Sew 'N Tell
August 2007
Issue No 191.
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, August 7, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

It's the quilt show wrap-up meeting! Join us for an evening to celebrate a job well done, another successful quilt show! Quilt show prize winners will be announced and other quilt show awards will be presented.

Time to finish up your resolutions!

It's not too late to finish up projects on your resolution list. Please bring your remaining completed items to the August meeting — and be sure to get them checked off our master list (see Linda or Diana) before we have the resolution prize drawing.

THANKS Kim—for a great year!

Let's say THANKS to our out-going President, Kim Manthe! Charlotte Stordahl (secretary) will be collecting fat-quarters— of BATIKS—from our guild members to give to Kim as a thank you gift. Kim will be presented the fat-quarters in a nice gift basket at the September guild meeting. Please bring them to the August or September meeting and give them to Charlotte. THANKS EVERYONE!

A Note from the President

I can't believe this year as President is almost over. Where did the time go? I have had so much fun. The group of gals on the board this year were absolutely wonderful to work with. A big thank you to all of you! I hope all of you had a chance to visit our quilt show last month. It was so cool to meet Karen McTavish and listen to her lecture. She sure inspired me! The comments I heard regarding our quilts this year were so nice. Several times people came up to me and said the quilts this year were outstanding. What a compliment to all of us. The vendors all said they had a good weekend and Mike from Tracy's Tables even "bumped up" the cutting table he gave us. Meaning it's the next step up from the one he usually gives us. How cool is that? Amy Westendorf said the folks from ChildServe were so happy and grateful to receive some of our donation quilts. The kids just loved them and they brought smiles to all of their faces. Hats off to all of you that made one or more! And to all the volunteers—wow! A big thank you to all of you! Denette is hard at work planning our August meeting. Look forward to winning some really cool stuff! I know because alot of it is in my trunk! Our August meeting is going to be a lot of fun. Don't miss it. And don't forget to sign up for a workshop or two. A lot of work goes into planning them and we need to fill these classes, gals. New membership forms are available in August too. If you want your birthday included in the membership directory, you must include it on the form each year. Check out the new gallery of pictures. We were able to get "aerial" shots of the quilt show this year and they are posted there. Again, thanks for this past year everyone.

Keep on quiltin'—Kim

August Treats!

Thank you to Amy Leonard, Sherie Davis, Linda McGee, Ruth Chitwood, Trina Kirkvold and Lanae Rohwer for providing our treats this month.

Treasurer's Report

Checkbook Balance 6/30/07-----------$ 373.25

Plus July Income------------------$13,692.75

Less July Expenses---------------- $6,801.73

Checkbook Balance 7/19/07----------$7,264.27

Savings Account Balance 7/19/07---$15,335.56

All of the quilt show expenses have NOT been paid. Once they have been paid there will be a special quilt show treasurer's report in the newsletter.

A Special Thank You!

FYI—the remaining food from our July quilt show was donated to Bidwell, Riverside Center. This note is from them and explains how they used our donation.

Bidwell Riverside Center, Des Moines Area Religious Council's food pantry serving the Southside of Des Moines, wishes to thank the Ankeny Quilt Guild for their donation of food.

Our clients especially appreciated the hot dogs. We divided the hot dogs into bags of 8 and distributed them to the people who came for food Monday the 16th. We seldom have meat for our clients, so this was quite a treat for them.

All the buns, chips and cookies were a great addition to the staples we hand out to people in need. We used the donated lettuce for a salad, and the leftover beef burgers for our preschool class lunch.

We would like to extend a great big thank you from all the people who received these special treats. They were very much appreciated.

August workshop sign up!

August is a busy month for workshop sign-ups. We are offering three exciting workshops this fall.

#1—This is your last chance to sign up for the hand applique workshops with Thuy Nguyen! Workshops are Friday or Saturday August 24 or 25. There are still places available in both workshops. The cost is $35 for one day.

#2—We have Karen Spencer coming from Pella, Iowa to teach fabric dyeing on Saturday September 8. The fee is $25 dollars and we have unlimited space!

#3—Joan Oberfoelle is coming from Dubuque to teach us how to make one of a kind designer jackets/vests. Check out the samples at the August meeting!

Please see Jenna Ingle at the August meeting to check out of all these great workshops and bring your checkbook!

You don't want to miss our September lecture!

Join Karen Spencer at our guild meeting on Tuesday, September 11th. She will be sharing her 25+ years of quilting experience and talking about techniques such as fabric dyeing and discharge. Her quilts have been shown in Colorado, Washington, Houston and Barcelona. She also has won ribbons at the state fair. It is the start of our new guild year, come join us!

For Sale:

Janome—Harmony 8100 Embroidery Sewing Machine

Perfect condition, used less than 20 hours. If you've always wanted an embroidery machine, but didn't want to spend thousands, this one's for you. Includes all attachments, extra bobbins & thread.

Sell for $800.00. Retailed for $1300.

Call Amy at 515-287-8849

Hyw 4 and Beyond Shop Hop

August 9-10-11— Visit Participating Shops: Old Alley Quilt Shop, Sherburn, MN, The Wooden Thimble, Estherville, IA, Quilts on Grand, Spencer, IA, Towne Square Quilt Shoppe, Lake City, IA, Creative Stitches Quilt Shop, Spirit Lake, IA, Homespun Quilt Shop, Esterville, IA, Calico Cupboard, Emmetsburg, IA, Quilting on Main, Pocahontas & Tip Top Quilts, Arcadia.

We have a new grandmother in the guild!

photo of Cecilie and new grandson

Cecilie Vogt is holding her new grandson, Sawyer Lance Holm. Sawyer arrived July 2nd and 10:42 am, weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces. Mom, Dad and Sawyer are doing fine! Notice his farm quilt!

Each month Cecilie generously donates acouple of hours to help get the guild newsletters in the mail, folding, stamping, labels, etc. Thanks so much for your help Cecilie— enjoy your new grandson!

Heart of the Lincoln Highway Quilt Show

Come to the quilt show in Jefferson, Iowa on

Saturday, August 25, 9am-5pm

Sunday, August 26, 11am-4pm

Located at the Greene County Community Center and Jefferson-Scranton Middle School, 203 and 204 West Harrison Street, Jefferson.

There will be more than 300 quilts both new and vintage. Also, demonstrations and gallery talks, vendor, quilt raffle, country store and food court.

Central Iowa Fall Frolic Shop Hop

September 6th-8th, 2007

Thursday & Friday 10:00—8:00

Saturday 10:00—6:00

Participating Shops:

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods, Adel

Ankeny Sewing Center, Ankeny

Creekside Quilting, Clive

The Quilt Block, West Des Moines

Quilting Connection, Ames

The Quilt Junction, West Des Moines

The Quilt Express, West Des Moines

Quilter's Cupboard, Ankeny

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

FREE pattern at each shop

Visit all 8 shops for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Shoppers who visit all 8 shops will receive a coupon good for a future purchase at each shop.

Our new guild year begins in September.

The quilt show wrap-up meeting is always a fun one with lots of prizes being awarded. It is also the last meeting of our guild year and includes the election of officers.

We have volunteers for most board positions next year but there still are a few openings. It would be wonderful if we could have all the board positions filled when the new year starts in September. If you would like to generously volunteer to be apart of the board please contact Diana Weirich, 289-1189 or Kim Manthe, 491-2647. Nominations will be taken from the floor before we vote at the August guild meeting too. More on the next page!

2007-2008 AAQG Board of Director Positions

Below, is a list of our volunteers/nominations for the 2007-2008 board. Voting will take place at the August guild meeting. If you would like to fill an open position we would love to hear from you! Remember, you could fill the position with a friend— a co-position is possible with any of the openings. Please call Diana Weirich, 289-1189 or Kim Manthe, 491-2647 with questions or to volunteer.

President — Cyndee Davis

Vice-President — Deb Pierschbacher

Secretary — Charlotte Stordahl

Treasurer — Kathy Little

Retreat Chair — Sharon Hawthorne

Retreat Chair Elect — Therese Lumley

Program Chair — Jenna Ingle

Program Chair Elect — VACANT

Director-at-Large — Diana Weirich

Director-at-Large Elect — Donna Jo Smith

Quilt Show Chair — Sharon McCarthy and Anne Kruse

Quilt Show Chair Elect — VACANT

Communications Editors — Susan Body and Celeste Mulenthaler

August Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Cecilie Vogt— August 10

Cathy Dimit— August 14

Candice Watkins— August 16

Linda McGhee— August 19

Cyndee Davis— August 20

Amy Leonard— August 22

Joan Maust— August 22







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Dues are $25/yr (September-August). Please attach your payment to the upper left-hand corner and mail or bring it to the September or October guild meetings to ensure your information is included in the annual membership directory.

2007-2008 Membership Form


Cathy Dimit recently showed some snuggles at a guild meeting. Cathy and her daughter made them as a Girl Scout project. They were adorable and so practical and make a wonderful donation item. What are they? Snuggles are a small blankets—they must be at least a 12 inch square—that are made for cat beds at the Iowa Rescue League. These blankets can be made out of anything that would be cozy for a kitty to lie on. They can be made out of two layers of fleece and tied, they can have batting or not have batting, they can be made from knitted things, or any soft fabric. Cats don't care what color the blanket is and it's a great learning project for new sewers.

Please remember the dogs too! The Animal Rescue League accepts old bath towels and rugs for dog bathing and comfort. These items may be donated to the Animal Rescue League and they will give you a tax receipt for your donation. Also, Cathy Dimit has kindly offered to deliver to the Rescue League any snuggles that fellow guild members make. Just bring the snuggles to a guild meeting and give them to her.

Thanks Cathy, for sharing a great donation idea!

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

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

Freedom Quilts Update

Do you remember the Freedom Quilts project—established by Betty Nielsen of Fonda, Iowa and a group of her quilting friends? They make quilts and have given them away to families who lost loved one in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; to Hurricane Katrina survivors; and to the families of soldiers and Marines killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. So far, in 5 years they have made and given away about 6,000 quilts. They had asked for blue jean material this Spring and were swamped with donations. Cecilie Vogt contacted Betty Nielsen to see what else was needed and what our guild could do to help with this project.

Our guild donated fabric (larger pieces that were left after our "Treasure Sale" in May) that could be used as quilt backs. Cecilie boxed them up and sent them to Betty from the Ankeny guild. What a great group of generous quilters we have in our guild!

photo of donations to Freedom Quilt project

Cecilie with donated fabric for the Freedom Quilt project.

Pecan Bars

submitted by Gloria House

1 Betty Crocker Butter Pecan Cake Mix

1 egg

1 stick of butter, melted

Mix together and pat into a jelly-roll pan (11x14). I do this mixing by hand.

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 stick melted butter

8 oz. of cream cheese

Melt the butter and cream cheese together in microwave. Add to powdered sugar and eggs. Mix with mixer and pour over the cake mix layer.

Sprinkle 3/4 cup chopped pecans over the layer.

Bake at 300 degrees for 55-60 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Cut while warm.

Pleas note 300 degrees oven temperature.

This treat was served at a recent guild meeting and there were so many requests for the recipe we wanted to put it in the newsletter and share with everyone. Enjoy!

Seven Sisters Quilting

Long-Arm Machine Quilting

Jennifer Peil

Ankeny, Ia



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Country Quilt Studio

Vicki Swensen

975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B

Nevada, Iowa




Classes, Retreats, Workshops

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

View our guild photos

Have you seen our guild photos including great pictures from the quilt show?

You can see them either by going to the guild's website, http://www.aaqg.net, and clicking the link on the front page or visit the photo page directly at: gallery.aaqg.net You do not need to use the www before gallery.aaqg.net.

QUILTFEST 2007—Hawaiian Dreams was a huge success!

submitted by Denette Stoll

2007 Quilt Show Chair

A very special thank you to all that attended and to our 2007 Sponsors:

Adel Quilting and Dry Goods — Adel, IA

Quilter's Cupboard — Ankeny IA

The Quilt Junction — West Des Moines, IA

The Stitching Place — Indianola, IA

Quilting Connection — Ames, IA

Creekside Quilting — Clive, IA

Tracey's Tables — Stratford, WI

All of these sponsors will be back as sponsors in 2008 —THANK YOU SO MUCH!

photo of Karen McTavish and Marlene DaRos

Karen McTavish with Marlene DaRos, Program Chair

Thank you to Karen McTavish for the awesome lectures. Hopefully everyone was able to attend one. She was everything promised: entertaining, humorous, informal and definitely fun-filled. I got a chance to talk with her in between lectures and was quite impressed!

Thank you to all the AAQG guild members (and some guild members' husbands) that volunteered to help with the show. Whether you helped set up, brought food items, worked the show, helped take down, or worked on the raffle quilt all of you were needed and greatly appreciated!

photo of Kris Brighton at Country Store

Kris Brighton working at the show's Country Store.

The Country Store items were wonderful and we had more than ever! I am always impressed at how generous quilters are!

Thank you to all guild members that made donation quilts or donated suitcases throughout this past year. We displayed and will be able to donate approximately 115 quilts and a number of suitcases.

Welcome to the new guild members that signed up during the show! We can't wait to meet you!

Last but not least, thank you so much to the 2007 Quilt Show committee for all of your hard work, dedication, and countless hours you devoted to the show! This show could not have happened without all of you and you were so great to work with! To all guild members: Please consider a position on next year's committee. I guarantee that it will be rewarding and fun.

I had the pleasure of meeting two ladies that drove all night long from Tennessee and Oklahoma just to see our show! They had seen one of my advertisements on the web and just had to see our show! They spent most of the day at the show and enjoyed it immensely. I was honored to meet them. We had quilters from all over Iowa, many other states and at least one from another country. (I think it was Denmark.)

Be sure to check out all the pictures from the show on the web site. It looks very impressive from up high-thank you Shon from the college for taking those for us. The link to the photos is available at www.aaqg.net

Our 2007 Door Prize winner is Renae Van Zee of Ankeny. She wins a Janome sewing machine generously donated by The Quilt Junction in West Des Moines, IA.

photo of 2007 raffle quilt

Our 2007 Raffle Quilt winner is our very own Sherie Johnson. Congratulations!

She wins our beautiful raffle quilt, Butterflies and Blooms. Cut out by Kim Manthe, pieced by Linda Northwick quilted by Jacque Johnson owner of Adel Quilting and Dry Goods, and bound by Becky Larson.

Our door prize winner and our raffle quilt winner have been invited to attend our August meeting. We will present them with their prizes then. Make sure you come to the August meeting to find out who the quilt entry winners are!

One guild member sold the most raffle quilt tickets. Who is it? We will announce the winner at our August meeting and he/she will win a Mega Quilter Sewing machine from the Quilting Connection. The second highest raffle quilt ticket seller will win a sewing machine donated by The Stitching Place in Indianola. The third highest raffle quilt ticket seller will win $50!

One guild member donating an item to the Country Store is going to win a really cool prize! We had a record amount of items donated this year! Come to our August meeting to see if you are the lucky winner!

One lucky volunteer who worked the 2007 quilt show will win a cutting table donated by Tracey's Tables of Stratford, WI. The second drawing will be for $500. There will be many more prizes too! Don't miss this meeting!

Plans for QUILTFEST 2008 are already underway! Contact Sharon McCarthy, Anne Kruse or quiltshow@aaqg.net for more information.

Creekside Quilting

9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325



Shop Hours:

Mon-Wed 10 am-5:30 pm, Thurs 10 am-7 pm

Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4 pm

3700 bolts of fabric, notions, books, patterns

Classes, Friendly staff of experienced quilters

Quilters Potluck Shop Hop

August 16-19, 2007

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm

Visit these Iowa Shops: Heritage Designs in Amana, The Cottage Rose in Marion, Quilter's Quarters in Lamont, The Quiltmakers Shoppe in Manchester, Connie's Quilt Shop in Marion, Fern Hill Quilts in South Amana, Merry's Stitchins in Jessup.