don't know who else to give them to when they don't need or want their machines anymore. You probably have a sentimenal attachment to your older machine—like I do. I couldn't just get rid of it—I had to find a good home for it. Well, here's your opportunity to free up some space in your sewing room and help others!
I asked Elaine Haugen, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, if she knew of anyplace that could use a donated sewing machine. Elaine generously made some phone calls and found several donation opportunities for used machines in good repair. (She stressed that the sewing machines need to work, be in good condition, and be something that somebody would really like to use—for example, no treadles—machines must plug in!)
The family homeless shelter would like a machine (in a cabinet) for use by residents. This is the same shelter project that had the wall-hanging fund raiser recently. Additionally, there were acouple of older women who are members of the St. Paul A.M.E. Church that would dearly love to have a sewing machine to use. (It is St. Paul A.M. E. Church that is very involved with the family homeless shelter project). You can contact Elaine Haugen to make your donation or bring them to a guild meeting and I will make sure Elaine receives them.
Another donation opportunity is in Perlington, Mississippi. The hurricane, Katrina, devastated this town. Both Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Ankeny Methodist Church have worked together in delivering goods that can be used by Perlington residents through the "Perlingon Recovery Center". The recovery center has donated items like power tools that residents can borrow for a week to do home repairs and then return. The churches are making another trip with supplies on April 14th and would be thrilled to take afew portable sewing machines for Perlington residents to use. If you have a machine to donate please contact either Elaine Haugen at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 515-964-4348 or Dick Webb at the Ankeny Methodist Church.
Additionally, the homeless shelter and the Perlington Recovery Center would really appreciate a care package of thread, needles, scissors, sewing machine needles—any basic sewing supply.
Finally, if you know of a place that could provide a good home for a used sewing machine let me know and I'll share the donation information with guild members in the newsletter.
Today we visited Ankeny's newest quilting and sewing store, the Ankeny Sewing Center. As we entered the store, I saw lots of neat machines. I thought, nice, but I'm not really in the market for a new machine right now. (Although I was very tempted by the MegaQuilter and the Designer SE!). As I was welcomed in, I noticed another room with fabric, quilts, notions, books, and heirloom sewing fabrics. What a great surprise! The shop is located at 104 E. 1st St. (at the corner of 1st and Ankeny Blvd. and across from Flowerama.) The hours are Tues.—Fri. 10am to 6pm and on Sat. from 10am to 4pm. We joked about putting the closing time in quotations because (owner) Jeanne Allen and (store manager) Mary Lou Wildrick never want anyone to feel rushed because of a closing time. The store also has a website ankenysewingcenter.anidus.com (make sure to leave off the "www" part). The phone number is 515-963-8967.
Ankeny Sewing Center is a sister store to the Quilting Connection in Ames. The Ankeny shop is a full-service store carrying the full line of Husqvarna machines and products, threads, notions, and fabrics—both quilting fabrics and heirloom sewing fabrics. The store already carries some of the hard to find heirloom fabrics and Martha Pullen products and expects lots more. They are planning heirloom sewing classes with an excellent, established teacher. We saw some sewing examples for classes being planned— examples that are in the current issue of Sew Beautiful magazine. They're also planning many other classes, including some basic sewing classes—learning to run the machine, following patterns, etc. We were told that the Ankeny Sewing Center is always open to new ideas—let someone know if there is a class you'd like to take!
Classes and supplies are available to make these beautiful heirloom projects.
Mary Lou Wildrick welcomes you to the new Ankeny Sewing Center!
We asked if the inventory would be just like Quilting Connection. Jeanne and Mary Lou said that anything you want from the Ames store can be brought down to the Ankeny Store and that there are fat quarters of many fabrics that are in bolts in Ames. But one interesting fact is— most of the fabric in the Ankeny Store is just in Ankeny.
We asked Mary Lou about her background in sewing. She told us she'd been sewing since childhood starting with hand-sewn clothes for her dolls, moving on to making clothes for her children, and into doing heirloom sewing. She's been to Martha Pullen School of Arts classes learning lots about heirloom sewing. (The store is planning a "Martha Pullen Gift of the Month" club. Each month an heirloom sewing project will be presented.) Before becoming manager of the Ankeny Sewing Center she was manager of JoAnn's in Clive and also sold Husqvarna machines.
Jeanne's husband, Larry, is the repair technician for both the Ames and Ankeny stores. You can drop your machines off at either store for them to be worked on.
We got onto the subject of machines. We concluded that one of the main issues when buying a machine is the dealer. You need to know that the dealer will listen to you, provide ongoing education as you learn to use the machine, and know about issues that concern you, the customer. Mary Lou knows her machines and will spend all the time you need to answer your questions and provide help. She's so knowledgeable and gives honest answers to your questions.
We had a great time exploring and learning more about Ankeny's newest shop. The shop is an unique addition to Ankeny's business offerings! Be sure to stop in and say "hi!" We found lots of fun items!