December 2015 President Report

Posted in President's Letter on November 22nd, 2015

I am so excited about the December meeting!!  We are having a potluck.  Please arrive by 6:30pm with a potluck dish in hand. During this meeting we will also have a get to know you event and the President’s Challenge.  I have 42 competitors for this event and three have already turned theirs in.  If the rest of the placemats are anything like the first 3 this will be some competion!!  There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  They will be gift certificates to Quilters Cupboard in Ankeny. Bring your placement to me with only the number on it in the upper left hand corner.  I can’t wait to see the imagination that will be presented!!  Good Luck!!

Your President,

Cathy Dimit

November 2015 President Report

Posted in Business on November 1st, 2015

Hi, everyone!

The President Challenge was announced last month.  I have 34 members participating.  Rumors have it that some of them have already completed the project and it took them less than a day.  I was hoping to have 50 members participate.  So that leaves 16 more members to sign up this month. Here is the project.  The member takes an assigned orphan block and converts it to a 12″ x 18″ placemat. The judging will take place at the December meeting with the members in attendance voting.  1st,, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded.

The next Sew-In will be Saturday, November 21 from 9am-10pm. Members are welcome to come and go as they please.  Strips will be provided for dontation quilts and/or country store items.  Bring your own patterns. You are welcome to work on your Christmas gifts or anything else you would like to complete – say bucket list.  Fill free to bring any project you would like to have help with.  I am sure someone there will be able to help you.  Demonstrations on tools or gadgets you may have would also be welcome. Finally, the backing and batting for donation quilts will be available.    It should be a great day to get to know one another better!!

The speaker this month will be  JoAnn Belling, “Tips for Organizing Yourself & Your Quilting Workroom”.  I am really looking forward to this as organizing my sewing room is on my bucket list.

On Saturday, Nov 14th, JoAnn will be having a workshop “Stars & Geese”. Details and the sign up sheet will be available at the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all!!
Your President,

Cathy Dimit

October 2015 President Report

Posted in President's Letter on October 5th, 2015

Hi everyone!!

I just wanted to check in and give you a few updates.

We have a full board!!!  YEAH!!!!! The board plans on being very busy this year, as in all years, to keep our guild running smoothly. Please make sure to put your suggestions in the suggestion box for us to consider!!

There will not be a sew-in this month. The next sew-in date is Saturday, Nov. 21. The theme for this event will be strip quilts.  We will provide a strip tub for you to make donation quilts and/or country store items with.  Bring your own patterns though. Remember this is only an option!!  You can sew on anything you want: something for yourself, a friend, donation, or country store. It would be great if you brought a special tool or gadget to share with the group.  We most certainly do not know everything when it comes to quilting!  The sew-in is a great time to share your knowledge!! The sew-in will last from 9am until 10pm.  However, you can come and go as you please!!  You can even just drop in and say hi.

Our speaker this month is Katheryn Russi with the presentation “My Evolution as a Quilter & Designer”. Our Director at Large will have the mystery quilt plans ready to go. I will have your first challenge of the year prepared for you.  I hope many of you join in on the fun.  The voting on the challenge will take place in December.

Hope to see you all at the meeting!!

Your President,

Cathy Dimit

2015 Donation Quilts

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on August 2nd, 2015

I wanted to inform you that the donation quilts have been delivered to Children and Family of Iowa, Endure Iowa, Wesley Community Meals on Wheels, and Sunny View Care Center.  I was able to see so many happy people along with Ann Finger, Deb Dickerson, and Angela Bartelman. You can see some of them if you look at the pictures I put under the donation section of the web site.

Ann and I were able to deliver several quilts at Sunny View directly to the patients.  The individuals not available at the time would have their quilts delivered to them by the resident activity director.  The residents we were able to talk to were very excited.  I am convinced that we brought a happy moment to their lives!!

The donation coordinators at Children and Family of Iowa seemed to be very delighted in our donations that Ann, Deb, and I delivered.  We had a nice conversation about the areas within the organization our quilts would go to.  We shared with them about the quilts.  Things like the sizes, types, our system for making some of them, and our fantastic people that created them. They are looking forward to future donations!

Endure Iowa could not be more than delighted with the quantity and quality of the quilts Angela and I took in.  They asked if there were rules for them to follow in how we wanted them to use the quilts. We said however they saw would best fit there organization.  They thought they would pick out a couple for the auction fund raisers, put a couple on display in the office for others to see what type of things are in the care kits, and then the rest to be put in the care kits.  They were uncertain how fast they would go through the quilts as they have not had a donation like this before.  They plan on reporting to Angela to how well the quilts are received and any future thoughts for our donations. They were simply excited!!

Meals on Wheels also received Angela and I with big smiles.  They said that their meal recipients would truly enjoy receiving the place mats. They really do brighten up the individuals day!

I have not been able to to get in contact with Cops Against Cancer.  I will keep you posted.

All of us that participated in any way for donations should be very proud.  We made a lot of very happy people in our community. WE DID GOOD!!!


Vice President Cathy Dimit


2015 Quilt Show Winners

Posted in Quilt Show on July 20th, 2015
Off the Bed Winners

Off the Bed Winners

Original/Innovative Design/Art Winners

Original/Innovative Design/Art Winners

Theme Winners

Theme Winners

Applique Winners

Applique Winners

Mixed Technique Winners

Mixed Technique Winners

Batik Winners

Batik Winners

My First Entry Winners

My First Entry Winners

UFO Category

UFO Category

Traditional Category

Traditional Category

Modern Category

Modern Category

Best of Show

Best of Show

July 2015 Donation Quilt Counts

Posted in Donations, Vice President's Report on July 17th, 2015

If you went to the quilt show you should have seen the donation quilts on display.  What a display it was!!!  It was a very strong visual of our hard work to help those in the community.  I wish I would have taken a picture.  Taking pictures is one thing I am really bad at.

Here are the counts after the July meeting:

Children and Family of Iowa         84

Sunny View Care Center                 80

Endure Iowa                                      49                                     TOTAL:  217 Quilts + 69 Place mats

Meals on Wheals (Placemats)        69                                        (We doubled our yearly goal!!!)

Cops Against Cancer                        4

I will begin delivering quilts on Monday, July 20.  Hopefully I will remember pictures so that you all can see the happy faces I receive.

Respectfully Yours,

Cathy Dimit, President Elect

AAQG Quilt Show 2015 Entry Rules and Form Instructions

Posted in Quilt Show on March 9th, 2015


  • 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.


  • 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.