AAQG January Meeting will Feature Members as Teachers!

Posted in Business, Programs on December 15th, 2014

The January program is SCHOOL DAYS! and will feature some of our members as teachers of skills and techniques that may interest you!

Courses offered:

  • How to Tie a Quilt: Donita Link from the Country Strippers Small Group will demonstrate how to tie a quilt.
  • How to Make a Bias Binding: Joyce Romick will demonstrate how to cut a continuous bias binding and explain a bias binding’s uses and advantages.
  • Stain Glass Window Block: Sandy Bolin-Townes will demonstrate how to make stain glass window blocks using a technique taught by Erica Plank.
  • Binding 101: Janeen Pearson and Tamara Watts (both state fair winners) will show different techniques for making that perfect binding!!
  • Using an AccuQuiltGo: Sharon Bunce will demonstrate how her Accuquiltgo works and talk about how she uses it.
  • Cute and Easy Potholders: Carol Bowers made some clever potholders for the Guild’s Santa’s Workshop Booth. She will show how to make them!
  • Self Binding Baby Quilt: Anita Allwood will show a simple technique for making a self-binding baby quilt.

As you arrive for the meeting you will choose the classes you want to attend on a first come first serve basis. There will be three(3) fifteen (15) minute sessions of each class with approximately 10 people in each group. Each presenter is preparing a handout for their class. Although you may not be able to attend the class of your choosing you will receive all of the handouts at the end of the meeting.

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!

2014-2015 Bucket List

Posted in Business, Director-at-Large, monthly social activities on December 6th, 2014


For the Bucket List this year a participant is to complete five projects by the July 2015 meeting. The completed projects must be taken to the guild meeting to be marked off the Bucket List. The participant is welcome to share the items during the Show & Tell portion of the meeting. Anyone who completes their entire Bucket List will be entered into a drawing for membership dues for the 2015-2016.  If a bucket list item is not completed by the July 2015 meeting it will be requested that the participant bring a food pantry item donation or a $1 for the food pantry.  If a member of the guild is interested in participating in this activity see the Directors-At-Large, at the Director-At-Large table.  The member will be provided a form to complete.  All members may join this activity through the May guild meeting.

Block of the Month

Posted in Business, Director-at-Large, monthly social activities on December 6th, 2014


During the 2014-2015 Guild year the Director-At-Large Elect, Janeen Vice will be presenting a new Block of the Month for members to create.  Members have 3 options to choose from for the blocks they create. The first option is that the member may keep their blocks to assemble into their own quilt at the end of the year. Option number two, the member may keep their blocks to assemble for a donation quilt at the end of the year.  Finally, the individual may turn their block into Janeen each month.  The blocks will be assembled into donation quilts.  All participants will be able to enter their name into the Block Of The Month drawing after showing their completed block at the Director-At-Large table at the meeting.  At any point during the year all block patterns (to the current date) may be picked up from the Director-At-Large table.  Therefore, it is never to late to start!!!!!

Donation Quilt Supplies

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on December 6th, 2014


In order to help the guild members help us reach our goal of 100 donation quilts for the 2014-2015 Guild year the board has decided that the guild will continue to provide backing and batting for all members that request the supplies.  Please bring your quilt top to the sew-ins or the Guild meetings and the Sew-In Committee will prepare the items for you.  The batting was purchased with the guild’s money.  The backing has been provided by guild member volunteers.

Guild members have also donated other fabrics that are put into kits to create donation quilts.  The kits may be picked up at the Guild meetings.

We are continuing to have quilts available at different stages of creation so that members that are interested in one stage of the quilt may do so.  For example, if you love doing binding during t.v. viewing then you may pick up only the quilts that need binding.  If you want to get practice with your new long arm or a new long arm design then you can pick up the quilts that need quilting.  If your favorite joy is just piecing then by all means pick up a kit!!  Of course, if you want to create a quilt from beginning to end you most certainly can do so!!  The choice is all yours!!!  We believe more hands bring greater rewards!!

Happy Creating!!!!

Organizations for Donation Quilts

Posted in Business, Donations on December 6th, 2014


As Vice President it is my responsibility to determine who will receive our donation items for the year.  After asking members for advice I have decided to donate to the following organizations.  I thank those who have made suggestions!!

1) Cops Against Cancer

This organization was created by 2 Ankeny retiree police officers.  They serve the entire region of Iowa. The organization provides needs of cancer patients beyond what insurance provides.  If you would like more information please visit their website: CopsAgainstCancer.org

Craig and Shirley Phinney, the retired police officers, explained to me that they have an auction each year to raise funds to distribute to those in need.  This year the auction will be held the first weekend in June at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC (where we have had our quilt show).  What they would love to have from us 3-4 quilts for the auction.  I told them that we could handle this request easily!!

2) Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny, Iowa

My paternal grandmother made lap quilts for nursing home residents in Webster City, Iowa.  My maternal grandmother use to live at Sunny View.  In order to honor both grandparents I thought it would be a great idea to make lap quilts for wheelchair patients at Sunny View.  I called the care center and they would be happy to receive our gift.  They would like to have 75 quilts.  I thought we could do this as the quilts only needed to be 45″ x 35″ for the patients.

I was hoping future Vice Presidents would help other nursing homes in the area.

3) Children and Family of Iowa

I called our standard organization and asked them if they still needed quilt donations or if they were stocked up enough for now.  They said they still could utilize our donations.  Therefore, I decided that the quilts that did not fit the needs of the previous 2 organizations could be donated to this group.

4) Meals on Wheels

I contacted Meals on Wheels per a member’s suggestion.  I have learned that the Des Moines Guild has in the past created place mats for recipients in this program.  For one reason or the other they have not donated place mats for awhile.  The individual said they could use 50 place mats.  Are we up to the challenge???? Let’s do it!!!!

Cathy Dimit, Vice President

Donation Quilt Update

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on December 6th, 2014


As of our November meeting we have received 42 donation quilts. So we are in good shape to meet our goal of 100 by the quilt show in July.

I am sure members have also donated quilts for several great causes including Quilts of Valor, Cops Against Cancer, Animal Rescue League, etc.  If you have please inform me of what you have done so that I may included the numbers in our updates.

I can’t get over the time and effort you have taken from your busy schedules to make quilts for someone that you may never meet.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.

November 2014 AAQG meeting minutes

Posted in Business on December 2nd, 2014

Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild Meeting Minutes for November 11, 2014

Connie Lovelady, President, welcomed members and visitors to the November guild meeting.

Cathy Dimit, President Elect, said a suggestion box would be on the registration table for comments, good or bad, from the members. She also said there are three donation kits to be quilted.

Sandy Bolin-Townes announced that the raffle quilt is at the Amana quilters for hand quilting. With the success of the North Pole booth, she suggested that next year the raffle quilt be ready before the show to spur more raffle ticket sales. The NP booth sold $830. The donated left over items will go to the quilt show country store unless the donator retrieves their items. Sandy asked for volunteers to make bowl holders for an order that was taken at the NP show.

Anita Allwood, Retreat Chairperson, said things are going good for the April 9-12, 2015, retreat at Twin Lakes.

Linn VandeBerg, Program Chairperson, said the first Sat. sew in was a success. The next sew in is Nov. 26th. December meeting is the annual pot luck and starts at 6:30 p.m.

Christy Tigges, Treasurer, said the by-laws in hard copy are available. There were no major treasurer items and the budget expenditures were covered.

Peggy Vespestad, Program Chair Elect, has five of the ten program booked for next year. Any program suggestions would be appreciated.

Connie Lovelady presented the idea of the quilt show elect position being a group or people with one of the group acting as the leader. A Communications Elect person is still needed, the sign up sheets for committee workers is next to the registration table for members to get involved in the activities, Lin VandeBerg is heading up the survey committee, and again reminded us that if the school is closed because of bad weather our meetings will also be cancelled.

Sharon Bunce and Janine Bailey said that next month’s fat quarter exchange will be winter or snowflake design. Members can still join in the bucket list drawing for a chance to win free membership for next year.

Show and tell was held and then treats were served.

Next guild meeting will be December 9th starting 6:30 p.m. and will be the annual potluck.