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




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!

December 2014 AAQG meeting minutes

Posted in Business on January 5th, 2015


Ankeny Area Quilters’ Guild Meeting Minutes for December 9, 2014

Connie Lovelady, President, welcomed members and visitors to the December annual potluck guild meeting.

As each member arrived, they drew a seating card that contained a Christmas carol verse and then you had to find the seat that matched your card. Board members did the same and that way each table had at least one board member seated at it.

An abounding variety of delicious food was served. It was very evident that quilters can also cook!!

During the meal, each table was challenged to get to know one another better. We were asked to share, if stranded on a warm isolated island, what and who we would take and why we made our choices. After the meal, each person made a list of three things about ourselves, two of which were true and the third was a lie. Then each member at the table voted on which was a lie. If you were wrong, you gave a candy kiss to the person reading her list. At the end of the evening, the three people with the most kisses were awarded a gift from the pile on the center of the table.

Sharon Bunce read a short comical poem about a quilter’s Christmas.

After lots of good conversation and getting acquainted, everyone shared and packed up their food. It was a very enjoyable Christmas party.

Next guild meeting will be January 14 starting 7:00 p.m. and will be School Days, a program of demonstrations.


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!!!!