Chapter Reports: Quail Country Quilters

2016 Reports

May 2016

The Spring Meeting was so much fun! I know a couple of our local guild members won one of the fabulous raffle baskets! Reeze Hanson’s talk and her “Show and Tell” was fabulous! Spring is definitely here, and what a better way to celebrate than winning the Sew by Row Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted for our entry. The prize money will be put to good use.

The row was designed by myself, Deb Staats. My idea was a quilter, sitting at her sewing machine, working on a project and looking outside to see spring happening outside the window. We had a great group that put it all together! Piecing was done by Deb,-sewing table and yellow wall, Mary Lou Evans created the window panes with sky and ground and Jeanne Bolen did the patchwork pieces that are on the sewing machine and under the iron. Applique pieces were created by Deb, with Karen Crowder doing all the quail and cacti. The pieces were appliqued on by Janet Berry and Karen Crowder. Joyce Cook did the prairie point curtain. Embroidery was done by Gala Little, Bonnie Bangert and Denise Jelinek. Coming up with the ruler was a challenge! I took a piece of flexible heavy clear plastic, like you use to protect a table (a little larger than needed). I put tissue paper on both sides, then sewed a grid on it with black thread. I tore off the top tissue, but left on the bottom. After I trimmed it to size, I used a dab of fray-check at the end of each row of black stitching.

Besides our ongoing charity quilts, we are currently trying to raise money to buy new quilt hanging racks for our shows. Our annual Spring Party in May will feature a fabulous Pie Auction to raise money for the new racks. We will also have a pot luck lunch that day. We will continue to meet in June and will take off the month of July. Until the Fall issue, have a great summer.



April 2016

In February our guild hosted one of the Virginia Walton classes. She taught curved piecing for a quilt project titled “Whirlpool”. Pictured below is Virginia at the machine, with or guild members Cheryl Swett, Terry Gasperone and Jeanett Saylers. March was busy with our “Scrap Rats” group working on this years’ charity quilts. 17 kits were assembled and passed out to start working on. Over 40 members showed up to help sew.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Statewide Spring Membership meeting we are cohosting in April in Sedona with the Red Rock Quilters. Hope we meet you there. In May we will have our Annual Spring Party. We will be having a pie auction to raise funds for our guild to buy new hanging racks for our biennial shows.



February 2016

We are off and running in the New Year! Our first meeting of 2016 brought 9 guests, 5 of which joined our guild- welcome to our new quilting friends! Two of our guests were none other than Elaine Putnam, our AZ state guild president, and the president –elect, Dale Nokes. It was great to see them and get some updates on current events at the state level. Janet Berry, our local president, is pictured here giving Elaine a quilt she made for the upcoming live auction at the annual state show in March.

Also pictured is a lovely quilt made from a charm pack by Janice Chesnik. She brought it for our ‘show and tell’ and then donated it to the guild to use for charity. Way to go Janice!

Two upcoming bus trips were announced. One will be on Thursday February 11th to the AQS show in Phoenix. The second one is to the AQG show in Mesa on March 26th. These are being organized through our local Quilters Quarters Quilt store. Contact them to buy your tickets, thanks to Mary Beth Grosetta, store owner and guild member, for organizing these fun trips.

Our late January meeting will feature Carol Miller from Prescott. She will share her “My Travel Quilts” an up close and personal look at her originally designed quilts along with photos and videos that were her inspiration.

Other upcoming meeting programs include “Triangles on a Roll” as well as working on our raffle baskets to help co-host the AQG Spring Meeting in Sedona on April 9th. We hope to meet you there!

On February 10th our guild will host the Virginia Walton class in Cottonwood. We will be doing her “Whirlpool” design. We’ll share some photos from that in the March issue.

Happy Quilting J




January 2016

Our December meeting was dedicated to our fabulous annual holiday party! Our guild members made over 100 quilts in 2015 that were used for charity or fund raising. The “Scrap Rats” group is responsible for most of the work. At our party we gave away over 80 to local groups that included: The Verde Valley Sanctuary, a shelter for women and children; Rainbow Acres, a group home for disabled adults; Verde Valley Senior Center, primary organization for Meals on Wheels and other senior programs; the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at the Flagstaff Medical Center; Arizona Oncology Associates, for cancer patients; House of Ruth, a non-profit pregnancy crisis center and the local VFW, for local vets in need and some quilts will be taken to the VA hospital in Prescott. Nine comfort quilts were given to members that were going through hard times during the year and 4 were sold at our quilt show boutique as fund raisers.

We had a Christmas Block raffle. 72 blocks were made by members over the past many weeks, all using the same fabrics. We drew 8 names, and the winners each got 9 blocks, plus a bag of the matching scraps to take home to make a Christmas Quilt. Some of the amazing blocks are in the photos. Our party committee also took the time to make everyone a holiday coaster to take home. We also had a gift exchange and a pot holder exchange. That was followed by a fabulous potluck luncheon and deserts!

On February 10th our guild will host the Virginia Walton class in Cottonwood. We’ll share some photos from that in the March issue. Take care.



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