Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Merry Christmas, Happy December, and a few reminders:

First of all, Happy Holidays to everyone! A reminder that after January 1, the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild will become a "focused group" within the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild. Therefore, 2015 membership dues ($30) will be paid to the DMAQG (  You can download a PDF membership form on the website.

This Saturday is the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild December Tea, at the Learning Resource Center at S 35th Street and Mills Civic Pkwy in West Des Moines (close to WDM Public Library). It's free, it's fun, it starts at 9 am... and you can sign up for 2015 WORKSHOPS -- first dibs for seats in workshops taught by fabulous instructors like Jacquie Gering (of Tallgrass Prairie Studio)! 

Our next meeting is on January 15, 2015 at 6:30 at the West Des Moines Community Center at 134 6th Street, WDM (in Valley Junction). It is in the first block of 6th street, just north of Railroad Blvd and there is a good sized parking lot right next to the building. Mark your calendar-- we hope to see you there!

If you missed our November meeting, you missed a lot of fun and a lively gift swap!  Here is a group shot of everyone who participated, and what they took home with them from the swap:

back row l to r: Carol, Leila, Connie, Emily, Marny, Eva Marie, Sherry, Janeen
middle row l to r: Melissa, Emma, Amy, Doris, Crystal, Jill
from row: Ella & Hannah

Our two Junior Members organized their own holiday swap, and were extremely eager to "get to the gift" part of the evening! These talented young ladies fit right into our group!

Join us in January!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

November 20th Meeting/Social: RSVP required

DSMMQG Holiday Party

  • DSMMQG Board
  • Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM
  • Fred Maytag Scout Center
    6123 Scout Trail
    Des Moines, IA

November is our last gathering of the calendar year, and we have always made it a social gathering rather than a meeting. 
Bring a holiday gift to exchange (can be any holiday or seasonal theme)

Because we are having the party catered this year, we ask you to RSVP if you are coming:
Members: you have received this evite via email. Please RSVP by November 13th
Non-Members: If you would like to attend as a guest, please RSVP to the email above by November 13th.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

REMINDER: October Meeting is next Thursday, the 16th

We will meet next Thursday at the West Des Moines Senior Center at 134 6th Street, West Des Moines (this is in Valley Junction, just off Railroad Ave) -- hope to see you there!  We start to gather around 6:30 to chat and catch up, meeting starts at 6:45 pm.

Kathi Russi will be presenting "Simple Shape Quilts" and talking about her newly released book; co-written with Rose Schutte.

GOOD NEWS: We have a new permanent meeting location for 2015! Details at the meeting...

At the September meeting of the DSMMQG, the board presented options for 2015 membership.  
  • The first vote put to the membership was whether or not we would continue to be a GUILD MEMBER of the National Modern Quilt Guild. This came as a result of many members having expressed concerns that we were not getting the benefits we expected from National MQG Membership.
  • The DSMMQG voted to DISCONTINUE our National Quilt Guild Membership, effective Dec 31, 2014.
The next topic of discussion was whether we should continue as an independent guild (as we did our first two+ years) collecting dues, voting a Board of leadership, organizing speakers/programs, etc. OR disband as a GUILD and become a MODERN GROUP or CLUB within the umbrella of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild. 

As individuals, we would join the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild ( and within that guild, belong to the MODERN GROUP and will continue to meet once a month, schedule sewing days, etc. As members of the DMAQG we would have access to their monthly meeting (4th Tuesday of month at 1:00 or 7:00 pm) their speakers and workshops, an extensive library, retreats twice a year, entrance into the quilt show that is held in conjunction with the AQS Show at Hy-Vee Hall, to name a few.  Over one third of our current membership are already members of the DMAQG.
  • The result of the vote was that we disband as the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild and become the Des Moines Modern Quilt Group (within the umbrella of the DMAQG). 
  • We will continue to meet as we have 11 times during the year, plan sewing days and other group events, but will not collect dues, maintain financial records, keep minutes, etc.
  • We will still need a STEERING COMMITTEE of approx. 3-4 people to maintain our meetings
If you are willing to serve on this STEERING COMMITTEE, please let us know. Our outgoing Board has worked hard for 2 years and are ready for time off from organizing the group.

Please reply to this email with questions or concerns, or leave a comment on the blog.

Please join us on Thursday the 16th--we always have a great time!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Finish it up challenge

What a great response to this challenge!  We had a total of 38 entries from 13 members.  Each finished project was an entry in the prize drawings with a max of 4 entries per person.  I used a random number generator to pick 8 winners and then from among the 8 winners for the Grand Prize winner of a gift certificate.  So in no particular order the winners are:

Eva Marie

and the Grand Prize goes to Connie!!!!

We will have the prizes at the October meeting so make sure you come to pick up your prize.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Voting at Next Meeting

Hi all!  First, I want to remind everyone that we are having a sewing day this Saturday, September 13th from around 9:00am to 9:00pm at the LDS building in Ankeny, which is 721 E. 1st St. 

Our next meeting will be September 18th at the Fred Maytag Scout Center.

We will be voting on a couple of issues and I wanted to outline them here so that members could come prepared to vote.  If you know you will not be able to come to the meeting, please email your votes to

The first issue is deciding if we want to stay as a group with the national Modern Quilt Guild.  We have discussed this some at a previous meeting, but we will now vote.  I would also like to note that if our group decides not to stay with the National MQG, individuals can still sign up for $25 annually.  Here are some pros and cons on the issue:

Pros -
  • We are able to participate in fabric challenges
  • We have access to the community website
  • We have access to webinars from the MQG
  • Discounted prices on events held by the MQG
  • Under the MQG 501(c)3 status

Cons -
  • Costs a very large portion of our membership fees
  • Not many members are using the community website and/or find it to be not what was expected
  • Not many members are attending events held by the MQG
  • Has not generated new members for us
  • Benefits may not outweigh the cost
  • Reporting, communication with MQG considerable work for local board members 

The second issue we will vote on will depend on the result of the first vote, but the board discussed it quite a bit and we want to let you know about this as an option.  If we decide to not stay with the national Modern Quilt Guild, do we want to remain our own guild or essentially disband as "The Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild" and no longer have membership to our group, BUT become a sub-group of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild. So first, here are some pros and cons of being our own guild:

  • We have our own leadership, programming, budget, etc.  
  • We choose how we spend our dues.
  • We need enough people to regularly volunteer to serve on the board.  If we became a sub-group of the DMAQG, we would still need leadership, but we could get by with fewer volunteer leaders and the roles would require quite a bit less work.  
  • We would probably have a harder time getting speakers and having good attendance with the size of group that we are

Now, pros and cons of becoming a small group of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild:

  • Many of our members are already members of the DMAQG.  They would only have to pay one membership fee instead of two
  •  We may attract more attenders to our group this way
  • We would have access to their programs and speakers.  Even if they are not necessarily modern, we can certainly learn skills and get inspiration from them.  And it would be fun to see members turn a traditional skill or technique learned at a program into something more modern
  • As mentioned above, we could get by with fewer volunteer leaders and the roles would require less work
  • We could still meet at our regular time (and hopefully someday we'll have a regular place)
  • Getting to know other quilty people!

  •  People may feel they need to attend both meetings (though maybe some already do!)
  • Meetings may become a different style - more just show and tell and sewing together, although we still would plan some programming or demonstrations.  

Ok, sorry for so much information, but please look it over and be prepared to vote.
If you have any further thoughts or want to ask any questions, please send an email to

Emily V.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Congrats to our State Fair Winner!

2014 is the second year the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild sponsored a modern quilt category at the Iowa State Fair. This year the Blue Ribbon went to one of our members, Janeen Pearson. Here is her Blue Ribbon Quilt:

Congratulations, Janeen!

If any of you claimed the 2nd, 3rd or honorable mention ribbon, let us know in the comments!  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What is coming up and what you missed in August

On September 18th, our speaker will be Martha Henrichs, an expert on hand quilting.  Martha will demonstrate the techniques of hand quilting and lead us through the steps.  If you ever wanted to add hand quilting to your projects don't miss this meeting.  All tools will be provided,   We will have some fabric and batting but if you remember, please bring a sample quilt sandwich to work on.

In August, we met at Stitch in the East Village and our speaker was Trina Kirkvold. Trina is a professional quilter extraordinaire and one of the owners of Woodside Quilting at 5360 NE 14th St. Des Moines. 

Trina shared a few of her favorite free motion quilting guides.  Trillium House has many guides with different designs.

Trina talked about thread choice.  She recommended picking up an accent color for black and white quilts.
On this quilt she used a delicious hot pink. 
She also talked about highlighting piecing and filling negative space.
What a wonderful night, thanks so much Trina and Stitch!