Chapter Reports: Delightful Quilters

2016 Reports

October 2016

The normal business portion of the August meeting included chapter reports on year to date activities, status update on the fall quilt challenge and a snapshot of chapter finances. Then we had our monthly drawings for blocks created by our members for the BOM project. This is one of our favorite monthly activities as it is a way to learn a new technique. Typically, the finished blocks are split between the winner of the drawing and the sponsor member who usually makes a charity quilt out of half of the blocks for one of the organizations that we have chosen to help. This month’s block was called Criss Cross Applesauce and was submitted by Mary Johns. We all loved the name and the resulting blocks were just stunning. Here is a photo showing how two of them looked.

Also at our August meeting, the members were treated to a wonderful guest speaker, Jessica Dickinson, who presented “My Journey to Scrap Mountain." Her talk included an interesting history of her own personal journey followed by a workshop she designed to help everyone use up those “mountains” of scraps that we lovingly place into scrap bags. Yes, she did bring us a mountain of her scraps to play with, not that we have a shortage of those in our own quilting areas!

With autumn just around the corner, many members of our chapter are looking forward to the holidays. Unlike other parts of the USA, where winter means lots of cold and snowy days with everyone bundled up against the chill, we are blessed by having wonderfully warm winters in comparison. We still have opportunities to wear sweaters and scarves while enjoying our pretend winter weather. Meanwhile, we are gearing up to complete all those gift quilts, charity quilts and quilted Christmas stockings that we currently have in process. Fall seems to be the busiest time of the year for our chapter members. Our snowbird members start to drift back to the Valley of the Sun, providing us with a chance to catch up on each other’s lives.

Our autumn chapter calendar will be punctuated by some of our favorite annual events. In September, we have a change as our guest presenter, Ken Casey, is moving away from Arizona. We will miss him as he has been such a big influence on the creative process of quilting and an enthusiastic supporter of AQG. In October, we should have most of our snowbirds here for the monthly meeting. It is always a great meeting since we get to see everyone’s summer quilting projects during the monthly Show and Tell. Then on November 17th we will have our annual Fall Potluck, a chapter favorite as the food is always as amazing as the quilts. In early December we have our last meeting of the year, traditionally called the Elf Party, which is hosted by our Chapter. The planning committee “elves” will decorate the meeting room and the banquet tables with seasonal décor. The members also bring their finished charity quilts and Christmas stockings to this meeting to be distributed to the organizations we have chosen to support.

The Tumbleweed House in Phoenix is one of those charity organizations. If you are not familiar with the organization, you will be so pleased to know that they serve young, homeless people who want to escape their homeless existence. Tumbleweed’s mission for over 40 years has been to serve abused, neglected, abandoned and troubled youth. Our chapter makes bed quilts for the residents who are living in small, yet secure, apartments in a remodeled motel in Phoenix. These residents receive educational training, work experience, and instruction in life skills so that they can become productive members of society. The success stories are heart warming and you can read some of them on their website: www.tumbleweed.org

Our Chapter has two members who have become the champions of the Tumbleweed House quilt and Christmas stocking effort. We would like to give them special recognition this month as they have worked tirelessly to create awareness of the charity’s needs in addition to making many charity quilts to donate throughout the years. These 2 ladies are Gretchen Stephenson & Mary Sartori. Gretchen worked for non profit organizations for many years before retiring and moving to Arizona to be closer to her daughter. Gretchen originally nominated the Tumbleweed House as a possible charity for our guild to support because she was familiar with the group from her professional experience at the United Way in Florida. Mary Sartori was touched by what she learned and decided to help Gretchen with this and other efforts. They soon became good friends and have worked together like earthly angels making quilts, stockings and even specialized hospital incubator covers for the NICU at Scottsdale Healthcare.

We are so fortunate to have Gretchen and Mary in our chapter as they both personify everything positive about quilting. They are creative, energetic, compassionate and just so darn delightful! Thank you both for everything you do for our Chapter, the charities we support and for your support of AQG. Gretchen and Mary, we love you both!

Since it will only be a few weeks before the Fall weather arrives, it is time for many of us to ramp up the speed on our sewing machines so we can complete our 2016 projects. Last month, we promised to offer some ideas for Holiday gifts. If you have not had a panic attack about your Christmas gift giving, there is still time to make some really fast and cute quilted gifts. These are not going to be those heirloom quilts that take forever. These are the blissfully easy, assembly line gifts that you can make in no time at all. If your brain cannot think of a single thing, try Pinterest for lots of fabulous ideas and many free downloadable patterns. Here are a few favorites that are tried and true and will please even the pickiest person on your Christmas list.

 Mug Rugs – try adding a monogram or an appliqué & include a cute mug full of fat quarters or other useful items

 Wine bottle or bubble bath gift sack – both the sack and contents will be enjoyed

 Kitchen “Queen” or BBQ “King” aprons – we all know a person who would love one of these

 Pillowcase Baby Sleeping Bag (see Pinterest)--oh so cute !!!

 Christmas stockings – who doesn’t love getting these?

 Pincushion – plain or highly embellished

 Handmade Christmas ornaments

 Casserole cozies – include a beautiful ovenproof dish

 Hot iron cozies – perfect for your quilting buddies

 Teapot cozies – include a beautiful teapot & specialty tea for a memorable gift combination

 Set of holiday theme cloth napkins with machine embroidery or a decorative appliqué – perfect for the holiday family gathering

 Seasonal table toppers – always a welcome gift

 Car Seat organizer – see Pinterest for the cutest ideas

 A walker organizer tote with secure cell phone and E reader pockets !!!! – ideal for those seniors who tote everything with them on their walkers

 Covers for iPads or tablets – personalized for the techies we know

 Combo sewing table thread snips, pincushion and trash bag (see photo)

 Don’t run with scissors case! – all quilters and sewists should have at least 1 of these.

 Quilted gift card holder – perfect for everyone & those last minute shoppers!

Hopefully you have found a Holiday gift idea so you can cross at least one person off your list. Feel free to bring your gorgeous handmade items to the Fall AQG meeting and stop by the Delightful Quilters’ tables so we can see what you have made.

Hugs and happy quilting to everyone!

 

 


 

September 2016

After a short business meeting about the usual financial status and a review of future chapter quilt challenges, we learned that Jessica Dickinson will be doing a presentation at our August meeting on improvisational scrap piecing in quilts. She is so inspiring and will help us to use up all those scraps that we love to save. Then, for our September meeting, Ken Casey is coming to teach his Super Scrappy Jelly Roll quilt pattern. This will be so much fun as Ken has such a lively personality besides being a talented Traveling Teacher for AQG. We can hardly wait to have him teach us all some new things.

Almost every month, our Chapter does a BOM. Members can sew 2 or more blocks, with ½ the blocks going towards a charity quilt project and the other ½ are won by a member in a random drawing. The BOM projects can be challenging or easy depending on the mood of the member who presents the monthly block. Next month’s block was presented by Mary Johns who showed us all a way to use those gorgeous large prints that we hate to cut up for piecing other blocks. Here are the 2 samples she made up to show us how they might look. Aren’t they pretty? The members are all excited to make their BOM blocks for August.
Mary Sartori did a super job of explaining her adorable BOM for July and we had lots of blocks completed and displayed at the meeting. In one of those ironic moments, Mary Sartori won the drawing for the BOM blocks!!! However, in the spirit of giving, she is going to make another charity quilt with her collection of won blocks. She is just such a sweet quilter with unbounded enthusiasm & generosity.
In the last issue of the Chatter, we mentioned that July is traditionally the month when our members sew Christmas stockings for the Devereux Center. Although we were hoping for a dusting of snow to get everyone in the mood for the Holidays, the weatherman did not comply with our request. Meanwhile, the warm weather did not deter any of our delightful ladies from hauling their sewing machines to the meeting. In fact, we had a huge crowd for our July meeting with 41 members and 3 guests in attendance & 29 ladies staying to sew stockings!!!! All of this effort will result in hundreds of Christmas stockings to be donated to Devereux at our annual December Elf Party.
Here are some photos of the Delightful “elves” at work. Please excuse the lack of their official elf uniforms. In the summer, we allow everyone to have “casual Friday” attire at all meetings. Mr. & Mrs. Santa are on a cruise somewhere so the elves rule right now

After a short business meeting about the usual financial status and a review of future chapter quilt challenges, we learned that Jessica Dickinson will be doing a presentation at our August meeting on improvisational scrap piecing in quilts. She is so inspiring and will help us to use up all those scraps that we love to save. Then, for our September meeting, Ken Casey is coming to teach his Super Scrappy Jelly Roll quilt pattern. This will be so much fun as Ken has such a lively personality besides being a talented Traveling Teacher for AQG. We can hardly wait to have him teach us all some new things.

Almost every month, our Chapter does a BOM. Members can sew 2 or more blocks, with ½ the blocks going towards a charity quilt project and the other ½ are won by a member in a random drawing. The BOM projects can be challenging or easy depending on the mood of the member who presents the monthly block. Next month’s block was presented by Mary Johns who showed us all a way to use those gorgeous large prints that we hate to cut up for piecing other blocks. Here are the 2 samples she made up to show us how they might look. Aren’t they pretty? The members are all excited to make their BOM blocks for August.

Mary Sartori did a super job of explaining her adorable BOM for July and we had lots of blocks completed and displayed at the meeting. In one of those ironic moments, Mary Sartori won the drawing for the BOM blocks!!! However, in the spirit of giving, she is going to make another charity quilt with her collection of won blocks. She is just such a sweet quilter with unbounded enthusiasm & generosity.

In the last issue of the Chatter, we mentioned that July is traditionally the month when our members sew Christmas stockings for the Devereux Center. Although we were hoping for a dusting of snow to get everyone in the mood for the Holidays, the weatherman did not comply with our request. Meanwhile, the warm weather did not deter any of our delightful ladies from hauling their sewing machines to the meeting. In fact, we had a huge crowd for our July meeting with 41 members and 3 guests in attendance & 29 ladies staying to sew stockings!!!! All of this effort will result in hundreds of Christmas stockings to be donated to Devereux at our annual December Elf Party.

Here are some photos of the Delightful “elves” at work. Please excuse the lack of their official elf uniforms. In the summer, we allow everyone to have “casual Friday” attire at all meetings. Mr. & Mrs. Santa are on a cruise somewhere so the elves rule right now.

One of our new DQ traditions is to include a short feature in the monthly Chatter publication about one of our Delightful Quilters. This month we would like to recognize a delightful quilter that many of you may already know as she was an AQG Member of the Year in the past. She is our very own, CJ Fuhrman. CJ is a woman of many talents and has a few well kept secrets. The first secret is her real name. Does anyone know what it is??? I have tried to find out but without becoming a purse snatcher & finding her driver’s license, I may never know what it is. She also has a mysterious collection of sewing machines. Her collection is very interesting because it is a combination of toy sewing machines and adult size sewing machines. She has been collecting them for decades since she lived in Milwaukee. Apparently there is a giant flea market in Milwaukee called Seven Mile Fair. She found her first toy machine there and paid a whopping $5 for it (see photo left – it is the Singer on the far right). These sweet, tiny toy machines really can sew and for many young, aspiring sewists, this was their very 1st machine. If you are as intrigued as CJ was & still is by toy sewing machines, check out EBAY and you will find some for sale.

Like many young ladies, CJ was probably influenced by her Grandmother who lived with her family when CJ was a child. Her Grandmother knew how to sew and like many of us who learned sewing from our mothers and grandmothers, she probably developed a love of sewing at a very young age. However, it was not until the mid-1980’s when CJ was working at American Express, that she joined a group of ladies who quilted. The rest is the happy history of her quilting life. If you ask her nicely, she may tell you a little secret or two about that history.

CJ also works tirelessly for our Chapter by taking meticulous care of our finances and our membership. When she is not making quilts, she is occasionally taking classes, attending workshops, participating in a retreat or otherwise shopping for more fabric (like all dedicated quilters). We know she is a quilting addict (in a good way) because she drives around town with her spare ironing board in the back of her vehicle. After all, you never know when there will be emergency pressing required. Now, that is commitment!!!!

Here is a recent photo of CJ, all decked out for our 15th Anniversary Celebration. She looks so mysterious in her hat, like the woman of intrigue and quilting adventures that we all admire, respect and love. CJ, thank you for everything you do for our Chapter and our Guild.

The year is just flying by so far. Those of us who cannot tolerate the Christmas shopping crush already have our shopping completed. For everyone else, DQ members can offer some charming handmade gift ideas. We will share a few in next month’s Chatter.

Happy Quilting !!!!


August 2016

April 28th, Delightful Quilters celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a very special luncheon at Fenlon Hospitality Center, located on the campus of St. Patrick’s Catholic Community. For the garden party theme, members were encouraged to wear flowery hats similar to those seen at the Kentucky Derby or English Garden parties. 51 Members and 3 guests attended.

Our guest speaker, Ken Casey, treated us all to a retrospective trunk show of his work. Ken is a marvelous quilter besides being a charming and gracious person.

Wanda Seale was our emcee for the day. Since Delightful Quilters was started by a handful of ladies at Julie Sowinski's Quilter’s Delight shop, Julie was invited to the party. She spoke and touched everyone, especially those who belonged to the initial group. Thrilled that the chapter has grown and flourished, she was also happy to meet so many new members in addition to most of the original members.

Many of our members participated in an anonymous Friendship Quilt Exchange, where ½ yard of fabric put in a paper bag was made into a quilted gift for that member by the person who drew the bag. The quilters and recipients were kept secret so that it was a big surprise for everyone at the quilt exchange reveal, evident by the squeals of delight as the bags were opened. Here is a photo of Jody Davis who received the most adorable quilted baskets from her friend of 30 years, Margot McDonnell. Imagine trying to keep that a secret!

We also had a Memory Lane display of several hundred photographs of our members that had been taken over the years. Everyone loved seeing their friends and reminiscing about past quilt meetings, quilt shows, quilt classes and all things quilty.

A Photo Arbor was set up where members could have their photo taken for posterity. Everyone who participated was entered into a random drawing for a basket of goodies. There was also another random drawing for everyone who wore a hat, the winner receiving a gift certificate for an LQS shopping spree.

At the luncheon, Bobbie Ward received the Delightful Quilter Award for 2015. Though only quilting for 15 years, Bobbie is known as a master quilter, teaching for AQG as well as for quilt stores, making charity quilts, and helping where needed. Although her children and grandchildren live in other states, we are sure that they have oodles of quilts to remind them of their Grandmother Bobbie. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and energy, Bobbie. We love you!

Last but not least, Jo Ann Bergdoll received special recognition for her time and talents given to the chapter and also for her research and guidance involving the charities that Delightful Quilters support. Jo Ann multitasks with a smile, making people happy wherever she goes. She has our sincere appreciation for all that she does. Jo Ann, we love you & your blond hair !!!

Fifteen years of chapter history culminated in a wonderful, nostalgic celebration. Here are a few photos of our members wearing their hats.

May 26th Meeting

The Delightful Quilters met on May 26, 2016 for their monthly meeting. There were 45 members present and one guest. Judy Peters was the meeting leader.

Kimm Murray, the Communications Director for AQG, spoke for a few minutes telling us about the new on-line membership renewal system. We were all excited to learn about how we can pay our AQG dues on-line and how members will be able to print membership cards on our home computers after July 1, 2016. Kimm also explained the new login process. By now, many of us have already done that and changed our personal password to something we might be able to remember !!! For some reason, I do not have a photo of her presenting the new AQG website information so here is one from the 2016 AQG Show where she won a ribbon for her beautiful quilt.

Since June 1st was the renewal date for both AQG and DQ memberships, there may be a few of our members who forgot to renew on time because they were so busy quilting. If you missed this deadline, you will be able to process your AQG membership renewal online & Delightful Quilters dues can be submitted to CJ Fuhrman as in the past. One of our members, Gioia Carns has volunteered to be the membership chairman for AQG for the upcoming year (2016-2017). We certainly appreciate her efforts and that wonderful spirit of volunteerism. She is also an amazing quilter who loves to do needle turn appliqué. Delightful Quilters has been involved in making quilts each year for the homes that are part of the Habitat for Humanity efforts here in the Valley. The Habitat for Humanity organization emphasizes that in providing a new home, it gives a hand up, not a hand out. Members of the family worked right along with the volunteers to build the house. Twice a year, there are ceremonies for presenting a new home to a family. On June 4, 2016, there was another dedication ceremony where each member of the family receiving their home also accepted quilts made by our members as follows: Margot McDonnell, Wanda Seale, Lillian Wong, Jody Davis, Anne King, Colleen VanLeeuwen, Jo Ann Rice, and Claudia Barner. The new homeowners were very grateful for the quilts and truly excited about having a home of their own.

Another bit of exciting news is that our very own Barb Jansen has been nominated for induction into the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame. Barb has given so much of her time and talent over the years teaching others and making beautiful quilts to donate to our various charities. We all feel that she is most deserving of this honor. Besides all of that, Barb is just so sweet & nice. If you don’t know Barb yet, she is a Traveling Teacher for AQG and she would love to meet you.

The 15th anniversary party committee was given a hearty thank you for all their efforts. JoAnn Rice was lauded for her beautiful table decorations.

We also want to recognize 4 members of Delightful Quilters along with 2 other Mavericks members whose combined talents resulted in another ribbon for the quilt called Spirit of Sedona at the VERY prestigious 2016 Paducah Show. We mentioned this quilt in a previous Chatter as it had won ribbons already for the Arizona Quilters’ Hall of Fame Award and 3 honorable mention ribbons. In April at Paducah, the quilt received a 2nd place ribbon in the category of Group Quilts. Wanda Seale, Georgia Heller, Barbara Jansen, and Margot McDonnell are members of Delightful Quilters and Mavericks. Evelyn Link and Patricia Bliss are Mavericks members. The concept for this amazing quilt was conceived by Wanda Seale. The quilt is now on display with other beautiful quilts at the Foothills Lutheran Church in north Scottsdale until September. If you wish to schedule a visit, be sure to call ahead as the gallery is available for viewing by request. Following the May meeting, there was an opportunity for members to sew charity quilts using the Flip and Sew method. A tasty lunch was provided for the quilters who used leftover unsold fabric from our annual Clean Out Your Sewing Room sale in February. Many of those who could not haul their sewing machines for the event, selected kits to take home and will sew those quilts over the summer.

June 30th Guild Meeting

While it may be too hot for some to quilt, that does not deter our Delightful Quilters from attending a chapter meeting. 38 members and 5 guests braved the June heat to attend a fun meeting in order to catch up with friends or to possibly to stay for the gambling event after the normal business meeting. Alas, our ladies decided the best way to beat the heat would be to play several hands of Strip Poker. This variation of the more popular game is played with 2.5” Strips of Fabric. The chips for our poker game were either blenders or batiks cut to 2.5” x 22” and rolled into tidy little bundles for easy betting. Let’s just say there were some winners who left with piles of fabric strips. Also, in case you are wondering, everyone remained fully clothed. In this age of cell phone videos, we don’t want any Delightful Quilter “stripper” videos to go viral unless they are standing next to one of their quilt creations!!!!

  

  

 

 


 

May 2016

The March 31st meeting of Delightful Quilters turned out to be the perfect opportunity for our DQ members who won ribbons at the AQG show to share their amazing quilts one more time. Our chapter was well represented this year with 17 ribbon-winning beauties.

Positive energy sizzled at our meeting as we watched members pose with their quilts. If it sounds like bragging, well, it is. We are proud of ALL our members who entered the show, not just the ribbon winners. Margot McDonnell is leading the group with 4 ribbons and she certainly deserved the recognition since the judges and the viewer’s all agreed !!!!

Here is the list of members who won ribbons: Margot McDonnell - #508 - Judges Recognition Margot McDonnell - #508 - 2nd Place - Art & Innovative Margot McDonnell - #1407 - 1st Place – Pictorial Margot McDonnell - #1407 –Viewer's Choice Jo Ann Kilgroe - #1007 - 1st Place Mixed Technique JoAnn Kilgroe - #2001 – Wearable Art or Accessories Georgia Heller - #602 - 3rd Place - Art & Painted or Digital Georgia Heller - #1410 – HM - Pictorial Barbara Janson - #506 - HM - Art & Innovative Barbara Janson - #1411 – HM - Pictorial Donna Cashman - #1003 – HM Mixed Technique Susan Cox - #1214 - Exemplary Machine Quilting Track Mounted Melissa Griggs – #1206 – HM Modern Anne King - #1203 – HM Modern Nancy Lewis - #1520 – HM – Pieced, Small Judith Salb - #1610 – 2nd Place – Pieced, Medium Lois Wendling - #1903 – 2nd Place – Theme Quilt Congratulations to everyone who made beautiful quilts for the show. Those of us who were able to volunteer or attend the show thought the show was just spectacular. Many of our Delightful Quilter members also made beautiful quilts for a Member Challenge. The challenge presented by Planning Team member Jo Ann Kilgroe was a Mystery Quilt and who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery? Over many months, our members received another piece of the mystery. The results were so interesting when the finished quilts were unveiled at our 2015 Fall Potluck meeting in November. We hope everyone was able to see the Mystery Quilt Challenge in the display area adjacent to the main hall.

Above is one of the Mystery Quilts our ladies pieced and quilted.The Delightful Quilters look forward to the 15th Anniversary Celebration on April 28th to celebrate the chapter's beginning. Lots of festivities are planned for the day, all highly guarded secrets. With the theme of a Garden Party, members will dress up and don big, flowery hats or hair fascinators a la Kentucky Derby. Next month’s Chatter article will feature some of the more memorable ensembles. Our Garden Party, the social event of the season for many members, will include a scrumptious lunch provided by the planning committee. The Mistress of Ceremonies for our 15th Anniversary Celebration will be Wanda Seale.

Therefore, we thought it would be fun to share more about Wanda and to highlight some of her many accomplishments in the quilting world in which we all live. Wanda Seale, or Quilt Queen, as her friends affectionately call her, serves on the Delightful Quilters Planning Committee and exhibits extraordinary vision in creating important quilts that honor our state. A native of Arizona, Wanda loves everything about it: the colors, the landscape, the history, and she expresses this passion in both her traditional and art quilts.

Under Wanda's guidance, women from various parts of the state came together to make the fabulous Arizona Centennial Quilt ( see photo) in honor of our state's100th birthday. Wanda's ability to choose the right quilters to make another quilt of her dreams resulted in Spirit of Sedona. Like Centennial, the stunning six-panel quilt has traveled the country, enchanting viewers everywhere. Wanda herself has won many awards for her beautiful jackets and wall quilts. In her spare time, she makes her fair share of quilts and other items for charity. 2013, she was voted Arizona Quilter of the Year. Well deserved!

With a ready smile and infectious laugh, Wanda enjoys a life full of activities with family, friends, and her two pretty kitties. She likes quilting retreats in the summer, concerts and plays in the winter. Her ability to come up with creative ideas and work with a wide variety of people makes her a joy to be around. Not afraid to dig in, Wanda's an asset to any group, and the Delightfuls are glad to lay claim to her.

We love you, Wanda!!!!

 

 

 


 

April 2016

Our Delightful Quilters started the February meeting with the normal Guild “business." Much discussion and excitement focused on the upcoming AQG Show in Mesa in March. Judy Peters, one of the planning committee members, called for volunteers to make quilts for the next Habitat of Humanity House dedication which will be held on June 11th . The quilts are due at the May 25th meeting.

Judy Peters is one of the original ladies who started Delightful Quilters almost 15 years ago. For the last 6 years she has been the liaison between Delightful Quilters and the Habitat of Humanity's local chapter. Our guild makes quilts each year for an entire family moving into a Habitat home somewhere in the Valley. Judy is involved in other charity work too, yet she somehow still finds time for her husband, her family, and her 5 grandchildren. Rumor has it that she is also quite a gourmet cook in addition to being a fabulous quilter. We are so lucky to have her in our guild, as her philanthropic efforts are very inspiring. If you have ever seen Judy at AQG meetings, classes, shows, or quilt shops, you have probably noticed a lovely lady with a sweet face who just radiates compassion and warmth from within her soul. We love you, Judy! After business comes pleasure, the Delightfuls' annual Clean Out Your Sewing Room Sale after the meeting once again confirming the old adage that one woman's trash is another's treasure. In January, members brought items they no longer wanted, but the way fabric, notions, yarn, and books flew into the provided shopping bags at the sale proved the goodies grabbed up were anything but rejects. Proceeds from this event keep the chapter in the black and help with the many charities it supports.

Before the sale craziness began, there was a drawing for a large number of beautiful black, white, and lime quilt blocks. Each month one of the Delightfuls introduces a block and gives out its pattern and instructions. Members who want to participate bring at least one finished block the following month and put their names in a kitty, hoping to win all. This time, because of the design the blocks create, everyone brought two and put in their names twice. By a show of hands, the group decided two members should win and divide the booty. Claudia Barner, who presented the block and its pattern, heard her name called for the first half of the blocks. The second name called? Claudia Barner again! Lucky lady!

The Delightfuls also draw for a pile of fat quarters, each month a different color, and put their names in a basket for a prize if they've worn their nametags. These are only a few of the things that make each meeting, well, delightful.

 


 


March 2016

Even though our members devote a great deal of time & effort to helping charities, the ladies still find time to have fun making quilts for their family, their friends or for display in quilt shows. In fact, several of our members had a quilt accepted in the 2016 Road to California Show. The quilt was called Spirit of Sedona and it has won two honorable mentions at our 2015 AQG Show and at the 2016 Road to CA Show and also won the 2015 Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award at the 2015 AQG Show in Mesa last Spring. The quilt was also exhibited at the 2015 IQA Show in Houston. The quilt was a collaborative effort by 6 very talented quilters representing Delightful Quilters & Mavericks. Wanda Seale, Georgia Heller, Margot McDonnell and Barbara Janson are members of both Delightful Quilters and Mavericks. Patricia Bliss and Evelyn Link are Mavericks quilters.

Wanda Seale came up with the idea, which was "calling to her." As a native, she loves Arizona and thought an iconic red rock scene would be fun to do. The ladies found a photo, and then Margot took the photo into Photoshop in order to make an enlarged pattern and subsequently to be able to divide the image into six so that when printed out, each piece would be exact. Margot then added a tree branch, the water and the evergreen bushes on the right foreground to frame the image. Georgia thought a soaring eagle would be an interesting detail so that was added. The ladies met once to show and share fabrics and it was decided to use both shared water and sky fabrics. Pat Bliss painted the sky fabric. Then the magic happened after 7 months of individual efforts. The ladies met again bringing their vertical quilt slices which all fit together perfectly!!!! Barb made the label and Pat Bliss did the binding. The ladies say it was a harmonious undertaking and were very happy with the result, which in addition to the three shows has appeared in a magazine of outstanding quilts. It is truly a beautiful quilt only matched in beauty by the women who created it.

A few members of our Delightful Quilters guild traveled to Ontario to attend the 2016 Road to CA Show and we were able to see the Spirit of Sedona quilt with its new ribbon. This was a special treat for all of us from Arizona who attended the show.

We have still more exciting news to share. Two of our members, Barbara Jansen and Georgia Heller have quilts that were accepted for the 2016 AQS Quilt Week Show in Phoenix. We can hardly wait to see their quilts at the show which runs from February 11-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. 

Moving on to more chapter events, our guild has our annual “Clean out your Sewing Room” sale on Thursday morning, February 25, 2016. This is a favorite guild event that features donated “treasures” for sale at ridiculously affordable bargain prices. All kinds of high quality quilting fabric, notions, patterns, trims, thread and quilting media can be found at this fabulous sale. Last year someone even donated a high quality folding cutting table with casters that was immediately claimed by another guild member for the outrageously low price of $25.00. Everyone looks forward to this annual event as the perfect opportunity to find quilt fabric for charity quilts or just to add fabric to your own stash. Guests from other guilds are welcome to attend but be sure to bring cash or checks since we cannot take credit cards. The event is held at our regular meeting place which is located on the campus of St. Patrick’s Catholic Community, 10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale. For more information please send an email to: delightfulquilters@yahoo.com

See you at the sale and Happy Quilting!!! 

 


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