Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sewing Day, September 19


DSM Modern Quilt Group Sewing Day
Saturday, September 19
9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Ankeny LDS Church, 721 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA

Why sew alone when you can sew with friends? Imagine what you could get done if you came to sew all day with your Modern Quilt Group of friends! We snuck this on the calendar and hope you noticed, all are welcome. Pack up your current projects, sewing machine and supplies and join us.

Invite your friends and neighbors too, participants need not be members of DSMMQG. We will have an abundance of space for you to spread out and work! Our hours are open, drop in when you can and stay as long as you want!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Meeting Help Needed for Tonight

Hey! I forgot to mention that we need to have a few rotary cutters and mats available at the meeting tonight. Please bring one if you can. Also, I don't have anyone signed up for treats again. (whoops!)  If you can comment on this post on the blog to let me know you'll be bringing either treats or drinks, that would be great!
Thanks, Emma

p.s. Don't forget your beautiful yard of modern fabric to join in our game & challenge


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hi Modern Quilters! Hope you are having a wonderful summer and finding lots of time to sew...even though summer camps & vacations can sometimes get in the way!

I just wanted to fill you in that the DSMMQG steering committee met and planned a few things for the rest of the year. We want our group to remain relaxed, fun and low key, but we still want to have some activities planned to keep you excited about coming to meetings. So, please check out the calendar page for what we've come up with.

Details for the Upcoming Meeting August 20, 2015

For the August Meeting, bring one yard of any kind of modern fabric you like. Make sure it is quilt store quality, prints or solids are ok and think about your friends in this group when you make your choice. We'll play a game where cut up our yards, swap the pieces and end up with a mish mash of many pieces that all add up to a yard. Details when you come to play!!

THEN, you'll be challenged to do something with those pieces. We'll continue our tradition of no rules for the challenge. Do your best to use all the pieces you received, add to them, cut them up however you want and make something quilted like a wall-hanging, quilt, bag, pillow, up to you!

Note: If you can't come to the meeting, but really want to participate, send your yard with a friend who you know is coming. We'll do our best to make a pretend you to play the game and send the pieces home with the same friend who brought your yard.

Join us Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County Community Center, 134 6th Street, WDM (in Valley Junction) [click for map].

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Meeting Details for July 16

Quick Reminder!! Des Moines Modern Quilt Group meeting is this Thursday, July 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. Please note that the Farmer's Market is this same evening, so there may be extra traffic and parts of 5th Street are blocked off. We should be fine to park in the Community Center parking lot, though. (Feel free to move the barriers to get in, if you're the first one there!) 

No major activities planned... Please bring a hand sewing project to work on while we visit. Embroidery, hexies, hand quilting or even knitting or crochet, whatever you have!

Also 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.

Refreshments: Doris is bringing treats and Emma will bring lemonade and iced tea.

Friday, June 12, 2015

DMAQG Auction Quilt Progress

It's coming together! Here's a photo of the Auction Quilt top so far. Thank you to everyone who made blocks, they look so great and special thanks to Leila for piecing the top for us (and for lots of behind-the-scenes help to get the project designed and organized!)


Meeting Details for June 18, 2015

Please join us for our next meeting on Thursday, June 18, 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. Please note that the Farmer's Market is this same evening, so there may be extra traffic and parts of 5th Street are blocked off. We should be fine to park in the Community Center parking lot though.

Leila Gardunia will show us and discuss her new book, You Can Quilt! Building Skills For Beginners.
Also 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.

Refreshments: Eva Marie is bringing drinks, Leila is bringing treats and if there could be one more person to bring some snacks or treats, that would be good. Please comment to let us know you can contribute. Thank you!  ALSO, the sign up for treats for July was blank. We need three people to volunteer for the July meeting, please.

See you next week!

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!