January, 2013


2012 will soon be in the history books.  In the Peace by Piece Quilters history book it will be considered another year of warm hearted volunteers providing warmth and comfort for area children in need.  In 2012 we made and donated 392 quilts to AZ Blankets 4 Kids for distribution to those organizations servicing children in need.  To date we have donated a total of 3, 873 quilts.  We also donated one quilt to Mission del Sol Church to be used during their quarterly participation in housing homeless families through the Family Promise project.  And we donated a bed size quilt to the church to be used as a mission fundraiser during their annual Super Flea.


Without a little fundraising of our own we could not possible make so many quilts.  In January 2012 Nina, a long time Peace by Piece volunteer, started a monthly fundraising effort to raise money for purchasing the endless need of quilt batting, flannel, printing of brochures & contact cards and the labels that we sew on every quilt we make.  She has quilting related items available at every bee for raffle.  All the items raffled are donated by Peace by Piece volunteers and others who so generously donate unused sewing items.  This year these raffle items raised $513.  That allowed us to purchase 4 rolls of batting, which is less than half of our yearly use.  A donated OTT floor lamp raised $70 in a special raffle.  AZ Blankets 4 Kids awarded us a $300 grant to help us in our mission and we also received $84 in private donations (Thank You Kay and Dawn).  Plus yards and yards of fabric donated by volunteers and church members.

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2013 is starting out to be another great year for the Peace by Piece Quilters mission.  Our partnership with Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church is providing us with another year of having a wonderful space to sew in.  They have placed us on their event calendar every month in the New Year.  They are also allowing us to use a bank of shelves for storage of bee related items so not as much stuff has to be delivered and removed from the church for all those scheduled bees.  All the volunteers that help set up and tear down the room for our bees deserve a round of applause because their effort to always leave the room as we found it is a noted reason the church is allowing us to use their space again in the coming year.






The Peace by Piece Quilters December bee was attended by 23 volunteers who not only brought their skill and generous hearts but also YUMMY food to share during a Holiday Potluck.    At the end of the day they had completed 30 quilts and 16 tops.  The raffle items  raised $28 dollars.  The special OTT Floor Lamp raffle raised $70 with the winning ticket drawn.  Ruth is now the proud owner of the lamp.  Congratulations Ruth!





In honor of Arizona's 100th Birthday...

The 13 stripes on the Arizona flag represent the 13 original colonies of the United States.

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Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year's Eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck.

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Learned from dear ol' mom...

My mother taught me IRONY...

  "Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."





The famous marshmallow experiment testing several hundred children was conducted in the 1960's.  Although I could not find a video from the original experiment I did locate this one that was later done in the same way.  The children in the original test were followed into adulthood and it was shown that the children who waited for the second marshmallow were more successful in their adult life.  Somehow they learned early on that good things come to those who wait and do not thrive on instant gratification.  Click HERE to read what the differences are in these children 40 years later.  I think you'll find it interesting reading.


My search also came up with a video testing adults. It appears to have been done in 2009.  I thought it is funny that the adults are almost more entertaining than the children.







Click on the picture above to create and solve the jigsaw puzzle.

This snow pattern was created by Simon Beck along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France.  Simon spends 5-9 hour days plodding through the snow in snowshoes to create sensational snow patterns.  For more images of Simon's work do a Google search of Simon Beck.




AZB4K has two bees scheduled in January.  You'll find them busy making blankets for kids at the Weavers Needle Bee in Apache Junction on January 11 and January 26 they will be in Mesa at Holiday Village.  Check their website at  azblankets4kids.com for the exact location and more 2013 bee dates.








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, January 3 is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  If you are ready to start your New Year by making a difference in the lives of children then this is the day and place to start.

Happy New Year

~Wanda Dix~