Thursday, September 30, 2010

AQS Quilt Show Tickets

KCCI TV station is having a giveaway for four tickets for the AQS quilt show
in Des Moines October 6-9, 2010 at the Hy-Vee Convention center.
Go the web site and at the bottom of page where there is a link to the contests and giveaways they are sponsoring. If you don't win tickets, they are available at the door.
You don't want to miss quilts from quilters from across the United States,
but also the quilt show and exhibits from the local quilters in the
Des Moines Area Quilt Guild.
This picture is a birdseye view looking down on the main exhibit floor.
My advice: wear good walking shoes and use their package check service.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Get a Pattern, Pick your fabric, SEW

Quilts of Valor will be sewn by our quilt members in November.

Clarke County Piecemakers will have three teams - Red Team led by Pat C.,

Blue team led by Carla B, and White Team led by Sheryl J. Blue team has one opening.

The Purple Heart team is open and needs four members.

1. Patterns- each team choose your own. Quilt must be at least 55 x 60 inches.

2. Fabric- Use good quality 100% cotton fabric that will wear a long time.

3. Sew date will be Nov. 11 Veteran's Day or whatever your team decides. Location is being checked on depending on availability.

Quilt members who want to contribute, can check with a team leader as backing, batting and fabric will be needed.

Each team will need to keep a journal to record the story of the quilt. This is meaningful to the recipient. Also make a presentation case and be sure the quilt is labeled.

Feel free to recruit non-guild members to be part of your team if you would like.
After a quilt top is made, a long-arm quilter that volunteers will quilt the quilt and return it to be finished.
This will be a fun and I can't wait to see the results.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Upcoming Quilting Events

1. Quilt Meeting is Monday, September 13 at 7:00 pm at the Christway Church in Osceola.
The Southern Hills Longarm Guild has a display "Quilting Makes a Quilt" that will be shown by Betty M.

2. Seven quilt shops are on the Fall Shop Hop Sept 15-18 with a free drawing in each shop, sales and a free tabletopper pattern in each shop. Shops include Betty's Quilt Shop and The Sampler in Chariton, Greenfield, Lucas, Creston, Robinsons-Osceola, and Pella. Quilt with Us is having a Trixie the Trolley trip to go to all the shops. Hours will be 9-5 unless specified. There is also a grand prize of 4 bundles of fabric and second prize of 3 bundles of fabric.

3.Advance tickets for the AQS show in Des Moines October 6-9 at the Hy-Vee Hall are on sale now and need to be purchased by September 15 for a discount. $9.00 day or $10.00/day after Sept.15 and if purchased at the door.

Multi-day tickets are $15. AQS member or $30. non-member.

Register by calling 1-270-898--7903 or online at

Also the Des Moines Area quilt guild will be having a show in the adjoining area.

Lots of quilts to see, classes to take, and vendors with goodies on display.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Quilts of Valor

Service Project Idea
This year on Veteran's Day, November 11th, lets organize a "sew-in "with three teams of 4 members each.

Red Team, Blue Team, White Team.

Each team will chose a pattern and gather fabric donations from their members and other quilt guild members. Popular choices are red, white and blue quilts, but can be generic/neutral also.

Each team will need 2 sewing machines and an ironing board. While one person is sewing the other person is pinning, pressing, etc. and then switch off.

Goal: three quilt tops finished in one day.

Feel free to recruit others (non members) to your team.

If unable to join us that day, consider inviting friends and holding your own sewing day to complete a quilt top.

For more information:

Quilt guild member Joan experienced passing out quilts to hospitalized servicemen and women first hand. Ask her about it.

Volunteer at the Sept. 13 meeting at the Christway Church in Osceola

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Organizing your Fabric

Here are comments from Rae Ann in her quilter's blog:

Great ideas and interesting comments on inexpensive ways to house your stash.

I like to put my fabrics and pattern together. This is one way of making sure all the fabric will be there when I finally get ready to do that project.
Now to not start any more projects and finish a few of them.
Right now mine are in 6 dresser drawer and a few plastic boxes.

How do you store your fabrics and projects?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Book Review

Simple Shapes - Spectacular Quilts by Kaffe Fassett is a new book available to check out of the Osceola Public Library (when I return it).
Kaffe Fassett is a world renowned designer who has designed quilt fabric and patterns.
There are 23 quilt projects in this book and gorgeous color photos. Kaffe answers the question he often gets asked "What Inspires You?"
Geometric shapes are all around us-squares, rectangles triangles, diamonds, circles, quarter circles-in nature and the manmade environment.
All levels of ability can find a project to make in this book.
My favorites are Yellow Potpourri and Tumbling Fans.
Check this book out or order your own $35.00.
Hancock's of Paducah -fabric catalog - has a selection of fabric by Kaffe Fassett. (website) if you would like to view more.