Sew 'N Tell
May 2008
Issue No. 200
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, May 6, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Pennie Horras is our featured speaker and her program, "I must be out of my mind!" 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.

Get Well Wishes!

We are SEW glad to hear that JoAnn Dyar and John Pierschbacher on back on the MEND after their cardiac surgeries. Get well soon—we're looking forward to seeing some more of your quilts.

President's Letter

Happy Spring (finally) Fellow Quilters!

Are you working on your item for the Quilt Show? We have only 2 more months to get the forms in. Thanks to Jacque Johnson of Adel Quilting & Dry Goods for her great presentation and mini techniques workshop featuring stack and whack type blocks.

Needless to say, I had to refresh my stash with those pretty spring fabrics.

Be thinking about whom you want to nominate for the Mary Conkel Award in May. Here are the qualifications:

Mary Conkel Award— Annual award 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. May be involved in other community service activities. May have offered a number of years of service to the Guild.

Don't forget our meeting in June will be held the third Tuesday, rather than the second, because of Vacation Bible School being held at the church.

TIP of the month: Make your own "sharps container" for storing broken needles and pins to keep them out of the trashcan (or carpet), so someone doesn't get stuck accidentally. Use an empty pill bottle from your last pharmacy refill—use the childproof type top, or tape the top to the bottle. Make a small hole in the top with a corkscrew, ice pick or cup-hook. When a needle breaks, or gets dull, put it in the container. When the container is full dispose of it in the trash. This way no one gets hurt.

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

May Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Rita Bigelow— May 1

Dena Randles— May 2

Bonnie Barry— May 4

Jenna Ingle— May 8

Ramona Tapper— May 8

Joyce McGee— May 10

Donna Jo Smith— May 13

Barb Pighetti— May 14

Diana Weirich— May 19

Marilyn Cory— May 22

Anna Pederson— May 27

Sheila Arney— May 29

Alene Bailey— May 29

Bettie Bennett— May 31

Lanae Rohwer— May 31

May Treats!

A big thank you to Lynn Koester, Karen Hugen, Marilyn Cory, MaryLee Martz, Kathy Little and Anne Kruse for our May 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).

Make & Take Tote/Bag Class

Join Ramona Tapper's class at the Polk City Library on Thursday, May 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring your sewing machine and join Ramona in making this fun bag. Skill level: EASY. A supply list will be provided at pre-registration. Please call or email the library to sign-up, (515) 984-6119 or library@polkcitylibrary.org There is a $12 class fee.

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

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

Quilt Guild Discount & Mail Order Available

Secretary's Report

4/8/08 AAQG Guild Meeting

The meeting was called to order by Cyndee D., President, and she welcomed our guests. An announcement was made that JoAnn Dyar was in the hospital, Iowa Lutheran, recovering from surgery. Any well-wishes may be sent to her address in the directory. Pictures of the retreat are on display and we are encouraged to take any that we like. A big THANKYOU to Sharon H., retreat chair, for making that weekend such a huge success. All who participated had a great time and are looking forward to next year. Gloria Ross had retreat items that were left at retreat— please claim if you are missing something. We are reminded to please honor copyright laws when thinking about adding another pattern to our collections—via a friend. The Mary Conkel Award will be voted on in May and nominations are being taken now. Children and Families of Iowa sent us a thank you letter for the support we provide with suitcases and quilts. Eleven of the quilts donated last year were held on to and given out at Christmas and were greatly appreciated by those who received them. Raffle tickets are available for members to sell. Keep in mind that the income we get during the Quilt Show—admissions, Country Store, ticket sales pay for our programs. Do your part by selling your tickets, volunteering or what ever you can. It's all for the good of the guild. Deb. P. and Kay H. will be on the nominating committee and will be working on filling the positions open for next years board. Please think about volunteering and making their job easier. It is a good way to get to know other members and how the guild works. Besides—it's fun!..Quilt show entry forms are due JUNE 9TH . FORMS ONLY—not completed items. Jenna introduced Jacque, from Adel Quilting and Dry Goods, who was our program/entertainment during the viewing and voting of the Challenge Projects..We got a small glimpse of her fabulous store and a demonstration. Thanks so much! The evening ended with the announcement of Challenge winners, awards and food \ snacks for all.

4/01/08 AAQG Board Meeting

HIGHLIGHTS—The quilt show committee is considering raising the vendor rental fee (not this year) for future shows after looking into other shows and fees. The fabric donated by Grinnell Fiberworks will be saved & the new board can decide how best to use it. Each current board member who will be leaving their position are asked to organize and get their stuff/ responsibilities/ act together so the transition for the new board will be very smooth.

Minutes by C. Stordahl, Board Secretary

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Vice-President's Report

We now have 73 donation quilts! Yippee! We have til the June meeting to get more done so keep sewing. I do have a few more donation packets. I will put these last ones out in May and June. We also have maybe 15 suitcases— so if you have any more bring'em on.

Please keep in mind that officer nominations are coming up fast. Please read the responsibilities for each position in our bylaws so you are ready to say yes if I should ask you to fulfill a position. I do have at least one name for several positions already. THANK YOU so much for saying yes to my inquiry or for offering.—Debbie Pierschbacher

Quilt Show Update

RAFFLE TICKETS—Our words of wisdom are SELL, SELL, SELL and for two very good reasons. First, the sales from these tickets support our wonderful programs throughout the year and we want those types of programs to continue. Second, there are three great prizes for those individuals who sell the top three sales. You could win one of two sewing machines or a $100 gift certificate (so you can buy more fabric!). Ask friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. If you need more tickets, please contact Jan Hart.

ENTRY FORM—In this newsletter you will find the two-page Entry Form. We have tried to streamline it and eliminate any duplication. Please remember that you need one Entry Form for each quilt entry. They need to be post-marked by June 9th or dropped off at the Quilter's Cupboard or the Ankeny Sewing Center by June 9th before the end of the business day.

WE NEED YOU TO VOLUNTEER—As a member of the Ankeny Quilt Guild, it's wonderful to enter quilts in our annual quilt show. We also need you to help us to set up on July 10th, work anytime July 11th and 12th, and tear down on the 12th. We also need members to bring bars, cookies, fruit, and veggies. We will have a sign-up sheet at our May meeting. Let's each do our part and help at the quilt show. Happy quilting!—Anne Kruse & Sharon McCarthy

Special pattern from FunQuilts!

Wow! FunQuilts has given us permission to put their pattern "Eclipse" in our newsletter. This pattern is for personal use only. The pattern is from The Modern Quilt Workshop. Be sure to visit their website:


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!

From Your Directors at Large

Well, challenge was in April, and what a good time we had. Lot's of interesting entries and as always, lots of great ideas! We look forward to next year and what fun things we can make.

Our winners this year were:


1st—Diana Weirich

2nd—Cyndee Davis


1st—Cecilie Vogt

(There was only one entrant in this category)


1st—Jan Heddinger

2nd—Kay Huntimer

1st Time Ever

1st—Belinda Rinehart

2nd—Mary Lee Martz

Don't forget to bring your block lottery entry for this month and pick up the next pattern.

Happy Spring!—Donna Jo Smith and Diana Weirich

image of Quilt designed by FunQuilts

Diana Weirich & Cyndee Davis

image of Quilt designed by FunQuilts

Cecilie Vogt

image of Quilt designed by FunQuilts

Kay Huntimer & Jan Heddinger

image of Quilt designed by FunQuilts

Mary Lee Martz & Belinda Rinehart

The (pdf) is two pages and contains the FunQuilt pattern, Eclipse.


Wow! FunQuilts has given us permission to put their pattern "Eclipse" in our newsletter. This pattern is for personal use only. The pattern is from The Modern Quilt Workshop. Be sure to visit their website:


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