May, 2015


Last week marked our first triple digit temp of the season.  Ironically, I seemed to be spending more time inside now too.  Hmmmm.  It has been a very pleasant spring so far.  I'm not complaining about this recent temperature increase, but it is making me think about the outdoor projects I want to get done before Mother Nature makes those triple digits become an everyday thing.  Of course, my list of outside projects is much larger than I realized when I put them all together in my mind.  Then there is the other side of this mental exercise, what indoor projects could I accomplish this summer.  That list seems much more exciting to me at the moment!  So, now the challenge is to stay focused on the outside projects and get as many done as possible while the temperatures allow and NOT get sidetracked by an inside project calling out to me.





During our April bee we completed 64 quilts.
Volunteers pieced 33 new tops.
Our raffle items raised $61.

At this months bee we will start the day with a basket full of kits ready to be sewn into tops.  The cutting station has an ample supply of kit-kits for those wanting to spend the day cutting.  There is a pile of 13 quilts waiting to be bound and labeled and a few that just need labels.  Ten tops have been layered and basted for those wanting to tie or quilt.

 Don't forget to visit the raffle table.  You'll want to get a few more chances to win the OttLight Craft Plus Floor Lamp before the opportunity has ended.  It is the perfect light for large and small work areas.  It features a wide shade which allows broad illumination, sturdy yet lightweight base, and an adjustable flex neck to position the light where you need it.  The retail cost of this awesome OttLite is $209.99.  As always, we will have a couple of other raffle offering as well.






Hello everyone, Duke here:  Production on the pet beds has slowed a little this past month.  Because of the slow progress mom won't be taking any of your scraps this month, she says she's "out of storage space!"
The pet bed sewing should get back to normal in June.

Until next month,

Puppy hugs & kisses.





According to author and quilt historian Judy Howard, quilt styles and techniques have varied over the years. Here are a few interesting tidbits:

•In the 19th century, a young woman often would make 13 quilts for her dowry chest—12 everyday quilts to keep her soon-to-be family warm, and one bridal quilt. Quilting bees were held in some areas of the country
to help craft the quilts. In these instances, after the bridal quilt was complete, a cat would be thrown onto the middle of the quilt, and the girl nearest to where the cat jumped off would be the next to marry.

•After World War I, color schemes featuring maroon, brown and gray were common, as widows cut up their mourning clothes to craft quilts.

•“By 1925, home-decorating and ladies’ magazines began pushing optimism and lighter, brighter decor. Quilts experienced an abrupt change from somber colors to refreshing pastels and bright floral calicos, and dreamy floral appliqued quilts were prized,” she notes.

•Patches of cotton grown specifically to make batting for quilts were planted by farmers during the Great Depression. In addition, worn-out clothing and feed, flour and sugar sacks were reused to make quilts to survive cold winters.

•In 1971, the Whitney Museum of American Art showcased quilts in an exhibit, which helped elevate the craft to a recognized art form.



A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. "Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"Yes, I'm afraid so," the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition, because this prescription is marked NO REFILLS."


The next AZB4K bee will be held on June 20th at Las Palmas Grand in Mesa.  For more bee information about AZB4K and their scheduled bee please visit .








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, May 7, is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  

There will NOT be a FREE table at the bee this month.  So if you have any sewing related STUFF that needs to go live with someone else please hang onto it until the next bee that has a FREE table.

May everything happen perfectly for you today,

  ~Wanda Dix~