Chapter Reports: Night Owls
It is always getting back to our September meeting, spending time with our quilting friends and getting all caught up on our Summer quilting adventures while enjoying our Potluck meal. Thanks to Bobbie Ward for organizing this event.
Congrats to our Calendar Girl Wanda Seale for sharing our AQS 2017 Calendar. We are always so happy to see all the amazing contributions Wanda makes to the quilting world. Her group quilt was selected for the September photo. HOOTS! HOOTS! to you Wanda.
Wanda and Perri volunteered to combine the RowByRow blocks into a quilt. And I must say, the Owl Row by Row for our Night Owls was designed by Wanda. One more Hoot! for her amazing talents.
Look at whoo was visiting our meeting tonight. Our President and President in training. Thanks for attending our meeting and thanks for all your time and talents that contribute to AQG.
I thought it might be fun to see all the diverse quilts that Night Owls show at our meetings. So many talented quilters.
As we ended the evening, we played LeftRightCenter with spools of thread.
This year’s round robin quilt challenge culminated in a reveal party at Joann Lang’s home. Each participant created their own middle and then passed on the fabrics for the next quilter to add a round of fabric to the quilt, to grow it to the size the owner wanted to receive. The following pictures tell the story!
Our other event this month was our 3rd annual August Retreat held at the Pointe Tapatio. This years 48 quilters enjoyed making new friendships, completing projects, sharing quilt tips/ideas, and creating char-ity quilts. Lots of fun with a few August rainstorms.
Next, we will begin our new year in September with lots of great programming planned and a continua-tion of our “pizza box” challenge. It’s always fun to welcome back our members that leave the heat in the summer and return to us in the early Fall.
Heading into our Summer Months!!!
We celebrated all our charity quilt giving in which Night Owl’s so joyously and selflessly participate. Janet Kraus and Eileen Emberger have spent many hours organizing, preparing, and creating kits using donated fabrics. Our many members can grab a kit and then sew the quilt. Our charity is City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center and our quilts provide warmth and comfort to victims of crime. Janet and Eileen are also great ambassadors for this organization. Their enthusiasm has encouraged other AQG Chapters to join this worthwhile cause. St. Paul's Catholic Church (our meeting place) has also been generous to our group. To give back, charity quilts are given to the parish. Many thanks to Donna Hilliard, Judy Hanson and all the others that so lovingly have provided these quilts.
We also enjoyed getting together with our fellow "Owlies" for a summer luncheon. Before heading into our summer travels, it is always lovely to have time together.
A big thanks to our co-president, Donna Crowder for establishing a private Night Owl Facebook page. We are able to share our quilts and quilty thoughts within our group. It is proving to be a valuable resource for our membership.
Our members are looking forward to our annual August Retreat at The Pointe Tapatio in Phoenix. The summer rates, air-conditioning and well lit ballrooms, afford us the opportunity to sew with our Night Owlies while laughing, giggling, and enjoying each others creativity. Lots of fun pictures will follow.
Our remarkable 90 strong Night Owls welcomed a Trunk Show of Modern Quilts presented by Danny Heyen and Bonnie Bobman representing the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild. Many of us are traditional quilters that follow rules and traditional patterns, so were mesmerized by the possibilities of Modern quilting. Danny enthusiastically explained that Modern quilting started as a rebellion against traditional quilting; however, as it continues to evolve it may be better described more as a philosophy or quilting attitude, rather than a specific style. Danny and Bonnie shared many examples of these beautiful quilts. Modern terms, such as modern traditional, improvisational piecing, wonky piecing, modern design/often geometric, negative space, and modern minimalist, while using bright and rich colors. These free spirited quilts are breaking some of our traditional rules such as omitting a border or trying some playful ways to create a unique modern quilt, in your own style. Another suggestion would be to create fun pieced backings that use all the extra fabrics that were used on the quilt top. Thanks to Danny and Bonnie for energetically sharing Modern quilting examples and expertise.
The Night Owls Chapter held its second annual mini-retreat at the Pointe Hilton Resort at Tapatio Cliffs on August 11-13th, 2015.
Our President Co-Chair, Rose Maynes introduced her Co-Chair, Donna Crowder, with love and prayers as a 1-year anniversary cancer survivor. Donna treated the group to pink cupcakes.
Approximately 47 members attended the event in one of the Ballrooms at the Pointe Hilton. Lunch was provided one day with a pizza dinner the following night. Our chapter meeting was held the evening of August 11th.
It is so much fun to see the variety of projects our members create. A class was open to anyone interested in creating a tote bag taught by Bobbie Ward. Members were also treated to a small zip bag containing a 20% off coupon to QUILTZ for the days of the retreat.
Our Program Director, Norma Suckle, invited the owner of Scottsdale Quilts to provide an overview of the new quilt shop:
Evan Duke, opened a new quilt shop in Scottsdale on June 15th, 2015. She and her husband also own the quilt shop in Williams, AZ. They have trademarked the phrase “The Quilt Campus” as they want the shop to become a destination location for quilters for shopping, learning and visiting.
They have 4 classrooms and offer fabric, thread, floss, wool, buttons, Moda, batiks, and Japanese fabric. They have many upcoming classes with nationally known teachers including Jan Patek, Lynette Anderson, Gina Perks and Carol Collett. They will also be offering long-arm machine quilting services, 30% off birthday discounts and monthly raffles. Door prizes were provided and won by the following members: Teresa Leonard, Rose Maynes, Elisa Lawrance, Sharron Meyer, Anne Roberts, Perri Krom, Jan Duistermars and Barbara Carr. Every member received an envelope containing candy, a button and discount coupon for an owl pattern.
The Night Owls meeting on June 9 at St Paul’s Catholic Church (Phoenix) was a special celebration of the history of this AQG chapter. The original charter was granted in 1989 to a very interesting group of 12 ladies. They first met in nursing home meeting rooms. After a while they met at a quilt shop on Bell Road. Years later with just eight members remaining, the ladies discussed what they would do because there were so few of them. Someone suggested everyone bring a friend. Soon they needed a bigger meeting place and Margot Reppert, who worked at APS, found a room where they could meet there. They began working on projects where they exchanged six inch blocks, signature blocks, patriotic blocks, and a 12 inch block challenge. Sharon Robinson taught redwork and they had many hands-on make-and-take projects. In 2002, the Night Owls made the Opportunity Quilt for the AQG Quilt Show. Marty Zayer designed the quilt which was hand appliqued and the other members worked on the borders which were also hand appliqued. At Christmas for several years, they had an exchange where they gave a finished item to each other. Virginia Bailey got the pillow that Sharron Meyer had made and several years ago, before she passed away, she returned it to Sharron. Sharron also has the wall hanging Virginia had made. The first quilt retreat was held in Payson in 2004.
Sharon Chamber, now a national prize winning quilter, author, teacher, and lecturer came to teach her innovative basting techniques and machine free motion in 2005, before she became famous. We have had many opportunities to learn and take classes from a number of national and local teachers.
Wanda Seale remembers when she joined Night Owls in 2002 after Gail Duffy invited her, and, like most of the other Night Owls, she has been the chapter chair, the program chair, and has served on every committee. She remembers making the quilts for the Quilt for a Cause program in 2004. They made 2 quilts both called The Star of Hope which were made from Carol Doak’s state block design. It was quilted by Jessica Gamez. One was donated to Quilts
For a Cause and the other was an opportunity quilt the Night Owls used as a fund raiser. The Catalina Cowgirls quilt was donated to Quilt for a Cause in 2006 to be auctioned, the proceeds going to cancer research. The lady who bought the quilt subsequently loaned that quilt to the Arizona Centennial Hundred Quilts for 100 Years event held at the Arizona State Historical Museum in 2012.
Throughout the history of Night Owls our goal, as well as that of AQG, has been to contribute to our community. We continue to donate many hundreds of quilts, and the current focus for our charity is the City of Phoenix Family Advocacy Center, which this year received 326 quilts. Our current membership has grown is 91 members and we are looking forward to our next 30 years.
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