Chapter Reports: Mavericks

2016 Reports

June 2016

The Mavericks program for May will be presented by Gail Christianer on Fabric Manipulation and Origami. Members are asked to bring examples of what they have done using these techniques. Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (except no meeting in July) at the Quaker Friendship House in Tempe and start at 10AM.

There are several Challenges ongiong this year and will be unveiled at the November meeting. Some will be on exhibit around the Phoenix area  and details will be provided when available.

The April meeting on Round Table presentations was as popular as always. And Ken Casey was the Surprise Presenter who showed several quilts made with the new Margaret Miller AnglePlay technique and rulers. Pretty amazing quilts!! Ken is now a certified Angle Play instructor.

Barb Wills has work on exhibit at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus Ohio opening May 12.Her piece in the Southwest 2015 Invitational is on exhibit in Terminal 4 thru July.


May 2016

The Mavericks program for April will be one of their favorites each year - a Round Table of presentations by 3 different members:

  • Ken Casey will show his technique for Angle play 
  • Georgia Heller will demo her new and improved Fusible Binding tehnique 
  • Barb Wills will demo Transfer Printing on fabric

Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10AM .Meeting location is the Quaker Friendship House on 15th St in Tempe. Check out the Mavericks website for more details Contact Barb Wills at 602-689-7442 with questions.



April 2016

Mavericks members have been busy making quilts and one is now a published author. Laurie Fagan has a new Mystery book published that will be available at Amazon in April. The title is “Fade Out”.

Ken Casey has a quilt “Male Quilters:Miscreants of the Fabric Shop” juried into the biennial Male Quilter show at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Colorado. His quilt was inspired by the Mavericks program on using Text in quilts presented by Gail Christianer.

Barb Wills has a quilt at Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 as part of 2015 Southwest Invitational exhibit. She also has 2 quilts in “Making Our Mark “at Yavapai College in Prescott, Az.

The Mavericks Program for March is a presentation by the makers of the award winning quilt “ Spirit of Sedona”. The quilters are: Wanda Seale, Barb Janson, Margot McDonnell, Patricia Bliss, Georgia Heller, Evelyn Link. They will talk about how the quilt was made, the techniques and tools used, how it was constructed and quilted. It was juried in to the Houston Quilt Festival 2015.



March 2016

Mavericks have several Challenges for 2016 and members can participate in one or as many as they choose.

Challenges include:

  • Text as the Primary Design- with the piece to illustrate words,phrases with text as the primary design element
  • International Travel Scene - Members depict a place they have visited or would like to visit.
  • The Eyes Have it - use eyes, the act of seeing or any other way to illustrate the theme of this challenge.
  • Laid Bare- anything, anybody anyway members interpret the concept of bare - a tree in the winter is one example.

The February program will be on using Recycled things in art. Members will bring any fiber pieces/ quilts they have made using recycled things. It should be an interesting program.



February 2016

The January Program called “Fix This Mess” and “How to Finish” will be part of the meeting on January 20. This was one of the most popular meetings in 2015 and members voted to repeat it. Members bring their unfinished projects and talk about the problem they are having and members offer ideas on how to resolve or how to finish.

It is also time for members to present Challenge Ideas for the year.

Several Challenges from 2014 and 2015 have been exhibited in Arizona and one has traveled across the country to be displayed.

The February Program will feature an artist who works with items and creates recycled art. Every meeting includes Show and Tell by members. Anyone interested in Mavericks can look on the website for location and directions of meetings and to see the current newsletter.

Questions about the group and meetings can be directed to or



January 2016

The Mavericks Chapter ended another busy year with their annual December Party, Potluck and White Elephant Exchange. Another annual tradition is that a monetary donation along with needed items and small and large quilts are donated to the Sojourner Women & Children’s Center in Phoenix.

Information about the meetings and activities can be found at .

The 2015 Challenges were unveiled at the November meeting and are on exhibit. The Challenges are described below along with information on locations and viewing times.

It Is Cool to be Square

Linda Engstrom, a Mavericks member, was one of six artists whose design was selected by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) to be part of the “Urban Textures” fabric line manufactured by Andover Fabrics. Her “Urban Reflections” design was printed in three colorways.

Linda challenged members to create a square quilt containing a recognizable amount of her fabric in at least one of the colors. The quilt could contain any number of other fabrics and there were no restrictions on the styles or techniques used. Minimum size is 12” x 12” and the maximum is 36” x 36.”

Adobe Hut

The Adobe Hut Group Slice Quilt Challenge was inspired by the Iowa Art Quilters Slice Quilt Barn Challenge as published in the Quilting Arts Magazine August/Sept 2014. A photograph of an old Adobe Hut was enlarged, printed in black and white and then cut into 4 pieces vertically. Each member who agreed to participate was given one slice of the photo. The directions were for each member to create their slice in the same size as the pattern using the same values as the black and white photo and matching the intersecting lines. They were free to use any method and materials they desired.

Mavericks Challenge Quilts

December 9, 2015 - February 22, 2016

Desert Foothills Lutheran Church
29305 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-8007 (please call for hours gallery is available to view the exhibit)


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