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The next board meeting will be Tuesday,
April 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church in Ankeny.
It's Carol Doak in April!
You don't want to miss our April14th meeting. We
have someone very special coming ---CAROL DOAK.
Her presentation is "Paper Piecing, When, Why and
What If". Have you signed up for her paper piecing
workshops on April 14 & 15
She's 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.
Our guild meeting is April 14
, 7:00 pm at Holy
Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.
Carol will be presenting two workshops while in
Ankeny, more information is on our website. Contact
Linda Northwick, 964-5594, for additional details.
What a busy time of year for our guild!!! We have our
challenge coming in May. June is the month for
Presidents Challenge and July is The Quilt Show;
donation quilts, Country Store, and quilts to show. I
know a lot of us work best under pressure but you can
turn in donations and country store early. HA HA HA
HA--not me either I'm alway last min. Early or
last minute all help is really appreciated. So what are
you doing reading this President's letter go, run, quilt!!
Don't run with your rotary cutter.
Remember June meeting is at a different location,
Ankeny Baptist Church. and we will have a Quilt
Show wrap up meeting in July but not til the21st.
See ya at the April meeting, I am looking forward to
Because nice matters,
Kathy Arndt and Ann Peterson won the March door
prize. Sharon McCarthy was the winner of the “Block
of the Month” blocks, Virginia Reel.
April's “Block of the Month” pattern, Fool's Square, is
in the newsletter. Please use a “primary” color & a
white background when making your block.
SEW 'N TELL
SEW 'N TELL
Issue No. 211
Web Address: http://www.aaqg.net
Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P. O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021
“Sharing a common thread!”
AAQG Board Meeting Minutes, March 3, 2009
The Members present: Lanae Rohwer, Linda
Northwick, Deb, Lisa Starr, Celeste, Susan Body,
Mary Lee Martz, Pam Messer, Kay Huntimer, Donna
Jo and Ramona.
Minutes were read.
Discussion for hiring a graphic artist; Lanae will talk
with a gentleman that she works with. We are to the
point that some ads need just the expertise of a graphic
artist. Susan is spending quite a few hours cleaning up
ads for the newsletter.
Sandy will send 3 quilts for the “trunk show” on guild
night. Pat Lucas will be vending.
Retreat: Still openings.
Flowers were sent for Anita Uthe’s funeral.
Discussion was if treats should be before the meeting.
The board decided not to- so food does not accidently
spill on someone’s quilt.
Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes, March 10, 2009
There were 80 members and 6 guests.
In June we will be meeting at the Ankeny Baptist
Church, we will also be having a July meeting- July
21 (after the quilt show). We are up to 49 donation
quilts. We need to start making some bags- good job
ladies! No one should be at retreat before 9 AM on
Thursday. Tonight is the last day to sign up. The
checks have been given to Randi. Still one more spot
for the massage. Still need more Country Store items.
The entry forms deadline is June 9. The quilt was
shown- AWESOME JOB!! Becky McGregor has the
raffle ticket packets- see her after the meeting.
Carol Doak’s class will be here at the church. We had
a wonderfully showing of show and tell, block lottery,
door prizes, birthdays. With the snow storm up north
Pat Lucas didn’t make it, so we played Quilt –O and
had a lot of winners. Refreshments and fellowship
ended our meeting.
Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday!
Juvenile Arthritis Quilt Project
Here is a project that I know guild members will be
interested in –and hopefully some small groups too.
Janeen will let us know how the project is progressing
—here is how it came about.
submitted by Janeen Pearson
The project is the brainchild of a 14 year old freshman
at Roland-Story High School. Her name is Kaylee
Wellik. She has been suffering from Juvenile Arthritis
since she was 4 years old. As she enters the second
decade of having this disease she is working harder
and making a difference helping people with arthritis.
Her project that she is working on is a welcome kit for
new families diagnosed with arthritis. In the kit she is
including educational materials and home made quilts.
Her goal is to have 100 quilts by the end of 2010.
Depending on the success of this project the Iowa
Arthritis Foundation would like to eventually extend
this to more families.
Currently Kaylee's grandmother has been helping her
make these quilts. Since the quilts are geared to
children of all ages. Juvenile arthritis can strike
infants all the way to teenagers. They are looking
for fabric, batting, thread and even finished
quilts. They would even be willing to join any groups
that would like to make quilts for this project.
Any questions please contact Janeen Pearson - sorry
my phone number in the guild directory is incorrect.
The correct number is 515-321-9699 and my email is
Have you made your donation activity bag yet!
Be sure to pick up fabric and instructions at our next
guild meeting. These bags will be donated to Children
& Families of Iowa.
Wow—What a GEM!
AAQG's 2009 Raffle Quilt
The raffle quilt for 2009 was unveiled at the March
meeting. “Jewel Box” by Eleanor Burns was pieced
and quilted by Lanae Rohwer. It measures 83 x 98”.
It is a beautiful quilt—in shades of blue, green,
purple, red & white with a border.
Have you picked up your raffle tickets yet? The
guild member selling the most tickets wins a sewing
machine. A gift certificate will be awarded to the
guild member selling the winning ticket.
The raffle tickets cost $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00.
This is our guilds big fund-raiser---so PLEASE sell
Please turn in your Country Store items to Peggy
Vespestad---and yes, WE STILL NEED MORE
The quilt show categories have changed alittle this
year. Be sure to pick up a handout at the guild
meeting with all the specifics! The Treasure Chest
category includes wearables, bags, miniatures, table
runners, quilted clothing, etc. Be sure to get the
The quilt show entry form is in this newsletter. The
deadline for the entry forms is June 9
, 2009. Please
turn them in to Lisa Starr.
Congratulations Tamara Watts!
Congratulations are in order for Tamara Watts who
had her quilt (above) Batik Beauty accepted at
Paducah! This purple themed quilt was also a winner
at the 2008 Iowa State Fair.
Treasurer's Report as of 3/17/09
Guild Checking account $6780.33
Guild Money Market account $10,606.18
Pam Clarke Workshop Offered at County
Quilt Studio in Nevada
The Country Quilt Studio will be moving in April! At
last the Studio at the farm is close to completion. The
new address will be 61523 – 260
Street in Nevada.
As the crow flies, it is about two miles due south of
our previous location. We’ll be celebrating all
summer with specials on rental time and classes.
Most exciting is the visit of Pam Clarke in July
after the AAQG Show. Pam will be doing a 7-hour
lecture/demo workshop at the Studio on Sunday, July
12, 2009, 10-5, that will include the opportunity to try
some of her techniques on the Millennium or George
in the Studio. The title of her workshop is Design
from Simple Shapes & Blocks. Take a simple circle,
swirl, 9-patch, heart and add a few basic shapes to
create fantastic designs to be used in borders, blocks,
sashing, corners and set-in blocks. No longer will you
be searching through your pre-cut stencils to find the
perfect fit. Pam will show you how with these simple
shapes to make Amish feathers with a circle, beautiful
swirl shapes for large borders or small sashing.
Discover how to use any size heart shape to create an
elegant feather heart to be used in plain blocks or half
square triangles. Take a 9-Patch block and using the
piecing of the block as a reference, stitch outstanding
designs with very little marking. Then see how simple
this is achieved as Pam Demos using the Longarm
from the free-motion side of the machine. There will
be loads of ideas with a workbook supplied for each
The cost of the workshop is $150 which includes
lunch. A $50 deposit will save your place with the
remainder due the day of the workshop. We have
plenty of room. Contact Vicki at (515) 382-1815,
(515)231-1819 or email@example.com
visit the Studio’s website
Pam will also be teaching two classes at the Studio on
Monday, July 13
. So everyone has a chance to
attend, she’ll offer this class in the afternoon 1-4:30
p.m. and in the evening class 5:30-9 p.m. The topic
will be Fearless Beginnings to Free Motion Quilting
with Design with Lines. Cost will be ~$35. These are
techniques that can be adapted to any domestic
machine as well as the longarm.
So, if it’s classes, rental time, Pam’s workshop or class
or just to stop by and chat, we’d love to see you.
9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 am-5:30 pm, Thurs 10-7
Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4 pm
3700 bolts of fabric, notions, books, patterns
Classes, Friendly staff of experienced quilters
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
modern & traditional inspirations
full bolts at wholesale
designer fabrics, patterns & kits
quilting, sewing, crafting
secure online shopping
becky mcgregor, owner
720 ne 42
St., ankeny, iowa
Seven Sisters Quilting
Long-Arm Machine Quilting
Call for a free estimate.
Country Quilt Studio
975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B
LONGARM RENTAL—CUSTOM QUILTING
Classes, Retreats, Workshops
706 SW 3
Ankeny, IA 50023
Monday-Friday., 10 am-5:30
Thursday, 10 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, 10 am-5:00 pm
Quilter!s Deﬁnition: “YARD” SALE – An
indoor sport that makes the pulse race.
We've had many requests for this yummy treat.
Thanks to Lois Harmon for sharing it with us!
Coconut Cranberry Bars
(greased 9x13x2 pan - 350 degrees for 25-28 min.)
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter or margarine (melted)
1 1/2 cups vanilla or white chips
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press into a
greased 9 x 13 x 2 pan.
In a bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Mix
well. Spread gently over the crust. Bake at 350
degrees for 25 - 30 min.
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods Co.
909 Prairie Street in Adel, IA
—and Chat with us at our new Blog!
238 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010
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!
AAQG Quiltfest 2009
1uly 10 - 11. 2009
Please complete all inIormation. Use a separate Iorm Ior each entry. Entries may be emailed this year to: SugarPieStarr(yahoo.com. You can
also mail your type-written or LEGIBLY PRINTED entry. See below Ior address. Keep a copy oI the completed Iorm Ior your records. See
back oI Iorm Ior rules and entry Iorm instructions.
By my signature below. I understand the AAQG or drop oII site does not insure this entry and is not responsible iI it is lost. stolen. or
damaged. I understand it is my responsibility to insure this entry. I agree to abide by all rules and conditions stated on this Iorm. I also
grant the AAQG the right to photograph this entry Ior AAQG publicity. and/or other promotional purposes in print or electronic media.
Emailing this entry serves as your electronic signature on this Iorm.
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This portion oI the Iorm must accompany your quilt at the time you deliver it Ior QuiltIest 2009. Place this bottom portion in a zip lock
bag and attach it securely to the back oI your quilt in the bottom right-hand corner.
Entrant`s Name (First and Last):
PreIerred Contact Phone: Day Evening
Entrant`s First & Last Name:
PreIerred Contact Phone: Day Evening
Size in Inches - Length:
Quilt Main Colors:
Category (Choose ONLY one)
Entry Deadline - 1une 9. 2009
Entry Forms must be emailed/postmarked
by June 9. 2009. Email to:
Mail to: AAQG. QuiltIest 2009. PO Box
961. Ankeny. IA 50021. Forms may also be
leIt at Quilter`s Cupboard until end oI
business on 1une 8.
Description: Limit oI 50 words or less. Typed or Printed Only. Quilt Show Committee reserves the right to edit all descriptions.
AAQG Quiltfest 2009
Entry Rules and Form Instructions
!! You must be a current AAQG member to enter.
!! No late entry Iorms will be accepted.
!! All entries must be entered in the name oI the maker(s).
!! Only emailed entries or entries with a signature and date on the Iorm will be accepted.
!! Form must be Iilled out completely. II you choose not to email. you may attach a type-written sheet containing
all needed inIormation on the Iorm or iust the description.
!! All entries must be clean. Iree oI straight pins. constructed oI Iabric. quilted. and Iinished. No soiled quilts will
!! Entry must not have been displayed in a previous AAQG Quilt Show.
!! All entries must contain the bottom portion oI the entry Iorm in a zip lock bag and secured on the back oI the
quilt in the lower right hand corner oI the entry.
!! AAQG will take every reasonable precaution to protect entries exhibited in this show. AAQG is not responsible
Ior acts oI nature and other acts beyond their control.
!! All entries will be displayed to the public between the hours oI 9:00 A.M. 6:00 P.M. on Friday and 9:00 A.M.
to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday.
!! Entries may be dropped oII at Quilter`s Cupboard. 706 SW 3
Street. Ankeny. IA during business hours starting
July 1st and ending July 8
at Noon or you may bring them to Faith Baptist Bible College between 10:00 A.M.
and Noon on July 9
!! Entries must be picked up between 4:30 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. on Saturday. July 11. Entries may not be picked up
beIore 4:30 P.M. on Saturday. A designated person picking up your entry(s) must have a signed statement Irom
you. Be sure to read the May and June AAQG Newsletters Ior more details on pick-up instructions.
!! Theme - 1ewel Tones Any design. Primary colors must be iewel tone. No perimeter limitations.
!! Large Pieced 280 inches or more in perimeter
!! Small Pieced (includes Wall Hangings) 120 279 inches in perimeter
!! Large Appliqué 280 inches or more in perimeter. At least 50° oI quilt must be applique.
!! Small Appliqué (includes Wall Hangings) 120 279 inches in perimeter. At least 50° oI quilt must be
!! Mixed Technique 2 or more techniques used in the quilt top. Perimeter 160 inches or more.
!! Treasure Chest (Wearables. Bags. Miniature. Table Runners) Quilted clothing. purses. tote bags. etc. At
least 50° oI the item must be quilted. No perimeter limitations.
!! Art Quilt Design is original design oI the entrant. Focus is on nontraditional techniques such as: paint. beads.
crystals. thread work. yarns. or other embellishments. Perimeter up to 200 inches.
!! Original/Innovative Design Design is an original design oI the entrant`s. Can use traditional blocks or
unique innovative design and/or piecing technique. Perimeter 201 inches or more.
!! Viewer`s Choice Viewer`s Choice Award
Place. and 3
Place Awards presented Ior each oI the entry categories.
Our show is not iudged. Quilts are voted on by the viewing public. Votes will be tallied by the Quilt Show Chairs. Quilt
Show Chair Elects. and 3 members oI the quilt committee. Winners will be announced at the 1uly 2009 AAQG
Be sure to include the bottom portion oI the entry Iorm with your quilt entry. It should be completed and placed in a zip
lock bag and attached to your quilt in the lower right hand corner oI your quilt. Thanks Ior participating in this year`s
Quilt Show. We look Iorward to displaying your treasure!
614 46th Ave.
Owner Chris Davies and her staff invite you to
experience Heritage Designs, a destination for quilters,
stitchers and those who love the needle arts.
Established in 1976, this family business has
blossomed into a full service shop featuring quilting,
cross stitch, punchneedle, embroidery and tatting
In 2009 Heritage Designs was selected as a Top 10
Quilt Shop by Quilt Sampler magazine and will
appear in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue. There's a
big party planned for Saturday May 9th so save the
date! Details are on their website!
The shop is known throughout the Midwest for an
extensive collection of batik fabrics and Asian prints.
Other fabrics include a treasury of reproduction lines
including Civil War and 1930s, as well as a wide
variety of basic lines and classic favorites. A unique
feature to the shop is the impressive selection of
Lecien fabrics, an exclusive line from Japan. There is
something for every taste.
The shop has made its home in an 1895 Amana
granary, renovated to preserve the building’s original
architecture and atmosphere. The ample space is
perfect for the shop’s hundreds of sample pieces and
over 3500 bolts of fabric. Browse a wide selection of
quilt kits, patterns, books and notions including Dovo
scissors and other unique accessories.
Heritage Designs has an excellent selection of threads,
including over 50 colors of Aurifil. They carry the
entire collection of King Tut variegated thread too.
Above is a sneak-preview of the quilt pattern that
Heritage Design will be featuring in the
Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Quilt Sampler
When you visit be sure to inquire about upcoming
classes and take advantage of assistance from the
knowledgeable and friendly staff. No matter what your
style or skill level, you’re sure to leave with a treasure
and a smile when you visit Heritage Designs in the
heart of beautiful Amana.
The shop is open 7 days a week.
Monday through Saturday 9-5
and Sundays 11-4
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