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

October 2015 President Report

Posted in President's Letter on October 5th, 2015

Hi everyone!!

I just wanted to check in and give you a few updates.

We have a full board!!!  YEAH!!!!! The board plans on being very busy this year, as in all years, to keep our guild running smoothly. Please make sure to put your suggestions in the suggestion box for us to consider!!

There will not be a sew-in this month. The next sew-in date is Saturday, Nov. 21. The theme for this event will be strip quilts.  We will provide a strip tub for you to make donation quilts and/or country store items with.  Bring your own patterns though. Remember this is only an option!!  You can sew on anything you want: something for yourself, a friend, donation, or country store. It would be great if you brought a special tool or gadget to share with the group.  We most certainly do not know everything when it comes to quilting!  The sew-in is a great time to share your knowledge!! The sew-in will last from 9am until 10pm.  However, you can come and go as you please!!  You can even just drop in and say hi.

Our speaker this month is Katheryn Russi with the presentation “My Evolution as a Quilter & Designer”. Our Director at Large will have the mystery quilt plans ready to go. I will have your first challenge of the year prepared for you.  I hope many of you join in on the fun.  The voting on the challenge will take place in December.

Hope to see you all at the meeting!!

Your President,

Cathy Dimit

2015 Donation Quilts

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on August 2nd, 2015

I wanted to inform you that the donation quilts have been delivered to Children and Family of Iowa, Endure Iowa, Wesley Community Meals on Wheels, and Sunny View Care Center.  I was able to see so many happy people along with Ann Finger, Deb Dickerson, and Angela Bartelman. You can see some of them if you look at the pictures I put under the donation section of the web site.

Ann and I were able to deliver several quilts at Sunny View directly to the patients.  The individuals not available at the time would have their quilts delivered to them by the resident activity director.  The residents we were able to talk to were very excited.  I am convinced that we brought a happy moment to their lives!!

The donation coordinators at Children and Family of Iowa seemed to be very delighted in our donations that Ann, Deb, and I delivered.  We had a nice conversation about the areas within the organization our quilts would go to.  We shared with them about the quilts.  Things like the sizes, types, our system for making some of them, and our fantastic people that created them. They are looking forward to future donations!

Endure Iowa could not be more than delighted with the quantity and quality of the quilts Angela and I took in.  They asked if there were rules for them to follow in how we wanted them to use the quilts. We said however they saw would best fit there organization.  They thought they would pick out a couple for the auction fund raisers, put a couple on display in the office for others to see what type of things are in the care kits, and then the rest to be put in the care kits.  They were uncertain how fast they would go through the quilts as they have not had a donation like this before.  They plan on reporting to Angela to how well the quilts are received and any future thoughts for our donations. They were simply excited!!

Meals on Wheels also received Angela and I with big smiles.  They said that their meal recipients would truly enjoy receiving the place mats. They really do brighten up the individuals day!

I have not been able to to get in contact with Cops Against Cancer.  I will keep you posted.

All of us that participated in any way for donations should be very proud.  We made a lot of very happy people in our community. WE DID GOOD!!!


Vice President Cathy Dimit