July/August, 2014


Hope everyone had a FUN and productive month off from the bees.  I managed to get a king size quilted and bound and the top and back made for a smaller quilt.  Lately my goal has been to use up scraps and old stash fabric.  With these two projects I was able to make a dent in the scraps but didn't really use up much yardage.  You know, the Maricopa Shop Hop is coming up in September and I'd like to have an excuse to BUY MORE FABRIC.

There was also some Peace by Piece projects happening in my sewing room since the last bee.  One brave volunteer spent a day with me making kit-kits using book panels.  Circus animals with counting numbers, nursery rhymes, hello kitty and dinosaurs.

And on another day several gals showed up to help make Holiday kits.  We need to get started on making those at this month's bee so we can have them in the hands of AZB4K distribution gals in time for delivery to the various organizations.

We also received a couple bags of nice fabric donations.  




     Here's a story that demonstrates how one good deed keeps giving.

1.  Several months ago we received a donation of yards and yards of fleece.
2.  No batting was needed in the several dozen quilts we completed using the fleece as backing.  The weight of the fleece allowed us provide a comfortable quilt without using batting.  This made our batting fund go a lot farther.
3.  The scraps of fleece that were left over spoke to Peace by Piece volunteer, Kay, she knew SOMETHING could be done with those little scraps.
4.  Kay made CUTE little hats with those scraps.  It was amazing how many hats she could get with such small pieces.
5.  In April 20 CUTE little warm hats were donated to Cardon Children's Hospital... for cancer kids.
6.  In June Kay delivered 45 more CUTE little warm hats for the cancer kids.

Just warms the heart, doesn't it.     



     BEE REPORT   




During the June bee volunteers completed 35 comfort quilts.  13 tops were also completed.  It is amazing how much goes on at every bee.  The kit-kit assembly station put together some CUTE kit-kits that will soon become CUTE quilts.  The gals at the cutting station cut up a pile of CUTE kits.  And then we always have lots of sewers putting CUTE tops together, sewing on bindings and attaching labels.  The girls at the tying stations always add that CUTE finishing touch with needle and thread.  I think everyone will agree the absolute best part of every bee is Show n' Tell when we get to see all the CUTE quilts that were finished that day.  It really does take a village... every month!
Our July raffle offered Christmas kits.  We thought since there was a long break between bees you might like to use your time getting a jump on making gift giving items. The Christmas kits raised $38.75.  It's a mystery how the .75 came into that number since raffle tickets are an even 100 cents.  ???
There is a very small amount of stuff for the FREE table in the Peace by Piece closet.  It will make it to the bee so if you've got quilty STUFF that needs a new home BRING IT with you.  No matter how much or how little shows up on the FREE table it always finds a home.





Duke here with my buddy Gustav.   My mom has been busy makin beds for the shelter dawgs with all those scraps she brought home the last time you ladies has a quiltin day.  She was sewin 'em up so fast I had to get Gustav to help me out with the testin!


  Since you quiltin ladies haven't got together for a couple of months you probably have double the amount of dawgs bed scraps saved up.  My mom will be at the August bee so bring all those scraps with you on quiltin day.   
Until next time... puppy hugs & kisses.  







I don't know the author/s of these quote but know anyone reading this can relate to them. 

Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.
Quilters come with strings attached.
Quilters never cut corners.
I've spent most of my life making quilts. The rest I've just wasted.
Sewing fills my days, not to mention the living room, bedroom and closets.
Quilting is cheap therapy.
My soul is fed by needle and thread.
Quilting is a gift you give yourself





Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?
Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange lapses.
Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.  Your brain files away thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

It's NOT aging, it's the door!  Thank goodness for studies like this.




AZB4K has a bee tentatively scheduled for October 11 at the Chandler Police Department.  You'll find all the days bee activities happening in the community room.  The AZB4K Board recommends you check their website at  azblankets4kids.com closer to the tentative bee date for more specific information.








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, August  7, is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  Several volunteers went home from the June bee with vacation homework  so there will be LOTS of stuff to work on.  Hope you can join us cuz were gunna need a village to get the tasks done.  We'll be working on Holiday quilts and the air conditioner will be cranked down, making it good day to warm your heart AND cool your body.

If you would like homework supplies please click on the HOT DOG below to send me an email.

Stay Cool

  ~Wanda Dix~