January/February 2010









If you were at the last Peace By Piece Quilters  bee you heard the BIG announcement that we will no longer be having two bees per month. Just one bee! Yep! Just one a month. When I started this adventure in 2004 we had one bee per month with a total of only seven bees that year. Now, don't get concerned, we are not going to have only seven bees this year. Read on...

In January of 2007 we were offered a bee spot by two facilities. It happened quite by accident, but that's a story for another time. So... just to see how it went, we found ourselves sewing at Sally's Fabrics in Mesa AND the Westside Boys & Girls Club in Tempe. For those of you that were a Peace By Piece volunteer back then, doesn't it seem like forever ago?  

For three years we have been having two bees a month which has enabled us to make 100's of comfort quilts.  

But a New Year is under way and with it comes new adventures. Just like two bees fell into my lap by accident three years ago now new adventures are falling into my lap... these are not Peace By Piece adventures, but still ones I want to go on, but doing that will not allow me the energy to continue having two bees a month. 


So, for now, it's just one bee per month.  






The Peace By Piece Quilters monthly bees will be held on the third Thursday of each month at the Cutting Edge. Please check the 'Calendar' page of this website for all scheduled quilting bee dates in 2010.  As always, Kit Making Bees will be scheduled as the need arises.





The Peace By Piece Quilters don't accomplish such a large task so well without a lot of work being done between bees. And this picture is proof that it takes a village. You'll see here, hard at work, the husband of Quilter Nina. She has put him to work UN SEWING! This quilt didn't quite meet Nina's standards but she couldn't throw it aside. She wanted it to go to a good home where it would be much needed and well loved. So she put Don to work fixing the problem. What a GOOD quilter husband Don is!





The Peace By Piece Quilters 'Gallery' page has been updated with some new pictures. Check it out!



Remember last April when I introduced you to a mating pair of Bald Eagles? They live in Canada and at the time had three eaglets they were raising. It was like watching reality TV cuz there was a camera on their nest 24/7 that you could check in on whenever you needed a little entertainment. Well, they are up to it again. Ma & Pa Sidney, as they are affectionately known, have been working hard at getting the nest ready. And yes, they were caught on camera breeding and now Ma appears to be ready to lay some eggs. The link to the nest is http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/eaglecam/. They are worth spending a few minutes a day with.


Just a reminder that the annual Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show is almost here. Show dates are March 11, 12, & 13 at the Mesa Convention Center. They will have over 300 quilts hanging for you to enjoy. For more information visit their website at www.azquiltersguild.org

See ya There!




If you missed checking out the new selection of quilt novels in The Peace By Piece Quilters 'It just Kinda Happened Book Club' collection it will be at the next bee for you to peruse. These are very enjoyable must reads for any quilter.





  BEE REPORTS...    


35th AVE SEW & VAC 

 During the bee in January at 35th Ave Sew & Vac we completed 23 quilts!  Those were all Child/Teen size quilts, NO Preemies.  The February bee was another productive day with a total of 32 quilts being finished.  11 little Preemie blankets and 21 Child/Teen size quilts. We can never accomplish completing that many quilts during a bee without dedicated people doing homework between the bees.


Volunteers had another productive bee in January at the Cutting Edge.  The total finished quilts for that day was 15.   There were no Preemie blankets made at this bee. All 15 quilts completed were Child/Teen size quilts. Our February bee was a record breaker for attendance. We had 17 people show up for a day of FUN quilt making! We were able to finish 2 Preemies and 28 Child/Teen size quilts. What a FUN day!





I came across several quotes fitting this month.

This one exemplifies beginning Peace By Piece.

'Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.' 

~Martin Luther King~


This one, to me, is the result of Peace By Piece having been in existence for 5 years. 

'Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.'

~Zig Ziglar~


And this one... the decision to reduce our number of bees to free myself to pursue other adventures, moving forward. 

'Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens.'

~Wilfred A Peterson~


AZB4K has already had two bees this year. I'm sure we will hear about them in their next newsletter. They have two more bee coming up soon on  March 12, and April 3.  Check the AZB4K website at www.azblankets4kids.com for information on all of their upcoming event. 


Peace By Piece Quilters


We'll be at the Cutting Edge Quiltworks on the third Thursday on March 19 and April 16.

Hope you can join us!

~Wanda Dix~