Chapter Reports: Quilters Anonymous

2016 Reports

September 2016

 

Our 5th Annual Kids Camp was held July 18-22 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear and was a tremendous success! This camp was started in 2012 by QA member GayLee Smith. She had been holding classes in her home for two years prior to this and was looking for a way to make sewing available to more students. She brought the idea of a kids camp to our board and it was wholeheartedly approved.
A lot of hard went into making it a success. The first four years it was under the umbrella of Community Service. 21 students ages 8 and older participated in 2012 and 34 with ages now ranging from 10 and older did this year. We have had to limit their participation to two years so more kids can participate. Because of its continued growth, it was given a committee of its own.
As with anything, preparation is the key. We needed one sewing machine for each student along with materials for the projects. Our guild has given this camp a tremendous outpouring of support. All machines were donated by members in previous years. This year, we also received some from friends of members. Viking even donated 3 machines for us to use!
The projects needed to be interesting and current so that we kept the interest of the students of both genders while also making sure they had enough time to complete the project within the timeframe allotted. Making sure that the projects had different techniques, ie: quilting, zippers, darts, etc. was important.
Students registered with a $15 refundable deposit to insure their attendance. We split the group into two three hour sessions each day. The curriculum consisted of introduction to basic sewing tools and terms and knowledge of the sewing machines. We also had 4 projects each year with varying levels of complexity with Monday being the easiest and increasing the difficulty each day. We always included a 2 day project that was a little more involved. Extra or bonus projects were also available for those students that completed the projects early.

 

Our 5th Annual Kids Camp was held July 18-22 at Christ Presbyterian Church in Goodyear and was a tremendous success! This camp was started in 2012 by QA member GayLee Smith. She had been holding classes in her home for two years prior to this and was looking for a way to make sewing available to more students. She brought the idea of a kids camp to our board and it was wholeheartedly approved.

A lot of hard went into making it a success. The first four years it was under the umbrella of Community Service. 21 students ages 8 and older participated in 2012 and 34 with ages now ranging from 10 and older did this year. We have had to limit their participation to two years so more kids can participate. Because of its continued growth, it was given a committee of its own.

As with anything, preparation is the key. We needed one sewing machine for each student along with materials for the projects. Our guild has given this camp a tremendous outpouring of support. All machines were donated by members in previous years. This year, we also received some from friends of members. Viking even donated 3 machines for us to use!

The projects needed to be interesting and current so that we kept the interest of the students of both genders while also making sure they had enough time to complete the project within the timeframe allotted. Making sure that the projects had different techniques, ie: quilting, zippers, darts, etc. was important.

Students registered with a $15 refundable deposit to insure their attendance. We split the group into two three hour sessions each day. The curriculum consisted of introduction to basic sewing tools and terms and knowledge of the sewing machines. We also had 4 projects each year with varying levels of complexity with Monday being the easiest and increasing the difficulty each day. We always included a 2 day project that was a little more involved. Extra or bonus projects were also available for those students that completed the projects early.

The committee worked all year round planning and searching for ideas and supplies for camp. You can imagine the amount of supplies needed! Our guild and members in the sewing and quilting community were very supportive of what we did and their donations helped to keep us supplied. Since the first year, the parents of the students have always been very appreciative of the work and effort we put in and most often have donated the deposit back to us and asked that we use it towards supplies.


August 2016

With our new officers officiating, we took time to look back at all of our accomplishments from last year.

It was certainly a busy one. One of our goals was to whittle down our UFO’s. We had tremendous success with that through monthly challenges of various kinds. Hundreds literally were finished! Some ladies even managed to complete more than one per month. Several items were a decade or more in the making.

We were also busy with community projects. Thunderbird Hospital received 38 pillow cases, 6 baby quilts, 15 receiving blankets and 15 burp cloths. Cancer Centers of America received 42 lap quilts and Hospice received 47 adult bibs. Stacey Mickelson, Janet Grant, Jo Hahn, Kathleen Davidson, and Sue Roberts made a beautiful patriotic quilt titled “My Flag. My Country. My Allegiance.” that will be donated to the Veterans Medical Leadership Council for their raffle. It was quilted by Diane Tricka.

Another ongoing project was helping the Avondale Senior Center. Throughout the year we provided them with lots of fabric, thread and notions. They in turn made items such as quilts for the police and fire departments. They are currently working on a Christmas quilt they plan to raffle off to help support their causes.

We ended our meeting with an ice cream social and had a great time.

 


 

April 2016

Spring is in full swing on the west side. Sewing machines are humming; needle and thread are flying in and out of fabric. We are currently at 92 members, and the diversity of projects we see each month during Show and Tell is just amazing.

One fun thing we have been doing is finishing those UFOs that nearly all of us have lying around. Each person who wants to participate makes a list of 12 items they would like to complete. Each month a domino is drawn from a bag. Whatever that number turns out to be is the item number from your UFO list that you should try to complete before the next monthly meeting. Whether or not the item is complete, you bring it to the next meeting and tell your story about the item and display it during Show and Tell.

Another fun, ongoing project is our Scraps Plus Challenge. Terri Estes, our program chair, suggested we use two scraps together called “leaders” at the beginning of each seam we sew and two other scraps called “enders” at the end of each seam. Pretty soon, you have all your “twosies” stitched together and go on to “foursies,” etc. This way, you end up creating your main project, and at the same time you are creating a secondary one. In January we had a special Show and Tell by Terri and seven other members who had used this technique. These quilts will be donated to one of the charities we support.

Our recent speakers have been drawn from our own membership. In February, Lorie Kirkby spoke to us with humor and passion about old sewing machines in general and her collection in particular. In March, member Mary McElvain and her daughter Andrea Standfield spoke to us about their book, “Monochromatic Quilts.” (See accompanying pictures.) They showed us the many quilts they created to illustrate their book, as well.

Our Kids Camp project, scheduled for July, is being discussed and worked on by the members spearheading this week-long program. Our goal is to introduce as many young people (ten or older) to sewing machines and fabric as space and time allow. No previous experience on the part of the children is necessary as instructors begin the week with a thorough introduction to the machines before any sewing takes place. This continues to be a rewarding program for both the adults and instructors as it is for the youngsters.

 


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