Thursday, January 14, 2016

Start the New Year with Modern Quilt Inspiration!

Wow, we had a busy, busy steering committee meeting Tuesday night! Lots of ideas and lot of activities are planned for 2016! Thank you to all who came! Jill, Leila, Eva Marie, Erin, Carol and Marny. I really look forward to another year of DSMMQG and I hope you do too!

Our next meeting is January 21, 2016 at a NEW LOCATION: Westminster Presbyterian, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310  Click for Map  

Here are some details about the location: 
You will want to park in the parking lot on Franklin Ave. It is directly across the street from the church and is a large lot. After you park, cross Franklin and go into the church via the covered entrance. There are a set of glass double doors there. Once inside you will see a hallway & stairs going up. Ignore the stairs & follow the hallway. Turn left at the end of the hallway & then turn right. We will meet in Westminster Hall, at the end of that hallway. 

January Meeting Activities


Finish it Up Challenge

Yes, yes, we all have our to do lists and UFOs! Let's get them done together, with a little co-motivation!  Make a list of the projects you have on your plate right now. Download a List-maker-helper here (optional). Choose the top 3 priority projects you intend to have done in the next 6 months. Bring your whole list to the meeting to share and post your top 3 as a comment on this blog post.

Then throughout the next DSMMQG meetings, bring your finished projects to show and tell (preferred!) or post them in our facebook group!


You will receive one entry into the Finish-it-up Prize Drawings for every project on your top 3 list you finish! To qualify, you must mention the Finish-it-up challenge when you bring your project to show and tell or post it on the Facebook Group. Prizes will include fabric bundles, fat quarters and more.

Final Finish-it-up Deadline is JULY 21, 2016.  



DSMMQG Annual Fabric Challenge

Just like last year, the dues from when we were a guild bought us a kitty of fabric for a challenge! This year the bundles will be all solids. You will receive 6 fat eighths with which you can make your challenge piece. 

There are very few rules, but here are just a couple to keep you on your toes...
1. The item must be quilted in a three-layer sandwich, but it doesn't have to be a quilt (a bag, tote, pillow, notebook cover, are all ok!) 
2. Please use ALL the fabric this time. Challenge yourself even if there's a color that doesn't work, but its ok if its on the back or binding. And no, I'm not suggesting you must use every tiny scrap, just include some of each fat eighth.
3. You can add any fabric to the project, solids or prints. 

Deadline for the Fabric Challenge is APRIL 21, 2016.  



Mighty Lucky Quilting Club by Lucky Spool

If you're in the Facebook group, you probably already heard all the chatter about this...http://luckyspool.com/products/mighty-lucky-quilting-club. If you are participating, please bring your projects to show and tell. This is just an optional quilt-along kind of project, not an activity of our group...but feel free to join in and share every month! A big thank you to Jessie Zeigler for organizing our group discount!

If you're not in the Facebook group yet, please join us here.



Meeting Goodies

Jill and Leila will bring treats this month. A sign-up sheet will go around for the New Year, so please bring your calendar and be ready to sign up. Veronica Koh Eischeid has donated an Aurifil Thread Box for a door prize this month, thank you Veronica!!  If you or a quilt shop you know would like to donate door prizes for any future meetings, please let us know or bring it to a meeting. The fat quarter basket for newcomers and birthdays is looking a little slim. We're asking you to bring in a few NEW fat quarters to refresh the basket for the year. If you bring some, you can take one of the existing basket so we'll have a little turn-over.



Garage Sale

The Facebook group also had some chatter about bringing fabric to share and donate. In the spirit of that, we've put on the calendar for February an actual Garage Sale meeting. If you really want to bring your stuff to share informally this meeting, that's ok. But we'll go all out next month!

See you next week,
Emma

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Meeting Details for November 19

The last meeting of 2015 is next Thursday, November 19 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. We hope to see you there!

Holiday Party 

It's finally here, our annual holiday party!!  We will celebrate with potluck treats, so please everyone bring a little festive food or drink to share, thank you!

Then we'll play the best tradition of this little group, the Holiday Gift Swap game!! Everyone who brings a homemade gift can play.  (I'm saying that so you can come to the party even if you don't have time to make a gift)  Anyway, try to make a small-ish holiday-themed gift to bring to the meeting. See this post (2014 Swap) and this one (2013 Recap) if you need ideas. Expect something like a pillow, tote bag, zipper pouch, small quilt, pincushion, apron, ornaments, etc., etc. Wrap it like a present and bring it to the meeting. You don't know who will end up bringing your gift home, but if its modern, quilt-y, holiday and handmade by you, I'm sure they'll love it!

I've been looking forward to this all year, so hope you all can make it!
See you next week,
-Emma

p.s. Jill made us a sign up for the pot luck, so click here to say what you plan to bring: http://www.luckypotluck.com/cgi-bin/display/potluck.pl?id=144475496252599446220&ref=1

Monday, October 26, 2015

REMINDER: Jacquie Gering at the DMAQG Meeting

sliceandinsertimprovJust a reminder that Jacquie Gering is the speaker at the DMAQG meetings tomorrow, October 27! She will be presenting two different programs:
1 p.m. Honoring Tradition
7 p.m. You’ll Know It When You See It
Meetings are at West Des Moines Christian Church, Building 2, 4501 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines

Our funds from dues helped bring this modern quilter to Des Moines, so let's show our support with our presence at the meetings as well. I hope to see some of you at the workshops this week too!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Call for New Leadership & Activity Ideas

Volunteers Needed

Hi Modern Quilter! Have you been a member of the DSMMQG for long? Or are you a new member looking to get more involved and make this group what you'd like it to be? We need new members of the "Steering Committee" for 2016 year. That's right, I didn't say "Board"! As a small group, our leadership is a little more relaxed than a board...but we still need some folks to make decisions and keep us running. If you haven't helped out in that way yet or you think now is the time you could make a contribution, please let us know.

The job doesn't involve too much work. You'll probably need to have 1-2 extra meetings a year to decide what the activities for the regular meetings should be. This year's group did most of our planning and decision-making through email!  You'll share the responsibility of being at the meetings to help them run smoothly, share announcements, bring the basket of fat quarters, make sure someone brings treats and talk to the Community Center staff when they have questions and to keep our space reserved. Also there is a website and Facebook page to update, if you're interested in helping with either of those things.

Ideas & Presenters Wanted

Also please think about whether you have any ideas for programming in 2016. We want topics to discuss, activities, challenges and/or presenters. If you would be willing to be a presenter, please let us know. You can teach a technique you know, for a whole meeting or just a 10 min. tip if you want, or give a trunk show and tell us your story about quilting.  Comment on this post, talk to a current Steering Committee member (Leila, Jill, Emma or Eva Marie) or speak up during a meeting if you have ideas! And thank you! Our meetings have been and will continue to be a great place for inspiration and sharing of modern quilt ideas thanks to our members!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Meeting Details for October 15

Our next meeting is next week Thursday, October 15 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. We hope to see you there!

 

1 Yard Challenge Reveal

If you attended the August meeting and played musical chairs with us, you know...this is the meeting to show what you made from the variety of fabrics you left with! We'll be ooohing and ahhing at your creations with no judgement on how well you "followed the rules" because our challenges don't have rules!  I hope you were super-creative and enjoyed the challenge!

If you didn't make it to that meeting, of course, please bring other Show and Tell.

Holiday Ideas

Then, we are repeating another very popular meeting topic, our holiday ideas swap! Please bring actual samples, books, printouts, pattern names or blog URLs to some of your best holiday ideas. Whether its a great gift idea, decoration or a pretty holiday quilt, think of what your friends at the Modern Quilt Group would like to see and bring us some inspiration.

You might want to get started on holiday sewing soon, so here's the kick-off to start your list!


Eva Marie signed up to bring treats, so there's another reason you'll want to come to next week's meeting! See you there!

Facebook

Oh, before I forget, I want to mention that Eva Marie also made us a Facebook Group! Yay, thank you!! So go visit that and join the group...we're already having discussions there about sewing machines, what we're working on, sharing resources and there's sure to be more. Here's the link.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Meeting Details for September 17

This is the week for the Des Moines Modern Quilt Group!! Our monthly meeting is this Thursday, September 17, 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 Community Center is hosting a garage sale that day, so there may not be spots available in the parking lot. We should be fine to find on-street parking nearby, though. And maybe you'd like to come early and do some shopping, I heard someone brought fabric...

Scraps, Scraps, Scraps

Our planned activity will center around Scraps! Bring scrappy quilts to show, ideas for scrappy quilts and little projects to use up scraps. AND we will talk about ideas for storing & organizing your scraps. What do you use in your quilt studio to tame the scraps? Or do you just let them fly?! Please come ready to share your love of fabric scraps!

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: Melissa is bringing treats and drinks for this meeting. Thank you for your generosity, Melissa!

Also this week...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!  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!

PLEASE RSVP if you would like to stay or come past 6 p.m...thank you!

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!

Comment on this post if you're coming and will bring things like an iron, ironing board or cutting mat to share. Also, we were thinking it would be nice to not have to stop for lunch, so bring a pot-luck-type food or snack to share.