January, 2016



Another year has disappeared which leaves me reflecting back on the year gone by and asking, 'what did I accomplish in 2015?'.  Hmmm...  I feel like I stayed pretty busy...  But the years go by a LOT faster than they used to and it seems like I move a LOT slower than I used to which means my list of accomplishments gets shorter every year... And then there's the memory that forgets things I've done causing even less things to be on the list of accomplishments.

It's a good thing I write stuff (well most of it) down after each bee so I can share with you what Peace by Piece accomplished last year.

~  Completed 609 comfort quilts for children in our community.
~  Participated in Mission del Sol/Kyrene Foundation Hygiene Drive in March and November.  The amount of hygiene products the group collected was VERY impressive.
~  Raffle items raised $671.
~  Received $585 in monetary donations and a $600 grant from AZB4K.



Of the $671 raised last year (see previous paragragh) with raffle items there were two Special Raffle items that chances were raffled for more than one month.  One was a really nice Ott Light valued at $210 dollars.  It raised $164.  The second was a sewing/office chair donated by Monica of Awesome Artisan Quilts.  The chair raised $74.

We are starting the New Year with another Special Raffle item.

This great raffle item could be yours!!  Generations Create a Bag - an innovative rolling workstation which includes pockets to organize and store your supplies.  This is a rugged piece of rolling suitcase luggage.  There is a roomy interior cavity for projects, plenty of storage areas with zippered closures and a hidden telescoping handle.  Created for scrapbookers, great for quilters and crafters!  This great tote will be on the raffle table for several months giving all volunteers the opportunity to purchase chances.  (Supplies not included, picture is representative of bag offered.  See in person at Peace by Piece sewing bee!)




The annual Peace by Piece Quilters Show n' Tell was awesome again this year.  This was only our second annual Show n' Tell of volunteers personal quilts & projects.  It's nice to see the creativeness of people when they are not making charity quilts.  How inspiring!

Lots of EYE CANDY was enjoyed by all.




           BEE REPORT       




During the December bee...    

~ We completed 42 quilts!  Of those 42 quilts 2 were Christmas themed.  Those two quilts were late showing up at the bee but hopefully they made it into the arms of a child in need before Santa came.
~ The raffle items raised $69.
  21 tops were sewn together.
~ We had an awesome Show n' Tell (see paragraph #2).

What you'll find at the January bee...   

~ We will have the honor of a visit from the AZB4K 2016 Board President, Jeanette Baetsle.  She will answer questions and discus AZB4K hot topics.  If you've always wanted to know this will be your opportunity to ask the questions.  Jeanette will also be presenting us with a basket of goodies for our raffle table.   
~ There is a stack of quilts layered and ready for quilting/tying.
~ A pile of 8 quilts are ready for binding and labels.
~ There are currently 63 tops in the Piece by Peace closet waiting to be quilted/tied.
~ Duke's mom will NOT be taking pet bed scraps (see next paragraph).
~  No FREE table this month.  Most people clean out and organize at the beginning of a New Year.  If you are like me that hasn't happened yet so you've got extra time to get things collected up for the free table.







Duke here:  

Happy New Year to Everyone!  My mom wants to add, "Here's to a fun and busy 2016 for everyone at Peace by Piece".  <clink-clink>

Mom's been working on more shelter beds and a few UFOs.  Progress has been slower with the busy holiday season, but I'm sure she'll pick up speed soon.  The gang and I still help her sort the bags of scraps you give her; especially when we're outside enjoying the wonderful weather.  It's fun to chase the scraps when they're blown all over the yard by the wind.

Mom won't be at the bee this month to take your scraps, something about the big brown truck guy bringing her a special sewing machine.

Puppy hugs & kisses from Duke & Friends.






The start of a new year, filled with new opportunities and promise.  As we move into 2016, here are some inspirational quotes and sayings to start your year off on a high note:

"Time flies.  It's up to you to be the navigator."
~Robert Orben

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~ Carl Bard

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential."
~Ellen Goodman







AZB4K starts the new year out with two bees scheduled in January.  On Friday, January 8, 2016 their 1st bee will be held at 250 S Tomahawk Rd. in Apache Junction, AZ.  It will be hosted by the Weavers Needle group.  And on Saturday, January 23 they will be at 701 S. Dobson Rd. in Mesa.  For more information about these bees visit the AZB4K website at azblankets4kids.com.








Peace By Piece Quilters


The first Peace by Piece Quilters bee of 2016 will be held on Thursday, January 7th.  

There will NOT be a FREE table at the bee this month (see BEE REPORT above).  
And we are NOT be accepting pet bed scraps this month (see Duke's Corner).

 Instead of starting the year thinking about what you want to change, focus on what you love about yourself.

  ~Wanda Dix~