March Donation Quilt Totals

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on April 6th, 2015

So far we have a total of 107 donation quilts and 63 place mats.  I am so proud of you!!!!  Keep up the great work.

  • Sunny View Care Center: 52  Our goal is 75
  • Cops Against Cancer:2 Our goal is 3
  • Children and Family of Iowa: 53 Our goal was 22
  • Meals on Wheels Place mats: 63 Our goal was 50

We will continue to make kits to help you all make our goals. If you have any questions about donation quilts be sure to see me at the meeting!!

Cathy Dimit, Vice President

AAQG Spring Retreat Registration Open to Non-members

Posted in Business on March 16th, 2015

The 2015 AAQG Spring Quilting Retreat is now open to non-members!  The retreat is scheduled for Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12 at Twin Lakes Christian Center near Manson, IA.  Room costs are:

Type of lodging            2 nights/3 days/5 meals        3 nights/4 days/6 meals
4 persons per room                  $150                                               $175
3 persons per room                  $155                                               $180
2 persons per room                  $160                                               $185
1 person per room                     $165                                               $190

Registration forms and a retreat information form are available on the web site!  Registrations must arrive by March 22.  There can be no refund of fees after March 22.

The retreat is a great place to sew, meet new friends, get new ideas, get to know old friends better, and have a great time!

Questions?  Contact Anita Allwood, Retreat chair @ anita.allwood@gmail.com or by phone at 641-990-7036.

AAQG Quilt Show 2015 Entry Rules and Form Instructions

Posted in Quilt Show on March 9th, 2015

Rules

  • You must be a current AAQG member to enter.
  • Items must be completed at time of entry – binding on!
  • All entries must be entered in the name of the maker(s).
  • Only entries posted on the website or entries with a signature and date on the form will be accepted.
  • Form must be filled out completely including the description portion with name of pattern and/or designer. Size in inches length and width is critical!
  • All entries must be clean, free of straight pins, constructed of fabric, quilted and finished.
  • Entry must not have been displayed in a previous AAQG Quilt Show.
  • All entries must contain the bottom portion of the entry form in a zip lock bag and secured on the back of the quilt near the edge in the lower right hand corner of the entry.
  • AAQG will take every reasonable precaution to protect entries exhibited in this show. AAQG is not responsible for acts of nature and/or other acts beyond their control.
  • Entries may be dropped off at Quilter’s Cupboard, 706 SW 3rd Street, Ankeny, Iowa, during business hours starting July 6, 2015, and ending July 8, 2015, by the end of the business day or you may bring them to the FFA Enrichment Center between 10:00 a.m. and noon on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
  • Entries must be picked up promptly between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Entries may not be picked up prior to the end of the show on Saturday. A designated person picking up your entry(s) must have a signed statement from you.

Category Requirements

  • Theme – Amish Quilts: Must be made with solid colored fabrics, including blenders (no prints); may be either hand or machine pieced; may be either hand or machine quilted; no embellishments.
  • Traditional: Classic piecing (like Grandma made) with rows and columns; repeating blocks; sampler quilts.
  • Modern: Made with use of bold colors and prints; high contrast and graphic areas of solid color; change of “traditional” block & layout.
  • Applique: Both hand and machine applique accepted; at least 50% of item must be applique.
  • Mixed Technique: Two or more techniques used to create the entry.
  • UFO Greater than five (5) years: Entry started in or before 2010.
  • Original/Innovative Design/Art: Original design of entrant; innovative design based on pattern idea.
  • Batik: Top must be 100% batik fabric.
  • “Off the Bed”: Quilted clothing, purses, totes, table runners, table toppers, wall hangings; any item you would not use to cover up with.
  • My First Entry in the AAQG Show: Must be the first time you have ever entered ANYTHING in the AAQG Quilt Show.

Awards

  • Viewer’s Choice – may be from any category and based on viewer’s votes.
  • 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place presented for each of the entry categories.
  • Honorable mention as deemed appropriate by Quilt Show Committee.

Our show is not judged.  Quilts are voted on by the viewing public.  Votes will be tallied by the Quilt Show Chair, Quilt Show Chair Elect, and three (3) members of the Quilt Show Committee.  Winners will be announced at the July, 2015 AAQG Quilt Show Wrap-up Meeting.

Quilt Show Sponsor Information

Posted in Quilt Show on March 4th, 2015

The 2015 Quilt Show Committee reviewed the sponsorship categories and clarified what the sponsors receive for their money.  The following is what each category includes:

Platinum – donation of $500 or more:   will be included in all print ads including newspaper, posters, and bookmarks.  We will need a digital copy of their logo so we can include it in the print copy.  These sponsors will be noted in the largest font in the print ads.  They will also have first selection of booth location at the show.  They will be included in our onsite posters at our quilt show as well as noted in the show program as a Platinum donor.  Platinum donors will have a sign recognizing them in their booth. They will be recognized in our social media with links to their individual websites.

Gold – donation of $400-$499: will be included in all print ads including newspaper, posters, and bookmarks.  We will need a digital copy of their logo so we can include it in the print copy as space permits.  These sponsors will be noted in second largest font in the print ads.  They will be included in our onsite posters at our quilt show as well as noted in the show program as a Gold donor.  Gold donors will have a sign recognizing them in their booth.  They will be recognized in our social media with links to their individual websites.

Silver – donation of $250-$399: will be included on bookmarks.  They will be included in our onsite posters at our quilt show as well as noted in the show program as a sponsor.  They will be recognized in our social media with links to their individual websites.

Bronze – donation of $100-$249: will be included on bookmarks.  They will be included in our onsite posters at our quilt show as well as noted in the show program as a sponsor.

Why a Quilt Show…And Why Should I Enter?

Posted in Quilt Show on March 4th, 2015

Why do we have a quilt show? Type “quilt show” into Google and you get over 11,000,000 responses!  Since I didn’t have time to dig through all those responses, I decided to come up with my own reasons – and I think many of you will agree!

  1. We love quilts!
  2. We want to share our love with others.
  3. We are inspired by the work of our peers.
  4. We provide inspiration for others.
  5. We are recognized for our hard work and creativity (hey – who can’t use a little recognition now and then?)
  6. We are generous – not bragging, simply sharing the good things that we do with donations of time, talent and materials.
  7. We want to continue our learning and education.
  8. We want to improve our health and well-being. There has been actual research done on how quilting is good for us physically and emotionally.
  9. We want to increase the quality and quantity of our stash thanks to our vendors!
  10. We want to earn money for our guild.

Practice makes perfect – the more we sew and learn, the more we improve our skills.  We learn new techniques, we try new patterns, and in turn we teach others what we learn.  No two quilts are exactly alike – even if we use the same pattern and fabric.  Just as we are all unique individuals, our finished quilts are unique and one of a kind.  They are labors of love and provide a sense of accomplishment whether they are complex pieces of art or simple patterns that are meant to be well used until they fall to pieces.

Our show is not a juried show – in other words we do not have a judge come in and examine our work and rank our quilts on technical skill and correctness.  Our show is judged by the viewing public; the show attendees who pay to come in and see our displays.  Our quilt show is probably more like an art show.  Everyone looks at the display of quilts through their own life experience and what appeals to one person may not even garner a second glance by another.  For the most part, those viewing our quilts and voting on them don’t notice if a tiny little corner of a star was nipped into the seam or if the binding is a little wavy.  Far more important is the eye appeal to the beholder of the quilt.  The true star of our quilt show is the love and dedication that goes into the creation of each quilt.

There is a distinct feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes from seeing a project displayed for the public to see.  Please don’t be shy or think your work is not worthy.  This is your opportunity to put an entry into a show and to share with the community a small piece of what we are so passionate about.  That’s why we added the first time in the AAQG category this year.  It’s my hope that this will be the biggest class in the show.

Sandy Bolin-Townes

2015 Quilt Show Chair

Fond Retreat Memories…2015_02_13

Posted in Retreat on February 13th, 2015

Do you remember some of these?  What an AMAZING and talented group we had at retreat last year.  Make sure to get your registration turned in, so you can participate this year.

 

retreat one

 

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A nice area to relax right off the kitchen.

twinlakesfireplace

 

Comfy bed for each of us!

Twinlakesinn

Special Services Available at the AAQG Retreat!

Posted in Retreat on February 10th, 2015

SPECIAL RETREAT SERVICES

Sewing machine cleaning and simple repair – $60.00 – Kevin Neitzel – Saturday – will stay til done

Massage Therapy – Brooks Lyall ½ hour or 1 hour sessions – -Saturday & perhaps Friday depending on how many sign up!

Fabric! Becky McGregor will be vending fabric by the yard and kits throughout the retreat.

Sharpening Services – Dave Jarvis – Friday
Scissors and Pinking Shears – $7.00
Small scissors – $4.00
Rotary Blades – $3.00
Kitchen Knives – $5.00

Time to Sign for AAQG’s 2015 Retreat!

Posted in Retreat on February 4th, 2015

If you want to have a lot of fun, freedom from cooking and household responsibilities, enjoy good food and fellowship, plus have some pampering — come to AAQG’s 2015 retreat April 9-12, 2015 at the Twin Lakes Christian Center near Manson, IA! AAQG members can begin registering for the retreat next Tuesday at our February 10th meeting. Payment must accompany your registration, however, no checks will be cashed until March 23, 2015. If there is room, non-members may register after the March 10th AAQG meeting. Registration forms can be found on this web site and will be available at the meetings. (Give us a day or two!)

The retreat center is a great place to sew with excellent lighting and an 8 foot table for each attendee. (Pictures will be posted soon.) Lodging is comfortable with places to relax and enjoy visiting with one another. Food is great! Massage therapy, sewing machine cleaning and easy repair plus blade sharpening services are available if you desire.

Watch for more articles about the retreat over the next few weeks! Questions? Email or call
Anita Allwood (anita.allwood@gmail.com) 641-990-7036
Dawn Tallman (sewsewquilter@gmail.com (515-201-2383