May, 2014



It just so happens that I know a lotta quilters (bet you're not surprised by that statement).  One thing I've learned about quilters is they very commonly dabble in other creative art forms like... beading or fabric dying or crochet or ....  And outside of their own affliction and addiction they have an appreciation for art forms of all types.
Being a run of the mill quilter I do enjoy doing and seeing other creative art forms which led me to visit the Chihuly exhibit currently installed at the Desert  Botanical Garden. Dale Chihuly is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world and his work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide.  How lucky are we to have this exhibit in our own backyard!
I recently viewed this body of work and enjoyed it so much that I've decided to give away a pair of tickets, valued at $44, to the Chihuly exhibit.  The exhibit can only be viewed until May 18th AND if you visit by May 11th you can also take a stroll through the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion ($3.50 fee payable at garden ticket office).  If you've already viewed the Chiluly exhibit and Butterfly Pavilion these tickets are good for FREE admission to the DBG until February 28, 2015.  For your chance to be the lucky winner of these tickets be sure to look for the special Chiluly Ticket Giveaway area that will only be available during the bee.  You must register for a chance to WIN.


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Volunteers completed 30 comfort quilts during the April bee.  Also completed were 25 tops.  The raffle items raised $41 for the batting fund!  We received two fabric donations during April.
There will be a FREE table available to volunteers at the May bee so if you have any quilt related items that need to go live with someone else, bring them to be included on the FREE table.  Please note, if you bring FREE items they must go back home with you if they don't go home with someone else.  Last month volunteers provided new homes for many different books, magazines and patterns.  There was also a rather large collection of teapots! 




Duke here.  First I want to send puppy hugs & kisses to everyone for bestowing upon me the title of Pet Bed Tester.  I'm honored and will do my best to uphold the position.
My mom and I make a good Pet Bed team!  She makes'em and I test 'em, but we couldn't do it without your scrap donations.

  My mom was storing bags of scraps in the garage.  OK, we all know a garage is a "man's" domain, and my dad kept grizzling (over & over) about all of the 'junk' in "HIS" garage.  So, my mom decided to make a change.  She brought the scraps in and dumped them in MY bathtub.  It took dad about 3 days to notice something was different in his garage.
Mom will be at the Peace by Piece Quilters bee this month so BRING US YOUR SCRAPS.  I wanna keep that bathtub FULL all the time so I don't have to get any baths.







Use a Pampered Chef rotary tool caddy on your sewing table for holding all your scissors, rotary cutters, seam rippers and other tools.

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 Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?  Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses.
Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame has discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an "event boundary" in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.  Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.
Thank goodness for studies like this.  It's not your age, it's that stupid door.

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The saguaro cactus is found only in the Sonoran Desert, which includes about 12,000 square miles of Arizona, California and Mexico.  You won't find saguaros above an elevation of about 3,500 feet since they can't handle much frost.






I heard there's a little challenge going on between two Peace by Piece longarm quilters,  Monica and Bridget.  They both have some of our tops in their possession and they have challenges one another to get them all done.  It's a win, win situation for everyone... they get their quilting space uncluttered, we have an awesome Show'n Tell on bee day AND there's lots of huggable quilts for the kids.



AZB4K has a bee scheduled June 21 at Las Palmas Grand in Mesa.  If you would like to learn more about AZB4K and their upcoming bees check their website at








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, May 1 is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  There will be lots of kits to be cut and sewn with piles of stuff to be tied, bound and labeled.  If you have any questions, would like to make suggestions or want any homework supplies please click on the Cactus Shoe below to send me an email.  Oh, and if you'd like to be removed from this mail list you can send me an email for that too.


  ~Wanda Dix~