Sew 'N Tell
November 2007
Issue No 194.
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, October 30, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Please note this is a change in meeting date and the board will next meet December 4th as usual.

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

Come hear Julie Hendricksen, owner of JJ Stitches, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She was recently featured in American Patchwork and Quilting magazine (April 2007). Her lecture includes a show and tell session of more than 50 quilts with an emphasis on antique quilts. She will be selling patterns and kits after the meeting.

Bring a Friend Membership Drive

Members bringing a guest to our November or December meetings will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from a local vendor. To be eligible the guest cannot have been a member within the last year, i.e. a member this past year who has just not renewed yet. You will get one entry per guest you bring. As a reminder all guests are expected to pay the $5 guest fee at any meeting they attend (unless you want to be a great friend and pay it for them.)

President's Letter

Happy November fellow quilters!

I hope you enjoyed last month's presenter Joan Oberfoell; she really had some interesting jackets, didn't she.

President's Letter cont.

We have a great line-up of presenter's this year. For a preview, be sure to pick up one of our new brochures at the next meeting. Pick up a few more for friends, to take to your church or other community functions.

Don't forget the Bring a Friend membership drive continues through December. For each guest you bring, your name goes into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate from a local vendor.

It's still not too late for the President's Challenge. Bring a brown paper sack with 5 of your favorite fat quarters inside. Be sure your name is on the outside. Your bag will be exchanged with a partner. Each of you will have until the December meeting to make something for that other person from their fat quarters. You can add more fabric, but must use at least some of the five fat quarters that were supplied.

Lanae Rohwer, Quilt Show Chair Elect needs a Co-Chair Elect to help coordinate Quilt Show 2009. If you are interested in this position, please contact a member of the Board. While Lanae is more than capable of handling the job alone, the task would be much simpler with a co-chair. Please give it some thought. We also need someone to fill the Programs Chair Elect Position - if there's a special speaker you'd like to see, now's your chance to schedule that person in. We MUST fill this position, or we'll have no speakers for 2009.

Thought for the month: Life may not always be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we may as well QUILT!

Cyndee Davis——President

Thank you!

To ALL of my AAQG quilting friends (old and new alike),

Thank you so very, very much for the overflowing basket of beautiful batik fat quarters I received. They are all so pretty! I plan to use them in a quilt I've been wanting to start for a long time now. Maybe some of you have heard of it? It's called "Be Colourful" and was designed by Jacqueline de Jonge. It's paper-pieced with a finished size of 53" X 53". All of the different batiks you gave me are just going to make this quilt pop! I get giddy just thinking about it.

I really did enjoy being President and have to say I kinda miss it already. (Especially the microphone!) Thank you all again and I'll see you at the November meeting.

Always quilting,

Kim Manthe

For Sale:

Inspira Quilting Frame

4 hour assembly completed!

Variable size, 5' or 10'

Minimal disassembly for transportation

Easy glide ball bearing wheels on machine carriage

Overhead shelf with laser pattern pointer—24 Pantograph designs—or freehand

Quilting standing or sitting

Purchased Jan. 2007, Brand New Condition

10% off retail list price or best offer

Contact Kathy—515-208-7585

November Treats!

Thanks to Diana Weirich, Cecilie Vogt, Jean Taft, Denette Stoll, Linda Schlenker, Linda Northwick, Anne Kruse, Jenny Groberg, Marlene DaRos, and Susan Body for the November treats! This is just a little reminder to our treat providers: please bring 2 dozen cookies or bars and 2 liters of pop. Feel free to substitute items-like juice for pop. Please also bring the cups and napkins (plates are optional).

Block of the month Drawing!

submitted by Diana and Donna Jo

Bring your completed November block to the guild meeting for a chance to win all of this month's blocks!

Remember to pick up the December block pattern. We will have a sample block displayed. The theme for December is of course, Christmas, so use Christmas fabrics.

October prize winners:

Block Lottery was won by Patti Whitham

October's Door Prize winners were Jan Temeyer and Anna Pederson

Quilt Show

Shell Rock, Iowa

The Shell Rock Historical Society is hosting a quilt show during the bazaars in Shell Rock on Nov. 16 & 17. We could still use some quilts to display. If you have any quilt over 50 years old with a Shell Rock connection, please contact Linda at 319-885-6687. For those wanting to view the quilts, the museum will be open on Nov. 16 from 9 am to 5 pm, and Nov. 17 from 9 am to 4 pm. The museum is located at 127 E. Adair St. in Shell Rock. This is right across from the elementary school.

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.

909 Prairie Street in Adel, IA

phone: 515-993-1170


—and Chat with us at our new Blog!


Holiday Quilt Show

November 30—5pm-8pm

December 1—8am-3pm

Gift vendors, farmer's market breakfast, food vendors, quilts hanging from the rustic beams and brick walls of the building now,

known simply as

1015 Riverside

5 blocks north of our shop

Contact us if you would like to enter a winter themed quilt in this show. Prizes will be awarded based on viewer's choice.

November Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Audrey Croft— November 5

Anita Uthe— November 6

Celeste Muehlenthaler— November 17

Gloria House— November 19

Marlene DaRos— November 21

Clean Sweep Warehouse SALE

Friday, November 9, 8am-6pm

Saturday, November 10, 9am-5pm

Held at Landauer Publishing and Licensing for the Home Arts

3100 101st Street

Urbandale, IA 50322

phone: 515-287-2144

Directions to the Warehouse:

From 1-35 N take Douglas Avenue exit (Exit 126) toward Urbandale. Turn right onto Douglas Avenue, turn right onto 104th Street, turn left onto Justin Drive and then turn left onto 101st Street and into the Landauer parking area.

Choose Quilting, Crafting, Woodworking, Journals, Gifts, Calendars and much more from your favorite authors/designers.







319/290-1829 OR 319-277-5537



Creekside Quilting

9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325



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

Country Quilt Studio

Vicki Swensen

975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B

Nevada, Iowa




Classes, Retreats, Workshops

The Sampler

102 S. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049

641-774-2116 or carolsampler@mchsi.com

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:45 am-6:00pm, Sat 9:45 am-3:00pm

Over 4400 Calicoes, Solids, Flannels, Batiks, 30's Prints & Bright Kids Prints

Quilt Guild Discount & Mail Order Available

The Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, presents

Worth Repeating: Recreating Vintage Quilts

This exhibit will include vintage quilts displayed next to contemporary reproductions. Visitors will discover the process of recreating a line of new fabric based on the fabrics found in vintage quilts. Quilts on display will include examples made by area, state and national quilters who enjoy working with reproduction fabrics as well as using vintage fabrics, antique blocks, tops and old quilts to create contemporary quilts

Visitors will enjoy quilts made by nationally-know quilters including Mimi Dietrich, Marianne Fons, Margo Krager, Jo Morton, Paul Pilgrim and Liz Porter. Some of the Iowa quilters who will have their work on display include Karan Flanscha, Marcie Knudson, Catherine Litwinow, Shirley MacElderry and Sharon Nottger.

Several antique quilts from a private collection that have never been on display will also be included. Other wonderful quilts and a few surprises are in store for lovers of quilts old and new.

This exhibit will be on display October 7, 2007—February 23, 2008.

The Grout Museum is located at 503 South Street, Waterloo. The museum hours are 9 am- 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday. Cost of general admission is free for members, $4.50 for non-members. Please contact the museum for additional information:319-234-6357.

Cabin Fever Quilting Get-Away at the Grout Museum

The Grout Museum in Waterloo is hosting their 3rd annual two-day quilting workshop on Friday & Saturday, February1 & 2, 2008. This event features workshops taught by Jo Morton as well as a dinner/lecture with her. Other activities include a One Stop Shop Hop, door prizes, self-guided tour of the exhibit "Worth Repeating: Recreating Vintage Quilts" and a continental breakfast with Jo Morton.

Space is limited so if you are interested—register early. Contact the Grout Museum for more information: 319-234-6357

Machine Quilt Your OWN Top on a Long Arm Machine

Abigail Livingood

Learn everything from determining the right quilting design through managing the long arm machine. I provide one-on-one teaching and mentoring while you work.

Flat hourly rate $27.00



Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

629 Main Street, Jewell


3 miles west of 1-35 at exit 133

Hours M-F, 10-5, Sat 10-3


Authorized Bernina Dealer

Seven Sisters Quilting

Long-Arm Machine Quilting

Jennifer Peil

Ankeny, Ia



Call for a free estimate.

Volunteers Needed!

Kathy Arndt from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (where we hold our guild meetings) recently contacted our guild with the following information and request for volunteers. Some of our guild members may be involved in this project all ready and we hope you will share information with all of us about this project.

Here is the forwarded message from Kathy Arndt:

I wasn't sure who to send this to, so I'm sending it to you and ask if you could pass this information along to anyone on the staff that you think might be interested. I work with someone who is very involved in a group that makes quilts for families of military men/women lost in service to their country. She is located right here in Ankeny and is a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She has had 2 sons serve in the Marines and is very grateful both are back home safe and sound. Her name is Linn Hayden and her phone number is 964-3574.

She is always looking for volunteers to give words of comfort and encouragement on quilt blocks. She says she currently has many squares already cut and ready to be written on, drawn on, or embroidered. She said there are 2 things to remember when decorating these squares. 1-They are for families who have lost loved ones while in the service. 2-They love to see the names, cities and states of the people who have completed the squares, so please sign names and city, state. Some people write bible verses, some give words of comforts, and some simply sign their names.

This could be a community service project for children or adults. For more information, check out this website:www.marinecomfortquilts.us

Quilting Links

Here are afew fun quilting websites that Cyndee Davis is sharing with all of us!





Mystery Quilt

We are beginning a new mystery quilt series by Judy Hopkins this month. She calls it "Golden Oldie". For those of you that would like to make the mystery quilt we will be doing Steps 1-3.

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

"The place where beautiful quilts begin!"

located in Jewell, Iowa

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts just celebrated their fifth anniversary in business and had a ribbon cutting for their new Bernina dealership! This little gem in Jewell is well worth the drive!

Prairie Rose is located in a wonderful old building in the middle of downtown Jewell. The building was built in 1900. The pressed tin ceiling and wooden floors are original. The Main Street Program, a federal program to revitalize small town Main Streets, awarded the building "Best Historic Renovation" for its size in 2004. Prairie Rose recently expanded into the newer building next door to accommodate their new Bernina business.

The new floor space provides a spacious and comfortable classroom for sewing and embroidery classes as well as sales floor space for Bernina, for embroidery from OESD and space for their machine repair area. Quilting classes and groups meet in this space which has convenient access for your machine and NO STAIRS!

The shop features over 3000 bolts of fabric, more than 125 batiks and 100 flannels, and a large Thimbleberries and 30's collections. Bright fabrics are a specialty too. Virtually all of the fabrics are available as pre-cut fat-quarters. The fat-quarter fabrics are displayed by color with the bolts so it's easy to find just what you're looking for.

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas—with bright colored holiday fabric and wonderful gift ideas decorating the shop.

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

Prairie Rose recently joined Bernina of America as a certified dealer.

Bernina has a machine for everyone, from an entry level Bernette to the top of the line (and a Consumer Digest Best Buy) Bernina 730E. Prairie Rose provides ongoing classes to master sewing, embroidery and serging techniques. The shop carries OESD products like stabilizers spray adhesives and a complete selection of isacord thread.

You'll find many books, patterns and unique tools at Prairie Rose. Lots of inspiring shop samples too.

Prairie Rose is owned by sisters Paula Ray and Sara Harless and is dedicated to their parents, Herbert & Leona Lindquist who fell in love over a sewing machine. (Herb's business was installing electric motors on old treadle sewing machines.) Paula and Sara started sewing before they started school. Both sisters have been life-long sewing enthusiasts, surrounded by quilts and quilting from childhood.

Prairie Rose Quilts & Gifts

Address: 629 Main Street, Jewell, Iowa 50130

Phone: 515-827-6151

Website: www.prairierosequilts.com

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-5, Thursday until 7, Saturday 10-3, Closed on Sunday & Monday

AAQG Board Members for 2007-2008

President-Cyndee Davis-289-2868

Vice President-Deb Pierschbacher-685-2036

Secretary-Charlotte Stordahl-965-1556

Treasurer-Randie Bartleman-979-8141

Director at Large-Diana Weirich-289-1189

Director at Large (elect)-Donna Jo Smith-963-9224

Communications Editor-Celeste Muehlenthaler-965-8966

Communications Editor-Susan Body-984-6937

Program Chair-Jenna Ingle-965-1585

Program Chair (elect)-open

Quilt Show Co-Chairs-Sharon McCarthy-289-2200

Quilt Show Co-Chairs-Anne Kruse-965-3442

Quilt Show Co-Chair (elect)-Lanae Rohwer-963-8186

Quilt Show Co-Chair (elect)-open

Retreat Chair-Sharon Hawthorne-986-1246

Retreat Chair (elect)-Therese Lumley-964-3328