Sew 'N Tell
June 2008
Issue No. 201
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, June 3, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

Join us for our next guild meeting, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.


It's Details by Diane from Decorah, Iowa!

Be ready to have a lot of fun with a Details by Diane trunk show! Diane designs quilts that are easy and fun to make. Most of her art quilts 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.


Quilt entry forms are due June 9th.

Be sure to read the rules carefully! No late entry forms will be accepted.

Entry forms must be postmarked by June 9, 2008. Mail to: AAQG, Quiltfest 2008, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021— or—Forms may also be left at Quilter's Cupboard or the Ankeny Sewing Center until the end of business on June 9.

President's Letter

Hello Fellow Quilters!

Are your items for the Quilt Show about ready? Get those forms in quick to Sharon or Anne, if you haven't done so.

Wasn't that a great presentation by Peggy Horras at our last meeting? I will never look at hankies the same way again!

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. Also, remember to bring your 12'' squares of interesting print or costume fabric to the next meeting for the kid's art show. The pieces should be given to Linda Schlenker.

The votes have been cast and counted (by JoAnn Dyar, Therese Lumley and me) for the Mary Conkle Award, and the award will be given out at the June meeting.

TIP of the month: For machine quilting—Instead of making the bunch of very small stitches at the beginning, just start with your normal quilting stitch length, leaving a tail. When finished quilting, make the quilter's knot just as in hand quilting, burying the knot and the thread in the batting. Works beautifully and looks ever so much nicer.

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

June Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Janet Metzger— June 12

Charlotte Stordahl— June 12

Colette Wortman— June 13

Judy Pierschbacher— June 14

Anne Kruse— June 20

Tammy Jones— June 25

Janeen Pearson— June 25

Roxie Brown— June 27

Amy Westendorf— June 28

Pat Dolecheck— June 29

Ann Finger— June 29

Deb Pierschbacher— June 30

June Treats!

Marcia Lemke, Donetta Link, Judy Herin, Roxie Brown, Barb Pighette, Peggy Vespestad, Carolyn Link and Elaine Kimberly will provide our June treats. Thank you so much! 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).

Outdoor Quilt Show

Adel Quilting & Dry Goods will have their 7th Annual Outdoor Quilt Show, Friday and Saturday, June 13 & 14.

Come view the quilts hanging on the porch and in the front yard. Vote on your favorites. Winning quilts will be featured in our 2009 calendar.

It's here—Maple Leaf Quilts

Local quilter, Ilene Bartos's new book Maple Leaf Quilts, is now available. She showed us a preview of the quilts in her book when she spoke at our guild meeting in March 2007. It's published by That Patchwork Place—check it out the next time you're at a quilt shop.

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

5/13/08 AAQG Guild Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Cyndee D. She reminded us that our June meeting will be on the 3rd Tues, June 17. Jenna introduced the American Culture class for AHS—Amanda and Megan along with high school teacher Dennis Adamson. They did a presentation on the Ankeny Historical Society/Museum. They updated us on how the museum has changed and how this class of 40 juniors and two AHS staff are helping to incorporate the newest technology and presenting Ankeny's History. The Museum is located at SW 3rd and School Street. They can use volunteers, artifacts (items to donate), financial contributions or just take a tour of the museum. Contact Dennis Adamson through AHS of you would like to help. Linda Schlenker is collecting 12" fabric squares to be made into puppets at the Art Show (June 28). Bring bright colored or costume looking fabric (12 in sq.) to the June meeting. Quilt Show volunteer sign-up sheets are now available, 1-2 hr. shifts, free admission one time. Please help out at the show or with food items. Sharon M.—Quilt Show Committee (from now until July)—the Raffle Quilt will be on display at the Quilt Stores who are sponsoring our show. Raffle tickets are available now and also in June. Entry forms due June 9th—you can mail them in or drop off at Quilters Cupboard or the Ankeny Sewing Center. Retreat is set for March 26-29, sign-up in Jan/Feb. Jenna introduced Pennie Horras and her program, "I must be out of my mind"—she had a great show of quilts and ideas, mistakes and lessons learned on her 20 years of quilt making. Wonderful antique "Hankies" were available to purchase as this is one workshop Pennie does. It was a very fun night, show-and-tell followed with refreshments. If you are interested in being on the Board next year, contact Deb Pierschbacher

Minutes by C. Stordahl, Board Secretary

Treasurer's Report

May's checking account balance is $3,202.80

May's money market account balance is $10,553.13

submitted by Randie Bartleman

May Prize Winners

May's block lottery was won by Patti Whitham

Gloria House and Polly Anderson won door prizes.

Block Party Studios, Inc.

Unique products for quilters including hand printed fabric, patterns, kits

We now sell quilting fabric

30% off select notions all the time!

1503 West K Avenue, Nevada


check our website for directions to our store

Secure shopping online

Hours M-F, 8:30-5, Sat 10-5


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



Seven Sisters Quilting

Long-Arm Machine Quilting

Jennifer Peil

Ankeny, Ia



Call for a free estimate.

Quilt Show Update

The Ankeny annual quilt show is just a few weeks away. We are looking forward to seeing some beautiful quilts this year. Here are a few reminders:

Entry forms are due June 9th.

Bring quilts by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9th to either the Quilter's Cupboard or the Ankeny Sewing Center. You can also bring the quilts to Faith Baptist Bible College by 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 10th.

We can still use additional items for the Country Store. Forms are available at the guild meetings.

Be sure to sign up to help volunteer. We need volunteers to work at various places during the show and to set up and take down! Sign-up sheets are available at the guild meeting.

Keep selling raffle tickets. We have great prizes for the top sellers. If you need additional raffle quilt tickets, please contact Jan Hart at 965-6985.

Here are the volunteers we have scheduled so far—PLEASE VOLUNTEER—it takes all of us to make this a successful event!

General Set Up, Thursday July 10, 8:00 a.m.

Pam Messer, Deb Pierschbacher, Lois Harmon

Country Store Set Up, Thursday July 10, 8:00 am

Peggy Vespestad, Sandy Plager, Donita Link, Carolyn Link, Lonnie Parsons

Take Down, Saturday July 12, begin at 4:00 p.m.

Pam Messer, Lois Harmon, Deb Pierschbacher, Marlene DaRos

Food Volunteers

Carrots & Celery Sticks: Pam Messer, Lonnie Parsons

Bars & Brownies: Judy Ward, Connie Lovelady, Gloria House

Cookies: Becky Larson, Cecilie Vogt, Marlene DaRos

Fruit: Marlene DaRos

The (pdf) is six pages and contains the AAQG Quiltfest 2008 Volunteer Sheets Please look at the volunteer worksheets for Friday and Saturday (pages 2 and 3)

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

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!

Central Iowa Quilters One-Stop Shopping Spree

Friday, June 13, 2008, 10 am-5 pm

Saturday, June 13, 2008, 10 am-5 pm

Holiday Inn, Ames, Iowa

I-35/US 30 Exit 111 West

US Hwy 30 Exit 146

On this Summertime Weekend 14 Vendors will be offering books, fabric and notions for sale. Make it a fun-filled weekend with your friends. Have a fantastic shopping day all under one roof. You can create your own quilting/sewing retreat.

Participating Merchants include:

Rainbows & Calico Things (Williamsburg) The Quiltmakers Shoppe (Manchester) The Cottage Rose (Marion) Seems to Me (Algona) Adel Quilting & Dry Goods (Adel) Expressions in Threads (LeClaire) The Quilt Block (West Des Moines) Jo Quilter Fabrics (Bellevue) Heritage Designs Quilting &Needlework (Amana) Grinnell Fiberworks (Grinnell) Quilter's Window (New Hampton) Quilter's Portable(Mallard) When Quilts Fly (Oxford) Nolting Long Arm Quilter (Hiawatha)

For more information call:

Barb: 319-668-1977 or Kathy:563-927-8017

Seeking donations for ArtFest Midwest

ArtFest Midwest or "The Other Art Show" is held the same weekend as the Des Moines Arts Festival, June 28-29 at the Varied Industries Bldg. at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. It features Iowa and regional artists and has an extensive array of free children's entertainment. The goal of presenting this show is to contribute to the enjoyment of the arts and provide a complement to the downtown Des Moines art show.

A popular segment of this art show is the" KidzDuArt" Area. The puppet-making workshop is extremely popular This year ArtFest Midwest is partnering with VSA arts of Iowa (statewide organization with a dedication to arts education and disability awareness) for the KidzDuArt family art workshops. They're looking for supplies for making puppets: fabric scraps, buttons, notions, sequins, most any craft materials! They would like fabric scraps 12" x 12" for the hand puppets made with socks, paper bags and styro heads on pencils. If you have any extras at your house please consider donating to this project—they'd love to have them!

Please bring any donations to our June guild meeting and give them to Linda Schlenker. She will deliver the donations for us. Thanks Linda!

For more information on ArtFest Midwest visit their website: www.stookeyshows.com/afmw/index.html

"Ideas, Mistakes and Lessons learned"

image of a hankie quilt by Pennie Horras

Pennie Horras shared her quilting wisdom and delighted us with her "Hankie Quilts" at our May meeting. If you are interested in attending one of Pennie's workshops—please let Jenna Ingle know.

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