AAQG 10.10.17 Guild Meeting

Posted in Business on October 12th, 2017

AAQG Meeting 10.10.17

Linda brought the meeting to order and announced the open positions on the board.

We had around 11 guests and I didn’t get the number of members. This was a night for paying dues and will continue collecting dues in November.

Speaker Jan Sassaman was the program; she showed us slides of her fabric designs and went thru the process of how she creates her fabric. A lot of inspiration comes from her garden that her husband maintains- and what a garden it is.  Just like us quilters we can’t get enough fabric- he feels the same way about plants!  Her take on the dandelion was one I hadn’t heard before and she puts that in a lot of her fabric.

The Raffle quilt was shown – it is complete except it is in need of a label. It will be at the Santa North Pole Village on November 4th.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

“Paint a Barn Quilt Block” deadline is tonight- if you didn’t sign up you missed it.

Carol our faithful communication chair would like to have photos of everyone to add to the directory and she is willing to take your photo. If you have a story for her “Every Quilt has a Story” feature on Facebook get that over to her.

Sign up for the Fons and Porter magazine subscription is at that sign in table- this is quite the deal and $5 goes back into the guild fund.

The “Spool Thread Challenge” is due in November. Create a name tag with the spool logo on it and there will be a views choice next month with a prize going to the one with the most votes.

The KISS (Keep It Super Simple) project to learn a new technique was shown and instructions were given out. Jean showed 2 sizes of the block.  This month’s was a pinwheel inside a churn dash block- looked pretty neat!

Door prizes were awarded- remember you must have a name tag on it your name is called to get one of the fine gifts.

Show and tell and then refreshments concluded the evening.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 10.03.2017 Board meeting

Posted in Business on October 5th, 2017

Members present: Anita Allwood, MaryLee Martz, Louise Whitlow, Jean Taft, Carol Westercamp, Janet DeJager, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkels, Debbie Groff, Beth Hromyak, Linda Schlenker, and Ramona Tapper.

The meeting was called to order and the 2018 Quilt Show raffle quilt was shown, binding will be sewn on by Jean Taft.  There needs to be a label attached to it- any volunteers?

Don’t forget membership dues this month.  November we hope to have the membership directories available.

Beth reminded the group that if there is an expense and a check is needed there MUST be documents attached with it.  The audit was a success.

Dinner with the October speaker, Jane Sassaman will be at the Uptown Restaurant at 5:00 PM October 10.  “Paint Your Barn” sign up deadline is the Oct Meeting.  If you have any topics or speakers for future meetings let Anita Allwood know these suggestions.

Jean has name tags for guests- these will just say guest, and are not for the guests to keep.  Door Prize winners need to stand up to be recognized.  The 1st block techniques will be starting in October.  Remember these are new techniques and a learning experience.  There will be a short demo after the meeting.  Treats for October and November are all filled.  The Spool challenge name tag is at the October meeting.

Cecilie announced that the contract for the retreat has not be signed yet and there may be an increase.  Just waiting for the figures to come in.  The date had been locked in.

Janet plans on reaching out to the vendors for the quilt show.  The contract for the FFA building has not been signed yet.  The date is locked in and the price should be the same as last year.

Carol still needs a chair elect for communications.  This would be a great position for someone to share the responsibility and learn from the Master!  Carol is also looking for more Quilt Turning stories or any stories from reviews (positive) from quilt places that you have been to.  Or if you know of a great fabric garage sale.

Items for the Santa North Pole Village need to be turned in this month as the show is the first Saturday in November.  Let MaryLee know if you are working on items and what they are.  She had patterns and some fabric set out in September for some projects.  The need for table runners and table toppers with a Christmas or holiday theme are needed.  There will be a need to help that day in the booth.

Donation quilts- there are still a lot of quilts in storage that need to be distributed.  Some of the places that the quilts from 2016-2017 were donated are as follows:  Hope Ministries, Children & Families of Iowa, Kadin Kloset and Something Pathways which I think was a senior center.  Linda was not expecting to distribute the donation quilts until after SNPV.

Jean motioned the meeting end and Janet seconded the motion.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

Ankeny Area Quilter’s Guild Celebrates 25 Years!

Posted in Business on January 29th, 2017

The 2017 AAQG Quilt Show, “Scrap Happy” will celebrate 25 years of producing quilt shows by the guild. In addition to our usual activities:

1. Showing 200 – 250 quilts made by AAQG Members
2. Beautiful Raffle Quilt –Edmund designed by Edita Sytar
3. Twenty (20) vendors
4. Country Store featuring items made by AAQG Members
5. Free mini demonstrations/workshops
6. Lunch & snacks
We will be having a quilt turning and special activities to celebrate the Guild’s 25th anniversary!

Quilt Show Facts:
• Dates: Friday, July 7, 2017 ; Saturday, July, 8, 2017
(Exact Hours are yet to be decided)
• Location: FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny DMACC Campus
• Admission Price: (To be announced)
• Handicap Accessible
• Free Parking

AAQG Members: Be thinking about items you are willing to donate to the Country Store!

Visit this web site for updates every week! If you have any questions about the show or about the guild email

June 2016 President Report

Posted in Business on June 7th, 2016

Hi everyone!!!

This is the month to have your mystery quilts completed. I hope I get mine done!! Summer is always so busy!!

Susan Cleveland will be our guest presenting “My Eclectic Quilt Pageant”. You may go under programs to find more information about our speaker.

Our suggestion box was empty last month. I sure hope that means we are doing a great job for you. Please fill the suggestion box with future program ideas. Our list is getting small. I am sure next years Program Chair Elect would appreciate the ideas. (It may be you. He He)

We are doing great with our donations. Our group is so good about that. In order to fullfill our Vice Presidents lofty goals we only need 30 quilts for Endure Iowa. Remember, these are 36″x 46″ sized quilts. I have one to quilt – so we are technically down to 29.

See you all soon!! Enjoy the beautiful weather!!
President Cathy Dimit

2015-2016 Donation Quilt Update

Posted in Business, Donations on January 3rd, 2016

Meels on Wheels:  42/50 placemats

Children and Family of IA: 4/20  31″square, solid colored pillow cases

37 quilts turned in.

Goals for quilts:

  • Children and Family of Iowa:  50
  • YESS Shelter: 50 twin
  • Cystic Fibrosis: 4 larger quilts for fund raising
  • Endure Iowa: 25 35″x45″ lap quilts


January 2016 President Report

Posted in Business, President's Letter on January 3rd, 2016

Happy New Year, my fellow quilters!!!!!

It is a new year with new dreams – or is it???  As a guild we are still trying to accomplish our goals for donation quilts, bucket lists, and prepare for the quilt show.  I am positive that if we pull together as a team we will succeed.  Something we have done many times before.  So lets do it again!!

Last month we had the President Challenge with the placemats.  What a joy to see the creativity our members have!!  We had 32 of the 42 members signed up complete the challenge.  I was so excited to have such great participation!! 1rst place was Sandy Bolen-Townes winning a $25 gift certificate to Quilters Cupboard. 2nd place was Marlene DaRos winning a $15 certificate.  3rd place was Mary Parks winning a $10 certificate. Congratulation, ladies!!!!  Not only did these gals win, but so did Meals on Wheels with 31 of the placemats being donated to them.

For the Guild meeting on January 12 we will be having School Days. You will be able to pick 3 stations from several choices.  The choices will be announced in the upcoming e-mails so be looking for them!! The stations will be ran by fellow guild members.

I can’t wait to see you all at the meeting!!!!

Yours truely,

President Cathy Dimit

December 2015 President Report

Posted in President's Letter on November 22nd, 2015

I am so excited about the December meeting!!  We are having a potluck.  Please arrive by 6:30pm with a potluck dish in hand. During this meeting we will also have a get to know you event and the President’s Challenge.  I have 42 competitors for this event and three have already turned theirs in.  If the rest of the placemats are anything like the first 3 this will be some competion!!  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  They will be gift certificates to Quilters Cupboard in Ankeny. Bring your placement to me with only the number on it in the upper left hand corner.  I can’t wait to see the imagination that will be presented!!  Good Luck!!

Your President,

Cathy Dimit

November 2015 President Report

Posted in Business on November 1st, 2015

Hi, everyone!

The President Challenge was announced last month.  I have 34 members participating.  Rumors have it that some of them have already completed the project and it took them less than a day.  I was hoping to have 50 members participate.  So that leaves 16 more members to sign up this month. Here is the project.  The member takes an assigned orphan block and converts it to a 12″ x 18″ placemat. The judging will take place at the December meeting with the members in attendance voting.  1st,, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded.

The next Sew-In will be Saturday, November 21 from 9am-10pm. Members are welcome to come and go as they please.  Strips will be provided for dontation quilts and/or country store items.  Bring your own patterns. You are welcome to work on your Christmas gifts or anything else you would like to complete – say bucket list.  Fill free to bring any project you would like to have help with.  I am sure someone there will be able to help you.  Demonstrations on tools or gadgets you may have would also be welcome. Finally, the backing and batting for donation quilts will be available.    It should be a great day to get to know one another better!!

The speaker this month will be  JoAnn Belling, “Tips for Organizing Yourself & Your Quilting Workroom”.  I am really looking forward to this as organizing my sewing room is on my bucket list.

On Saturday, Nov 14th, JoAnn will be having a workshop “Stars & Geese”. Details and the sign up sheet will be available at the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all!!
Your President,

Cathy Dimit