January, 2014



The Peace by Piece Quilters came through again this year with another awesome quilt to donate to Mission del Sol Church to use as a fundraiser to help support their missions in 2014.  The quilt was presented to the church during our December bee.  Members of the church will be selling raffle tickets for the quilt until February 9th.  

Don't ya love the picture of all the generous volunteers with this awesome quilt?  But ya know the quilt really is the star so here's a picture of the quilt all by itself...

Now for the quilt talk...  This top was made several years ago by Peace by Piece volunteer, Sherry Campbell.  Sherry used to come and spend bee days with us hand stitching the labels onto the our finished quilts.  One day she brought this beautiful top to us as a donation to use in any way we could.  She made it using disassembled mens neckties!  The grey inner border looks as though it was previously a mens suit and all those little rectangles on the grey are the labels from the ties.  This is not only an example of great workmanship and patience but also recycling at it's finest.

Peace by Piece volunteer Terry A, did a beautiful job of quilting it.  Leslie S. did the machine stitch work on the binding and Doreen K. did the hand stitching on the binding.

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win this quilt (and support the church's effort to raise money) you can do so at the church office or during their Super Flea held at the church on February 8th.



     BEE REPORT   




At the December bee several volunteers brought yummy holiday sweet treats to share.  All that sugar energy helped volunteers completed 44 quilts, sew together 11 tops, get lots of Easter kit-kits put together, a supply of kits cut and a few quilts tied.  Our monthly fundraising raffle items raised $53 for the batting fund.
Please note that our February bee will NOT be held on the normal 1st Thursday of the month.  It will instead be held on the 2nd Thursday which is FEBRUARY 13.


 The Peace by Piece Quilters bring 2013 to a close having made 496 quilts.  We have made 4,037 quilts since that first bee 10 years ago.  That kind of success does not happen without the kind hands and caring hearts of many.
This year we recieved donations of needle nose pliers and extra long needles for tying, a wheeled cart for transporting tubs of fabric to and from the bees, batting, several small donations of fabric, a donation of 154 yards of child friendly fabric from Korea (to learn more about that fabric shopping adventure click
here).  We also raised $489 with our monthly raffles, $127 in our special raffle items (such as donated philosophy products and scubbies).  We also received private monitary donation of $125 and a $300 grant from AZB4K.  That's a grand total of $1041!
Year after year the gerousity of the community and all the Peace by Piece Quilters never ceases to amaze me.  As we begin our 11th year of making quilts for kids I am confidant that 2014 will provide us with what we need to begin a 12th year of this heartwarming adventure.





        Last month we were going to have a technique demo but decided to put it off until this month due to low attendance.  The demo wil be done at the beginning of the day so if you wanna practice the technique during the day you'll have an opportunity to do so.  The fabric will be available to practice with and all the finished blocks will be used to make a quilt.







In the past year AZB4K has distributed 6,200 comfort quilts to area agencies servicing seriously ill and traumatized children.

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AZB4K has two bees scheduled in January.  For more information on their 2014 bees check the AZB4K website at  azblankets4kids.com.  While on their website check out their latest newsletter to read about all the things the organization has been up to.










Peace By Piece Quilters


The next Peace by Piece Quilters bee is Thursday, January 2.  Of course, we'll have all the usual stuff, like sewing centers, tying stations, a cutting station and a kit making station set up.  There is something for everyone!  Please bring any items you have made for the Super Flea as this will be our last bee before the flea happens.  If you have any questions or would like homework supplies please click on the smiley face below to send me an email and let me know what you want. 

 Peace starts with a smile. 

  ~Wanda Dix~