AAQG 11.14.17 Meeting

Posted in Business on November 16th, 2017

AAQG Meeting 11.14.17

Linda called the meeting to order and announced that there will be a suggestion box at the meetings but she forgot to bring it. It will be brought to the board meeting and we will try to solve the issues that are mentioned.  The board meetings are open to anyone and are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 PM, here at the church but upstairs.

There were 55 members and 2 guests present. The guests were welcomed.

The President’s challenge was announced. Create Linda’s Forest.  Anything with a tree- defined as  it has to have a trunk and a branch.  Any median can be used- paint, quilt, drawn as well as any size.   No size requirement, just a finished product.  This is due at the February meeting.

The Directors at Large hung up the name tags for the Name Tag Challenge- this was a name tag and it had to have a spool of thread on it. There were 8 entries and Ramona Tapper won with her name tag.

The donation quilts have been distributed to several organizations and the drive for more donation quilts is on. There were kits for quilters to take and complete and if you need fabric to go with one contact Ann Finger or Linda and they will set you up.

The program was the shop owners from the Bondurant shop- Off the Trails. They showed us a lot of new items from the Houston Market.  They realize we all have so much fabric in our stash so when they went to market they were looking for Stash Buster patterns- and they were very successful!  They showed us upcoming Block of the Months, Stash Buster Club projects and other things they were working on at the shop.  They are so excited about what they are doing and their love of quilting you just have to check out their shop!

The December meeting will start at 6:30 since it will be our potluck. Bring a dish to share as well as your own beverage.  Also don’t forget your serving spoon or fork for your dish to share!  We will be making a craft so you will also need a pair of scissors.

The Program Chair elect would like any ideas or techniques that you would like to see in future meetings or any speakers that you would like to see.

Anita had a sheet at the sign in table with facts and figures about the quilt show- be sure to read this and if you have any input be sure to contact her.

The Santa North Pole Village raised about $1000 and the items that didn’t sell were brought back to the meeting for members to pick up or they will go into the Country Store bucket.

Refreshments are needed for January- or we will all go away hungry! The Directors at Large showed the next Keep it Sew Simple Block- a disappearing 9 patch.  Louise showed us a lot of versions of various ways to cut the block.

Door prizes were awarded – don’t forget you must have a name tag on to get a door prize!

Show and tell completed the program with some quilt eye candy for us to enjoy!

Refreshments and fellowship concluded the program.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 11.07.2017 Board Meeting

Posted in Business on November 8th, 2017

AAQG 11.07.2017 Board Meeting

Members present: Linda Schlenker, Ramona Tapper, Ginger Green, Beth Hromyak, Carol Westercamp, Debbie Groff, Anita Allwood, Jean Taft, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkel, Louise Whitlow.

Linda called the meeting to order and last month’s secretary minutes were passed out.  Louise  made a motion to approve the minutes and Debbie Groff seconded the motion.

Jean Taft asked for the current membership to be e-mailed to the board.  Linda gave a report on the Santa North Pole Village which took place on November 4th.  She thought we had cleared $1000 but will wait for the treasurer to make the final call on that.  The Santa placemats from 2016 are all sold, other items that sold were: taggies, bibs, wall hanging, 2 cancer quilts, table runners and the greeting cards.  Some of the table toppers and the greeting cards will be going to Winterset.  Several members were there to help and $80+ was sold in raffle tickets.

Linda took 25 quilts to Sunnyview Nursing home; the rest will be taken to Children and Family Services.  10 or 12 will be going to the Marshalltown Vets Home.  Linda is down to 5 donation quilts so we need to start getting busy with donation quilts again.

Off the Rails Quilt shop in Bondurant will be the speaker on November 14.

Christmas fabric is needed for the craft project in December- Linda has fabric for that.  The December meeting will start at 6:30 since that is the potluck.

The spool name badge challenge is at the November meeting.  There will be a showing of the KISS blocks (Keep It Sew Simple) blocks and the next block will be revealed with a short demo.

The retreat deposit has been sent in and the prices will remain the same.  Brooke the massage therapist is unsure if she will be able to attend- but will know by December.  Cecile plans on calling the sewing machine guy to come back.  There won’t be a scissors sharper person.

There really needs to be a communication elect person to step up- also be thinking of being on the board next year as there will be several board members going off the board.  This is a great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and help make the decisions that shape the group for the future.  Carol needs your photo- she wants to add this to the directory so we can put names to faces.  Any quilt related stories are needed for her to add to the Facebook page- you don’t have to add you name so your privacy will be respected.

There will be a President’s challenge and Linda will be announcing that – it will be due at the February meeting.

Jean Taft motioned for the meeting to adjourn  and Anita seconded the motion.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 10.10.17 Guild Meeting

Posted in Business on October 12th, 2017

AAQG Meeting 10.10.17

Linda brought the meeting to order and announced the open positions on the board.

We had around 11 guests and I didn’t get the number of members. This was a night for paying dues and will continue collecting dues in November.

Speaker Jan Sassaman was the program; she showed us slides of her fabric designs and went thru the process of how she creates her fabric. A lot of inspiration comes from her garden that her husband maintains- and what a garden it is.  Just like us quilters we can’t get enough fabric- he feels the same way about plants!  Her take on the dandelion was one I hadn’t heard before and she puts that in a lot of her fabric.

The Raffle quilt was shown – it is complete except it is in need of a label. It will be at the Santa North Pole Village on November 4th.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

“Paint a Barn Quilt Block” deadline is tonight- if you didn’t sign up you missed it.

Carol our faithful communication chair would like to have photos of everyone to add to the directory and she is willing to take your photo. If you have a story for her “Every Quilt has a Story” feature on Facebook get that over to her.

Sign up for the Fons and Porter magazine subscription is at that sign in table- this is quite the deal and $5 goes back into the guild fund.

The “Spool Thread Challenge” is due in November. Create a name tag with the spool logo on it and there will be a views choice next month with a prize going to the one with the most votes.

The KISS (Keep It Super Simple) project to learn a new technique was shown and instructions were given out. Jean showed 2 sizes of the block.  This month’s was a pinwheel inside a churn dash block- looked pretty neat!

Door prizes were awarded- remember you must have a name tag on it your name is called to get one of the fine gifts.

Show and tell and then refreshments concluded the evening.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

AAQG 10.03.2017 Board meeting

Posted in Business on October 5th, 2017

Members present: Anita Allwood, MaryLee Martz, Louise Whitlow, Jean Taft, Carol Westercamp, Janet DeJager, Cecilie Vogt, Terri Henkels, Debbie Groff, Beth Hromyak, Linda Schlenker, and Ramona Tapper.

The meeting was called to order and the 2018 Quilt Show raffle quilt was shown, binding will be sewn on by Jean Taft.  There needs to be a label attached to it- any volunteers?

Don’t forget membership dues this month.  November we hope to have the membership directories available.

Beth reminded the group that if there is an expense and a check is needed there MUST be documents attached with it.  The audit was a success.

Dinner with the October speaker, Jane Sassaman will be at the Uptown Restaurant at 5:00 PM October 10.  “Paint Your Barn” sign up deadline is the Oct Meeting.  If you have any topics or speakers for future meetings let Anita Allwood know these suggestions.

Jean has name tags for guests- these will just say guest, and are not for the guests to keep.  Door Prize winners need to stand up to be recognized.  The 1st block techniques will be starting in October.  Remember these are new techniques and a learning experience.  There will be a short demo after the meeting.  Treats for October and November are all filled.  The Spool challenge name tag is at the October meeting.

Cecilie announced that the contract for the retreat has not be signed yet and there may be an increase.  Just waiting for the figures to come in.  The date had been locked in.

Janet plans on reaching out to the vendors for the quilt show.  The contract for the FFA building has not been signed yet.  The date is locked in and the price should be the same as last year.

Carol still needs a chair elect for communications.  This would be a great position for someone to share the responsibility and learn from the Master!  Carol is also looking for more Quilt Turning stories or any stories from reviews (positive) from quilt places that you have been to.  Or if you know of a great fabric garage sale.

Items for the Santa North Pole Village need to be turned in this month as the show is the first Saturday in November.  Let MaryLee know if you are working on items and what they are.  She had patterns and some fabric set out in September for some projects.  The need for table runners and table toppers with a Christmas or holiday theme are needed.  There will be a need to help that day in the booth.

Donation quilts- there are still a lot of quilts in storage that need to be distributed.  Some of the places that the quilts from 2016-2017 were donated are as follows:  Hope Ministries, Children & Families of Iowa, Kadin Kloset and Something Pathways which I think was a senior center.  Linda was not expecting to distribute the donation quilts until after SNPV.

Jean motioned the meeting end and Janet seconded the motion.

Piecefully submitted,

Ramona Tapper

Ankeny Area Quilter’s Guild Celebrates 25 Years!

Posted in Business on January 29th, 2017

The 2017 AAQG Quilt Show, “Scrap Happy” will celebrate 25 years of producing quilt shows by the guild. In addition to our usual activities:

1. Showing 200 – 250 quilts made by AAQG Members
2. Beautiful Raffle Quilt –Edmund designed by Edita Sytar
3. Twenty (20) vendors
4. Country Store featuring items made by AAQG Members
5. Free mini demonstrations/workshops
6. Lunch & snacks
We will be having a quilt turning and special activities to celebrate the Guild’s 25th anniversary!

Quilt Show Facts:
• Dates: Friday, July 7, 2017 ; Saturday, July, 8, 2017
(Exact Hours are yet to be decided)
• Location: FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny DMACC Campus
• Admission Price: (To be announced)
• Handicap Accessible
• Free Parking

AAQG Members: Be thinking about items you are willing to donate to the Country Store!

Visit this web site for updates every week! If you have any questions about the show or about the guild email QuiltShow@aaqg.net

June 2016 President Report

Posted in Business on June 7th, 2016

Hi everyone!!!

This is the month to have your mystery quilts completed. I hope I get mine done!! Summer is always so busy!!

Susan Cleveland will be our guest presenting “My Eclectic Quilt Pageant”. You may go under programs to find more information about our speaker.

Our suggestion box was empty last month. I sure hope that means we are doing a great job for you. Please fill the suggestion box with future program ideas. Our list is getting small. I am sure next years Program Chair Elect would appreciate the ideas. (It may be you. He He)

We are doing great with our donations. Our group is so good about that. In order to fullfill our Vice Presidents lofty goals we only need 30 quilts for Endure Iowa. Remember, these are 36″x 46″ sized quilts. I have one to quilt – so we are technically down to 29.

See you all soon!! Enjoy the beautiful weather!!
President Cathy Dimit

2015-2016 Donation Quilt Update

Posted in Business, Donations on January 3rd, 2016

Meels on Wheels:  42/50 placemats

Children and Family of IA: 4/20  31″square, solid colored pillow cases

37 quilts turned in.

Goals for quilts:

  • Children and Family of Iowa:  50
  • YESS Shelter: 50 twin
  • Cystic Fibrosis: 4 larger quilts for fund raising
  • Endure Iowa: 25 35″x45″ lap quilts


January 2016 President Report

Posted in Business, President's Letter on January 3rd, 2016

Happy New Year, my fellow quilters!!!!!

It is a new year with new dreams – or is it???  As a guild we are still trying to accomplish our goals for donation quilts, bucket lists, and prepare for the quilt show.  I am positive that if we pull together as a team we will succeed.  Something we have done many times before.  So lets do it again!!

Last month we had the President Challenge with the placemats.  What a joy to see the creativity our members have!!  We had 32 of the 42 members signed up complete the challenge.  I was so excited to have such great participation!! 1rst place was Sandy Bolen-Townes winning a $25 gift certificate to Quilters Cupboard. 2nd place was Marlene DaRos winning a $15 certificate.  3rd place was Mary Parks winning a $10 certificate. Congratulation, ladies!!!!  Not only did these gals win, but so did Meals on Wheels with 31 of the placemats being donated to them.

For the Guild meeting on January 12 we will be having School Days. You will be able to pick 3 stations from several choices.  The choices will be announced in the upcoming e-mails so be looking for them!! The stations will be ran by fellow guild members.

I can’t wait to see you all at the meeting!!!!

Yours truely,

President Cathy Dimit