Sew 'N Tell
April 2008
Issue No. 199
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 1, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Challenge! Challenge! Challenge!

This year's theme is "A Silk Purse from a Sow's Ear!"

Well, It's April and you know what that means - Challenge Time! Bring your challenge entry to the meeting in a plain brown paper sack with your entry category written on the bag. Pin your entry number to the front of your item. If you have a label or your name anywhere on the item, make sure you cover it with masking tape.

We will have cash prizes and ribbons for the 1st and 2nd place winners.

If you have any last minute questions, please call us at 289-1189 (Diana) or 963-9224 (Donna Jo). So stitch it, quilt it, and embellish it to your heart's content!

Remember to bring your block for the block lottery and pick up your new block for Mother's Day. It would be nice to win those blocks for Mom's Day, wouldn't it?

As always, if you would like to donate anything (notions, books, etc,) towards door prizes or fat quarters for the birthday basket, bring it on!

Diana Weirich & Donna Jo Smith

President's Letter

Happy Spring (finally) Fellow Quilters!

image of word friendship

Are you working on your challenge projects? They are due at the next meeting. It always amazes me how we can have one project with one theme, and still come up with so many different and unique creations. Don't forget we need more items for the country store. Also, if you have quilting magazines, patterns or books you no longer want, please donate them to the Quilt Show as well.

Did you see a number of our Guild members on TV this month? They were part of the audience for "Festival" on IPTV during the Fons and Porter quilting segment. Looking good ladies!

TIP of the month: To make thread behave for applique or regular sewing—run your needle and thread through a fresh dryer sheet, folded, and magic—no tangles or those tiny little nasty knots.

Happy quilting!

Cyndee Davis——President

Ankeny Sewing Center

109 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50021

phone: 515-963-8967



Stop by and see our NEW, LARGER location (next to Curves for Women)

Horn cabinets, Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines and Sergers, quilting and specialty clothing fabrics, threads, embroidery software and designs. Classes for machine and software mastery. On site machine repair and servicing.

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.

909 Prairie Street in Adel, IA

phone: 515-993-1170


—and Chat with us at our new Blog!


Quilter's Cupboard

131 Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021

phone: 515-963-8758



Mon.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm

Thurs: Until 7:00 pm

April Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Valerie Hayes— April 7

Lois Harmon— April 7

Susan Body— April 7

Pam Messer— April 8

Lynn Koester— April 16

Linda Schanus— April 16

Sharon McCarthy— April 17

Joann Olson— April 17

Marcia Lemke— April 19

Tamara Watts— April 24

Kay Pallas— April 25

Linda Schlenker— April 25

Norine Wilson— April 25

Linda Northwick— April 28

Polly Anderson— April 29

April Treats!

A big thank you to Arlene Greenough, Mildred Stomer, Cecilie Vogt, Pam Koelling, Diana Weirich and Donna Jo Smith for our April treats! 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).

March prize winners:

Block Lottery was won by Ann Finger.

February's Door Prize winners: Jenna Ingle & Sharon McCarthy.

March birthdays were treated to a "black & white" fat-quarter to jump start their quilt project for our quilt show in July.

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

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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 10:00 am-5:30pm, Sat 10:00 am-3:00pm

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

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Retreat News

Well, the retreat is over by now and I know we all had a great time. I'd like to thank those of you who helped make this year's "Quiltin' Fever Retreat" a success. A big thanks to my small group, The Quiltin' Divas, for making the small bags given to each retreater. Thanks to Kris Brighton for embroidering the name tags. Thanks to Gloria Ross for making the centerpieces, helping with the name tags, standing in for me at meetings when I had to be away for work, and running Ankeny errands for me. Couldn't have done it without you Gloria! Thanks to Phyllis Jessen, one of our past presidents, for coming to give massages on Saturday. A shout goes out to the quilt shops in Newton, Grinnell, and Pella for offering such great discounts to the retreaters. Also all the great shops and businesses who donated prizes. A big thank you goes to the folks at the Christian Conference Center for helping us get ready for the retreat, providing those good and very filling meals (so great not to have to cook) and providing such a great setting for our retreat. My last and most important thank you goes to the 37 ladies who went on the retreat with me, I hope you all had as great a time as I did.

Next year is already booked, so put it on your calendars, March 26 through the 29th, 2009. Therese Lumley is the 2009 Quilt Retreat Chair. So Therese, let the planning begin!

If I forgot to thank anyone, I apologize, no one can plan and execute one of these retreats by themselves. It takes a guild to run a retreat!

Thanks again, Sharon Hawthorne

2008 Quiltin' Fever Retreat Chair

Secretary's Report

3/4/08 AAQG Board Meeting

Due to the absence of Cyndee D., Deb P., and Randy B. the meeting was called to order by a past President Jenna Ingle. Members attending were Donna Jo S., Diana W., Linda N., Jenna I., Ann K., Therese L., Sharon M., Sharon H., MaryLee M.,and Charlotte S. Jenna read the letter from Susan B. about the copy shop. The Debit Cards will not be used until money is deposited into the checking account. Minutes that Cyndee took at the Feb. meeting were read and approved. There are 7 challenge packets left for the spring challenge. Block lottery is spring fabric. The raffle quilt is finished and tickets will be available at the March meeting. The quilt show has 8 sponsors this year and 16 confirmed vendors.

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Secretary's Report cont.

The quilt show committee is asking members to turn in quilt entry forms by June 9th. This will give them more planning time for quilt arrangements at the show. Just the FORM is due, on the 9th, NOT the completed quilt item. 36 people have signed up for the retreat at the end of March. Massages will be available, Pat Lucas Trunk show Sat. and discounts at Newton and Grinnell quilt shops. Lots of fun! DON'T forget your baby pictures.! Weeks Ringle is our March program. Challenges due in APRIL!

Happy Easter — Pray for Spring!

Minutes by C. Stordahl, Board Secretary

Secretary's Report

3/11/08 AAQG Guild Meeting

President Cyndee called the meeting to order and welcomed our guests & new members. She announced that member John Piersbacher had been taken to the hospital and asked that we keep him (and family) in our thoughts & prayers. This is the last night to sign up for retreat. Challenge Projects are due at the April meeting. If there is anyone who could help quilt some donation quilts please contact Kay Huntimer. The BEAUTIFUL Black and White Raffle Quilt is on display at the meeting tonight. Tickets and bookmarks are being handed out to members starting in March. The quilt was pieced by Joyce Romick, quilted by Gloria Ross, and bound by Ruth Chitwood. THANKYOU ladies for your time and talent. The quilt committee is asking for your help by donating to the Country Store. Quilt show entry forms are due June 9th. FORMS ONLY! Come see the challenge projects in April and Pennie Horras in May. Jenna introduced Weeks Ringle who presented a wonderful slide/sample program of her and husband, Bill Kerr, unique modern quilts from the Funquilts Studio. Show & Tell and refreshments followed.

Minutes by C. Stordahl, Board Secretary

Vice-President's Report

Sorry I could not be at very much of our March meeting. Dad is doing OK, he is home from the hospital and back to quilting.

We have 64 donation quilts—15 of these are twins for Africa.

I had some announcements for our last meeting so I'll share them this way. Next month I will bring what is left of the donation fabric—there is just one small tub.

Quilting Connection

238 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010

phone: 515-233-3048



Over 6,000 bolts of quilting fabrics, kits, notions, hundreds of books, patterns, Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines and Sergers, on site machine repair and servicing, quilting classes and classes for machine and software mastery.

Celebrating 10 years in downtown Ames!

Pacific Northwest Quiltfest

The Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters is pleased to announce that Quiltfest 2008 will take place August 8-10, 2008 in the Washington State Convention and Trade Centre in downtown Seattle. This show will have over 400 pieces on display, the largest exhibition of quilts and quilted wearables ever presented in the region.

Please come and see: Canadian Expressions by the Fibre Arts Network of Canada, vintage quilts form the In The Beginning Collection, the Currency Exchange, a collaborative exhibit by quilters from The US, Japan and New Zealand. the South African Spirit, showcasing the work of 10 quilters from South Africa and the Transatlantic Quilt Challenge II, an effort from US and UK quilters.

There are also lectures and workshops from well know quilters and teachers, including Diane Gaudynski, Yvonne Porcella, Jean Wells, Jan Krentz and Anita Shackelford.

There will be an exciting Gala Auction and Exhibit with the opportunity to bid on incredible works of art, as well as trips, events and much, much more.

Quiltfest is the premier fiber event for the Northwest and not to be missed. for further information visit our website at: www.apnq.org or call 425.558.1983

Vice-Presidents Report Cont.

If you can use any of this fabric for donations, help yourselves. There is quite a bit of gingham, which has polyester, but if it was used by itself it would shrink the same etc. so it would work.

I do have more donation packets, some are not as cute, but some do go to moms, I tend to forget this & want to make only cute quilts. Also I have 4 kits that are cut using "Between Friends" from Terry Atkinson's book "Happy Hour". It would be great if someone with the book would like to put them together or it is such an easy pattern I could just tell you how to do it.

15 quilts have left for South Africa! I hope to hear from them soon and get some pictures. Also I have meet a man who works for Wells Fargo who is originally from Nigeria, he has started an orphanage called The Hope in his home town. I know I may be stretching us a little but it is a great opportunity to help these 6 kids also with just 6 twin size quilts I know there are more twins quilts out there that you have told me you have going. If you have any objections let me know. Then after these 6 any more would go to South Africa they have just been approved to have as many orphans as they have room for so they are remodeling and build as fast as they can.

Debbie Pierschbacher-V.P.

Mark your calendars-we've got some great speakers lined-up for our May and June guild meetings!

Join Pennie Horras, May 13th, for her lecture, "I must be out of my mind!" which includes a huge show and tell with many unique quilts from 20 plus years of quilt making. Her quilts have been exhibited at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, The American Quilters Society show in Paducah, the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Quilters Guild show. She will have books, patterns and a wonderful collection of vintage hankies for sale after the lecture. Watch for the workshop with her!

Our June 10th program features Details by Diane from Decorah, Iowa. Diane designs easy art quilts that have a stained glass look which is achieved by fusing colorful pieces of fabric onto a black fabric background. Her patterns are not time consuming and are much less expensive than using the bias leading. Many quilters have said it looks like soft stained glass. She will give a show and tell of her works with kits and patterns for sale after the lecture.

Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts Update

image of an alzheimer quilt

This adorable donation for the Priority Alzheimer's Quilt project was made by Kay Huntimer.

Ami Simms introduced us to her Alzheimer's fund-raising project in February. In last months newsletter there was additional information about the "Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts" project—so named for the urgent need for research dollars and the requirement that these quilts must fit into a cardboard USPS priority mailer without folding. These are small works of art no larger than 9 inches by 12 inches, auctioned on the first day of each month (on ebay) or sold outright on the Internet or at selected venues across the United States.

But there is MORE to know if you would like to donate a small quilt. Each quilt must be pre-registered, individually, via email. Start by going to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Website, www.alzquilts.org/rules. Choose the link on the left for Priority Alzheimer's Quilts. Then select-Make a Donation Quilt. Follow the link that says "Here are the Rules". Read through the rules and at the bottom of the page there is a link "Quilt Donation Registration Email" for you to fill out and send.

This may sound hard but it is much faster to click on the links than to type all this information in the newsletter!

You will receive a return email assigning your quilt a number. You need to print the registration number at least 1/2" tall on the quilt back in the lower right hand corner of the quilt.

Donations of completed quilts for Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project will be accepted at any time. This project has no ending date. Any technique, any theme, any colors, any skill level are welcome. All profit is used to fund Alzheimer's research.

Busy Times for Weeks Ringle!

image of Quilt designed by FunQuilts

We enjoyed having Weeks Ringle part of the husband/wife duo who created FunQuilts as our March speaker. She discussed where she finds her quilt design inspiration —EVERYWHERE — including a Land's End catalog! She spoke about solid color fabrics and had a wonderful trunk show of solid colored quilts.

We were pleased to have her stop in Ankeny—she has alot going on these days. The week following our guild meeting Weeks Ringle was featured on "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson & Ricky Tims (Episode 206). She also has an article on solid fabrics in the February 2008 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine titled "Solid Ideas". The cover of the same issue features a FunQuilt designed quilt "Windy by the lake". The pattern for this stunning solid color throw is in the magazine too. If you don't subscribe it is still available for purchase in our local books stores & quilt shops. Check it out!

image of American Patchwork & Magazine Cover

Quilt Show NEWS!

The RAFFLE QUILT is done and it's exquisite! The contrasting black and white material in the Tessellating Star pattern with the variegated thread quilting makes it beautiful.

We appreciate Joyce Romick for piecing, Gloria Ross for quilting, and Ruth Chitwood for binding. You each did an outstanding job.

image of an alzheimer quilt

This year's raffle quilt pattern is Tessellating Stars by Jackie Robinson

One very lucky person will win the raffle quilt but just as important, the person who sells the winning raffle ticket will receive a cutting table from Tracy's Tables. On the raffle ticket stub, be sure to put your name as the "Seller" to identify who sold the ticket. IF YOU NEED MORE RAFFLE TICKETS please contact Jan Hart at 965-6985. You can also pick up more tickets at the April, May, and June guild meetings.

In addition, three of our GUILD MEMBERS WHO SELL THE MOST RAFFLE TICKETS will be able to win prizes. We have three prizes for the top three persons who sell the most raffle tickets this year:

first prize is a sewing machine

second prize is a sewing machine

third prize is a $100 gift certificate

So—we encourage you to sell as many raffle tickets as possible. This is one of our greatest fundraiser's for the guild and it supports the wonderful programs that we have had and can continue to have.

IT'S GETTING CLOSER—July 11-12, 2008—the annual quilt show is only three months away and we can't wait to see all the wonderful quilts and quilt-related items that you have made this year for the show. We are excited to have TWO NEW CATEGORIES this year—Wholecloth and Theme— and we're looking forward to seeing the entries in those new categories.

Wholecloth can be any size and any color but must be one piece of material quilted. The Theme category, which corresponds to the Quilt Show Theme of "Pieceful Days and Pieceful Nights" must be dominantly black and white but can have optional color accents. What fun it will be to see these new creations! We can't wait to see them.

We have included the Entry Form as part of this newsletter. You will need one form per entry so feel free to copy the form as needed.

DON't FORGET COUNTRY STORE ITEMS. At our last meeting we had only seven items for the Country Store. Please think about making and donating one or more items for this silent auction event. This is also one of the strong fundraisers for the guild for supporting our programs so please consider making items. Forms are available at the guild meetings.

Happy quilting! — Anne Kruse and Sharon McCarthy, 2008 Quilt Show Co-Chairs

We are very proud to have these businesses sponsor our 2008 show:

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods, The Sampler, Quilting Connection (including Ankeny Sewing Center), Quilters Cupboard, The Quilt Junction (including Quilt Express), Prairie Rose Quilts and Bernina Too, The Stitching Place, Prairie Star Quilts, and Tracey's Tables.

The (pdf) is two pages and contains the AAQG Quiltfest 2008 Entry Form and Instructions.

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)-Linda Northwick-964-5594

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)-MaryLee Martz-779-2538

Retreat Chair-Sharon Hawthorne-986-1246

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