Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our Modern Quilt Guild Show

Sunday evening was the Artist's Reception for the first Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Show.  We had a great turn out, lots of interest and conversation from visitors, and several of our members collaborated in an impromptu gallery talk with Q&A.

A few photos from the show (more can be seen in our Flickr pool):

The Gallery in the Round is in a contemporary building, with curved walls.  These first three photos are from a smaller, outer room and the lighting is somewhat "yellow" so please excuse the photo quality!

Some of our member's non-quilt entries to the show:

A small display of mug-rugs displayed "clothesline" style...

The main gallery during the reception:

The show will be on display through July 25th, so if you close to Ames, Iowa, stop in and have a look!


Reminder for members: 5:00 pm tomorrow is the deadline to enter the Bag Swap!  

Friday, June 21, 2013

Announcing the DSMMQG Tote Swap...

It's been a little while since our last swap so we agreed tonight that it's time for another swap.   We have decided to do a tote bag swap.

Please fill out your form thoroughly. This helps your partner know what you want. Everyone wants to make something amazing for their partner.

It's nice to put a mosaic together and post it to Flickr under the Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild Swap group.

This is a blind swap. Do NOT tell your partner who you are! They will find out when they receive your item. That's part of the fun.

The deadline for getting the form back to me is 5:00 pm on June 27th and I hope to have partners out by June 28th or 29th at the latest.    We will be exchanging the tote bags at the August meeting.  If you can't make the August meeting please arrange with another member to bring the tote bag so you partner doesn't feel forgotten.

Have fun! 


It's that time of year again...

Time to register entires for the Iowa State Fair (deadline is JULY 1) -- and we have a brand new MODERN QUILT category added to the competition this year!  Here is a link to the contest page, click on the Fabric and Threads link to download the entry form and details.  Keep in mind, your quilted bags, pillows, aprons, and other sewn items can also be entered...

And, this week registration opened for the American Quilters Society Quilt Week Des Moines, in October 2013.  Time to sign up for classes before they fill!  Weeks Ringle is teaching some Modern Quilting classes and there are some great free-motion and long-arm classes being offered.  Check them all out here:

Thank you last night's speaker, Valerie Funk, for an inspiring and fun trunk show of your creations!  

Upcoming Tote Bag Swap: Sign-ups were last night for our next secret swap, we will be creating a tote bag for someone in the guild.  If you missed last night's meeting and would like to join in, send Jill M. an email or respond to this flickr discussion.  

Note: our July meeting will be held at Heart of Quilting, on 5th Street in Valley Junction.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Meeting reminders

Tonight's meeting will be at the Urbandale Public Library.

If you made a block or blocks for the charity quilt, please remember to bring it or them tonight.

We will be voting about membership with the national Modern Quilt Guild.  If you have any questions about it, please email me at


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gallery Opening of Modern Quilt Exhibit This Sunday!

The first ever show of the DSMMQG is currently on display in Ames, Iowa!  The show includes work from 15 of our members; ranging from pillows and bags to a Queen size quilt, from hand quilting and embroidery to custom long-arm quilted pieces:


The show will be up through July 25
at 1015 Hyland Avenue in Ames
at the Gallery in the Round of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Hours M-Th, 1-5 and by appointment (515) 450-6572.
Note: Please call ahead for reservations during June hours. 

Monday, June 10, 2013


Victoria Findlay Wolfe has cancelled the show she was planning in Clear Lake.  Sorry for those who were planning to go.