Sew 'N Tell
July 2008
Issue No. 202
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, July 1, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

It's quilt show time!

Be part of all the quilt excitement on July 11 & 12th. Show hours are, Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday, 9 am-4 pm.

Location, location, location—for those of you that have not been to Faith Baptist Bible College, it is located at 1900 NW 4th Street, Ankeny, Iowa. To get there: go West on W. 1st Street, turn Right (North) on State Street turn left on 4th Street. The college is on the right about 2 blocks down.

Quilts for the show may be dropped off at either the Quilter's Cupboard, 131 Ankeny Blvd., or the Ankeny Sewing Center, 109 N. Ankeny Blvd. during business hours starting July 2 and ending July 9th at noon. Or you may bring them to Faith Baptist Bible College between 10 am and noon of Thursday, July 10th.

Entries must be picked up between 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12th. Entries may not be picked up before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. A designated person picking up your entry must have a signed statement from you.

Please bring any remaining raffle tickets or money from ticket sales with you to the show and turn them in at the raffle quilt table.

Our next guild meeting is August 12th.

It's our annual quilt show wrap-up meeting—it's 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. Nominations for officers are in this newsletter. Our new guild year begins in September and we've got an exciting one planned. Be sure to read about the 2008-2009 programs in the newsletter!

President's Letter

Hello Fellow Quilters!

If you missed last meeting, "Details By Diane," you missed quite a show. I wasn't sure if Diane was in a manic frenzy, was just extremely enthusiastic, or missed her calling in life (as a stand-up comedian). Either way, we surely weren't bored. And, she really made the stained glass effect look easily, yet very beautiful!

The votes were cast and counted for the Mary Conkle Award, and we had a "first" for the Guild—a tie, 2 winners! Congratulations to Jenna Ingle and Deb Pierschbacher. For future reference, a member can win only once, so don"t cast your vote for someone who has won before.

Please remember, we will not meet in July, due to having the Quilt Show, so I'll look forward to seeing you at Guild in August, and hopefully at the Quilt Show.

TIP of the month: A great use for old sewing machine needles (after they are too dull to sew with) is to use them for hanging pictures. The leave small holes in the wall, yet are sharp enough to go into the wallboard with relative ease.

Happy quilting!

Cyndee Davis——President

Ankeny Sewing Center

109 N Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, IA 50021

phone: 515-963-8967



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phone: 515-993-1170


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Quilter's Cupboard

131 Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021

phone: 515-963-8758



Mon.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm

Thurs: Until 7:00 pm

Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild Presents:

Quiltfest 2008

Pieceful Days and Pieceful Nights

It's finally here—after months of hard work and preparation. We've got fabulous quilts—195 at last count, great shopping and delicious food.

Our "Country Store", always a big fund-raiser, is still accepting donations. It's not too late to contribute— please bring your donation item(s) to Faith Baptist Bible College on Thursday morning-July 10th-by noon. Thanks!

And—there are still opportunities to volunteer! There are openings to help with hospitality and in the food court. Come be part of the fun—see the show and volunteer to help too!

Volunteers, please check-in at the guild table. At check-in you will receive a voucher for our prize drawing(s) for working at the show. Be sure to fill it out—there are lots of nice prizes.

If you have questions about your work schedule or if you would like to volunteer, please call Sharon McCarthy, (515) 289-2200. Sharon's cell number is: (515) 321-1749.

Wow—the quilt show team has scheduled 2 rooms full of lectures and events for us!

Friday, 10:00 am— Grinnell FiberWorks presents "Beading on Fabric".

Sue Kluber shares her love of adding embellishments, focusing on beading, to her fabrics. Sue is a self taught artist with emphasis on collage and raw edge appliqué work.

Friday, 2:00 pm— Grinnell FiberWorks presents "Painting & Embellishments"

Sue Kluber explains her process of adding embellishments—Angelina fibers, yarns, beads and making her own "fabrics" from the same using hot and cold water solubles. Shiva oil paint sticks are another tool she uses for embellishments.

Saturday, 10:00 am— Platte Branch Design Company presents "3 x 3 – Shuffling The Deck"

Belinda Rinehart and Jan Heddinger present a lecture and demonstration of their 3 x 3 concept. Shuffling The Deck, is the first in a series of booklets that teach you how to create your own designs using one block, multiple layouts and three border options. We've done the hard part – so you go straight to the fun! In addition to the 3 x 3 concept, we will present a trunk show of our designs and a few family heirlooms, including a century-old crazy quilt.

image of quilt by Platte Branch Design

A Platte Branch Design quilt using 3x3 concept.

Saturday, 2:00 pm—Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co. presents "New Tools of the Trade"

Jacque Johnson will present "Tools of the Trade". Based on personal experience and customer favorites, Jacque will demo several quilting tools and present a trunk show of resulting quilts. The rulers Jacque will demo are The X-Ruler, The Fussy Cutter and The Wonder Ruler. In addition to several favorite notions, she will also show using fabric as a "tool" to make kaleidoscope quilts. Among the many quilts in this trunk show, some will come directly from the pattern designers.

There's lots to learn and try—come hear our vendor presentations on Friday & Saturday!

Friday, July 11

10:15 a.m.-Prairie Rose Quilts and Bernina Too, Jewell, Iowa

"Dangerous Curves Ahead with Maple Island Quilts"

11:15 a.m.-Quilters' Cupboard, Ankeny, Iowa

"Must Have Notions"

1:15 p.m.-Adel Quilting & Dry Goods, Adel, Iowa

"T-Shirt Quilt Tips & Techniques"

2:15 p.m.-Stitching Place, Indianola, Iowa

"Embellishments for the 21st Century" Learn about modern machine and modern thread techniques.

3:15 p.m.-Harvest Table, Norwalk, Iowa

"A New Flower/Christmas Pattern"

Saturday, July 12

10:15 a.m.-Quilters' Portables, Mallard, Iowa

"Machine Maintenance and Cleaning Tips"

11:15 a.m.-Grinnell Fiberworks, Grinnell, Iowa

"Embellishments 101" Learn about painting, dying, beading and other hand techniques.

1:15 p.m.-Quilting Connection, Ames, Iowa

"New Products and Machines from Huskvarna Viking"

2:15 p.m.-Quilting on Main, Pocahontas, Iowa

"Tessellating Pinwheels"

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Secretary's Report

6/3/08 AAQG Board Meeting

The meeting was attended by Susan,Sharon M., Cyndee, Sharon H., Diana, Celeste, Linda N.,Lanae, Mary Lee,Therese, and Charlotte. The quilt show committee reported that everything is running on schedule and they meet next week. Entries are due on June 9th and can be dropped off at either quilt shop in Ankeny. Advertising for the show will appear in the Ankeny Press, Des Moines Register, Web Sites and T.V. The quilts for the orphanage in Africa have been picked up from Deb and an article will be sent to the Ankeny Press on the guild's involvement with this. Thanks to all who made quilts for the orphanage. Deb will give a summary, at the June 17 meeting, of program costs/guild expenses and the effect Raffle sales, Country Store donations and membership dues has on our programs. The board decided (motioned and 2nd) to increase the guest fee effective Sept. 2008 for nationally known speakers to a minimum of $10.00 per event. Susan suggested that we fill our July newsletter with articles that tell what our guild does and the fun we have within the guild, retreat and other activities we are involved in as this letter is given out at the quilt show. Linda N. reported on programs for next year Sharon Meisenheimer and Kathy Busch have been scheduled. New member packets will have the same informational pages to start out the 2008-2009 year.

6/17/08 AAQG Guild Meeting

President Cyndee D. called the meeting to order and welcomed our guests and members. She presented the Mary Conkel Award to Jenna Ingle and Deb Pierschbacher,(this is the quild's first time for a tie). CONGRATULATIONS to you ladies and THANKYOU for all you do for the AAQG. Linda N. announced a workshop with Cathy Busch is scheduled for 9/10/08. Cathy will be our September program. Deb.P. encouraged all members to sell raffle tickets and donate Country Store items as this OUR AAQG Quilt Show and OUR big fundraiser which in turn pays for OUR programs during the year. We have 45 members that have not picked up their raffle tickets but you still have time by calling Jan Hart: 965-6985. A sign up sheet for the quilt show volunteers is available tonight. Sharon M. announced that we have 181 entries for the quilt show! Good job everyone! Contact Deb P.if you are interested on a board position for next year. She is taking names now and we will vote in August The guest fee will be increase to a minimum of $10 effective in September. Contact Lynn Koester if you can help out with donations for homeless people who have been flooded out. Retreat is set for March 26-29. Jenna Ingle introduced our program "Details by Diane". Diane Cook; from Decorah, entertained us with a humorous presentation of her life and a colorful feast of stained glass quilts she has designed. This was followed by our guild's wonderful show and tell and delicious treats. Cyndee ended the night by introducing her new ,10 week old, Pug puppy,"Yoda" who had slept through most of the meeting.He's adorable.

Minutes by C. Stordahl, Board Secretary

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

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!

Cornerstone of Hope Inc. Update

submitted by Debbie Pierschbacher

I met with Eric Idehen of Cornerstone of Hope two weeks ago and gave him the 6 quilts for his small orphanage in Nigeria. We will not have pictures of the kids with their quilts in time for the quilt show. I do have some pictures of Eric and me from when I gave him the quilts. Wells Fargo may do a short article about AAQG in their internal newsletter—we will have that and other information about the orphanage at the show. Eric was very appreciative of the quilts and kept telling me "God bless the ladies for making these for the kids".

Thank you all for putting up with me wanting to do more and more this year. We have around 128 donation quilts that will go to Cornerstone, The Pines Orphanage in South Africa, Children & Families and Child Serve.

Treasurer's Report

submitted by Randie Bartleman

June 20th checking account balance is $2550.26

June 20th money market account balance is $10,558.96

We're having a fund-raiser!

We're trying something new. The Quilt Show (that's the interactive online video/web magazine that is hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims) is offering to pay our guild a rebate for each membership we sell during July & August. We're going to have a fund-raising table at our quilt show and hope everyone will stop by to learn more. Our guild will receive money not only for annual subscriptions but also just by visiting The Quilt Show's website and registering for the FREE Basic membership. We'll explain the details at our show—be sure to read the greeting from Alex & Ricky on page 7 of this newsletter.

For our President Cyndee Davis

If your name is Cyndee Davis pretend there is a Vulcan cloaking device over this article.

We would like to gather a thank you gift for Cyndee, for her year of service as president of AAQG. I hear from a reliable source that she would love to get fat quarters of blendable fabrics. For those of you like me who are not sure what that means—it is fabrics that have no real design like maybe moda marble that can be used to blend with other fabrics. I think there may even be a line called Basic Blendables. Please give any fat quarters to myself or any other board member, except Cyndee—OK. Thanks so much, Debbie Pierschbacher

July Birthdays!

Best Wishes to:

Tricia Lenz— July 2

Jean Taft— July 5

Julie Eppert— July 6

Patti Whitham— July 10

Sharon Lesan— July 11

Shannon Jones— July 18

Arlene Greenough— July 21

Pat Dolecheck— July 26

Sharon Hawthorne— July 28

Therese Lumley— July 31

It's time for Nominations!

submitted by Debbie P., Vice President

Here is the list of nominations for our 2008-2009 quilt guild board of directors. We will have our election of officers at our August meeting.

Vice President—Laura Parker

Secretary—Ramona Tapper

Director at Large Elect—Kay Huntimer

Quilt Show Chair Elect—Lisa Starr

Retreat Chair Elect—Roxie Brown

Program Chair Elect Pam Messer

Yeah all positions have at least one person willing to serve the Guild!! We will take nominations from the floor or call me,— we can add a second person to the ballot for any of these positions.

Retreat Update

submitted by Sharon Hawthorne, 2008 AAQG Retreat Chair

The AAQG has an annual retreat each spring. We retreat at the Christian Conference Center in Newton, IA about 35 miles east of Ankeny. It is a peaceful setting with motel type rooms with 2 beds and a private bath. We have a large room where we all quilt together.

Lots of sewing machines humming, laughter, and sharing. Best yet, no cooking—Brunch and Supper are served each day. The retreat starts on Thursday morning and runs until about 2 pm on Sunday. Retreaters have a choice between 4 days or 3 days of retreating. Some of the fun things that we have done at past retreats include having a massage therapist on Saturday to massage our tired shoulders, a visit from an Iowa Quilt Shop including a trunk show of sorts with merchandise to buy.

There are door prizes, fancy nametags, dancing every hour on the hour to golden oldies and lots of laughter and smiles.

We have gotten discounts from local quilt shops in Newton, Grinnell and Pella. We have the best snack table in the Midwest. There is always show and tell including tops you have completed as well as purchases from local quilt stores.

It is a great time at which you can get lots of quilting done. You can even pull a quilting all nighter!

The 2009 Ankeny Area Quild Guild Retreat is March 26th—29th. Come and join the fun.

Director at Large Report

submitted by Diana Weirich & Donna Jo Smith

The Director at Large and Director at Large elect are responsible for some of the more fun aspects of guild membership. We are responsible for door prizes, birthday prizes and the yearly Challenge.

We pass out 2 door prizes a month, usually these have been donated by our speakers and sometimes, we have themes—holidays, seasons, etc.

Birthday girls are given their choice of a fat quarter from the "Birthday Basket".

Our Spring Challenge is the most fun event. Each Spring we try to come up with something fun to challenge our members. This past Spring the challenge was to use the fabric we provided, but also to embellish the item and to incorporate something from a thrift store. The theme was "A Silk Purse from a Sows Ear. We had some very interesting choices that ranged from tote bags, to apron's to wall quilts to wearable items. We have some VERY talented and imaginative members!

We also arrange for the monthly treats for the guild meetings. We have a sign up sheet that we pass around and ask for volunteers to bring treats. Sometimes, small groups provide the treats, other times, people get to know each other better by being on the committee with people they didn't really know that well.

I guess you could say we are the Good-Will givers of the guild, and I think we have more fun that any other board members. It's fun to think up ways for our members to challenge themselves, and also to get to know each other better.


The Quilt Show is excited to be part of your festivities for "QuiltFest 2008: Pieceful Days and Pieceful Nights".

The Quilt Show is the world's first full-service interactive online video/web magazine created just for quilters worldwide. With over 30,000 members in over 94 countries, it's wonderful to be connecting quilters across the planet: together we are the ultimate 21st- century quilting bee! Everything we do is Fresh, Fun and easy to navigate.

We are inviting you to join our growing family here at "QuiltFest 2008" with a SPECIAL OFFER. For every TQS membership that the Ankeny Area Quilter's Guild registers or sells during this show, The Quilt Show will give proceeds back to this guild. So you can help raise money for the Ankeny Area Quilter's Guild just by coming to the show and becoming a member of TQS!

No kidding, there's more! When The Quilt Show reaches 50,000 members, TQS will award one of our TQS members a brand new Bernina to create and sew on—another reason to join The Quilt Show.

"It's a New Day! Everyday" and we celebrate with you the opportunities the Internet presents us to Educate, Inspire, Entertain, and Connect quilters worldwide!

Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims

The Quilt Show.com

Exciting programs in 2008-2009!

submitted by Linda Northwick, Program Chair Elect

The new guild year is quickly approaching. We've arranged excellent speakers and interesting workshops— you won't want to miss any of these great programs!

Come be part of the fun!

September 2008

Cathy Busch

October 2008

Sharon Meisenheimer

November 2008

Colleen Curry

December 2008

To be announced

January 2009

Pot Luck Dinner

February 2009

Mickey Depre

March 2009

Sandy Gervais

April 2009

Carol Doak

May 2009


June 2009

Harriet Hargrave

July 2009

Quilt Show—Pam Clarke

August 2009

Quilt Show Wrap-Up

Cathy Busch

Our new guild year kicks-off with quilter Cathy Busch. Enjoy her program, "3-6-9-12 Sew". Discover how a basic nine patch block can be modified to create a variety of blocks. Then see how easy it is to make blocks in different sizes. Finally, combine the blocks to create a one-of-a-kind quilt. A trunk show provides lots of inspiration.

We will also have a workshop, "Nine Patch Chain" with Cathy Busch. Strip piece chain blocks alternate with modified nine patches in this quilt. Great for scraps or use a controlled fabric collection.

Sharon Meisenheimer

October brings local quilter-teacher-lecturer, Sharon Meisenheimer to our guild. Sharon's program, "Rules of Life Learned from Quilts" includes a trunk show with a twist!

How much piecing a quilt is like living a life. You can give the same kind of pieces to two persons and one will make a "9-patch" and one will make a "Wild Goose Chase"—and there will be two quilts made out of the same kinds of pieces—there's a heap more in the cutting out and the sewing then there is in the calico.

the quote is from the book,

Aunt Jane Of Kentucky (1907) by Eliza Calvert Hall

"What can we learn about life as we make a quilt?"—come to our October guild meeting and find out!

Sharon has been quilting for 15 years and does all kinds of quilts but likes doing "miniatures" the best. She's presently on a hand appliqué kick. She teaches quilting classes (currently a hand appliqué class in Ankeny at the Ankeny Sewing Center) and volunteers teaching kids to quilt.

Colleen Curry

Come hear Colleen Curry in November. Colleen will show a progression of techniques, style, and artistic insight from 1995 to now.

You won't want to miss her workshop: "At least 12 ways to bind a quilt". In this full day workshop you will see and experiment with making at least 12 new and different ways to bind a quilt. You will make a small example of as many as you can during the workshop.

Mickey Depre

image of Mickey Depre

Mickey Depre is coming back to our guild in February. Her program is "Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff". The presentation features lots of tips and tricks plus movie demos of various techniques, like machine appliqué (her way), binding, and more. It will be followed by a short trunk show.

"Autumn Oaks Trio" is the workshop Mickey will be doing with us. Students create their own version of a wall-hanging with background/wavy border guidance. Students choose from 10 different leaf patterns to further personalize their quilt. Pattern purchase is necessary.

Sandy Gervais

image of Red, White & Blue fabric

Come see the trunk show of Sandy Gervais's quilts at our March 2009 meeting.

Many of you recognize Sandy's name from her Moda fabric lines or her patterns from her company "Pieces from My Heart." Red, White & Bold—the fabric featured in the photo above— was design by Sandy Gervais for Moda. In the spring of 1994, she attended her first International Quilt Market in St. Louis, where she was discovered by Moda. Designing fabric allows Sandy to work with different color palettes, which is her favorite part of designing.

Carol Doak

image of Carol Doak

Carol Doak will be here in April. As a best-selling author, celebrated teacher and lecturer and award-winning quiltmaker, Carol Doak has greatly influenced the art and craft of quiltmaking for more than a decade, both in the U.S. and internationally. Carol Doak has been called the "Queen of Paper Piecing"—she has raised the popularity of paper piecing, her trademark technique, to heights never before seen in the world of quiltmaking. Her accomplishments include a sizable collection of popular books, including Easy Machine Paper Piecing, which was named by Quilter's Newsletter Magazine as one of the 30 most influential books in the past 30 years. An impressive range of her beautiful blue-ribbon quilts have been featured in several books, such as Great American Quilts 1990 and The Quilt Encyclopedia and on the cover's of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Quilt World, Quilting Today, Ladies' Circle Patchwork and McCall's Quilting.

Harriet Hargrave

Harriet Hargrave is coming to us in June with her program, "Machine Quilting Trunk Show" and her workshop, "Invisible Machine Applique".

Harriet has been called the “Fairy Godmother” of machine quilting. She is well known for her books, Heirloom Machine Quilting, Mastering Machine Appliqué and From Fiber to Fabric which is the quilters bible for textiles and their care and keeping. Harriet is the owner of Harriet’s Treadle Arts in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, works with Hobbs Bonded Fibers to develop new quilt battings and designs authentic reproduction fabrics for P&B Textiles.

She has definitely spread the word that machine quilting is okay, and that our quilts are not machine quilted, but "hand quilted with an electric needle."

Pam Clarke

Pam will be at our quilt show in 2009. A noted machine quilter, teacher, and artist, Pam has been machine quilting and creating her own quilting designs since 1986. Designs With Lines is her machine quilting technique developed to speed up marking quilt tops, using simple lines as a guide to create individual designs.

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