AAQG 01.09.2018 Meeting

Posted in Business on January 11th, 2018

Linda welcomed the group for coming and made a special welcome to the guests and new members. The open positions were announced. Linda wanted the group to know that if Ankeny schools were canceled because of the weather there would not be a AAQG meeting that night. We want everyone to be safe!

Ann had some kits prepared for donation quilts and the group is encouraged to take a kit and make a quilt.

The speaker was Peg Pennell from Nebraska- and she LOVES a challenge. A challenge gives her a deadline to work with also stating what needs to be in the quilt. The challenge to get it done while following the rules of the challenge. Thru her experience she has taken the rules to fit her project- then the next year the rules were tweaked a little! Each challenge presents an opportunity to learn something – maybe a new technique or using a different type of fabric. She started quilting in the ‘70’s and taught herself to machine quilt- this was done on a domestic sewing machine. By the ‘90’s she was teaching machine quilting.

Update on the Quilt show- Janet learned that Summerfest is a different weekend so she is in the process of working with the FFA folks to get the quilt show date changed. She also wanted to know the membership thoughts and will take a vote of reducing the pipe and drape on the larger quilts to save some money. This proposition brought on a lot of questions that will need to be researched. Stay tuned as she finds out more information. Anita and some others went to several venues in Ankeny to get costs and look at the space for future quilt show.

Anyone that wants to present at the School Days in March, contact Debra Groff. February’s program is Dawn Cavanaugh from Ankeny- this meeting will be March 20 because of spring break.

Carol wants to have everyone’s photo so she can publish a photo directory. This will NOT be posted on the website. We respect your right to privacy. When a quilt is posted on facebook please comment on it- this keeps us in front of the group and brings up more discussions on quilts. We need your stories on the quilts you post if you don’t want your name published that is fine but we all have a story to tell.

If anyone wants to step up to chair the committee for Santa North Polk Village this would be a great opportunity for getting the Ankeny guild name in front of the community and sell raffle tickets for the quilt show.

Retreat is right around the corner- the dates April 19 to April 22. Sign up started this month. Cecilie has brown bag mystery block for the retreat. There will be a block lottery at the retreat. She is working on getting a massage therapist and a sewing machine cleaner.

There needs to be sign up for February and March.

The director at large showed the KISS block. The door prizes were awarded. Show and tell was great to see and then the fellowship with refreshments.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 12.12.2017 Meeting

Posted in Business on December 14th, 2017

There were 30 members present and that includes one new member for the annual Christmas potluck meeting.

Linda welcomed us to the December meeting and went over a few items that the board had discussed.

  • The minutes are on the website after each board meeting as well as the regular meetings.
  • There will be a quilt show meeting the 3rd Monday in December (12.18.17) at the Panera on Delaware Street to discuss coordinator positions. It was going to be at the church but the church is unavailable in December.
  • Guests are welcome to show their quilts at meetings but not promote their business.

The food line was then opened up- YUM!! Deb shared the answers to the Christmas movie trivia quiz she had handed out as members signed in. The prize went to the gal that had 6 correct- good job! We then learned how to make a folded star with 4 strips of fabric. There were many successes – a few failures but lots of fun and determination to complete a star!

The meeting ended with a very brief show and tell. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 12.05.2017 Board Meeting

Posted in Business on December 6th, 2017

Members present: Linda Schlenker, Ramona Tapper, Ginger Green, Beth Hromyak, Carol Westercamp, Jean Taft, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkel, Louise Whitlow, Janet DeJager and Terri Henkels.

Linda called the meeting to order and last months were handed out, a motion to approve by Jean Taft and seconded by Louise.

Debbie was unable to attend but had sent along a message of what had been done for the potluck next month. The Directors at large discussed what needed to be purchased for the event. Be sure to bring serving utensils for your dish as well as a beverage.

There was some discussion on having the board minutes available to the members. The minutes are posted on our website at www.aaqg.net within a week of the meeting. A few hard copies will be available at the sign in table; please don’t take these if you have access to a computer. Members are welcome to attend the meetings as they are open to the public. The minutes are also posted after the regular meeting so everyone can see what was discussed.

The printed copies of the directory will be available at the December meeting- this will not be the directory with your photos. The photo directory will be available on line- our communication person is handling that- and there are still some photos that she needs to keep this current.

The directors at large won’t be having a new Keep It Sew Simple block in December, but will have copies of the first 2 blocks. This will resume again in January.

Update on the April Retreat- the check has been sent in to reserve the dates. With the passing of Kevin, our sewing machine tech the retreat gals are looking for a replacement. He will be a hard guy to replace as he has helped us for a long time.

Quilt show update- there will be the first meeting the 3rd Monday in December (12.18.17)at the church to discuss coordinator positions. Everyone is welcome to attend! Janet would like to have kits available for sale at the show for Christmas items (baby quilts, wall hangings, or table runners). These need to be quilt shop quality so whatever doesn’t sell at the show can be made for the Santa North Pole Village craft show in November. Something new this year will be vendor led classes. This will be up to the vendor to promote the class at the show; in return we will promote the shop that is sponsoring the class. Watch for more details as this unfolds.

Janet is getting estimates on not having the drapes behind the quilts at the show, this may save some money but how would it look to see back of quilt against another back of a quilt. She also mentioned that the cost of the pipe and drape is almost the same as renting the venue where the quilt show is held.

We need your quilt stories, says the communication department. We need your support to post items on our facebook page to get the word out there about our group. You are welcome to share a story and not have your name attached to it – just see Carol for details on that. We all have a story and others would love to hear it!

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.

There was quite a lengthy discussion on show and tell. The question was is it for members only or can a guest come and show quilts? If a guest shows quilts should it be their work or should it be work they have done for someone else. Are they showing it to advance their business?

Louise motioned for the meeting to adjourn and Janet seconded the motion.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 11.14.17 Meeting

Posted in Business on November 16th, 2017

AAQG Meeting 11.14.17

Linda called the meeting to order and announced that there will be a suggestion box at the meetings but she forgot to bring it. It will be brought to the board meeting and we will try to solve the issues that are mentioned.  The board meetings are open to anyone and are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM, here at the church but upstairs.

There were 55 members and 2 guests present. The guests were welcomed.

The President’s challenge was announced. Create Linda’s Forest.  Anything with a tree- defined as  it has to have a trunk and a branch.  Any median can be used- paint, quilt, drawn as well as any size.   No size requirement, just a finished product.  This is due at the February meeting.

The Directors at Large hung up the name tags for the Name Tag Challenge- this was a name tag and it had to have a spool of thread on it. There were 8 entries and Ramona Tapper won with her name tag.

The donation quilts have been distributed to several organizations and the drive for more donation quilts is on. There were kits for quilters to take and complete and if you need fabric to go with one contact Ann Finger or Linda and they will set you up.

The program was the shop owners from the Bondurant shop- Off the Trails. They showed us a lot of new items from the Houston Market.  They realize we all have so much fabric in our stash so when they went to market they were looking for Stash Buster patterns- and they were very successful!  They showed us upcoming Block of the Months, Stash Buster Club projects and other things they were working on at the shop.  They are so excited about what they are doing and their love of quilting you just have to check out their shop!

The December meeting will start at 6:30 since it will be our potluck. Bring a dish to share as well as your own beverage.  Also don’t forget your serving spoon or fork for your dish to share!  We will be making a craft so you will also need a pair of scissors.

The Program Chair elect would like any ideas or techniques that you would like to see in future meetings or any speakers that you would like to see.

Anita had a sheet at the sign in table with facts and figures about the quilt show- be sure to read this and if you have any input be sure to contact her.

The Santa North Pole Village raised about $1000 and the items that didn’t sell were brought back to the meeting for members to pick up or they will go into the Country Store bucket.

Refreshments are needed for January- or we will all go away hungry! The Directors at Large showed the next Keep it Sew Simple Block- a disappearing 9 patch.  Louise showed us a lot of versions of various ways to cut the block.

Door prizes were awarded – don’t forget you must have a name tag on to get a door prize!

Show and tell completed the program with some quilt eye candy for us to enjoy!

Refreshments and fellowship concluded the program.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 11.07.2017 Board Meeting

Posted in Business on November 8th, 2017

AAQG 11.07.2017 Board Meeting

Members present: Linda Schlenker, Ramona Tapper, Ginger Green, Beth Hromyak, Carol Westercamp, Debbie Groff, Anita Allwood, Jean Taft, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkel, Louise Whitlow.

Linda called the meeting to order and last month’s secretary minutes were passed out.  Louise  made a motion to approve the minutes and Debbie Groff seconded the motion.

Jean Taft asked for the current membership to be e-mailed to the board.  Linda gave a report on the Santa North Pole Village which took place on November 4th.  She thought we had cleared $1000 but will wait for the treasurer to make the final call on that.  The Santa placemats from 2016 are all sold, other items that sold were: taggies, bibs, wall hanging, 2 cancer quilts, table runners and the greeting cards.  Some of the table toppers and the greeting cards will be going to Winterset.  Several members were there to help and $80+ was sold in raffle tickets.

Linda took 25 quilts to Sunnyview Nursing home; the rest will be taken to Children and Family Services.  10 or 12 will be going to the Marshalltown Vets Home.  Linda is down to 5 donation quilts so we need to start getting busy with donation quilts again.

Off the Rails Quilt shop in Bondurant will be the speaker on November 14.

Christmas fabric is needed for the craft project in December- Linda has fabric for that.  The December meeting will start at 6:30 since that is the potluck.

The spool name badge challenge is at the November meeting.  There will be a showing of the KISS blocks (Keep It Sew Simple) blocks and the next block will be revealed with a short demo.

The retreat deposit has been sent in and the prices will remain the same.  Brooke the massage therapist is unsure if she will be able to attend- but will know by December.  Cecile plans on calling the sewing machine guy to come back.  There won’t be a scissors sharper person.

There really needs to be a communication elect person to step up- also be thinking of being on the board next year as there will be several board members going off the board.  This is a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and help make the decisions that shape the group for the future.  Carol needs your photo- she wants to add this to the directory so we can put names to faces.  Any quilt related stories are needed for her to add to the Facebook page- you don’t have to add you name so your privacy will be respected.

There will be a President’s challenge and Linda will be announcing that – it will be due at the February meeting.

Jean Taft motioned for the meeting to adjourn  and Anita seconded the motion.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

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 QuiltShow@aaqg.net