Sew 'N Tell
April 2007
Issue No 187.
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, April 3, 2007, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Please note the change in meeting time. Meetings will return to 6:30 p.m. in May.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, April 10,  2007, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Enjoy Judy Martin in April!

We all love fabric! From our time honored stashes to shopping for more and more yardage than we'll ever know what to do with. You'll experience a return visit from Judy Martin. Her presentation "Scrap Quilts for The Love of Fabric" should be informative and enjoyable.

April Treats!

Thanks to Kris Brighton, Kim Manthe, Amy Westendorf, Kathy Bannister and Dena Randles for providing treats.

Donation Quilt Countdown!

In March, it was announced that guild members have made 26 donation quilts so far this year. Please keep them coming—we will donate quilts to both ChildServe and Children and Families of Iowa.

We are still collecting suitcase donations too!

Your generosity really does touch many lives—THANKYOU!

President's Letter

Spring is finally here! As I write this, I am anxiously awaiting our Spring retreat. I am getting my projects ready, planning what to bring, and am counting down the days. I can't believe it. Four uninterrupted days of nothing but quilting and fellowship with women that love the same wonderful hobby I do!

We all understand each other! We know what it's like to "feel" the fabric! We know what it's like to purchase that one piece of fabric that will make our quilt "pop"! We know what it's like to put a smile on someone's face when they receive a quilt from us! We all love chocolate! We love thread! We love sewing machines! We love quilt shops! We love to "hop"! We love strings and needles! We just love quilting! Happy Spring and Merry Quilting to everyone!

Constantly quilting,

Kim Manthe

March Door Prize

The door prize winners were: Kim Manthe and Lisa Starr. Kay Huntimer won the block of the month lottery.

Resolution List

Keep working on your resolution list. Prizes will be awarded in August. This year there will be two gift certificates ($25 each) for prizes—from Ankeny Sewing Center and Quilter's Cupboard.

Be sure to pick up your raffle quilt ticket packet at the April meeting!

Secretary's Report

Board Meeting, 3/6/07

Attended by Kim, Sammy, Diana, Kay, Sharon, Linda, Susan, Jenna and Charlotte. Kim called the meeting to order and the secretary minutes were read and approved. Announcements: ChildServe will do a presentation at meeting about the organization. We will not be taking Fons & Porter subscriptions or renewals this year. Comment Box is being discontinued for lack of participation. Raffle Quilt is ready to be bound and will be delivered to Becky ASAP. Block Lottery has been popular. The March lottery is Pinwheels. April is Flower Bed. 14 challenge packets have been sold. 35 people will be attending this year's Retreat, so far. Quilting Treasures Sale item will be collected at Mar and April meeting. Jenna is pricing and storing items. Programs are being set up for 2007-2008. Nominating Committee will be set up soon. Mary Conkel will be Mar and April. Kim congratulated Susan and Celeste on the AWESOME March newsletter.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary

AAQG Guild Meeting, 3/13/07

Meeting called to order by Kim and she introduced guests and new members. Mary Conkel Awards voting begins tonight, continues in April and we vote in May. Kaylene from Child Serve spoke to us about the organization and what services are provided to families with special needs children. Kay Huntimer has fabric and kits for donation quilts and Kim has challenged each member to make at least one donation quilt. We have 26 donation quilts so far. Linda and Diana will continue to sell challenge packets. Projects due at May meeting. Next months block lottery is "Flower Bud". Our Raffle Quilt "Butterflies and Blooms" was revealed and it is absolutely beautiful. Tickets will be available next month. A BIG Thank You to Kim, Linda, Jacque and Becky for all their hard work in putting together the quilt. Quilt Show Committee meeting is the 1st Sat. of April. Country Store items are being brought in—the more we get, the more we sell. The more we sell the more money we make and that's our goal with the Country Store. Tips and Techniques for Mar. is Hand Applique. 35 people have signed up for Retreat so far. Quilting Treasures Sale will be at our May meeting. Jenna will be collecting items tonight and at the April meeting. Marlene told us about Judy Martin for our April program and she introduced Ilene Bartos and her group Central Iowa Textile Artists for this evenings program. These women are talented and creative in working with fabrics, prints, threads, and other embellishments in their unique art quilts. Show and Tell, refreshments and door prizes ended our March meeting.

Submitted by Charlotte Stordahl, secretary

(and typed and sent via E-Mail by her husband Jim)

March Tips and Techniques

April Tips and Techniques meeting will be Mitered corners. Come and learn a different way to attach your borders! We meet in room 207 Tuesday April 17, 7:00PM. This free meeting is open to all levels of quilters, guild member or not. Bring a friend!

We are looking for members to teach at future tips and technique groups, please contact Jenna Ingle, 515-965-1585, if you have a technique you would like to share!

April Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Lois Harmon— April 7

Susan Body— April 7

Jennifer Groberg— April 13

Linda Schanus— April 16

Sharon McCarthy— April 17

Joann Olson— April 17

Marcia Lemke— April 19

Linda Schlenker— April 25

Norine Wilson— April 25

. Linda Northwick— April 28

Quilting Treasures Sale

Bring those "treasures" you have been collecting to our April guild meeting. We are asking for your donations of anything and everything related to quilting for our big sale in May. We hope this will be a fun fund-raiser for the guild!

For Sale

Hinterberg Design Machine Quilting Frame

Like New $250—Extend to 10 ft.

Call 289-1215, ask for Kathy

Quilt Show News

Submitted by Denette Stoll — Quilt Show Chair

Plans for this years show, Hawaiian Dreams, are coming along nicely. Entry forms for your quilts will be available at April's Guild Meeting. The Raffle Quilt has been completed and packets will also be available at April's meeting. Many thanks to all who helped create this quilt: Linda Northwick, Kim Manthe, Becky Larson and quilted by Jacque Johnson owner of Adel Quilting and Dry Goods. The quilt is absolutely fabulous! Can you tell I love batiks?

Don't forget the Country Store. We're ready to take your Country Store items at any time. Remember—this is one way to make money for the many wonderful speakers and workshops we've been blessed with. Karen Stone, Thuy Nguyen, Judy Martin, Libby Lehman, and Karen McTavish—May the list keep growing!

The next Quilt Show committee meeting will be on Saturday, April 7, at 9:00 am (please note meeting time change).  It will be held at Anne Kruse's home, 3311 NE Renaissance Dr., Ankeny.

2007 Quiltfest raffle quilt

AAQG 2007 Raffle Quilt

Workshops with Cindy Roth

Country Quilt Studio in Nevada, presents two workshops with Cindy Roth on April 3 & 4, 2007.

Cindy Roth is the founder and director of Longarm University and Innovations—a Machine Quilting Conference. Classes offered are: Beyond the Basics—Free Hand Patterns and Beyond the Basics—Free Hand Feather Sampler and Working with Templates.

For more information about classes contact Vicki Swenson, 515-382-1815

It's nomination time for the 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. You may email Kim Manthe or give her the nomination at at the April guild meeting. The award will be presented in May.

Quilting Connection, Inc.

238 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010

(515) 233-3048 or (515) 956-4550


Mon &Thurs 10 am-8 pm

Tues, Wed & Fri 10 am-5:30 pm

Sat. 10 am-5 pm


Husqvarna Viking sewing machines

Fabrics, Notions, Patterns, Classes, Books

Preview of 2007- 2008 programs and workshops

I am excited for the upcoming guild year, I have had a lot of fun planning and getting to talk to different quilt designers and lecturers. I hope you find these topics interesting and the workshops fun! Any questions or comments, please feel free to call or email me! Jenna Ingle, Program chair elect.

September 11—Karen Spencer from Pella, Iowa.

Karen has been quilting for 25 years, her quilts have been shown in Colorado, Washington, Houston and Barcelona. She also has won ribbons at the Iowa State Fair. Her lecture and trunk show topic is fabric dyeing or fabric discharge (TBA). We will be having a workshop the weekend before the lecture.

October 9—Joan Oberfoelle from Dubuque, Iowa

Teacher, Lecturer, County Fair Judge, Designer.

Joan's classes are unique, one of a kind designer jackets/vests. A basic commercial cardigan style suit or outerwear jacket pattern is used with a variety of fabrics such as muslin, cottons, hand dyes, velvets and satins. Many techniques are used in the cutting, sewing and embellishing of your special jacket/vest. We will have a weekend workshop following the lecture. Her trunk show will be a preview of 40 plus jackets- watch for jacket samples in August and September!

November 13—Julie Hendricksen from Sun Prarie, Wisconsin

Julie is an antique quilt collector, quilt designer and shop owner of JJ Stitches in Sun Prarie, WI. She was recently featured in American patchwork and Quilting (April 2007). Julie's lecture includes a show and tell session of 50-75 quilts, with emphasis on antique quilts. She will also be selling patterns and kits after the meeting.

December 11—To Be Announced Later

January 8—To Be Announced Later

February 12—Shelly Stokes, Cedar Canyon Textiles from Miltona, Minnesota

Author: Paintstiks on Fabric

Lecture¯If you can play with color crayons, you can learn to use paintstiks to add color and texture to your fabric. Based on her Paints on Fabric book, Shelly will give a quick tour of various techniques for using Shiva Paintstiks to transform your fabric into something very special. We will be having a workshop during the day Tuesday and possibly Wednesday (topics: paintstik pizzazz of foil on fabric).

March 11—To Be Announced Later

(Hopefully Bill Kerr/ Weeks Ringle from Funquilts!)

April 8—Spring Challenge!!

May 13—Pennie Horras from Fairfield, Iowa

Her lecture is called " I must be out of my mind!" and is a huge show and tell session with many unique quilts from 20 plus years of quilt making. Her quilts "You've come a long way, sister", "Here come the clowns", "We've come a long way ladies" and others have been exhibited at Houston's International Quilt Festival, The American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Quilter's Guild show. She will have her books, patterns and a wonderful collection of vintage hankies for sale after the lecture. We will be having a weekend workshop following her lecture (possibly selected from her book Sewing in Circles).

June 10—Details by Diane, Decorah, Iowa

A brightly colored feast for the eyes of "Illusion Stained Glass" trunk show of quilts. She will also be selling kits and patterns after the lecture. Pleases visit her website to see her wonderful quilts! www.detailsbydiane.com

July 8—Week of QUILT SHOW!

August 12—Quilt Show wrap up!

We also have Carol Doak scheduled for a program and workshop in 2009!

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance 2/28/07-----------$5,224.64

Plus March Income----------------$1,120.00

Less February Expenses-----------------$746.80

Checkbook Balance 3/20/07-----------$5,597.84

Savings Account Balance 3/20/07----$15,212.66

Staples Copy &Print Center

Program Posters provided by Staples®

Permission To Play!

Submitted by Marlene DaRos

CITA, Central Iowa Textile Artists shared their wonderful art quilts with a trunk show during our March meeting.

Led by Ilene Bartos, former member of AAQG, the artists each told their stories, with very different examples of originality.

Inspiring us to go outside the box and dare to explore the entire textile world. Using various mediums of art including fiber, paints, even embellishments to allow our imaginations to soar.

It seems there's no limit in adventures that await these fine ladies. After a successful quilt exhibit this year, they've been invited back to Ankeny's Art Gallery next year. Many other show engagements are planned for the future. I know I'm inspired now to stretch quilt making beyond quilts made from kits, published patterns, or packaged projects.

Thank you, CITA for freeing us with permission to play!

Quilt titled Maple Leaves

This quilt, "Maple Leaves" is by Ilene Bartos. Ilene is working on a book of leaf pattern quilts that will be published next year.

Quilter's Cupboard

131 Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021

515-963-8758 or quilterscupboard@yahoo.com


Mon.—Sat., 10 am—5 pm

Thurs: Until 7:00 pm, Tuesday of guild until 6:45 pm

Our guild has more winners of the Fons & Porter contest!

Submitted by Jan Heddinger

Our entry was selected as one of twenty-five to be a part of a national tour in eight cities during 2007. There were approximately 365 entries. Each of the 25 pieced blocks are 3"x3". Belinda did a fantastic job designing, color placement and piecing it. I did the quilting and binding. Therefore, I freely give her the credit for a terrific job. Go to the Contest tab on Fons & Porter's website to see a color photo. I will bring the quilt to show at the end of the year when the tour is over.

Quilt by Jan Heddinger and her sister

For more information about show dates and locations, visit http://www.sewingexpo.com or if you'd like to see more beautiful quilts, visit http://www.fonsandporter.com

If you have won any quilting or quilting related contest we'd like to share the news with the guild! Please let us (the newsletter team or board) know so we can celebrate your accomplishment and inspire fellow quilters!

Free quilt labels!

Submitted by Celeste M.

Here are free labels to save and then print out on computer fabric—it gives directions.

For more information visit http://www.victorianaquiltdesigns.com/VictorianaQuilters/PrintableQuiltLabels/freeprintablequiltlabels.htm

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.

909 Prairie Street in Adel, IA

phone: 515-993-1170


—and Chat with us at our new Blog!


Visit Adel April 28 for the:

Iowa Book Festival

Bringing books and book lovers together!

Family oriented indoor/outdoor festival

Work shops & presentations

Live window displays

Food and book vendors

Book Art Exhibit

Strolling book characters

Children's parade

Stop by Adel Quilting for a free demo on quick, no-sew book covers!

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 quilt pickup in Ankeny area.

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

Update on Andrea Holldorf's blue jean quilts project.

Do you remember the news story afew months ago about the Grant, Iowa, woman who is collecting blue jeans to make quilts for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq? Well, after the story about Andrea Holldorf was on the local news she received many—many boxes of blue jeans for her project.

As we all know it take more than the used blue jeans to make a quilt. Andrea, is doing this project with her own time and funds (and of course the donated blue jeans) and could still use alittle extra help. "I'm not reimbursed by anyone other than donations. So if I can get help of any kind it is so appreciated."

Here are some ways you can help. She still needs batting—low loft crib size. Also, Thread—machine quilting blue or any color and backing material - 2 yards cotton mix. Material with wild life, things, livestock or pets, ½ yards, and Thermo web lite Heat n Bond 17 would be appreciated. Yarn to tie the quilts is needed, postage and Pocket stuffers: small notepads, mechanical pencils, small pocket combs —etc.

Please send your donations to:

Andrea Holldorf

PO Box 258

408 Jefferson

Grant, IA 50847

You may contact her with more questions at holldorf@netins.net or phone 712-763-4374

Country Quilt Studio

Vicki Swensen

975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B

Nevada, Iowa




Classes, Retreats, Workshops

Mystery Quilt

We are continuing with step 6 this month!

Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting Live

Submitted by Cecilie Vogt

Fons and Porter did a live broadcast of their TV show, Love of Quilting on March 10, 2007. The broadcast was of three shows filmed in front of a live audience and broadcast live during the afternoon of March 10th. This was part of Festival week for IPTV. If you were watching, you really did see Susan and Cecilie in the audience. If you didn't get a chance to watch the live broadcast, then you missed a chance to see "the experts" at their best.

It was very interesting to see how a TV show is produced. Fons and Porter were on stage behind their workstation and sewing machine. Phone volunteers were behind them on the phones to take pledge calls, along with several special guests sitting off to the side on stage. Nan Herman was on stage, front row center on the phones, as well as members from the Des Moines Quilt Guild.

There were four large moveable cameras on stage in front of Fons and Porter as well as a hand held camera that was used to film the audience. We had to "peek" between the cameramen and the cameras to see what was happening on stage, but we were close enough to be able to see the view the cameraman saw on the camera monitors. The audience was watching the show on color television monitors. We had our own "clap coach". There were between 150 and 170 audience members as well as the special guests on stage and the phone bank volunteers

Several men and women were on stage acting as stage managers and directing the scenes and telling Marianne and Liz where to look, as well as setting up the props for the programs, and letting the phone volunteers know when they were allowed to take breaks. In between the three programs that were broadcast, there were numerous requests for pledges and a listing of the thank you gifts available for pledge levels. This part was also broadcast live, with Marianne and Liz taking part in the dialogue.

The first program was Petite Basket Quilts. Fons and Porter demonstrated how to make the triangle —square units for the quilt. They demonstrated the use of their own Quick Piece Ruler, as well as the Easy Diagonal Sets Ruler (triangle rulers) to cut and trim the setting triangles. The little squares were cut apart using their own seam ripper, and cut out using their own rotary cutter. This is a quick and easy quilt to make.

The second program was on Old and Antique Quilts and the special guest was Gerald Roy. "Jerry" writes a column in the Love of Quilting Magazine on Antique quilts. Members of IPTV from 2006 were invited to bring antique quilts to the program to have Gerald Roy look at them and tell the family and audience about their quilt. Several quilts were brought and their owners were sitting on stage and were on the program.

Fons and Porter

Diane Tomlinson showed her grandmothers quilt, from the 1875-1900 time frame. Her quilt was a Crazy Quilt. Several areas of the fabric in the quilt were worn away. Gerald explained that the lead in the silk fabrics used in the quilt had caused the fabric to wear away. He said that the fabric in the quilt was probably "mail order", in which the fabrics used in the quilt came from fabrics left over from dressmakers and milliners, and was ordered for 5 cents a packet.

Diane Lechman and Lynn Doyle brought their grandmother's quilt. It was a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. The first name given to these type of quilts was Mosaic, according to the expert. This quilt was made by the Ladies Aide society in NW Iowa and given to their grandmother.

Rachel Jensen brought her appliqué quilt. It was made in 1904 by an aunt and measured 74" by 90". It was red and green on white. The appliqué design was cockscomb flowers and leaves in an urn. The hand quilting was very detailed on this quilt.

Cindy Olson brought two quilts, both Double Wedding Ring quilts made by her grandmothers. Quilt #1 had red centers, was a scrap quilt and had a scalloped edge. Quilt #2 was made from a kit with pre cut pieces and it had an "Ice cream cone" border. The rings were perfectly round circles and were appliquéd onto the background. The quilting stitches were very dense.

It was also mentioned that Gerald Roy likes the color orange in his quilts he collects.

The third program was "How to do the Perfect Lumpless Binding". If you watched the program, then you know it should have been titled "HOW NOT TO DO A LUMPLESS BINDING". It took Marianne and Liz, FOUR tries on camera- all wrong- before they crumpled up the little wall hanging they were working on and tossed it off camera and went to the Tips and Techniques segment of that program. They managed to put the binding strips wrong sides together, stitch at the wrong angle or twist the fabric binding strips.

Fons & Porter continued

Now that we know the experts can and do make mistakes, none of us need to feel bad about not getting it right the first time. The audience was really laughing at this "experience".

The lumpless binding segment demonstrated mitering corners and the use of the Fon's and Porter's binding tool. After the problems they encountered doing the binding, someone off stage got the binding strips arranged properly and on the FIFTH try, the binding was stitched together and was indeed, lumpless! If this show had not been a live broadcast, no one would have ever seem the mistake, let alone four times.

The ironic thing was about this show was the "thank you" gift for a pledge of $35.00 was the Lumpless Binding Technique instructions on a laminated card. A person calling in to make a pledge of that amount suggested "perhaps they should refer to their instructions".

The Tips and Techniques section of the third show, shared ideas submitted by viewers. During the broadcasts, Marianne and Liz demonstrated how to use their products to make cutting and measuring easier when making quilts. Tips included using "chip clips" labeled with the block size and direction (reverse or left or right), and to cut chained blocks with a seam ripper.

Tips by viewers mentioned on the program were: #1. Use quilt-basting spray on your hands when doing free motion quilting to keep your hands from slipping. #2.Trim off the selvages of the fabric, and then use the selvages to tie the left over fabric into a roll or bundle with the selvage strip. #3. Use painter's tape on the back of the fabric to stabilize the fabric for easier writing if you were making an autograph quilt. The tape is easily removed when the quilt is assembled. #4. Place quilt block pieces onto a felt placemat, then roll the placemat up into a tube and tie it closed. #5. Use your printer to make copies of your own templates onto card stock and then just cut them out for doing hexagon shapes. And the best tip of all, from Nan Herman, #6. Nan suggested one should keep a snack in a bowl with a spoon by your work area for easier snacking. Marianne or Liz suggested "just skip the spoon and stick your face in the bowl and use your tongue!"

There was a lot of ad-libs and humor between Marianne and Liz and with the camera crew, and they were both very enthusiastic. Liz did much of the talking an encouraged the audience and at home viewers to support Iowa Public television.

If you have not considered a pledge or a donation to Iowa Public television, please consider doing so. Pledges may be made in any amount, either as a one-time donation, or in 10 monthly or 4 quarterly installments. Thank you gifts are offered for various levels of pledged support. A Full Membership costs $35.00 for a year and the thank you gift for this amount is the Lumpless Binding Instruction card by Fons and Porter.

In addition, due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, any new pledge of $35.00 will be automatically increased by $20.00, making your pledge worth $55.00.

Keep watching Love of Quilting and do support Iowa Public Television. You can call 1-800-779-7000 to make your pledge. Quilt on!

Seven Sisters Quilting

Long-Arm Machine Quilting

Jennifer Peil

Ankeny, Ia



Call for a free estimate.

Some Fun Thimble Facts

Submitted by Cyndee Davis

The thimble has its origin in early civilization. Roughly carved of stone, bronze, bone or ivory, the thimble aided the sewer in pushing crude needles through animal skins to make clothing. Since that time thimbles have been created or made from every material imaginable. The thimble has served many purposes through the ages.

During the late 16th century to the early 20th century, thimbles were valued as objects of art. They were given as love tokens during Victorian times in a society that discouraged personal gifts of any nature between men and women. At one time, sterling and gold thimbles were given as an engagement gift from the fiance to his future bride. The bottom part of the thimble could be cut off and used as the new wife's wedding band when the couple married.

Early schoolteachers used thimbles to enforce strict discipline. The teacher would knock the disobedient student on the top of the head with a thimbled finger. The term "thimble knocking" was used by ladies of the evening around the same time period. They used a thimble on their finger to knock on the window glass to attract the attention of males walking by. During the 1800s, a thimble was used as a spirit measure or alcohol shot glass, helping coin the phrase, "Only a thimbleful." During World War I, thimbles became a type of currency. In England approximately 400,000 sterling thimbles were donated and melted down in order to buy much needed hospital equipment.