October 14 Guild Meeting: Judy Martin

Posted in Programs on September 29th, 2014

Please join us at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm for our program “Log Cabin Quilts: Exploring Secondary Patterns” by Judy Martin.




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Board Meeting Minutes for Sept. 2, 2014

Posted in Business on September 23rd, 2014

Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild Board Meeting Minutes for September 2, 2014

President Connie Lovelady opened the September board meeting. Linda Sprague, Christy Tigges, Sharon Bunce, Janeen Vice, Anita Allwood, Dawn Tallman, Lin VandeBerg, Peggy Vespestad, Sandy Bolin-Townes, and Janet DeJager were all present. Connie welcomed the new members to the board as we went around the table and introduced ourselves. She then asked us to confirm our contact information so Janet DeJagger can update the web sight records.

Connie reminded us of the weather policy that if Ankeny schools were closed the board or guild meetings would be cancelled. Opinions were asked for and approved about having an e-mail meeting for the months that we have a very short meeting agenda or a cancelled meeting.

Goals/objectives for 2015 were covered:

Board members were asked to:

  1. Check with our membership for people willing to fill three open positions, Vice Pres., Quilt Show Chair Elect, and Communications Elect.
  2. Review in depth the membership booklet, such as the board position information, financial information access, and the Mary Conkel award.
  3. Suggest guild members to serve on a separate committee to review the 2014 Guild Membership Survey.
  4. Bring ideas to increase membership and develop a buddy/mentor and follow up phone calls to these new members.
  5. Think of ways to develop community involvement such as possibly a high school scholarship.
  6. Identify strategies for recruiting of board members by creating a more detailed task list, timeline, and a nominating committee.
  7. Ideas of how to increase facebook and twitter media and update the website to be more user friendly and “look and feel” of it.
  8. Understand how to share information by website updates, and how to make the updates. Janet DeJager said she would be more than willing to give us instructions.

Board Member Updates:

Quilt Show:

  1. Chair, Sandy Bolin-Townes, reported that the contract for the 2015 show has been signed for the same location as last year.
  2. The raffle quilt blocks are being completed.
  3. We will be having a booth, costing $150, at the North Pole event and members will be asked to donate items to sell but the main emphasis will be selling of raffle tickets.


  1. Chair, Anita Allwood, reported Twin Lakes Bible Camp is the location for April 9-12, 2015, and the cost is being determined at this time.
  2. Sew ins are scheduled for 10/17/14, 1/16/15, 2/13/15, 4/17/15, and the date for one more is being determined at this time.

Director at Large:

  1. Chair, Sharon Bunce, reported plans are still being formulated for monthly activities, one of which is fat quarter exchange.
  2. Labels for donation quilts will be made available.


  1. September’s speaker, Catherine Noll Litwinow, will share “What’s with the Hats; Calico Cathy meets Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam”.
  2. Chair, Lin VandeBerg, says the guest speaker dinner will be at the Waterfront Seafood Restaurant at 5:15 on 9/9/14.


  1. Chair, Janet DeJager, will be adding the quilt show pictures to the website.


  1. Donation of $150 to Holy Trinity Lutheran for the use of the meeting room as approved by Anita Allwood and seconded by Lin VandeBerg


  1. Linda Sprague is to meet with Ramona Tapper to get supplies and the new membership packets for the September meeting.
  2. The membership listing will be updated after the Oct. guild meeting.

Email Blast Content:

Meeting notice to go out to guild membership is to include the $5 refund for bringing a new member, $5 membership reduction for new members, open board position, meeting time, location, and speaker, treat suppliers, and director at large activities.

2015 Budget:

  1. Christy Tigges opened the discussion of the 2015 budget. Some line items were deleted as they no longer apply; some monies were reassigned or combined with other line items. No major items were discussed.
  2. Sandy Bolin-Townes opened the discussion of the 2015 quilt show budget. The biggest issue was the timing of the expenses for the 2015 raffle quilt for its presentation at the North Pole and parade use.
  3. The 2015 budget was approved by Lin VandeBerg and seconded by Sharon Bunce.

The next board meeting will be October 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was adjourned.

Guild Meeting Minutes for Sept. 9, 2014

Posted in Business on September 23rd, 2014

Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild Meeting Minutes for September 9, 2014

Ann Finger welcomed members and visitors to the September guild meeting. She covered some miscellaneous business items.

  1. Membership renewals are due this month and by the October meeting at the latest.
  2. She thanked the members who took blocks for the 2015 raffle quilt for getting them done already!
  3. Members were reminded that we had several open board positions that need to be filled if we want to continue being the progressive guild we have been.
  4. Donations of mittens, scarves, and hats are being asked for so we can keep the K-5th grade Ankeny students warm this winter.
  5. Sew in dates are 10/17/14, 1/16/15, 2/13/15, and 4/17/15 from 6:00 to 11:00
  6. There is a small stock of AAQG t-shirts and denim shirts available.
  7. She encouraged members to signup for these committees: survey review, sew-in, communications, membership, retreat, quilt show, and program committees.

The 2014-2015 budget was presented by Christy Tiggs, Treasurer. Some questions were asked on different line items of the budget and these were addressed by Christy or other board members. After Donita Link made the motion to accept the budget, it was seconded, voted on, and passed.

Sandy Bowlin-Townes, chairman of the 2015 quilt show, covered several points about the raffle quilt. Blocks are in and will be sewn together in time to get it to Kalona for hand quilting. We also purchased a longer gambling license for the raffle so that tickets can be sold at the Santa’s North Pole Village the first weekend of Dec. A booth was purchased by the guild to get the guild more widely known in the community and have donated country store items available for sale as well as the raffle tickets.

Twin Lakes Conference Center in Manson, IA is the location for the retreat on 4/9-12/15. Anita Allwood said there will be a gentleman there to sharpen scissors, blades, knives, etc. for the retreat attendees. Price is yet to be determined.

Our program for the evening was introduced by Lin Vandeberg. Catherine Noll Litwinow presented “What’s with the hats; Calico Cathy meets Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam”. Her trunk show had a wide range of antique and current quilts of many different styles of Sun Bonnet Sue and Overall Sam. Her humor gave the quilts some very interesting names!

Sharon Bunce, Director at Large, awarded many items for participating guild activities.   The fat quarter lottery winner was Kathy Little. Next month the lottery is black and gold for the Hawkeyes so bring a fat quarter and put your name in the lottery! Block of the Month participant, Kathy Little, won a notion item for turning in her block. Sharon said there were three donation quilt kits available for people to take home and finish. The guild has batting and backing if you make the donation top. She said they are in need of solids or prints that read as solids. This year we are going to put labels on the donation quilts with the guild’s name and year made. October needs more people to supply treats. Door prizes went to people who had their name tag on. They were Diane Swanson, Janet DeJagger, Gloria House, and Sandy Bowlin-Townes. Monthly birthdays were celebrated with the question “What is your favorite thing about the guild?”

Show and Tell was announced and then an cream social was hosted by the current board members.


September Door Prize Winners

Posted in Director-at-Large on September 9th, 2014

Door prize winners at the 9/9/2014 guild meeting were:

Diane Swanson

Janet DeJager

Gloria House

Sandy Bolin-Townes


There were seven participants in the Fat Quarter Lottery.  Kathy Little was the lucky winner of the Halloween fat quarters.  Fat Quarter Lottery theme for October is Black & Gold Hawkeye fabric.

Two members brought their completed Block of the Month to the meeting and their names were put in a drawing.  Kathy Little was the lucky winner of this monthly drawing.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s completed BOM in October.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Directors-at-Large…Sharon Bunce & Janeen Vice

2014-2015 Director-at-Large Happenings

Posted in Director-at-Large on September 4th, 2014

We are excited for a fun guild year.  This year the Directors-at-Large will be offering a monthly Fat Quarter Lottery.

Fat Quarter Lottery is a fun activity for those who want to participate.  Simply bring a fat quarter that follows the theme for the month listed below and your name will be placed in a drawing for the chance to win the fat quarters turned in.  If you bring two fat quarters, your name will be placed in the drawing twice.  Fat quarters measure 18″ x 22″.  Fat quarters must be 100% cotton fabric.  Any fabric that does not apply to the monthly theme will not be accepted.

September – Halloween

October – Black & Gold Hawkeye

November – Fall

December – Winter/Snowflake

January – Red & White

February – Cardinal & Gold Cyclone

March – Polka Dots

April – Juvenile Prints

May – Black & White

June – Red, White & Blue

July – no lottery this month

August – Bright Colors

We will also be sharing a Block of the Month pattern.  A paper copy of the pattern can be picked up at the Director-at-Large table each month.

We will be asking members to create a Bucket List of any unfinished projects you want to get completed by quilt show.  This is a great way to be accountable and get your projects finished.  More details to come in the upcoming months on this.

Socialization is a key part of the guild.  Treats are provided after the business meeting thanks to the generosity of our members.  If you or your small group are interested in serving treats for the upcoming months, please see the Directors-at-Large at the next meeting.

If you have any questions about any guild events or projects, feel free to contact the Directors-at-Large, Sharon Bunce and Janeen Vice.

08.12.2014 AAQG Meeting

Posted in Business on August 14th, 2014

Ann welcomed members and guests to the August meeting.  The meeting started with our program,  Jeremy Landauer from Landauer publishers here in Des Moines.  She also brought author and designer Janet Pittman.  They discussed the process of getting a book published.  They have published many of the Thimbleberries book by Lynette Jensen.

Ann announced the open positions on the board and discussion on committees that would help make the board members easier.  It takes everyone to make the guild and we need volunteers to step up and help out.  Without the board who knows what could happen to the guild.  The guild has been here for over 20 years and for all of it to dissolve would not be good for the quilting community.

Connie talked about the expenses of the quilt show- which brought to light how much money is needed to make a fantastic show.  The revenues from the show help fund the speakers we have.  Many said they wanted classes at the show but yet attendance was down so we lost money on that.

Sandy highlighted the theme for the quilt show and encouraged the group to make blocks for the raffle quilt.  However, if it can’t be completed before next month don’t take a block.  The quilt will be quilted by the Amish ladies.

Christy talked about the finances of the guild- we have enough to make it another year if we don’t have a show.

Lin talked about the benefits of becoming a member of the board and spoke of the upcoming programs that she has booked.

The Director at Large gals announced the winner of the bucket list, tip of the month and the grand prize winner.  Door prizes were awarded.  Birthdays were honored.  Refreshments and fellowship ended our program and the 2013-2014 year came to a close.

This is my last report as secretary and I was hoping someone would step up and continue reporting what happens at the meetings.  If you are interested please contact me.  I’m not sure the direction the guild is taking since we have 5 or 6 positions open and the president can not and will not carry the load for 135 members.

Respectfully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

Jeramy Landauer to Present Program 8/12/14

Posted in Programs on August 10th, 2014

Adventures in Quilt Book Publishing

From Proposal to Patterns to Photography, Layout and Publication—
you’ll be treated to a presentation featuring dozens of stunning quilts from designers whose talents brought them to Landauer’s publishing program

On Tuesday, August 12, Jeramy Landauer and Kitty Jacobson of Landauer Publishing, and, Janet Pittman, Iowa author of Applique, The basics & Beyond, Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids and First Time Machine Applique, will be with the Ankeny Quilt Guild to talk about publishing from both sides of the process demonstrated by an array of quilts from authors and books such as:

Sandi Blackwell’s, Simply Sensational Square-agonals
Kaffe Fassett’s, Welcome Home Kaffe Fassett
Fons & Porter’s Quilts from the Henry Ford
Penny Haren’s Pieced Applique, Intricate Blocks Made Easy
Karin Hellaby’s Sew Simple Pineapple
Janet Pittman’s Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids
Edyta Sitar’s Friendship Triangles

Jeramy and Kitty will give the publisher’s overview. Janet Pittman, Des Moines author will use her book Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids to discuss the various steps in the process.

Bring your questions and be ready to enjoy insights into what it takes to create an award-winning quilt book.



Posted in Business on August 6th, 2014

Memembers present:  Sharon Bunce, Ann Finger, Christy Tigges, Connie Lovelady, Ramona Tapper, Cathy Dimit, Sandy Bolin-Towns, and Anita Allwood.

Ann announced all the positions on the board that are open- this is a great way to get to know members and to help the guild.  Positions needed are secretary, VP, Quilt Chair elect, Program Chair elect, Director at Large elect and Communication elect.

Quilt Show wrap up was discussed, ways to improve the already outstanding show; as well as things that went very well.

At the August meeting discussions will be on filling the vacant positions, and creating committees so the burden is not on one person.

Membership lists will be passed around to ensure that sign in for the September meeting goes smoothly instead of bottle necking inside the door.

Respectfully submitted,

Ramona Tapper