March, 2013




A week or so ago I heard a news report that said, "The flu season is over."  My brain said, "REALLY?"  So I did a little research (seems like I do a LOT of that!).  What I learned was the flu season is winding down, but not over, especially here in the West.  It started in the East in December (makes sense that it would start there since the East coast is colder causing people to hang out together indoors).  But it takes the bug a little while to make it's way across the country.  So if it gets here later it leaves later too which puts us, "in the thick of it" as stated by one West coast doctor.  So if you have the flu, are just getting over the flu, or think you have been exposed to the flu in the last few days PLEASE stay home and take care of yourself.  We would like to keep the Peace by Piece bees are a NO FLU ZONE.







The February 14th Peace by Piece Quilters bee was a SPECIAL day spent with 24 SPECIAL volunteers.  They brought SPECIAL potluck dishes to share and made 45 quilts that have a SPECIAL purpose in the world.  We also had a SPECIAL visitor, AZB4K President Letty.  She presented us with a grant in the amount of $300, shared AZB4K information and told a couple of her favorite stories about the delight of children that have received quilts.  We completed 19 tops and the raffle items raised $26 dollars for our batting fund.  At the end of the bee we had on hand 11 kit-kits, 7 kits and 87 tops waiting to be quilted or tied.  Like last month, those numbers indicate that we do not have enough kits ready to keep everyone that likes to sew tops busy.  So you may want to come prepared to cut, quilt, tie or layer.  I do hope to have a station set up with fabric and patterns so we can put some kit-kits together.







Arizona Facts...

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, two of the most 
prominent movie stars of Hollywood ’s Golden Age, were married on 
March 18, 1939, in Kingman , Arizona .

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In the United States , it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.  But in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky.  Irish folklore holds that green is the favorite color of the Good People (the proper name for faeries). They are likely to steal people, especially children, who wear too much of the color.

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Learned from dear ol' mom...

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY...

  "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate."




A recent study indicated that fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotize women and cause them to purchase unreasonable amounts. When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, the Pheromones (in the fabric) causes memory loss and induces the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter i.e. storing food). Therefore perpetuating their species and not having a population loss due to their kind being cut into pieces and mixed with others.

Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit a very high pitched sound, heard only by a select few, a breed of women know as “quilters”. When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants, “buy me, cut me and sew me”.

In order to overcome the so called “feeding frenzy effect” that these fabrics cause, one must wear a face mask when entering a storage facility and use ear plugs to avoid being pulled into their grip. One must laugh, however, at the sight of customers in a quilt fabric store, with WWII army gas masks and headphones! 

Studies have also indicated that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effects that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called QUILT FABRIC STORE CLERKS.

It’s also been experienced that these same Pheromones cause a pathological need to hide these fabric purchases when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash), and when asked by significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for awhile.”

~ Kathy Smith-Harris, 1997 ~




Click on the picture above to create and solve the jigsaw puzzle.

In March the Holi Festival is held in Jaipur, India, heralding the arrival of spring, Holi—the Hindu “Festival of Colors”.  Locals and visitors jubilantly join impromptu and organized color eruptions.   People attending are often doused with brightly tinted powders and scented water.  


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You'll find AZB4K busy making blankets for kids on March 22 at Palmas Del Sol in Mesa.  On April 13 they'll bee at Sunland Springs Village in Mesa.  Everyone is welcome to attend these bees.  Check their website at for the exact bee locations.











Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, March 7 is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  There will be something for everyone, piecing, layering, quilting, tying, cutting and putting fabric kits together.


~Wanda Dix~