Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pin Cushions and Our Next Meeting

Wasn't that the most fun we've had since Christmas?!! The Pin Cushion Swap really was a highlight! Here's a great photo of our members holding the pin cushion they got to go home with...


And here's the little pile of pin cushions we started with...
Just a reminder, Melissa is still generously taking photos for us of every meeting! She gets all the beautiful show and tell moments...even though we talk and gesture and blink through her clicks. Make sure to check out https://www.flickr.com/groups/dmmqg/ or the photos tab from this page to see them.



Details for Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on May 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County 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. We will be in a different room this time, but there will be signs directing you when you get in the door. 

The theme for the evening is, of course, our Black & White Text Fabric Challenge pieces. Show and tell will center around those pieces and of course anything else you want to bring. Time to put on those finishing touches if you're not done already!  This time you'll just have to show your pieces, not part with them. Although I'll miss the fun of swapping!

Speaking of swapping...Doris and the steering committee have begun arrangements with the Great Lakes Modern Quilt Guild in Michigan to do a swap between our members. We'll tell you more about it at the meeting. Some decisions are yet to be made, so we may discuss details such as timing and what to swap! Stay tuned.

Treats will be supplied by Jill and drinks by Carol. If we could have one more person to bring snacks, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks! Our July meeting needs snack & drink contributions as well.

Until next week, Happy Sewing!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Meeting Details for April 19

Our next meeting is on April 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County 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.


Ooooo, I can't wait to see the pin cushions!! This Thursday's meeting is the day for the Pin Cushion Swap!

Please bring a homemade pin cushion wrapped like a present for the swap. We will swap and you'll get to bring a pin cushion home!

This meeting is also the deadline for the Auction quilt blocks. See this post if you need to know any of the details to finish up your blocks.

See you this Thursday!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Meeting Details for March 19, 2015

Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County 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.

Bring Show and Tell,
the bulk of our meeting is seeing what you have been making in the last month! Finished projects or in progress works bring whatever you have to show.


Also this month, we'll be sitting and sewing a little while visiting. Bring a hand-sewing project and get a little done during our meeting! Eva Marie has some hexagon papers for English Paper Piecing...so if you don't already have a project going, just bring a little fabric and make some hexies!

You still have a little time for our other projects, but keep working on your challenge fabric piece, a pincushion for the exchange in April and some auction quilt blocks.

Hope to see you at the meeting next week!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Projects!

We have a few great projects in the works right now, so let's go over the details again...

The Fabric Challenge Update

There are still a few bundles of the challenge fabric left, so if you'd like to participate in this challenge, there is still plenty of time and plenty of fabric! The deadline is May 21. Leave a comment on this post or ask for a bundle at the next meeting if you don't have one yet.


The challenge is this: there are no rules to follow, just make a quilted project using the fabrics supplied. You can add your own fabrics as desired and you don't have to use all of the fabrics supplied. The finished project should qualify as quilted in some way, but doesn't have to be a quilt. We all love quilted tote bags, pillows, pin cushions, etc, so make what you want! Bring your completed project to the May 21 meeting for Show and Tell with the group. Your finished project is yours to keep, all we want to do is see it and hear about why & how you made it.

Auction Quilt Project

Details here include instructions for the blocks. Blocks are due at the April 16 meeting. If you have them done at the March meeting, feel free to bring them. I'm sure those who aren't done yet would love to see yours!

Pincushion Swap

This is also due at the April meeting. Make a pincushion to swap. Everyone who brings one gets to take one home, so don't be left out!  Obviously we're not big on rules, so there are no rules to this challenge either! Please just make something that you would be happy to go home with and everyone will have fun with this swap.

Have fun working on our Modern Group projects!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Meeting Details for February 19, 2015

Our next meeting is on February 19, 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: Challenge Fabric

With our leftover dues funds from when we were an official guild...we bought fabric!! :) So at the upcoming meeting, we'll be spreading it out, cutting it up and sharing it with everyone who would like to participate in a challenge! There are no rules to follow, just make a quilted project using the fabrics in your little bundle. You can add your own fabrics as desired. Bring your completed project to the May 21 meeting for Show and Tell with the group. Your finished project is yours to keep, all we want to do is see it and hear about why & how you made it.

Note: If you will miss the meeting on February 19, but still want to participate in the swap, please let one of the steering committee members know before the meeting and we will set aside a set of fabrics for you.

Auction Quilt Project

Feel free to bring fabrics you are thinking of for the auction quilt project if you would like to swap some or get more to go with what you already have. Some members had thought it would a good idea to pass around what we have so that the fabric choices are well-blended and coordinated throughout.

If you have your blocks done already, good for you! Please bring them with for show and tell! Also, please leave a comment on the blog post about the project, so we include your block(s) in the count. Thank you!

Sewing Day

We are booked for the Sewing Day! On Saturday, February 21st, all DSMMQG members and friends are welcome to sew together at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 721 East 1st St., Ankeny, IA [click for map] from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come for the whole day or come for just an hour or two, its up to you. Its free and no RSVP is necessary. Bring everything you need. Tables, chairs and lots of space are provided, but bring everything else!

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.