February 2015 Donation Totals

We are doing great so far!!  Keep up the great work!!

  • Sunny View Care Center                                        45/75
  • Cops Against Cancer                                              1/3
  • Children and Family of Iowa                                   47/22
  • Place Mats for Meals on Wheels                             49/50
  1. Don’t forget that the Sunny View Care Center quilts are only 35″ x 45″ (or in the ballpark).
  2. Only 1 place mat to go!  I think we can easily over shoot our goal if we try at all!!  
  3. I am getting worried about the Cops Against Cancer.  This should be are easiest one to concur!!  I know I have one quilt out there being quilted yet.  That one will make 2.  We still need the 3rd one started and they would like a red, white, and blue quilt.  The last 2 need to be finished by the May meeting so that I can get them to Craig Phinney in time for the Auction on the first weekend of June.  This auction will be at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC. That is the same location of our Quilt Show.

Fond Retreat Memories…2015_02_13

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




A nice area to relax right off the kitchen.



Comfy bed for each of us!


Special Services Available at the AAQG Retreat!


Sewing machine cleaning and simple repair – $60.00 – Kevin Neitzel – Saturday – will stay til done

Massage Therapy – Brooks Lyall ½ hour or 1 hour sessions – -Saturday & perhaps Friday depending on how many sign up!

Fabric! Becky McGregor will be vending fabric by the yard and kits throughout the retreat.

Sharpening Services – Dave Jarvis – Friday
Scissors and Pinking Shears – $7.00
Small scissors – $4.00
Rotary Blades – $3.00
Kitchen Knives – $5.00

January, 2015 Meeting Minutes

January, 2015, Ankeny Area Quilt Guild Meeting Minutes

The meeting started with a welcome from our President Connie Lovelady.  She had a few announcements:

–  the President’s challenge is to design a banner/sign for our group to be used at public events such as the North Pole Village sale.  It is to be a design that would enlarge to 6′ by 2 or 3′ size.  The challenge piece does not need to be that size but a sample that would enlarge to that size.

– the Ankeny Library has a sewing room that is open to the public and could certainly use any members that would like to serve as a mentor to the people using the free sewing room.

– the National Wild Life Association would like a prairie design quilt for a display they are making.  The quilt would need to be on loan for a couple of months.

Cathy Dimit, President Elect, reminded us:

– to use the suggestion box for our bright ideas and to express concerns regarding the guild

-if you are interested in joining a small quilt group, she would bring a form to use for signing up and asked for a representative from any small groups that have room for new members to let her know

– Cindy from the Quilters Cupboard will be at the Ankeny Quilt and Sewing Center for diva night and it is free for anyone to attend

– there are seven quilts to bind, two to quilt, and kits available to make tops

Sandy Bolin Townes, Quilt Show Chairman, reviewed some points for the Simple Days Rich Rewards quilt show:

– there is still room for more members on the committee

– the categories for the show have changed and are posted on the web site.  The newest one is “Off the Bed” which includes anything that does not lay on the bed.

– the theme quilts are to be solid colors with no embellishments, and can be  hand or machine quilted

Sharon Bunce, Director at Large, handled the voting of the challenge items.  The theme was Shades of . . . . Challenge

–  1st place-Cheryl Mathre, 2nd place-Susan Body, and 3rd place-Jean Taft.

Janet Olson, Director at Large Elect, covered:

– it is not too late to enter the Bucket List for a chance to get next year’s dues free

– she covered the block of the month for next month

– reviewed the treat list for next month

– told us about the church’s policy of not serving foods or drinks with red die in it

Anita Allwood, Retreat Chairman, said:

– registration cost for the retreat at  the Twin Lakes Christian Center near Manson, IA on April 9-12 will be ready by the Feb. meeting

– members can register in Feb. and March

– Dawn Tallman will be serving as the Retreat Chairman Elect

– we thank Dawn for serving on the board in this position

Janet DeJagger, Communications Director, cover:

– the design of the new email blast for monthly meeting notices

– she would like web site and social media suggestions

– as next year’s quilt show chairman, she would like people interested in helping with the 2016 raffle quilt to sign up

Christy Tigges, Treasurer, said the financials were on the board for members to review

Lin VandeBerg, Program Chair, mentioned:

– sew ins are from 6 – 10:00 pm at the church in the upstairs room; the next one is Jan. 16

– Quilts of Valour is having a workshop on March 7, 2015, and needs coaches and new quilters

– in the church’s rental policies, they request foods and drinks with red dye not be served due to staining issues

We then went into the program for the evening,  School Days, a classroom setting with members presenting:  We then went into the program for the evening, School Days, a classroom setting with members presenting:

  • 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.We certainly have some very educated and talented guild members!

    Show and tell items were shared and treats were served.

    Next month’s meeting, Feb. 10, 2015, will be by Ilene Bartos with her program, “Borders and Sashing.”

Time to Sign for AAQG’s 2015 Retreat!

If you want to have a lot of fun, freedom from cooking and household responsibilities, enjoy good food and fellowship, plus have some pampering — come to AAQG’s 2015 retreat April 9-12, 2015 at the Twin Lakes Christian Center near Manson, IA! AAQG members can begin registering for the retreat next Tuesday at our February 10th meeting. Payment must accompany your registration, however, no checks will be cashed until March 23, 2015. If there is room, non-members may register after the March 10th AAQG meeting. Registration forms can be found on this web site and will be available at the meetings. (Give us a day or two!)

The retreat center is a great place to sew with excellent lighting and an 8 foot table for each attendee. (Pictures will be posted soon.) Lodging is comfortable with places to relax and enjoy visiting with one another. Food is great! Massage therapy, sewing machine cleaning and easy repair plus blade sharpening services are available if you desire.

Watch for more articles about the retreat over the next few weeks! Questions? Email or call
Anita Allwood (anita.allwood@gmail.com) 641-990-7036
Dawn Tallman (sewsewquilter@gmail.com (515-201-2383

“Borders and Sashing” with Ilene Bartos, February 10, 2015

Our regular monthly meeting is Tuesday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ankeny.  Our program will feature Ilene Bartos with her program, “Borders and Sashing.”

Ilene has been working with fiber arts and quilting for almost twenty years, designing both traditional and art quilts. Her works have hung in galleries and shows and won various awards and ribbons. She enjoys being a speaker for guilds and sharing her quilts through trunk shows. Her first book “Maple Leaf Quilts” through Martingale Publishing was released in March 2008. The book highlights innovative ways to use the traditional Maple Leaf block and shows nine techniques for making points.  Her second book “Spectacular Rectangles” came out in 2010.  She now has a line of patterns and kits available. For more on Ilene, visit her website http://ilenebartos.com/

1/13/2015 Prize Winners

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

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!