Chapter Reports: Prickly Piecers

2016 Reports

October 2016

 

Our fellow quilter and founder of Prickly Piecers, Ken Casey, is moving to Eugene, Oregon. Prior to our meeting, Sept 15 we held a small gathering to wish him well. We will all miss him. Ken will return in November for his Jalapeno Jelly sales. He will also be teaching Angle Play “Walk Like an Egyptian” quilt at Quilting in the Desert in January. Ken, we will miss you but we do wish you the best of everything the future has to offer.
At this meeting we had a great speaker, Larry Padilla, Sales Representative from Alexander Henry Fabrics. Alexander Henry Fabrics is based in Burbank, California. They produce two collections per year. Their newest fabric lines will be in the shops in January or February. Their fabrics are printed in Japan or, if their printer is unavailable, in Korea. They will not accept the preliminary print outs unless everything in the design is just where it is supposed to be. Alexander Fabrics also use the best cotton they can find. Members were shown a new knit fabric that was very soft and stretchy. It is called Nifty Knit and will coordinate with the new fabric lines.

 

Our fellow quilter and founder of Prickly Piecers, Ken Casey, is moving to Eugene, Oregon. Prior to our meeting, Sept 15 we held a small gathering to wish him well. We will all miss him. Ken will return in November for his Jalapeno Jelly sales. He will also be teaching Angle Play “Walk Like an Egyptian” quilt at Quilting in the Desert in January. Ken, we will miss you but we do wish you the best of everything the future has to offer.

At this meeting we had a great speaker, Larry Padilla, Sales Representative from Alexander Henry Fabrics. Alexander Henry Fabrics is based in Burbank, California. They produce two collections per year. Their newest fabric lines will be in the shops in January or February. Their fabrics are printed in Japan or, if their printer is unavailable, in Korea. They will not accept the preliminary print outs unless everything in the design is just where it is supposed to be. Alexander Fabrics also use the best cotton they can find. Members were shown a new knit fabric that was very soft and stretchy. It is called Nifty Knit and will coordinate with the new fabric lines.

We had a fantastic show and tell. Laura showed her Scotty Dog Raffle Quilt she made for her Scottish group.

Diane Hansen showed a baby quilt with a camping theme. Then Diane showed her English Paper Piecing quilt made with Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross blocks. Then she showed a modern quilt using the Braided Triangles on a Roll.

Ken Casey showed his Angle Play quilt “Walk Like An Egyptian” made from batiks. Then Ken showed his text quilt, Male Quilters, Miscreants of the Fabric Shop, made using comments from members of an online male quilting group.

We invite you to join us for one of our meetings. We have many fun challenges and programs planned for the 2016-2017 year. We would love to see you. We meet on the Third Thursday of each month, except for July and August, at the Desert Foothills Methodist Church, 2156 East Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Feel free to join us. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in October.


August 2016

Prickly Piecers members have been busy with projects, a challenge, meetings, our Opportunity Quilt and decisions. Our biggest decision: We have chosen to not meet during the months of July and August due to the heat and some of our members leaving the valley for the summer months. If you would like to see what our chapter is doing in the 2016-2017 AQG year, we invite everyone to join us for our September meeting. Meeting information is at the end of this chapter report.

Our April meeting was great fun learning about Modern Quilting with speakers Danny Heyen and Bonnie Bobman. Modern Quilts are functional quilts that are inspired by modern designs. Danny and Bonnie had a great, fun, and entertaining talk about modern quilts.

In May we had the big reveal for our Day of the Dead President’s Challenge. The President gave members a Fat Quarter of fabric with Day of the Dead motifs. We were to make something “quilty”, it mattered not what the item was, in which some recognizable portion of the Day of the Dead fabric was to me somewhere in the “quilty” item. The winner of this challenge was Pauline with her Day of the Dead Wedding Couple wall quilt.

We had a wide variety of items made with the Day of the Dead fabric, wall quilts, a bag, a tablet cover, and a table runner. Marybess was unable to finish her challenge, a Day of the Dead table runner, but she did show her progress . Terry quilted her challenge quilt with a Day of the Dead skull .

June was a “Make It and Take It” month. Cheryl showed us how to make a Tissue Cover/Kleenex Keeper. This is an online pattern that can be found at twobrownbirds.typepad.com. Jill, Terry, Marion, and Marybess were busy sewing their Tissue Covers/Kleenex Keepers. Other members took their kits home to make their “Make It and Take It”.

Also in June, Jill dazzled our eyes with her completed Fire Island Hosta (a Judy Neimeyer pattern) quilt top. Well done, Jill!

Prickly Piecers have many fun challenges and programs planned for the 2016-2017 year. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, except for July and August, at the Desert Foothills Methodist Church, 2156 East Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Feel free to join us. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in September.

 


 

May 2016 

Prickly Piecers members have been very busy over the past few months. Since completing our Opportunity Quilt, we have been selling tickets for the Opportunity Quilt, hosted Traveling Teacher Perri Krom, listened with great interest to a program given by Evelyn Link at the March meeting, and will have Danny Heyen for our speaker in April. She will speak with us about Modern Quilts and Modern Quilting .

In March Evelyn Link presented a wonderful program regarding her entry into the quilting and art quilt world. She told us of how she went from learning to make a quilt followed by learning and becoming a talented and skilled maker of art quilts.

Evelyn also talked with us about “Bead Connections”, a technique for connecting segments of a quilt using beads. This is a technique that she learned from the book Where Do I Start with Fiber Art by Chris Lynn Kirsch. This was a very enjoyable program and Evelyn was a wonderful speaker/instructor.

For the members Show and Tell at the March meeting Jill Eskew showed her floral quilt with bead embellishments. Ken Casey showed his bells quilt that he called Arcosanti Bells as it reminded him of the actual Arcosanti bells. Mary Taylor showed us her large charm square bag that she made with blocks rather than charms squares.

The first weekend of April Prickly Piecers hosted Traveling Teacher Perri Krom who taught her Mini Paper Pieced Houses class. What great fun we had. Perri demonstrated how to progress through the pattern and how to do some very basic paper piecing to make houses and trees. Here is one row of the mini quilt made into a mini miniature quilt. When all the paper pieced houses, trees, airplane, and boat are complete they will be sewn together to make an 18.5 inch by 18.5 inch miniature quilt with 3 inch blocks. Participants did not complete the quilt but each one made a good start to the quilt.

Prickly Piecers members also sold Opportunity Quilt tickets at the AQG Quilt Show. Sales were brisk but tickets are still available at one for $1, six for $5, or 25 for $20. To get your tickets contact any Prickly Piecers member.

Our next meeting is April 21, 2016 with speaker Danny Heyen speaking about Modern Quilts and Modern Quilting as I mentioned above. Prickly Piecers meet at the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. We meet at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 East Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Our next meetings are April 21, 2016; May 19, 2016; June 16, 2016. You are most welcome to come join us for an evening of quilting, learning, and fun.

 


 

April 2016

Prickly Piecers members have completed their Opportunity Quilt. Cheryl Griffin coordinated the organization of the pattern, the fabric, the cutting, and the sewing to create the quilt top. Cheryl did a super great, fantastic, and spectacular job at coordinating everything needed for our Opportunity Quilt. Kudos to Cheryl. Fellow Prickly Piecers members helped with the sewing at Opportunity Quilt Sew-Ins. The quilt was quilted by Machine Quilter Sharon Brooks (not a Prickly Piecers member). Fran Martinez completed the binding. And, a most excellent job of it I will say. The pattern is “Woodcarver’s Star” by Judy Neimeyer and was made with batik fabrics in blues, pinks, teals, greens, and a hint of dark gray. Raffle tickets are available from any Prickly Piecers member. The cost is 1 for $1, 6 for $5, or 25 for $20. The drawing for the Opportunity Quilt will be held in December, 2016 just in time for Christmas.

In January Ken Casey spoke to us about Ice Dyeing. He also showed us several pieces of Ice Dyed fabric. With these fabrics he told us how he could get both lighter and darker shades of the same colors using the Ice Dyeing. He also showed us a small quilt top using some of the fabric that he had dyed and East Indian Sari fabric. I am so sorry that I did not get a picture of this.

Also in January, Rita Blocksom’s Show and Tell was her two Fish Art Quilts, one named Petunia and one named Goldie. These are gorgeous. Then Mary Taylor’s Show and Tell was a large Lee Wards Vintage Cross Stitch Quilt plus a large quilt in which she used fat quarters from a family member’s fabric stash. Both were beautiful.

The next Show and Tell was Fran Martinez’s Bonnie Hunter Star Quilt. The stars were made using improvisational piecing. The stars continued to the back of the quilt. A lovely quilt. Marion Kersnick’s Show and Tell was the Penny Sturges bag that she had received as a gift. A lovely bag. February’s meeting was a most interesting meeting. Our speaker was Gail Christianer from Sun City. She gave an in depth talk regarding text/words on quilts. She discussed how this is a way quilters can express themselves regarding many topics. She showed us many examples of text on quilts in book form, picture form, and in the form of a mini quilt. This was a great talk and Gail is very knowledgeable regarding the subject of Text on Quilts.

February’s Show and Tell included Rita Blocksom’s Patriotic Quilt that included patriotic text/words along with the Pledge of Allegiance. Rita also presented her Gelli-printed Red Canvas Stenciled IPad cover. This was very bright and colorful. Cheryl Griffin showed us her gorgeous Judy Niemeyer “Fire Island Hosta” quilt top done in beautiful batiks. Terry Findlay presented a Memorial Quilt to her Dad that included text/words. Then Marybess Mutchie showed us her collection of Row by Row patterns and kits from around the U.S. that she acquired while travel last summer. Also in February Nancy Page presented the Sew by Row for Prickly Piecers. I do not know if sneak peaks are allowed, so no pictures yet. The Sew by Row has been completed and turned in to the AQG office. This will be on display at the April 9th AQG Spring Meeting.

Prickly Piecers meet at the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. We meet at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 East Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Our next meetings are March 17, 2016; April 21, 2016; May 19, 2016; June 16, 2016. You are most welcome to come join us for an evening of quilting learning and fun.

 


 

February 2016

Prickly Piecers members have been busy sewing and sewing to create our Opportunity Quilt. Cheryl Griffin coordinated the organization of the pattern, the fabric, the cutting, and the sewing to create the quilt top. Fellow Prickly Pear members helped with the sewing at Opportunity Quilt Sew-Ins. Cheryl did a super great, fantastic, and spectacular job at coordinating everything needed for our Opportunity Quilt. The quilt was quilted by Machine Quilter Sharon Brooks (not a Prickly Piecers member). Fran Martinez completed the binding. The pattern is “Woodcarver’s Star” by Judy Neimeyer and was made with batik fabrics in blues, pinks, teals, greens, and a hint of dark gray. Raffle tickets are available from any Prickly Piecers member. The cost is one for $1 and six for $5. The drawing for the Opportunity Quilt will be held in December, 2016.

The “Big Reveal” for the Vice-President’s Kit Challenge came at our Holiday Party this past December. Five members completed one or more kits that they had found in their stash. Rita Blocksom completed her Melinda Bula Flower quilt. Jill Eskew finished her backpack made with a batik fabric. Terry Findlay finished her Gecko Jelly Roll Quilt. Fran Martinez completed two Arizona Landscape kits. Nancy Page completed her Painted Desert Quilt kit. Mary Taylor complete three Quilted Quickies Christmas Quilt kits. Numbered tickets were given to each person who participated in the Kit Challenge and tickets were drawn for prizes. Third prize of Clover Binding Clips went to Terry Findlay, second prize of Tonga Treats Batiks went to Rita Blocksom, and first prize of a collection of Radiant Gradient Ombre Fabrics went to Patty Keasey.

President Rita Blocksom presented her President’s Challenge. The theme of her Challenge is “Day of the Dead”. We are to make a quilt or something using a Fat Quarter of “Day of the Dead” fabric. This will be an interesting Challenge.

Prickly Piecers meet at the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. We meet at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 East Liberty Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85048. Our next meeting is January 21, 2016.

 


 

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