Chapter Reports: A-Z Quilters

2016 Reports

October 2016

The A-Z Quilters met on September 7th, 2016 for our monthly business meeting. We meet two or three times a month depending on the number of Wednesdays in the month. The first Wednesday is our business meeting, the third Wednesday is our project night, and the fifth Wednesday is our charity sewing night. One of the charities we sponsor is the “Dove Project”. This is housing and life needs for women over 50 that have been displaced and need to start over. The length of stay can be from 18 months to over 2 years. We provide a full size quilt for each resident. Mary Hergett has been instrumental in longarm quilting the quilts and after the binding is complete and a label added, she delivers the quilts. Mary will be moving to Oregon in the next few months and we are really going to miss her.
We recently started working with another group on making bed mats from plastic shopping bags for the homeless. It takes about 600 bags to complete one mat. A mat can be very colorful depending on the bags that are crocheted into it.
Our program person, Marjory Peck, has some great projects planned for us this year. The last project night was filled with construction of notebook covers. I have included pictures of some of these.
Another really fun thing that we do on our business meeting night is have Kaye Wood interview one of our members on how she got into quilting, what kinds of quilting she prefers, what she likes best, and many other questions. It is always very interesting and a chance for us to learn more about each other.
An official checklist is being prepared that will detail everything that needs to be included in the documentation that is handed over to the Audit Committee by the Treasurer at audit time. This document will be our first “Policy and Procedure”. We are a very small group but love to quilt and spend time together. Food always enhances the occasions.
Of course, we love Show and Tell! I’m including pictures of Luanne Blair, Connie Mattox, Maryellen Bloomberg, and Donna Goldbeck with some of their finished projects.

The A-Z Quilters met on September 7th, 2016 for our monthly business meeting. We meet two or three times a month depending on the number of Wednesdays in the month. The first Wednesday is our business meeting, the third Wednesday is our project night, and the fifth Wednesday is our charity sewing night. One of the charities we sponsor is the “Dove Project”. This is housing and life needs for women over 50 that have been displaced and need to start over. The length of stay can be from 18 months to over 2 years. We provide a full size quilt for each resident. Mary Hergett has been instrumental in longarm quilting the quilts and after the binding is complete and a label added, she delivers the quilts. Mary will be moving to Oregon in the next few months and we are really going to miss her.

We recently started working with another group on making bed mats from plastic shopping bags for the homeless. It takes about 600 bags to complete one mat. A mat can be very colorful depending on the bags that are crocheted into it.

Our program person, Marjory Peck, has some great projects planned for us this year. The last project night was filled with construction of notebook covers. I have included pictures of some of these.

Another really fun thing that we do on our business meeting night is have Kaye Wood interview one of our members on how she got into quilting, what kinds of quilting she prefers, what she likes best, and many other questions. It is always very interesting and a chance for us to learn more about each other.

An official checklist is being prepared that will detail everything that needs to be included in the documentation that is handed over to the Audit Committee by the Treasurer at audit time. This document will be our first “Policy and Procedure”. We are a very small group but love to quilt and spend time together. Food always enhances the occasions.

Of course, we love Show and Tell! I’m including pictures of Luanne Blair, Connie Mattox, Maryellen Bloomberg, and Donna Goldbeck with some of their finished projects.

 


 

The A-Z Quilters of Peoria meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month.  Our 1st meeting is a business meeting, 2nd meeting is a project night and if there is a 5th Wednesday we meet to work on charity projects.  We meet in our new beautifully remodeled building which is at 8335 W. Jefferson, which is 2 bkls South of Peoria at 83rd Avenue.  We are active group that meets all year long.

These are some things we have been doing.  In July we had our annual Quilt Camp in Payson, which we had beautiful "cool" weather.  Each member works on their own projects.  This year we have had the pleasure of adding Kaye Woods to our group, she showed us a new technique at camp.  Also in July we had a holiday workshop where we worked on Christmas ornaments to be exchanged at our annual Christmas party in December.

In August we had the best time.  We were divided into 4 groups - Navy, Marines, Air Force & Army.  At this time we had a contest to see who could make the most pillow cases in 2 hours.  We made 97 pillow cases.  These pillow cases were then donated the "Heads at Ease" project.  This organization sends pillow cases to our military.  To date we only have 6 left all the others have been sent to either the Marines or the Navy over seas.

In September we made Sunshine Bags and filled them with crayons, color books, story books.  These bags will be given to local hospitals.  Our members are the greatest, 100 bags were made and filled.  Also in September Gerry Kroloff with  the Dove Inc. came and spoke to us about their organization and how they help older women that have been abused.  Some of our members have been making  quilts for them.

October brought us, a scary hat contest......boy there were some good ones.  We also had a UFO exchange night, members were invited to bring an UFO that they no longer wanted and exchange it for another.  Stay tuned to see how this turns out.  Also that night one of our members gave a demo on a 10 minute table runner.  These were quite quick and turned out beautiful, the possibilities were endless.

November will bring our Silent Auction on the 14th.  This is where our members make items and we auction them off.  We also have goodies to eat and buy along with a "garage sale" items.  Please come and join us at 6:00 pm.  December will be our annual Christmas party.

We also have a monthly block exchange and our board has challenge us to make a wall hanging that reflects the Four Seasons.  We also participate in a Brown Bag Bootie - where items where placed in a brown bag, exchanged and then the items will be made into something beautiful and given back the owner.  We also have a secret sister program - where each month a little something is given to your sister.

So as you can see, we are a busy group.  We would love for you to come and join us or just come for a visit.
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