February, 2015


As I sat down to compose this newsletter I was jolted to the realization that I haven't done this since November!  What the heck!  How did that happen?  Hmmm... Well in December I was neck deep in the moving process.  It was hard enough remembering where my underwear was, much less what we did at the last bee...so there was no newsletter.  And we didn't have a bee in January cuz it fell on a holiday and many of you had festive plans for the day that didn't include attending a bee...no newsletter again.  So that brings us to February and here I am, attempting to return to normalcy.



In December I may have had a hard time finding my underwear (see paragraph #1) but Santa didn't have a hard time finding me.  He dropped off a couple of very nice gifts for the Peace by Piece Quilters raffle.  Santa knows quilters and he knew these were tools every quilter wants and needs.  Some quilters even need more than one.  So if you already have one (or two) you'll still want to buy raffle tickets for the chance to own another one.  This month will start the raffle for one of the gifts.  The Peace by Piece Quilters Raffle Queen will keep the raffle going during several bees until she thinks Santas gift has raised enough money.  






The November bee was our annual potluck.


There was a plethora of yummy food which was evident by the return trips some of us made to the kitchen to refill our plates.

We also had a FUN Show n' Tell with many volunteers sharing one of their very own quilted creations with us.  This was such an enjoyable addition to our annual potluck bee that we should do it again this year!

With all that yummy food to eat and all the awesome quilts to see we still managed to complete 48 quilts.

The only thing I can tell you about the December bee is... it was attended by 32 quilters.  I don't remember how many quilts we made and I did not write it in my handy little bee notebook (see paragraph #1).

The November bee raffle items raised $37 and December raised $70.



At our October bee we met Monica who is working with Jacob's Journey House to provide bedding for their new facility.  At the November bee two Peace by Piece Quilters donated to the cause.  One was a finished quilt and the other a pieced top.





At our last bee I shared with everyone that we had about 150 quilt tops in our closet waiting to become finished quilts.  At that time it was decided this month's bee would be focusing on finishing as many of those tops as possible.  So this month we are in need of people with machines to focus more on quilting instead of piecing.  A couple volunteers will be giving a demo on easy quilting designs to get you inspired.  There will be extra tying stations for those that want to tie.  There will also be a need for quilts to be squared, bound and labeled.

Since our last bee the number of unquilted tops has grown to 173.  These tops have used our fabric and the efforts of everyone from putting the fabrics together to cutting and sewing.  Now they need to be finished so they can comfort children.





Hello everyone, Duke here:  Mom delivered 68 pet beds to the Pinal County Shelter in January.  Everyone (both humans and animals) at the shelter sends their heart-felt thanks for all the beds.  Mom and me and my buddies have been so busy sewing up and testing pet beds that we've already got another 20 ready to be delivered.

  We know ya all probably have a lot scraps saved up from all the holiday sewing you did so you'll be glad to hear mom will be at the bee this month to pick up your unwanted scraps.  

Puppy hugs & kisses.  





Why, Why, Why...

... do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
... does a dog get mad at you when you blow in his face, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
... do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
... is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
... is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
... do we try to keep the house as warm in the winter as it was in the summer when we complained about the heat?


A Valentine's Day Dream

After she woke up, a woman told her husband, "I just dreamed you gave me a diamond necklace for Valentine's Day.  What do you think it means?"

"You'll know tonight." he said.

That evening the husband came home with a small package and gave it to his wife.  Delighted, she opened it--to find a book entitled "The Meaning of Dreams."



The upcoming AZB4K bee scheduled is February 28 at La Hacienda RV Resort in Apache Junction, March 21 at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, and April 18 at Sunland Springs Village in Mesa.  Check the AZB4K website at  azblankets4kids.com for more bee information.








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, February 12, is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  We will be focusing on getting our stash of tops quilted/tied (see paragraph #5).

There will be a FREE table at this months bee.  So if you have any sewing related STUFF that needs to go live with someone else bring it to the bee and it WILL find a new home.  :o)

Let's Git R Done!

  ~Wanda Dix~