Chapter Reports: Foothills Quilters

2016 Reports

October 2016

Our program chairs, Pam and Dee seem to find talent wherever they go. For the last few months they have featured some very talented members of our Foothills chapter. This month, they reached out to include talented members of other chapters as well. I am awed by the ability of so many quilting artists.

At our September meeting, Sharron Meyer, a Night Owl, did a remarkable trunk show. She has worked independently with Patrick Lose. At our business meeting, she shared many of the sample quilts that she has made using paper piecing. Sharron started quilting in the late 1970s and has been paper piecing for twenty years. Her first project was a Christmas sampler, and she hasn’t stopped. She called her passion an “addiction” because there is always one more project waiting for her. Her trunk show was enough to convert a person who dislikes paper piecing into a person who dislikes paper piecing into a person who is ready to take on the challenge. For over forty years, she not only has continued to create many quilts but has also taught others to love this art. Sharron will also be teaching a class for us on paper piecing later in the month.

Another event to look forward to for Foothills members is a Batik trunk show by Joyce Heuett, a Busy Bee member. Joyce’s son lives in Indonesia, and when he comes here, he brings Batik fabrics to his mother. At her presentation on September 28, members will not only view her Batik fabrics but will also have an opportunity to buy some of them. Check next month’s article for a follow up on this presentation.

Also, coming up is a class on cord wrapping by Foothill’s own Sharron Lichter. Also, in the next few months, Foothills will be celebrating its ten years as a chapter of AQG.

Gena Stewart displayed the three quilts donated by Cynthia Smith. One of these quilts was purchased through a silent auction at the September meeting. The second quilt will be auctioned during a silent auction during the business meeting in October and the third in November.

The Foothills group got a surprise visit by Mike Eyer from the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church. Mike is planning a mission trip to Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, where church members will build a home for one of the needy families there. He came in during our business meeting excited that he would be taking several of our donated charity quilts to this lucky family. Mike thanked our group for our gift of these beautiful quilts.

Meeting details: Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterflly.com/

 


 

September 2016

 

Foothills follows the mission statement of the Arizona Quilters’ Guild, which includes a commitment to “sponsor and support quilting activities, encourage quiltmaking and collection, and to further the growth of Quilters’ education.” Foothills members enjoy teaching and volunteering in order to share information they know well. This year, Pam Smith and Dee Pfeifer, our Program Chairs, have taken advantage of the expertise of accomplished quilters, inviting them to offer skill-builder classes for everyone, including novice as well as seasoned quilters.
At last month’s sewing meeting, Judy Decker taught tying quilts the way she learned it growing up. After demonstrating this process, she had members try out her technique on a sample. Then on sew day, she had volunteers work together on a charity quilt. One member stated that she is in the process of tying her third quilt using Judy’s method and loves doing it this way. Also, Linda Puttmann presented a class on three quilt-as-you-go methods. She then demonstrated the process that will be used for making the applique pieces for the Foothills raffle quilt. This month, she had members complete individual applique pieces using the method she had demonstrated. This ended up being fun and educational.
At the July business meeting, members demonstrated wonderful ideas for making Christmas gifts. Carolyn MacAlpine demonstrated the process of making a charming “jingle tree” ornament. Louise Grant demonstrated pillow wraps and the process of making different sized fabric baskets with an endless variety of uses, offering additional assistance on sew day. Irene Talmadge demonstrated a fun project for making a purse-string pouch (catch-all) that also has countless uses. Dee Pfeifer demonstrated a great method of making simple, attractive Christmas trees and pinecones using Styrofoam forms. The directions for these gift ideas are listed on our Foothills website.
At the August 10th business meeting, Linda Puttmann presented an acrylic painting class. She had wonderful examples to show the group, explained the process, and then let members practice the techniques.
Coming up next month, Pam has scheduled Joyce Heuett for a Batik trunk show, and it will also be a work day for our Raffle Quilt. Next month, Sharon Meyer will present a paper-piecing trunk show, followed by a paper piecing class.
Meeting details: Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/Foothills follows the mission statement of the Arizona Quilters’ Guild, which includes a commitment to “sponsor and support quilting activities, encourage quiltmaking and collection, and to further the growth of Quilters’ education.” Foothills members enjoy teaching and volunteering in order to share information they know well. This year, Pam Smith and Dee Pfeifer, our Program Chairs, have taken advantage of the expertise of accomplished quilters, inviting them to offer skill-builder classes for everyone, including novice as well as seasoned quilters.

At last month’s sewing meeting, Judy Decker taught tying quilts the way she learned it growing up. After demonstrating this process, she had members try out her technique on a sample. Then on sew day, she had volunteers work together on a charity quilt. One member stated that she is in the process of tying her third quilt using Judy’s method and loves doing it this way. Also, Linda Puttmann presented a class on three quilt-as-you-go methods. She then demonstrated the process that will be used for making the applique pieces for the Foothills raffle quilt. This month, she had members complete individual applique pieces using the method she had demonstrated. This ended up being fun and educational.

At the July business meeting, members demonstrated wonderful ideas for making Christmas gifts. Carolyn MacAlpine demonstrated the process of making a charming “jingle tree” ornament. Louise Grant demonstrated pillow wraps and the process of making different sized fabric baskets with an endless variety of uses, offering additional assistance on sew day. Irene Talmadge demonstrated a fun project for making a purse-string pouch (catch-all) that also has countless uses. Dee Pfeifer demonstrated a great method of making simple, attractive Christmas trees and pinecones using Styrofoam forms. The directions for these gift ideas are listed on our Foothills website.

At the August 10th business meeting, Linda Puttmann presented an acrylic painting class. She had wonderful examples to show the group, explained the process, and then let members practice the techniques.

Coming up next month, Pam has scheduled Joyce Heuett for a Batik trunk show, and it will also be a work day for our Raffle Quilt. Next month, Sharon Meyer will present a paper-piecing trunk show, followed by a paper piecing class.

Meeting details: Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/


 

August 2016

Though the summer has been brutally hot so far, Pam Smith and Dee Pfeifer continued to revive us by bring well-organized presentations for Foothills members. On May 11, 2016, Edie Greenberg, an accomplished quilter who excels in beading and creatively using textiles of all kinds in her contemporary art quilts made out of “anything except fabric,” presented an inspiring trunk show. She demonstrated the steps and techniques she used to create these beautiful small quilts that are inspired by such things as pictures and landscapes. She also included factual information concerning copyright laws.

Also, on May 11, 2016, Donna Hilliard and Judy Hanson presented a show-and-tell presentation and demonstration on half square triangles. They continued the lecture with a hands-on class to show ways to mass produce lots of half square triangles and then assemble them into an unending variety of blocks. These ladies were well organized and used excellent teaching techniques, including one-on-one support.

On May, 25, 2016, Ellen Born presented a basic skills class that included an audience of both beginning and accomplished quilters. After in depth coverage of cutting mats, rulers, and rotary cutters, she continued with fabric preparation and ways to increase cutting speed. She then covered squaring up blocks. Ellen’s demonstration was simple yet appealing to seasoned quilters. After her presentation, she met individually with members to answer questions or solve problems.

On June 9, 2016, Debbie Schuster, who proudly described herself as growing up in a family of Montana quilters, presented a trunk show consisting of a variety of beautiful quilts with interesting borders and binding. She demonstrated out how the right borders and binding can make a quilt come alive. After the business meeting, Debbie presented a workshop demonstrating hands-on binding.

Though our program chairs can’t stop the hot weather, they are continuing to schedule a fun and exciting Christmas-in-July program after the July business meeting: Louise Grant will demonstrate Easter baskets and little hearts; Dee Pfeifer will demonstrate Christmas trees and pine cones; and Irene Talmadge will demonstrate a purse-string pouch (catch-all). In August, Linda Puttmann will teach fabric painting.

Along with all these events, summer charity contributions have once again been strongly supported. After Foothill’s inception in 2006, Foothills needed a charity to support in order to be part of the Arizona Quilters Guild. Laura Price, who has been involved in this center since the late 1900’s and has witnessed their huge success rate (85% to 95%), suggested keeping the New Life Center as a charity. Members voted to support this refuge for battered women and their families.

According to Laura, the New Life Center is the only shelter in Arizona that accepts everyone in the family, even boys older than thirteen. Once there, each woman and child who enters the shelter is given sheets, a quilt or blanket, a pillow, and a set of pillowcases. These are items they own and take with them when they leave. In the 30-45 days they are there, the women are provided with whatever they need to transition from an abusive relationship to an independent life. This includes counseling and, when needed, access to Hope’s closet. The agency helps these women get jobs, including applying, dressing for the interview, and interviewing. They also help them apply for Aid to Dependent Families, Section 8 housing, transitional housing, food stamps, and an access card. These women leave the shelter with the tools they need to survive. Just last month, Gena Steward, Patty Baker, and Carolyn MacAlpine accompanied Laura Price to the New Life Center where they were able to see the center and drop off donations. After seeing this temporary home, Gena stated, “I am thankful that I did not have to go through that abuse, but I am grateful that there is a place these women can go.” Gena, who is in charge of charity, presented some impressive statistics on our year to-date charity items for the New Life Center. For the first quarter (January through March), Foothills members collectively donated 291 hours creating 63 pillowcases, 9 completed quilts, 14 quilt tops, and 10 receiving blankets. For the second quarter (April through June), members spent 229 hours providing an additional 63 pillowcases, 17 quilts, and 1 pillow to the New Life Center. In addition to these gifts, the state matches $22 for each hour our members donate. In the first six months of this year, it added up to $11,440 of much needed income that the New Life Center will receive from the state.

Meeting details: Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website (here) where you can learn more about us and see more pictures.


 

May 2016

April has been a very exciting month for Foothills Quilters. Members enjoyed Jessica Dickenson’s presentation, My Journey Through Scrap Mountain. After this, Jessica provided “a mountain of scraps” for members to use as they participated in a hands-on class to practice her artistic style of quilting. Members also enjoyed a healthy potluck meal and had an opportunity to have their scissors sharpened, all of this in one day.

Earlier in the month, Foothills members were treated to a garden party hosted by Busy Bees. When Louise Grant invited them to the party, no one could even imagine the fun that was in store for everyone there. On this Wednesday morning, there were no strangers, only women aged sixty-one to ninety-one enjoying each other. As each person sat down, they were given an old-fashioned hat-shaped pincushion. After a game of Left, Right, Center, the winner at each table took all of the desirable “chips” which were in the form of 6 ½ inch by 2 ½ inch strips of fabric. The only sounds filling the room were dice hitting the tables and ladies laughing. This was followed by a wonderful lunch, three raffle baskets, show-and-tell of spring quilts, and door prizes. This certainly confirmed that AQG knew what it was doing when it linked these two chapters as buddies for the year.

In May, Pam and Dee have scheduled Edie Greenberg’s trunk show and Donna Hilliard’s class on ½ square triangles. Also, on sew day, Ellen Born will start the series of beginning skills when she presents “cutting.”

Meeting details : Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/

 


 

April 2016

When President Linda Puttmann asked Foothills members to find ways to let each other know that they are grateful to one another as well as for Foothills itself, Pam Smith and Dee Pfeifer talked together and thought that a wonderful project to express this would be the Heart Quilt Project that they were involved in when they were members of the Night Owls quilting group. Pam still remembers one touching incident when she saw how much it meant to a Night Owl member when she received one of these comfort quilts. These two ladies also agreed to serve as program chairs for the Heart program, and Foothills members immediately pledged support for the project. Together they envisioned putting together comfort heart quilts to be given to members who experience a serious illness or tragedy in their lives.

Pam and Dee collected heart patterns that they organized into a notebook for the use of all members. They challenged Foothills members to make any size, any color heart block/s that will be artistically pieced together to form a quilt. On sew days, these ladies bring the patterns, making them available to anyone who wants to use one. Members bring their own fabric pieces or, if they are short on material, they can use some that Pam and Dee have collected. For the first quilt, Pam and Dee combined some heart blocks they already had with ones members contributed. Donna Hillard and Judy Hansen stepped up to piece everything together to form the quilt top. Without hesitation, Judy Hansen volunteered to quilt the finished project.

Making these heart quilts and giving them to members has provided an opportunity for friends to show kindness, love, and concern for each other. This month, Foothills was able to do just that for Janie Baker by presenting her with the first comfort quilt. Receiving this heart quilt is an acknowledgment that her friends care for her and hope that she will find comfort in knowing that they created something special for her.

Meeting details: Foothills meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Avenue in Peoria. You are invited to attend one of these fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/

 


 

February 2016

Two thousand sixteen marks the tenth year of the existence of the Foothills chapter of AQG. Throughout the year, members will celebrate what Foothills means to them by expressions of gratitude they submit in a Gratitude Jar, and an end-of-year quilt challenge with that theme, thus showing gratefulness to the chapter and to the other members.

At the first meeting on January 13, the theme of gratitude ran through the club that included 36 established members, one new member, and one visitor. At the business meeting, members discussed exciting plans for the coming year, including parties, quilting opportunities such as a pizza box swap block-of-themonth project, charity events, Christmas in July, spring potluck, and a Christmas party. The January meeting also included an ugly sweater contest, a redwork challenge, and a show-and-tell of completed projects, some for themselves and some designated for charity. The AQG Row-by-Row challenge is in the works.

Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the club is the opportunity for members to come together, have fun, and create works of art for themselves and for others. This, among other things, includes pillowcases for adults and children and lap quilts for ailing community members. Equally important, members who are skillful quilters willingly extend their knowledge to members, helping newcomers become proficient quilters.

The business meeting time has been streamlined so members have more opportunities to work on their individual projects. The meeting starts with a business meeting, and members are able to continue to sew in the room until 3:00 in the afternoon.

Meeting details: We meet the 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria. We invite you to join us for one of our fun meetings. We also have a website where you can learn more about us and see more of our pictures. The link is https://foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/

 


 

January 2016

We had our annual Christmas Party on December 9th and an enjoyable time was had by all. A special thank you to Joan Davidson, our Hospitality Chair, who organized it for us this year. Here are some of the highlights. We had a harpist serenade us during the social hour (the granddaughter of Viola Raber). I heard a number of familiar Christmas songs among the lovely pieces she played for us. The placemat exchange was a great success and all who participated had the opportunity to select placemats that they liked. What a nice variety of projects were shown in the 3 fat quarters challenge made as a result of the Left/Right Game at last year’s Christmas Party. One member made a stuffed bear; several made purses, quilts, or wall hangings; and one member even made 2 quilts out of her 3 fat quarters. We had the drawing for our “Arizona Birds” red work raffle quilt. Sharon Lichter was very thrilled when her name was drawn.

We each presented some adorable penguin blocks for our outgoing chapter chair, Laura Price, for her President’s quilt. They were just adorable. She made some lovely wool penny rugs as thank you gifts for her outgoing board.

We also had a silent auction of a darling Christmas red work quilt top that was donated by Sharon Lichter and won by a very happy Yolanda Balcazar.

We’re looking forward to our Planning Meeting for 2016 that we’ll hold in January. I overheard that our program chairs, Pam Smith & Dee Pfeifer, plan to highlight art quilts in the coming year. Sounds like a fun year. I want to extend a Happy Anniversary to the Foothills Quilters Chapter - 2016 is our 10th year as a chapter. We plan to celebrate all year long!!!

We meet the 2nd Wednesday at 9:30am at the Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church, 14403 N. 75th Ave., Peoria. We invite you to join us for one of our fun meetings. We also have a website where you can go to learn more about us and see more of our pictures. The link is: https:// foothillsquilters.shutterfly.com/

 


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