Chapter Reports: Shoofly Quilters

2016 Reports

August 2016

The Shoofly Quilters, in Payson, celebrated 20 years of fun and service to the community at their June 14, 2016 program.
The Shoofly Quilters formed as a local chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild in 1996. It started when a group of women, who met every Friday in the upstairs meeting room of the Payson Senior Center on Main Street to quilt, decided to start a local chapter of AQG. This option would provide additional opportunities and more exposure to the statewide Arizona quilting community. An announcement in the local newspaper invited interested individuals to attend an informational meeting in January 1996.
Out of that meeting, it was decided to choose the Shoofly name for the common “Shoofly” quilt block and from the Shoofly Indian ruins located north of Payson.
The first “official” meeting was on February 2, 1996, and the group elected officers. Harriet Goates served as the first Chapter Chair, Linda Stailey was Vice Chair, Alyce Leach was Secretary/Treasurer, and Virginia Fowler was publicity Chairman. There were 23 charter members (in photo are Cathie Mann, Alyce Leach, and Jeanette Kostecki). Currently, Shoofly has about 55 members.
Besides education, service to the community is a premier goal for the Shoofly group. They make and donate quilts to several agencies in the State and in Rim Country. These include the Prescott Veterans Hospital, Payson Police and Fire Departments, Hospice, the Oncology Center, Banner Hospital, Dialysis Center, the Child Protective Service (CPS), and New Beginnings. They also make dog beds from fabric scraps to be donated to the Humane Society of Central Arizona. In 2015, a total of 185 quilts and 68 dog beds were donated to these organizations.

The Shoofly Quilters, in Payson, celebrated 20 years of fun and service to the community at their June 14, 2016 program.

The Shoofly Quilters formed as a local chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild in 1996. It started when a group of women, who met every Friday in the upstairs meeting room of the Payson Senior Center on Main Street to quilt, decided to start a local chapter of AQG. This option would provide additional opportunities and more exposure to the statewide Arizona quilting community. An announcement in the local newspaper invited interested individuals to attend an informational meeting in January 1996.

Out of that meeting, it was decided to choose the Shoofly name for the common “Shoofly” quilt block and from the Shoofly Indian ruins located north of Payson.

The first “official” meeting was on February 2, 1996, and the group elected officers. Harriet Goates served as the first Chapter Chair, Linda Stailey was Vice Chair, Alyce Leach was Secretary/Treasurer, and Virginia Fowler was publicity Chairman. There were 23 charter members (in photo are Cathie Mann, Alyce Leach, and Jeanette Kostecki). Currently, Shoofly has about 55 members.

Besides education, service to the community is a premier goal for the Shoofly group. They make and donate quilts to several agencies in the State and in Rim Country. These include the Prescott Veterans Hospital, Payson Police and Fire Departments, Hospice, the Oncology Center, Banner Hospital, Dialysis Center, the Child Protective Service (CPS), and New Beginnings. They also make dog beds from fabric scraps to be donated to the Humane Society of Central Arizona. In 2015, a total of 185 quilts and 68 dog beds were donated to these organizations.

To celebrate the 20 years of fun and service, Shoofly held a special program and luncheon at the American Legion Post in Payson and invited former members to visit and enjoy the socialization. Sharon Neidigh, from Chandler, presented a program on “antique aprons”. She shared the history of each in a way that brought back many memories for many of us. Members modeled aprons as part of the show.

Shoofly holds a business meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at the American Legion Post in Payson. Programs are usually presented on the second Tuesday, and Community Service is on the third Tuesday.

Our new Program Chair, Rhoda Chapman, has great plans for the coming year. She started us out with a road trip in July. We drove to a member’s home in Overgaard for a lite snack, then visited three quilt stores and had lunch out in Lakeside.

 


2015 Reports

November 2015

Shoofly's are busy wrapping up a year-long Block-of-the-Month Quilt project! Our blocks have all been self-taught by and for each other. Along with some additional helpful instruction on fabric selection, layout, needle and thread choices and finishing techniques. Our blocks include Drunkard's Path, Paper piecing Spinning Points, Shoofly Block, Twist & Turn, Applique, 8-pointed star, Delectable Mountain, Hexagons, 3-Dudes Jelly Roll Quilt block, Confetti Toss, plus a mystery block that taught us how to do a square in a square - half square triangles and double flying geese! Over the next couple of months we will be finishing our quilt tops and sharing them at our meetings. Such a talent pool we have! 

 


 

April 2015

Shoofly Quilters had demonstrations of both hand and machine applique in February. Then we completed applique blocks (shown in the photo) which will be included in our year- long Sampler project. Soon work will begin assembling all the different sized blocks together. 

This month Alyce Leach taught a class on various types of batting, what needle and thread to use for your project and different types of binding. 

On the 4th Tuesday of each month Shoofly members work on charity quilt projects. This month 30 quilts were ready for distribution to various agencies and 20 quilt tops are ready for assembly later this month. 

Our Spring Yard Sale of quilt and craft items will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 9 am to 3 pm at the American Legion Hall on Highway 260 in Payson. If you’re in town, stop in.

 


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