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January 2009
Issue No. 208
Web Address:

Mailing: Ankeny Area Quilters' Guild, P.O. Box 961, Ankeny, IA 50021

“Sharing a common thread!”


The next board meeting will be Tuesday, By the time you get your newsletter the Christmas and
January 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran New Year will be a thing of the past, boy that was fast.
Church in Ankeny. Maybe now that my ornaments are made I can make
one of the quilts that I have in kit form. My fear is that
Jo FiField presents Big Stitch quilts at our I will not get my president's challenge done. See the
January 13th meeting, 7:00 p.m. garage sale article about the continued garage sale in
Jan, but I can tell you that so far we have made over
Come enjoy Jo Fifield's trunk show of Big Stitch quilts
$100 just on the items that had a 0, meaning that all the
from king size to wall-hangings. Our meeting location
sales came to the guild that is a really great start.
is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny.
Sorry that is all I got!! short letter huh.
Don't forget to sign up for Jo Fifield's workshop,"Big
Stitch, Long Stitch, or Utility Stitch" on Wednesday, Yappy Hew Near,
January 14th. It's a hands on project; you bring a quilt
or a 15” square of fabric sandwich ready for quilting Your President----Debbie Pierschbacher
and she'll provide the rest of the supplies. The cost is
$20 and the class meets from 9am-12 or 1 p.m. at Holy GARAGE SALE
Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny. Please call Linda,
We will have the Garage Sale again in Jan before and
964-5594, to sign up.
after our meeting. So many did not make it to the Dec
Mickey Depre is coming back to our guild on February meeting because of weather. We had very good sales in
10th. Her program is "Tips, Tricks and Other Stuff". The Dec but I know at least half of you who wanted to
presentation features lots of tips and tricks plus movie participate could not. If you have things to bring be as
demos of various techniques, like machine appliqué (her early as you can so some shopping can be done before
way), binding, and more. It will be followed by a short the meeting. Also if you have things that did not sell in
trunk show. Dec bring them back. We will keep the business part
of the meeting asap (as short as possible) to give more
"Autumn Oaks Trio" is the workshop Mickey will be time also.
doing with us on February 11th. Sign-up for the December Prizes
workshop at the January meeting. Students create their
own version of a wall-hanging with background/wavy Congratulations to Karen Brockelsby, the block lottery
border guidance. Students choose from 10 different leaf winner. The door prize winners for December were:
patterns to further personalize their quilt. Pattern purchase Kay Huntimer and Barb Pighetti. Remember, you must
is necessary. be wearing your name tag to be eligible to win the door
prize. The block lottery pattern for January is on the
WEATHER REMINDER last page of this newsletter. It is also available on our
If Ankeny School District closes for weather reasons website:
we will not have a meeting!
Secretary's Report
AAQG Board Meeting Minutes, December 2, 2008 Debbie P. read this poem at the December meeting and
we have had so many requests for it we thought all
Deb P. was ill so we just had a phone meeting.
might enjoy it one more time!
Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes, December 9, 2008
A Quilter's Dream come true!
Deb welcomed everyone for coming on a snowy, icy
evening. We started the evening with a delicious soup 'Twas the night before Christmas,
dinner. The announcements were in a Fa la la format! And the quilts were not made.
One more basket is needed for the Country Store. The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
There are stickers with new member name and The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
addresses on the sign in table; they are also in the The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
newsletter. We will do the garage sale again next Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
month since attendance was low and garage sale items Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.
were high. There is still room for the Jo Fifield class- When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
you will need to bring a quilt top that is basted from the But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
wrong side; or a 15 inch sandwich basted square. The They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
block lottery will be Crystal Block. Door prizes were Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
awarded, birthdays were acknowledged. All enjoyed The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
show and tell. Deb surprised the group with a drawing Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
of ornaments that decorated the tables. Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese & Bear Tracks
Each quilt was a beauty-even the backs.
Please add these changes, corrections and new or Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
renewed memberships to your directory: The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
Jenna Ingle And packed up their needles, without giving their
213 SW School St. names.
Ankeny, IA 50023 They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
email: 965-1585 More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
Christy Tigges phone number----965-9131 She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,
Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!
Joan McKernan
1543 E. Bowman Rd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
email: 760-375-7146
Quilting Connection
Jacque Johnson
Adel Quilting & Dry Goods 238 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010
P.O. Box 126
Adel, Iowa 50003 phone: 515-233-3048
phone: 515-993-1170

Lois Kern is looking for a copy of the Fall 2008

Edition of Easy Quilt Magazine. She is specifically
looking for the Autumn Stars pattern. If you have a Over 6,000 bolts of quilting fabrics, kits, notions,
copy to share with her please contact her at: phone— hundreds of books, patterns, Husqvarna Viking
964-5205 or Sewing Machines and Sergers, on site machine
repair and servicing, quilting classes and classes
Thanks! for machine and software mastery.
Celebrating 10 years in downtown Ames!
Ankeny Sewing Center
Country Quilt Studio
109 N Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021
Vicki Swensen
phone: 515-963-8967
975 W. Lincolnway; Suite B
Nevada, Iowa
Stop by and see our NEW, LARGER location

Classes, Retreats, Workshops Horn cabinets, Husqvarna Viking Sewing

Machines and Sergers, quilting and specialty
clothing fabrics, threads, embroidery software
Cecilie Vogt shared this message with fellow guild and designs. Classes for machine and software
members. It's a fun and easy way to help others---in mastery. On site machine repair and servicing.
your jammies! Join Pepperidge Farm in the fight
against breast cancer.

Pepperidge Farm is a sponsor of Susan G. Komen for

the Cure®, and is committed to joining with women
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Visit the site to learn more, get inspired and get
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involved!You can help make a difference by playing
the Circles of Inspiration Game.
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Click the link below, or paste the URL into your
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—and Chat with us at our new Blog!
Cyndee Davis has some exciting news to share with us.
Her quilt has finally been published in “Quilts for
Men” by the Landauer Corporation. To view photos of
the book and the quilts in it visit
Quilter's Cupboard

131 Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA 50021

phone: 515-963-8758

Monday-Friday., 10 am-5:30 pm
Thursday, 10 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, 10 am-5:00 pm
Block Party Studios, Inc. ● Pieces from the Heart Quilt Show
Held March 7-8, 2009 in Morris, Illinois. Includes
Unique products for quilters including hand internationally known teachers such as Karen
printed fabric, patterns, kits McTavish, Barb Black, Beth Ferrier, Anne Lulie, and
Londa Rohlfing. Quilt entries and classes open to non-
We now sell quilting fabric members. Visit their website:
30% off select notions all the time! for more information and entry forms.
1503 West K Avenue, Nevada ● Garden Dreams Quilt Show
presented by Sinnisippi Quilters, Inc. of Rockford,
800-419-2812 Illinois on May 2-3, 2009. Quilt entries from non-
members accepted. Visit their website:
check our website for directions to our store for details and entry forms.
Secure shopping online
Hours M-F, 8:30-5, Sat 10-5 Seven Sisters Quilting
Long-Arm Machine Quilting
Creekside Quilting
Jennifer Peil
9926 Swanson Blvd., Clive, IA 50325
Ankeny, Ia
515-276-1977 515-277-0187
Hours: Mon-Wed 10 am-5:30 pm, Thurs 10-7 pm
Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-4 pm
Call for a free estimate.
3700 bolts of fabric, notions, books, patterns
Classes, Friendly staff of experienced quilters
Join us for Retreat on March 26-29, 2009
submitted by Therese Lumley
Quilt-Related Events
At the January meeting I'll be there for the Retreat Sign
Up's come one come all. Don't forget to bring your
Feel like taking a road trip? In the depths of winter,
check book or money, you must pay for the Retreat at
here's some “quilting warmth” to look forward to...
the time of sign up. The opens will go fast, so make
sure there is a space reserved for you. This will be a
● I-80 Quilt Shopper's One-Stop Spree
Retreat to remember. I have been working very hard
The I-80 Shopping Spree features 11 quilt vendors
to make it the best retreat ever. This one you won't
offering fabrics, kits, books, notions, and gifts for sale
want to miss. Any question be sure to call me.
all under one roof for your shopping convenience. It is
held on President's Day weekend—Sunday, February
15, 10-5 and Monday, February 16, 10-4 at the Little Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday!
Amana Holiday Inn, Exit 225 along Interstate 80. Janietta Peek January 2
Make it a fun-filled weekend with your friends. Create Christy Tigges January 4
your own sewing retreat or just have a fantastic Gayle Breneman January 10
shopping day. Open sewing area is available for a fee. Mildred Stromer January 20
For more information contact Kathy (563) 927-8017 or Pearlyn Reitz January 23
Barb (319) 668-1977. Karen Brockelsby January 25
Marie Witt January 31
If blizzard/icy conditions happen please call ahead!
The Sampler
Posh Fibers
102 S. Grand, Chariton, IA 50049 modern & traditional inspirations
full bolts at wholesale
641-774-2116 or designer fabrics, patterns & kits
quilting, sewing, crafting
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am-5:30pm, excellent service
Sat 10:00 am-3:00pm great prices
secure online shopping
Over 4400 Calicoes, Solids, Flannels, Batiks, 30's
Prints & Bright Kids Prints
Quilt Guild Discount & Mail Order Available becky mcgregor, owner
720 ne 42nd St., ankeny, iowa
p: 515.975.0906
The Week After Christmas
By Dessie Nichols In January, February and March on the following
dates, Posh Fibers is sponsoring "Mini Sewing
'Twas the week after Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even her spouse Retreats". These will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal
The quilting frame had replaced the tree by the stair, Church on West First Street in Ankeny. The times for
In hopes she'd not be disturbed, as she quilted there each retreat are from 5:00 PM to 12:00 PM on Friday,
and 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday. The cost is
Outside the flurries of snow from the sky,
$20.00 and includes 4 meals, snacks and drinks. There
Made not a sound as they floated by.
The needle also made not a sound will be fun, music, drawings, etc. Bring whatever you
As through the quilt it slid up and down. want to work on. Cutting tables and ironing will be
provided, and space for your machine. Come and
When out from the kitchen there arose such a clatter; bring a friend! 515-975-0906 to reserve, with
She flew out of her chair to see what was the matter.
There in his longjohns, stood a sleepy-eyed spouse, payment due at the time of your reservation.
Grumbling, "Why can't I find something to eat in this house?
The dates for these retreats are as follows:
A knock on the door gave them both a fright January 23, 24
Who'd be calling at this time of night February 20, 21
They opened the door, and what a surprise! March 13, 14
A very weary-looking Santa stood before their eyes.
CLASSES are also starting at Posh Fibers for the
"I know it's past Christmas, and you think I'm out of my mind, winter/spring. We have a beginning class, a "Quilt
But I'd like one of your quilts, if you'd be so kind.
Smart" Lone star class, a "Creating with Layer Cakes"
"You see I'm ashamed," he said with a pause,
"But I forgot a present for Mrs. Santa Claus. class, Handbags, Fusible Web Applique and other
classes all planned ahead. For further details, call 515-
"Sir, please help me 'cause you must know how I feel, 975-0906 or go to and click the
A woman can make a man feel like a number one heel." page "For Our Local Customers".
The lady smiled, and turned with a grin,
Returned with a quilt, and handed it cheerfully to him. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU! YOU HAVE
"Here, Dear Santa, is my latest creation."
And she gave it to him without hesitation. FUN!
"the Quilting is good, and the colors quite nice,
""I want her to enjoy it; there will be no price."
The Evening Stars small group welcomes new
"Thank you and God Bless. I knew quilters were great!" members to join their group. They meet on the 4th
"now I must hurry, as the time is quite late" Tuesday of each month, at Holy Trinity Lutheran
And they heard him exclaim, as he turned to depart, Church at 7 pm. Their next meeting is January 27th
"Only a quilter would have such a big heart. They will be making pincushions. For more
information please call or email Cecilie Vogt,
phone: 964-2827, email:
Ankeny Area Quilters Retreat
March 26 – March 29, 2009
Christian Conference Center, Newton
Come join us for 4 days and 3 nights or 3 days and 2 nights of fun, sewing, eating, prizes and
getting to know each other. You can sew as much as you want, sleep as much as you want
or don’t sleep at all! Cost includes meals, a room to share with your friends,
and shower and bathroom facilities in each room.
4 days -3 nights including 3 suppers and 3 brunches $140.
3 days - 2 nights including 2 suppers and 3 brunches $118.
Refunds will only be issued if the cancellation is made 14 days or more days prior to the
retreat. Reservations may not be sold or given to another guild member. Payment must
accompany registration and spaces are on a first come, first serve basis. Roommates
will be assigned when the registration is full. Please make checks payable to AAQG.
Payment can be made at the January, February, March Guild meetings. Your check will NOT
be cashed until after the March meeting. Once the retreat is full there will be a waiting list.
You may mail check and reservation form after the January meeting to:

Therese Lumley
701 N W Linden
Ankeny, IA 50023



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Please tell what you would like to teach and share with others?
French Seam
Step #1 With wrong sides together, stitch 3/8" seam.
Step #2 Trim seam allowances to 1/8". Press open.
Step #3 Fold right sides together and press again along edge of fold.
Step #4 Stitch 1/4" from fold. Press to one side.

Celeste Muehlenthaler is sharing with us the “roll-sew-pull” method of construction for pillowcases which
dramatically reveals a perfect finished edge. That's the MAGIC of this project.

Celeste added a little piping (a strip of fabric between the body of the pillow and the edging) in her pillowcases
for a pop of color. If you would like the piping cut either a 2 ½” or 3” strip the width of the fabric.
Also, you can adjust the case edging and make it wider. Some cut a 12 x 42” strip of the edge/trim instead of the
9 x 42” strip listed in the instructions. If you make your edge/trim wider you will need to adjust your fabric A
requirements. It will take 1/3 yard of Fabric A for one pillowcase and 2/3 yards for two pillowcases.
Thanks to Linda Northwick for the idea (she tried to talk me through several times!!), to Joyce Romick for
coming over and actually holding my hand sewing these!! Joyce told me this pattern was given to guild
members years ago, I just thought I'd resurrect it for people who hadn't seen it yet! Thanks to Jenny Gruenwald
and Country Cupboard for letting us sew in her classroom and for her kind, patient employees (Joyce & Cindy)
who helped!
The pillowcases in the pictures are not standard size, don't judge size by them. I'm making pillowcases for
preschool for "Day & Night week!" We're having a pajama party on Friday! I made them small so the children
can put stuffing in them. Only 27 more to go!!

pin piping to body of pillowcase accordion body of pillowcases pin edge fabric around to front
inside edge fabric here is your “hot dog”

pull “hot dog” out fold pillow in ½ right sides together Viola! Pillowcases!!
then serge and sew on long & short sides