September 2008
Issue No. 204
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Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P .O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021

“Sharing a common thread!”
Board Meeting The next board meeting will be Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Cathy Busch gives September's presentation Our next guild meeting is Tuesday, September 9th, 7:00 p.m., at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. 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. President's Letter Hello Fellow Quilters! Congratulations to all the Quilt Show & State Fair winners! If you haven’t yet registered for “The Quilt Show” online, don’t forget to do so – you have until the end of the month; they are donating a dollar to the Guild for each member who signs up, and sign-ups are free. You can still register for workshops & get your entry tickets to the October AQS Quilt Show online at: desmoines/2008/general_info/

Well, my year as President has come to the end. This will be my last President’s letter. Thank you for allowing me to serve the Guild in this prestigious position. I have enjoyed being your President. Please If you haven't signed up for Cathy Busch's workshop, continue to support our new President Deb there's still time to get in on the fun! Her workshop Pierschbacher, as she takes the reigns in September. “Nine Patch Chain” meets Wednesday, September Our Guild is starting to grow again, please invite friends 10th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Kirkendall Library in and keep spreading the news about the wonderful Ankeny. Cost of the class is $25. If interested call programs we have scheduled this year. Linda Northwick, (515) 964-5594 to receive a supply list. This workshop is great for scraps or use a It's not too early to start making donation items for controlled fabric collection. next year's Country Store at the Quilt Show and Our calendar for the 2008-2009 guild year is now complete. We've arranged excellent speakers and interesting workshops----the updated list of programs is in this newsletter. We will offer 8 different workshops this year, both Carol Doak & Harriet Hargrave will host two 1-day workshops. The workshop dates are in the newsletter! October brings local quilter-teacher-lecturer, Sharon Meisenheimer to our guild. Her program“Rules of Life Learned” includes a trunk show with a twist! donation quilts for the Women & Children's Shelter. Tip of the Month: To store your BOM (block of the month) squares, place them in an unused pizza box from your local pizza shop. It keeps the blocks protected, is sturdy and stores practically flat. Happy quilting! Cyndee Davis, President

Election of officers was held at the August meeting. Congratulations to all our new board members. 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

How to contact your board members
submitted by Debbie Pierschbacher It's been awhile since we reminded everyone that our board members have guild email addresses. It's easy to use and the details are available on our website too. One important reminder, when you send email using our guild address to board members, PLEASE include AAQG in the subject line. Our board members get junk mail in their mailboxes. If they do not recognize your email addresses, they don't know if they should risk opening them and maybe opening a virus. Celeste has recently found a way to cut down on the junk mail in those mail boxes but it requires you using AAQG in the subject line. We do want to hear from all our guild members! So send us your emails—with AAQG in the subject line. Please email the president with general guild questions.

President's Letter Wow, I'm president yikes. I guess this means I have to write a letter each month maybe this will be the hardest part of the office! I'm working a little short on sleep right now, I love the olympics and they go til 11 or 12 at night and I get up for work at 5:30. If I was smart I would probably sew while I watched the olympics but then again maybe the lack of sleep makes it smarter not to be sewing.

Please email the vice-president with thoughts, ideas & comments on community service projects, guild UFO I hope I can be a good president. I have already had nights and small groups some good suggestions and reminders from some of you, like make sure to explain things that we are Our program chair is interested in your thoughts and talking about for the new members. Please speak up, ideas concerning speakers and workshops. raise your hand, or talk to a board member or someone at your table if you do not know what I'm talking about. In the next month or two we will have Send questions and ideas for the guild challenges, a short meeting for those of you who would like to be hospitality, birthday & treats to members at large. in small groups or be in another small group. Small groups are really a great way to make friends in the guild, the friends I have made in my small group are Send quilt show questions to some of the best friends I have, we are really there Retreat questions & ideas go to for each other. Thanks guys. Contact your newsletter team at Your President Ideas and information or questions about the guild Debbie Pierschbacher website can be sent to Also, just a reminder---it's time to renew guild memberships. It's easy—no form to fill out—just come to the next guild meeting and stop by the membership table. Dues are $25, and if you renew by the end of the October guild meeting your name will be included in our 2008-2009 guild directory.

Treasurer's Report submitted by Randie Bartleman The balance in the guild checking account as of August 20, 2008 $6,987.57

We can add new members to our database at the The balance in the guild money market account as of meeting too. Please come early, if at all possible, to August 20, 2008 $10,570.43 prevent a bottleneck. Thanks

2008 Quilt Show Report
Sharon and I would like to thank our quilt show committee members and all the volunteers who worked at the quilt show this year. It was a great success due to the team effort of these individuals. Elsewhere in this newsletter is a list of all the 2008 AAQG Quilt Show winners. N0 pictures for the Press-Citizen were taken at the August meeting since some of the quilts were at the state fair so we will take pictures at the September meeting. If you were a first, second, or third place winner in any category, we want you to bring your quilt and your ribbon and meet in the church lobby area at 6:30 prior to the regular guild meeting on Tuesday, September 9th for Press-Citizen pictures. Sandy Sanderson will be there at that time to take pictures. Don't forget to bring both your quilt and your ribbon. Anne Kruse and Sharon McCarthy 2008 Quilt Show Co-chairs

2008 Quilt Show Financial Report
Quilt Show Income Raffle Quilt Admissions Country Store Food Vendor Fees Magazine Sales Total Quilt Show Income Quilt Show Expenses Lectures Printing Food Advertising Signs Decorations Prizes Building Rental Raffle Quilt 330.00 971.09 542.09 892.34 9.54 85.98 500.00 1245.00 274.86 303.21 2881.08 8035.19 3927.62 3044.00 4110.00 1283.00 1770.10 1660.00 95.78 11962.88

Our guild member Judy Ward won the raffle quilt and is giving it to her granddaughter. She also won the cutting table for selling the winning raffle ticket.

Once again I was so blessed to receive the table and the quilt for my granddaughter.-----Judy Treats for our September meeting will be provided by our 2008-2009 board members. 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). THANKS!

Sales Tax Setup/Other Expense Total Quilt Show Expenses Net Profit

2008 AAQG Quilt Show Prize Winner
Large Applique 1. Alene Bailey 2. Jean Taft 3. Becky Larson Large Pieced 1. Colette Wortman 2. JoAnn DeMoss 3. Lynn Koester Miniature 1. Diana Weirich 2. JoAnn DeMoss 3. Julie Miller Mixed Technique 1. Sherrie Davis 2. Carolyn Link 3. Susan Stoll Original Art 1. Peg Vespestad 2. Lanae Rohwer 3. Lisa Soldat Small Applique 1. JoAnn Dyer 2. Gloria House 3. Carolyn Magnani Start to Finish 1. Diane Inman 2. Linda McGhee 3. Becky Larson Small Pieced 1. Colette Wortman 2. Tamara Watts 3. Cecilie Vogt & Linda McGhee Theme 1. Gloria House 2. Jean Taft 3. Susan Body Whole Cloth 1. Linda Northwick Best of Show Diane Inman

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 Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm Thurs: Until 7:00 pm

Get a Jump on the Holidays on The 16th Southern Iowa Shop Hop

New International Online Quilting Group
Claudio Frisenda of Mettler Corporation (the Swiss thread company) is starting a new on-line group, and is looking for members. Membership is free, and those who sign up before Sept. 1 will also get a certificate for $30.00 (US money). The group will be called Quilting-bees. Below is the description directly from him. "Quilting-bees is a community for quilters on the internet. It provides the possibility to get to know other quilters. The members can use special search options to find local events, other quilters in their area and much more. Quilting-bees know about the needs of quilters and will be of great help for them! Special functionality in the groups allows every member to establish an individual community, no matter if relevant to quilting or other topics – locally or even a quilt guild group. Starting point of the idea was to take notice that there are millions of quilters worldwide who do not have the possibility to network on the internet. Every single quilter draws incredible strength from her own inspiration. But sometimes it needs like-minded quilters who show a new way, answer questions or just be there. So, why not share valuable know-how of quilters with others? Why should less experienced quilters start quilting with no support. We have asked ourselves these and many more questions. And, consequently, the excellent idea of was born! The start (testing phase) of - the first worldwide social network for quilters - is on September 1, 2008. At the moment we are asking active quilters to get on our notification list. This means that they would register now/sign up and then fill out their profile on September 1. In addition to the free membership, every new member will receive gift certificates worth USD 30. We are looking forward to welcome you on Thanks! Claudio" If you would like to be included, contact him at: If you have any questions, please contact me, Cyndee Davis at

September 17th to 21st
9AM to 5PM unless store hours normally longer

20% off Regular Priced Fabric
See Our Best Row Quilt Featuring Birds & Christmas Kits for rows and fi nishing will be available Prizes-Patterns-Refreshments-Free Gift at Each Store Visit all 7 Stores to be eligible for the All Prizes Prizes worth more than $1000 will be available.

Quilts & other Notions at Creston Fabric Creations at Greenfi eld Va n d e L u n e F a b r i c s a t P e l l a Betty’s Gifts & Quilt Shop at Chariton The Sampler at Chariton Quilt with Us at Lucas H a r v e s t Ta b l e a t N o r w a l k

Posh Fibers
modern & traditional inspirations full bolts at wholesale designer fabrics, patterns & kits quilting, sewing, crafting excellent service great prices secure online shopping POSHFIBERS.COM 5YARDSHOP.COM becky mcgregor, owner 720 ne 42nd St., ankeny, iowa p: 515.975.0906

2009 QuiltFest planning is underway!
Next year's Quilt show theme is "Jewel Box Treasures". The raffle quilt will be the Jewel Box pattern and will be made of Jewel tone fabrics. We will have a theme category again so if you’re thinking about entering a quilt in the theme category start looking for a great pattern and jewel tone fabrics. We are looking for four more quilt committee volunteers. Please consider joining the fun and getting to know some of your guild members as we work together to put on next years quilt show! If you are interested in filling one of the following positions, Refreshments, Setup, Take Down, & Raffle Quilt, please contact Lanae Rohwer or MaryLee Martz. Monthly committee meetings will start in October.

We are still collecting fat-quarters of blendable fabrics to give to Cyndee Davis as a thank you for the wonderful job she did as president this past year. Please give your fat-quarters to Debbie Pierschbacher or other board members at the September meeting.

Small Groups
New small groups will be forming ---come to the September guild meeting to learn more!

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 800-419-2812 check our website for directions to our store Secure shopping online Hours M-F, 8:30-5, Sat 10-5

Thanks to Sharon McCarthy for sharing her delicious brownie recipe with us.

1 1/2 C. flour 3/4 C. oil 1 tsp salt 4 eggs 2 C. white sugar 1/4 C. cold water 1/2 C. cocoa 1/2 C. pecans 2 tsp vanilla Put all ingredients in bowl in order given and beat on low until smooth. Do not over beat!! Put in greased 9X13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Frost when cool: 2 C. powdered sugar 1/2 C. Peanut Butter 1 tsp vanilla add cold coffee to get the consistency you want to spread easily. (less than 1/4 C.)

The Sampler
102 S. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049 641-774-2116 or 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

September Birthdays! Best Wishes to:
Kim Manthe—------September 1 Judy Ward-----------September 1 Debra Dickerson----September 4 Ann Blaser-----------September 4 Diane Inman—------September 8 Judy Herrin----------September 8 Jan Temeyer—--------September 10 Marianne Lorenz—--September 15 Joyce Romick—------September 15 Sara Meyers—--------September 16 Carolyn Link—-------September 18 Elaine Kimberley—--September 22 Fort Dodge Area Quilters present: Quilted Treasures Saturday, October 4, 2008 9 am-5 pm Sunday, October 5, 2008 10 am-4pm Iowa Central Community College Career Education Building Fort Dodge, Iowa

Seven Sisters Quilting
Long-Arm Machine Quilting Jennifer Peil Ankeny, Ia 515-277-0187 Call for a free estimate.

Creekside Quilting
9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325 515-276-1977 Hours: Mon-Wed 10 am-5:30 pm, Thurs 10-7 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 515-382-1815 LONGARM RENTAL—CUSTOM QUILTING Classes, Retreats, Workshops

Hello! I'm Jody Beck from Phoenix, Arizona. My family and I lived in Des Moines before moving here 6 years ago and my sister and family live in Ankeny. I'm excited to be able to attend the Padukah Quilt Show in October. I will be staying with my sister. I'm looking for a quilter from Ankeny that may be going down each day to the show that I can carpool with. I have signed up for a full-day class on Wednesday and another on Thursday. Friday I'm ok as my sister, mom and I will all be going to the show and I may need a ride on Saturday if they don't want to go for a 2nd day. My sister may be able to drop me off on her way to work and pick me up after, I'm just covering my bases in case she is not able to. Please pass this on to your guild members in case anyone wants to carpool and make a new friend. I used to quilt with all the girls at Grace church before moving. Thank you for all your help. Jody Beck--602-504-8712 home Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild 2008 Quilt Show Silver Threads—25 years of Quilting Friday, September 26, 9:00 am-8:00 pm Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am-4:00pm Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA Over 400 quilts in two buildings, Judged Quilt Show, fashion show, merchant mall, raffle quilt, small quilt auction, & second hand treasurers For more information: 25th Annual Festival of the Arts Quilt Show Saturday, September 27, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Sunday, September 28, 10:00 am-3:00 pm Beckman High School 1325 9th Street SE, Dyersville, IA Featuring over 200 quilts through out three hallways, Best of Show & 1st Place Winners from the 25 years of shows on display, 5 quilt vendors, Craft Show in conjunction with event. For more information call (563) 875-2311 or

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!

Here is the most current calendar for our guild's speakers & workshops for 2008-2009. There have been a few changes and additions. Be sure to mark the special workshop dates on your calendar now—you won't want to miss them!

March 10, 2009 Sandy Gervais Trunk Show presented by Pat Lucas, Heartland Quilts March 26--29, 2009 Retreat in Newton, Iowa April 14, 2009 Sunrise Mariners Compass Stars Workshop presented by Carol Doak April 14, 2009 Paper Piecing, When, Why and What If with Carol Doak April 15, 2009 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars presented by Carol Doak May 12, 2009 Challenge!! June 15, 2009 Machine Quilting Trunk Show with Harriet Hargrave June 16, 2009 Invisible Machine Applique Workshop presented by Harriet Hargrave June 17, 2009 Workshop presented by Harriet Hargrave July 10 & 11, 2009 Jewel Box Treasures AAQG Annual Quilt Show August 11, 2009 Quilt Show Wrap-Up

Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild 2008-2009 Schedule
September 9, 2008 3-6-9-12 with Cathy Busch September 10, 2008 Nine Patch Chain Workshop presented by Cathy Busch October 14, 2008 Rules of Life Learned with Sharon Meisenheimer November 11, 2008 Progress of Technology Trunk Show with Colleen Curry November 12, 2008 Painting Fabric Workshop presented by Colleen Curry December 9, 2008 Pot Luck and More! January 13, 2009 JoFifield Style with Jo Fifield January 14, 2009 Big Stitch, Long Stitch, or Utility Stitch Workshop presented by Jo Fifield February 10, 2009 Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff with Mickey Dupre

------------------------------All programs subject to change.

A few more notes about the programs. ● In March we are having a Sandy Gervais trunk show. Sandy's work will be shown by Pat Lucas from Heartland Quilts. Sandy Gervais will NOT be doing the presentation. ● Our speaker for the Quilt Show next year will be Pam Clark. 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.

Minky, satins, and cotton chenilles are also available in a variety of styles and colors. Becky's family has lived in Huxley and that's where she raised her children. She began quilting about 15 years ago when she took an adult education course from Daphne Anderson. Her favorite fabrics are bright “crazy” fabrics especially Kaffe Fasset, Amy Butler, and fabrics from Alexander Henry.

Please welcome Becky McGregor, new guild member & shop owner to Ankeny!'s Quilts & Comforts LC was started in October 2007 as an online store to market fabric & patterns for quilting and sewing over the internet. is located in Becky's home, 720 NE 42nd Street, Ankeny. Becky now is welcoming visits from local quilters and sewers to view and purchase the products she sells online. She is opening her home, where she warehouses the fabric & patterns, for shopping on Wednesdays, from 9 am-6 pm. As a local buyer, you have the advantage of experiencing her discounted internet pricing— 15% to 50% below standard retail. And if you stop by and shop or pick up your internet order there is no shipping fee. You may order any time by phone or over the internet. Call to arrange your pick-up time and your order will be waiting! Becky would be happy to make appointments for times other than Wednesdays ---just give her a call (515) 975-0906. carries curent as well as classic patterns and instruction books. Fabrics are high quality designer cotton “Shop Only” lines from companies such as Moda, Alexander Henry, Free Spirit, Westminster, Windham, Timeless Treasures, Benartex, RJR, Riverwoods and more. When you walk in Becky's front door and look at the shop area---you see the bright cheery fabrics & samples on the wall. It just makes you feel happy! Becky is a teacher by trade so teaching quilting is a natural extension for her. She has taught quilting classes to students from all over the world. Becky also designs patterns and has them on display and for sale. She is currently creating original quilt patterns with the goal of personalization, simplicity, accomplishment and enjoyment for those who use them. Did we mention kits? She has put some great kits together including one called a “5 yard pattern pack”. This kit includes 5—1 yard cuts of different but coordinating fabrics and a quilt pattern for them. We enjoyed our time with Becky. She's fun & very welcoming and thrilled to have quilters come visit her! 720 NE 42nd Street, Ankeny, Iowa
Wednesdays, from 9 am-6 pm.

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