April 2015 Donation Quilt Updates

Posted in Business on May 4th, 2015

WOW!!!!!!  We are doing great!!  We have accomplished all of my goals I am so proud of all of your hard work! There will be a lot of people benefiting from our efforts!  Keep it up!!

Sunny View Care Center:  84/75

Cops Against Cancer:            4/3

Children and Family of IA  79/22

Meals on Wheels placemats  63/50

Grand total of 167 quilts!!!!  Our yearly goal is 100.  This doesn’t even include the 63 placemats

Since we are over the goal for Sunny View Care Center request, I have decided to give them 80 quilts and contribute the rest we collect for yet another good cause.  More information to come on this.

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

 

retreat2

 

A nice area to relax right off the kitchen.

twinlakesfireplace

 

Comfy bed for each of us!

Twinlakesinn

1/13/2015 Prize Winners

Posted in Director-at-Large on January 19th, 2015

The winner of the Fat Quarter Lottery was Pam Koelling.

Sheila Arney was the winner of the Block of the Month drawing.

We had a great selection of entries for the “Shades of….” Challenge.  Participants were very creative.  The winners of this challenge were:  1st place-Cheryl Mathre, 2nd place-Susan Body, and 3rd place-Jean Taft.

Congratulations to all the winners!

2015 Quilt Show Categories

Posted in Quilt Show on January 10th, 2015

Update on the categories for the 2015 Quilt Show, Simple Days, Rich Rewards:

Theme – Amish Quilts

Traditional

Modern

Applique

Mixed Technique

UFO greater than 5 years

Original/Innovative Design/Art

Precuts or Batiks

“Off the Bed”

My First AAQG Show Entry

There are no size restrictions in any of the categories.  Future posts will clarify the definitions for each category.  Stay tuned for more information!

12/9/14 Winners

Posted in Business, Director-at-Large on December 9th, 2014

Bonnie Barry won the Fat Quarter Lottery for December.  The theme was Winter/Snowflake fabric.

Block of the Month winner was Arlene Greenough.

No door prizes were awarded this month, but instead all members in attendance went home with a gift bag.

Congratulations to the winners and Happy Holidays to all!