Monday, August 15, 2016

Meeting Details for August 18

Our next meeting is this week, Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.

The topic of discussion for the night will be English Paper Piecing! Bring on the hexies!! (or diamonds or other fun shapes, of course, too) We have a special guest, Missie Carpenter, of TraditionalPrimitives.com to demonstrate her great technique of starch basting and a trunk show of unique work.  AND we encourage all of you to dig through your trunks or take your best EPP work off the wall and bring it in for a special show and tell of all things English Paper Pieced. New or old, finished or un, we want to see what you've been working on and how you like to do it best. Oh and if you have an in-progress project of this sort, be sure to bring it and make a little progress while we visit!

Of course, please bring your other show and tell as well. Treats will be provided by Kathy Russi.
See you all soon!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Meeting Details for June 16

Hi Everyone, we're going to have a great meeting this Thursday night! But be sure to read this, we're at temporary new locations for the next few meetings. (So sorry your planning committee had no idea what was going on in that department!)

This meeting will be at 6:30 at the LDS Church in Ankeny, 721 E 1st St, Ankeny. It's where Sewing Days are held, if you've been to one of those! Thank you, Leila, for arranging that!

Eva Marie will be our presenter and she will demonstrate "skinny strip/curved piecing/slice and insert"...some of the fun techniques she learned while taking DMAQG workshops!

We need some people (but not everyone) to bring:
  • sewing machines
  • cutting mats and rotary cutters (NO rulers needed)
  • heavy duty extension cords

Everyone who wants to try the techniques should bring their own:
  • piece of background about 10" square or no bigger than a fat quarter
  • some contrasting strips at least as long as your background is wide and between 1.5" and 2.5" wide
Erin will be introducing the details of the Summer Swap and opening the sign-up for participation.

We will also be saying "Bon Voyage" to long-time member Leila Gardunia with some extra pot-luck treats. 

See you all real soon!

p.s. Be sure to go to the DMAQG meeting this month too!! Angela Walters will be our guest speaker!  Her workshops are jam-packed, hope lots of our members got signed up in time to get to go!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sewing Day, June 11

DSM Modern Quilt Group Sewing Day
Saturday, June 11
9 a.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! 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! Hours are open, drop in when you can and stay as long as you want! If you are coming in the afternoon, check in with Leila to see how long we're staying.

Comment on this post if you're coming and will bring things like an iron, ironing board or cutting mat to share. Also, bring a pot-luck-type food or snack to share.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meeting Details for May 19

Our next meeting is Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Here are some details about the lovely location we meet at now: 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.


Meeting Activity:

Jill Guffy and Marny Buck of Modern Quilt Relish will be doing a color theory presentation.

Please bring these supplies for Color Wheel Activity:
  • One fat quarter of medium gray solid or tone on tone (not a print)
  • Glue stick or fabric glue
  • Cutting supplies, only making small cuts
  • Scissors
Jill is supplying the colors needed

Other things to bring:
  • Please wear a nametag
  • Show and tell, works-in-progress or finished quilts
Kathy will bring treats

Fabric Challenge Finish

Group photo of our finished pieces from the Solids Fabric Challenge! Amazing what variety we came up from the same little bundle of solids!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Next Meeting April 21

Our next meeting is this week, Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at our NEW-ISH LOCATION: Westminster Presbyterian, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

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.

Meeting Activity:

We should have some big-time show and tell this meeting!!! The Solids Fabric challenge project is due this month. Please bring your completed project (or in-progress, if you must!) and any other projects too, of course.

Auction Quilt Update:

Since so many blocks have already been completed...42!! We are going to try to push up the deadline to this meeting. Please bring your blocks to this meeting! They are quick, so if you don't have them done yet, there's still a couple nights to get them done. We would like to give our top-piecer and quilter more time to construct the quilt, hope you understand!

Treats for the April meeting will be brought by Sherry. If anyone else would like to help her out, please comment below.

Next Month: Marny and Jill will help us make Color Wheels...looking forward to it!

Continue to keep in touch in our Facebook Group...lots going on there. Love it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 17, 2016 Meeting Details

Our next meeting is a little over a week away, March 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the NEW LOCATION: Westminster Presbyterian, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

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.

We've changed our topic schedule a little, so I wanted to get the news out early. You won't want to miss this meeting. Local author & extraordinary quilter, Janet Pittman, will give a Trunk Show PLUS with insights and demonstrations on machine appliqué.

I asked Janet to present for us because her book Appliqué The Basics and Beyond is a well-loved resource in my sewing room. I hope you enjoy learning from her too and I can't wait to see her quilts up-close and in real life!

book1 book2 book3

Other Activities

For our other activities, nothing is due this month. But please keep working on...
  • DMAQG auction blocks, details here, and bring any you have completed
  • Keep finishing your goals for the finish-it-up challenge (details here) and bring to show
  • And the solids fabric challenge deadline (again, details here) is next month, so hopefully you're getting some ideas on this one. I still have a few bundles of fabric left if anyone wants one. A month is certainly enough time to make something! (says the girl addicted to one-week project quilting challenges!)

Please wear a nametag, our group is growing so wonderfully! Friends new and old need little reminders of names now and then.

Melissa is signed up for treats. If anyone else would like to help her out, please comment below. Thank you!