August 2011




 If you have known me for any length of time you have most likely heard me say, "I don't do math."  How I ended up with a hobby/passion that requires doing a LOT of math I'll never understand.  My dislike for math has been with me for as far back as I can remember.  My most recently developed dislike is cooking.  My career in cooking started 40 years ago when I got married.  My theory is, if I've been doing this cooking thing for 40 years I should be able to retire from the job!  Today when my husband reminded me lunch time had arrived I again had this 'retirement from cooking' conversation with him and the thought that a live-in chef would be good.  And while we are hiring a chef we might as well hire a full time housekeeper.  Hiring staff means we would need a bigger house which would probably require a groundskeeper that could also take care of the pool.  The result of me sharing these thoughts ended with him going out and picking up Chinese food for the two of us.  Chinese food is fun cuz the meal ends with a fortune cookie!  My fortune cookie said I'd be "coming into a fortune."   As soon as that fortune arrives and I get the big house bought I'll be hiring some staff.  So if you're looking for a live-in job let me know. 














This cuddly cute flannel cat print screamed, "Make a CAT bed out of me!" so I did.  As usual I handed it off to my daughter who works with rescued animals and she found a cat that adopted it.  Meet Joey with his new bed. 

   If you are looking to add a new family member to your home AZRescue has many cats and dogs looking for a permanent home. 









During our July bee at the Cutting Edge we completed 15 quilts and 15 tops.  On August 4 we had a special bee at the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church in Tempe.  We completed 11 quilts and 13 tops.  This bee had the highest number of quilters attend of any bee we've ever had!  Everyone has shared positive comments with me about the church facility.  Since everyone liked it so well we have scheduled another bee for September 1 and are working to getting on their calendar so we can hold a bee there every month.

We currently have 38 kits left to keep us sewing.  We still have 36 kit-kits for those that like to cut.  The Peace by Piece closet has 68 tops waiting to be quilted.  WOW!  That's a LOT of stuff!




Here's a YouTube video that will make ya smile.  

Did you notice that nice gentleman at the end showing you the empty chair, they are saving it for me.








A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "Honor thy father and thy mother," she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"
Without missing a beat one little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill." 

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The most damaging phrase in the language is: 'It's always been done that way.'

- Grace Murray Hopper

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Quilters, it seems, have every right to celebrate their craft after researchers found that it is ‘uniquely’ good for you.
A study found quilting improved well-being in ways that physical and outdoor activities could not, and offered a creativity that had been ‘stifled’ in the modern world.
Researchers found the activity helped cognitive function as well as creative and emotional well-being. The use of bright colors was ‘uplifting’ and the activity offered challenges such as math and geometry. It also increased confidence and had an important social side.




Click on the picture to solve the puzzle.


This months puzzle is very different from the normal offering.  There are two reasons for that.  One being I forgot to take a picture of one our finished quilts from the last bee.  The other reason is while I was cropping, renaming and filing some pictures I took during a recent trip to Long Beach, CA I ran across one I thought you might enjoy.  Although the purpose of the trip was to attend a quilt show we also spent some time at their aquarium where I took lots of pictures.  So this month you are getting a water picture.  This was a very small tank that is home to six creatures, a crab like guy, three seahorses, and two eels.  Can you find them? 



Here's what every serious quilter needs to help get those UFO's out of the closet and finished.  And you are in luck because this longarm is for sale!  I know the current owner well enough to say the machine has been taken excellent care of.  If you want to make this longarm yours CLICK HERE for all the info.





The AZB4K Fall Bee will be held on October 15 in Chandler on 250 E. Chicago St at the Police Department.

Check the AZB4K website at for more details of these events and all the latest blanket information. 







Peace By Piece Quilters


Our next sewing bee will be Thursday, August 18 at Cutting Edge Quilts.  Please mark your calendar on Thursday, September 1 to attend another bee at the Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church.  You can find maps to both locations on our 'Maps' Page.  Please let me know if you would like any special supplies for homework projects like batting or backing or supplies to quilt or tie.  Click on the 'email me' guy below by Wednesday afternoon letting me know what you want and I'll get everything gathered up for you.


See ya at the bee!

~Wanda Dix~