Archive for March, 2018

AAQG Meeting 03.20.18

Posted in Business on March 21st, 2018

Linda welcomed everyone to the March meeting and announced the open board positions.

There were 39 members and 0 guests in attendance.

We got started right away with our program of “School Days”. There were 6 stations and groups moved from station to station.  Thanks to all who presented:  Peggy Vespestad, Kathy Evers, Ramona Tapper and Sheila Arney, Carol Westercamp, Tami Watts- McPhail, and Jean Taft.

Janet DeJager gave a presentation on “How to Make a Successful Quilt Show”. The key ingredient is people!

Food- 3 or 4 people can work together for the food area. They would be responsible for the budget, menu, getting volunteers, or look for sponsors or caters.

Advertising- how to use advertising to draw in the crowds, post on facebook, is creative to get the word out there about the show.

Bed Turning- coordinates this special feature of the show. What should be on the form for entries, the stories that are told as each quilt is turned.  This is a fun story telling of the past to the present.

Raffle tickets- the sheets for selling are on the front table- get your peeps to sign the sheet and pay- these will be turned into the red tickets for the drawing. This saves time when selling a group of 5 or more.

Volunteers- last year not all the 2 hour slots were filled. This year just sign up for morning or afternoon and the quilt committee will assign a spot for you.  Worried about having to stand for 2 hours?  No worries there are a lot of sitting duties to help out.  Did you hear we need people to help anywhere!

The quilt entries form will be on the member page soon. The goal is to have 200 quilts- this means that each member needs to turn in 2.5 quilts.  These are due at the June meeting (June 12, 2018)

The theme is Christmas in July- that being said all you have to do is have a Christmas theme quilt- pretty easy. There will be a guild area- this will showcase the guild challenges and quilts made with the KISS blocks.  The guild area quilts will not be voted on just to show what the guild does.

To drape or not to drape vote will be in April. Keep in mind with the drape it makes it easier for the flow of traffic and pinning the numbers to the quilts.  It also is an expense for the guild- so you must decide what you feel is more important.

Retreat- One month from now we will be at retreat- how awesome is that? The sign up for machine cleaning and massages are at the table or contact Cecilie Vogt to sign up.  The machine lady wants to have 10 people sign up to make it worth her time since she is coming from Des Moines.  The massage lady will be available morning or afternoon but needs a break sometime in there.

The directors at large announced the challenge will be announced in April and due in June. Fabric will be handed out next month along with the rules.  Jean and Louise are still working those out.  There won’t be a charge for the fabric.

The meeting continued with door prizes, a show and tell which is so inspirational to get back into your sewing room and ended with treats.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 03.05.2018 Board Meeting

Posted in Business on March 11th, 2018

Members present:  Anita Allwood, Janet DeJagar, Linda Schlenker, Ramona Tapper, Cecilie Vogt, Kim McAllister, Jean Taft, Carol Westercamp, Beth Hromyak and Ginger Green.

Linda called the meeting to order.

The December and February minutes were passed out and there was a motion to pass them by Jean, and seconded by Janet.

Ginger gave the treasury report.

Linda read the note from Debbie (who was unable to attend) concerning the School Days for the March meeting.

Tami Watts- Wool applique, Ramona Tapper- Accquilt Cutter, Jean Taft- KISS Block, Kathy Evers- Crocheted Prayer Shawl

The Cupboard is having an embroidery day and the cost is $75 for members and $80 for non-members.  This will be in conjunction with the April meeting as she is the speaker.

Jean talked about the KISS block that she will be demoing for the school days in March.  It is 3 triangles in a square.  The Director at Large challenge will be announced in April with a deadline in June.  The last KISS block will be in either April or May.    The question was asked if these blocks could be brought back to the meeting and packaged up for someone to complete a donation quilt.  Yes, was the answer, however, this has not be brought up at the meeting for the entire guild to know.

Only 2 people have signed up for treats in March- so more people are needed.  April has a small group signed up so we should be good there.

Retreat- 18 have signed up and paid.  Payment needs to be in by the March meeting- the April meeting will be too late; since the deadline is April 4.  There will be a massage person and charges $70 per hour.  The sewing machine lady will charge $65 plus tax and accepts cash or check (no credit cards).  When signing up for the cleaning- also indicate what kind of machine you have.

Carol brought up a question concerning the “Every quilt has a story” feature she has been doing on Facebook.  Should quilts be featured by former members?  The answer was yes- since names aren’t used and some were photos that were taken at the quilt show.

Items are being taken to Winterset for sale at the Quilt Museum.  Last month only one candy bag sold.  This continues to get the AAQG name out in the community.

Donation quilts- 5 quilts were taken to Brother’s Keepers several larger ones went to Youth Homes of Mid America; 12 were taken to Kadie’s Kloset.  There are still 40 in the storage unit.

Janet DeJagar still needs a co-chair for the Quilt Show.  She is working 70 hours a week and will be in Denver a lot with her new position at work.  Kim, was going to be the chair next year will be working closely with Janet this year to learn the ropes of the quilt show.  For the food- Janet is unable to find an organization to do this.  Several meetings ago there was discussion about selling kits then what doesn’t sell to have members make the kits for sale at Santa North Pole Village. The kits would also be a higher price point- would people really purchase them?  After pricing how much a kit would cost and the kit not being was displayed this idea was nixed.  No one has stepped forward to head up Santa North Pole Village yet.  Janet announced that there were 8 vendors committed – in the past there have been 20 vendors.  She failed to get the reminder e-mail out to the vendors in a timely manner and will try to get it out and set the date in the future this next week.

If there are only 8 vendors present at the quilt show the show will take a major loss.  In April there will be a vote to drape or not to drape.  Janet handed out a sheet listing the pros and cons of the drape.  Long story short there is about $1000 difference in price.  She encouraged members to attend the committee meetings to help with the quilt show.

The meeting was adjourned.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper


AAQG 02.06.2018 Board Meeting

Posted in Business on March 8th, 2018

Members present: Linda Schlenker, Ginger Green, Beth Hromyak, Carol Westercamp, Jean Taft, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkel, Louise Whitlow, Janet DeJager, Anita Allwood.

Linda called the meeting to order.

Treasurers Beth Hromyak and Ginger Geren passed out updated spreadsheet. There is concern that we are lower in income particularly from membership dues than projected.

Program Chair Debbie was unable to attend but had sent along a message about the Feb. and March meetings. February’s speaker Dawn Cavanaugh requested that members bring quilts for judging. The March meeting will be the 3rd Tuesday due to Ankeny School’s spring break. Deb would like a few more presenters. Currently the following members are presenting:

Tami Watts—wool applique

Ramona Tapper—AccuCut

Jean Taft—-the next KISS block

Kathy Evers—crocheted Prayer Shawl

Program chair elect Anita Allwood discussed the progress her committee is making in lining up speakers for 2018-19. She also discussed some ideas meetings and possible collaboration on speakers with other guilds and local quilt shops.

Director-at-large Jean Taft will be assisting with the President’s challenge which is due this meeting. Please bring completed projects in bag. First prize will be a “Quality Box”. They will be discussing with Deb the timing of presentation of the next KISS block. The director-at-large challenge will be presented in April with completion in June.

Update on the April Retreat from Cecilie Vogt. 9 people have paid. There are at least 15 indicating they will attend. Retreat will be open to non-members after the March meeting. A sewing machine repair person has been located. She will do cleaning and minor repairs. Base cost will be about $60. She will be available Fri evening and Sat. A massage person has also been found to replace the lady we’ve had for the past few years.

Quilt show update- Janet DeJager, Cecilie Vogt and Giner Geren. Cecilie is contacting non-profits to see if there is an interest in collaborating on the food for the quilt show.

Ginger Geren presented ideas for quilt patterns to kit and sell at the quilt show Kits not sold will be made for sale at North Pole village. She will be asking members to donate specific types of fabric. Some fabric may be purchased. Janet is l looking for volunteers to lead the advertising effort and vendor coordination.

There will be a “Christmas in July” category. The only requirement is the Christmas items are clearly visible on the quilt. For example a quilt that is a traditional design in red and green is not acceptable – a quilt in red and green containing Christmas tree or other symbols commonly associated with Christmas would be. There will be a non-prize category for the challenges and KISS projects. Janet will be presenting information about pipe and drape and other costs at the meeting. The next quilt show meeting is Feb. 19 at the church. Everyone is welcome to attend! Janet is continuing to work on setting up vendor led classes for the quilt show..

Communications chair Carol Westercamp will begin Facebook posts on the quilt show. Janet DeJagar will be creating a Facebook quilt show Event. We will be doing sponsored FaceBook ads for the quilt show.

The Fundraising position is open – this could be a group or an individual. See Linda for details how you can help the group with this.

President Linda Schlenker indicated there are approximately 55 donation quilts so far this year. She presented the letter from Holy Trinity indicating that the Guild will need to find a new location to hold meetings after July 2018. She presented a proposal to move the board, small group, and monthly meetings to the Ankeny First United Methodist church at 206 SW Walnut (ie the Uptown location). Anita Allwood moved that we accept this location.

Louise Whitlow seconded the motion and the whole board concurred. Linda will continue to work with AFUMC. The first meeting in the new location is currently set for Aug 2018.

Anita Allwood presented information on various potential quilt show sites her committee has visited over the past few months. She will be presenting this information at the guild meeting. She also wants the board to meet to discuss and determine the future of quilt shows/fundraising. This will concur within the next 2 months.

Apparently we had people bringing animals to the guild meeting last month. The board has decided that this is not appropriate (we will be also checking the church’s policy). Beginning with the February meeting anyone bringing an animal will be asked to emove the animal from the building.

Jean motioned for the meeting to adjourn and Janet seconded.

Submitted by

Linda Schlenker