Saturday, January 24, 2015

DMAQG Auction Quilt Project Details

A big thank you to everyone at the January meeting who voted and helped hash out the details of our next group project, and to Leila, who prepared these photos & diagrams. Here we go!

If you weren't at the meeting, here's the back story: The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild holds an auction every August to raise funds for a few major women's charities. It is customary for small groups to contribute items to the auction for sale and now that we're a small group, we will be doing the same. We decided on a modern quilt we will work on together, everyone contributing blocks and various members pitching in to assemble and finish it (let us know if you would like to volunteer for any of the finishing work in the comments below!)

The pattern we decided on for the blocks is the Half Square Triangle {Scrappy Strings Style} Tutorial, Blooming Poppies has a nice tutorial for the basic design. Leila drew this diagram for the layout of the blocks (which is subject to change based on how many blocks we get back)

Please click the link and follow the tutorial with the following changes:
  • Cut muslin and background fabric 14" square.
  • Use light blue, medium blue, navy, teal, or turquoise for the string fabrics.
  • Use only one color of string fabric per block (ex. multiple prints of navy).
  • Strings to be cut a variety of sizes from 1" to 2.5" wide.
  • Use linen colored, cream or light gray low volume fabric for the background.
  • Leave the blocks a little larger than 12.5" (we'll trim them square before construction)
  • If you follow those directions, you will get two blocks. 
  • Please leave a comment on this post with how many blocks you will contribute.
  • Blocks are due at our April 16th Meeting
Here are some examples of fabric choices to help you visualize fabric selection...

Monday, January 19, 2015

DMAQG Newcomers Group

As a reminder, if you are a new member of the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild due to our recent change in guild status, you are eligible to attend the DMAQG Newcomers group. Its a small group you only get to go to for one year and it will be a good year! You'll get to meet all the officers, learn more about the guild (the stuff that everyone assumes you already know!), and best of all, just have another opportunity to get together with quilt-y friends!

The first meeting of the 2015 Newcomers is tomorrow night. 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Library, Meeting Room B, 3520 86th Street, Urbandale, IA 50322. They meet every THIRD TUESDAY January through October.

Bring Show and Tell and wear a nametag.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Meeting Details for January 15, 2015

Our next meeting is on January 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Des Moines Community Center, 134 6th Street, WDM (in Valley Junction) [click for map]. 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.

Activity:  Garage Sale Swap

Everyone bring fabrics & supplies in baggies, marked with garage sale prices and your name. During the meeting, we will spread everything out and go shopping. Anything you want to buy, you will find the member and exchange money or, as in the past, swapping other comparable items is A-OK!

There will also be a free section for stuff you just don't want anymore. Don’t worry about marking those.

Remember to bring cash to the meeting so you can buy some new stuff!

Auction Quilt Project

We will also be preparing for a new group project! As part of the DMAQG, our small group will contribute to the August Charity Auction with a group-made quilt!  Please scour your files and favorite websites for free/readily available block patterns that would work well for a group project. The steering committee has already been discussing some ideas, so we’ll bring those, combine & evaluate all the options, take a vote and discuss the details such as color scheme and fabric choices.

The meeting is next week already, so see you soon!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year & 2015 Schedule

Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to another year with our Modern Quilt friends!  Our group is changing a little, but staying the same a lot this year too!  A small steering committee met in December to talk about our ideas for the new direction as a small group of the DMAQG and activities for meetings in 2015. We welcome all members' input as we move forward, especially as you will notice there are some holes in the calendar. Let us know if you have any ideas!!

We will continue to meet on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., now at a new and consistent location! West Des Moines Community Center, 134 6th Street, West Des Moines, IA [click for map] Below is a list of our tentative topics for the coming year. I will send out more details closer to each meeting date. Every meeting we will also have show and tell by all, bring whatever you are working on (and remember, works-in-progress just as acceptable as finished pieces!)

Looking forward to a great year with our Des Moines Modern Quilt GROUP!
-Emma Thomas-McGinnis, new website admin

January 15, 2015

Garage Sale Swap
Bring Block Ideas for DMAQG Charity Auction Quilt

February 19, 2015

Prepare Challenge Fabrics & Distribute

March 19, 2015

Leila Gardunia & Her New Book!

April 16, 2015

Pin Cushion Swap

Turn in Blocks for DMAQG Charity Auction Quilt

May 21, 2015

Reveal Your Challenge Piece

June 18, 2015


July 16, 2015

Hand-Stitching Together Evening, bring your own project

August 20, 2015


September 17, 2015


October 15, 2015

Get Ready for Christmas, Bring Ideas to Share

November 19, 2015

Holiday Party & Gift Swap

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!