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

Donation Delivery

Posted in Vice President's Report on July 17th, 2014

During 2014 the Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild has been prolific in creating wonderful quilts for the Children and Families of Iowa.  A total of 118 quilts were donated along with many suitcases and bags to help transport the quilts and be given to needy families.  A big thank you to Susan Body who helped deliver the donation quilts displayed at the show.  The remainder were delivered today and filled every spare bit of space in my Tahoe.   Thank you guild members for remembering how special a quilt can be and giving of your time and materials to create those special memories for individuals you don’t even know.

07.15.2014 AAQG Meeting

Posted in Business on July 16th, 2014

Ann welcomed everyone to the AAQG Quilt Show wrap up meeting and everyone gave Connie Lovelady a huge round of applause for an awesome job of heading up the quilt show.  It takes everyone’s help and with a leader like Connie it all went very smoothly.  Hats off to Connie!

The August meeting will be elections for the upcoming year which will begin in September.  There will be no show and tell in August.  The program will be first then the meeting.  Our speaker will be Jeramy Landauer from Landauer Publishers and she will be bringing Janet Pittman.

There were 116 donation quilts-WOW!! The Family Services will be thrilled with this outpouring of support.  20 suitcases were also donated.

The winners were announced in each catogory and this will be put on the website.  Best of show went to Vicki Swenson- good job!

See Ann if you want your Country Store items that did not sell otherwise that will be the start of Country Store for next year.

The Board of Directors announced this was the last month for the Bucket List to be turned in.  Cathy did her tip of the month and once again Ramona won.  Door prizes were awarded, birthday honored and the meeting wrapped up with Show and Tell and then refreshments.

Respectfully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

07.01.2014 AAQG Board Meeting

Posted in Business on July 3rd, 2014

Members present:  Ann Finger, Ramona Tapper, Anita Allwood, Lin Vande Berg, Connie Lovelady, Sandy Bolin-Towns, Christy Tigges, and Janet BeJager.

Connie talked about the parade – if any one wants to walk, we will also be selling tickets for the raffle.  The meeting place is Marilyn Ave, by 70th and 72nd (1/2 way between these 2 streets). We are slot 47 and need to be there before 9 AM.

The quilt show:  There are ads in several newspapers, Channel 8 will be taping the promo spot and it will air on Thursday at the noon news.  Volunteers are still needed!! This can not be stressed enough – it takes all of us to put on a show.  Friday there is a need for kitchen help as well as kitchen help on Saturday.  Let Connie know if you are available so she can get this on the schedule.  Set up will be at 10 AM on Thursday.  Quilt drop off is Wednesday before the show at the Cupboard.  The ballat count will be Sunday after the show and several of us signed up to help.  So far there are 222 quilts in the show and the programs are at the printer.

The August meeting will be wrap-up and there will be no show and tell for August.

Respectfully submitted,

Ramona Tapper