November, 2014


Bring your BIGGEST appetite to this month's bee cuz we're havin' a POTLUCK.  The EATING SEASON has begun and we want to taste your favorite potluck dish or even the new recipe you've been wanting to try out... on someone.
We'll even let ya know if that new recipe is worth repeating. 

I know. I know... Most quilty potlucks happen in December but last year we figured out that December is too busy for us crafty types who have gifts to make, so we decided November was a better potluck month for us.

Here's the plan.  Bring a yummy dish of your choosing to share.  AND this year we thought we'd do something really FUN too.  Everyone enjoys a show 'n tell so we're gonna have two of 'em.  The usual charity show 'n tell and YOUR Show 'n Tell.  So bring ONE, not for charity, quilted project you've made to show 'n tell, please bring just ONE or the whole day will be show 'n tell.

  The church has two refrigerators, stoves and microwaves we are permitted to use so everything can be kept cold and warmed up.  Paper products and eating utensils will be provided, please bring your own serving utensil for the dish you're sharing.  AND B.O.Y.D.  That's Bring Your Own Drink as drinks will NOT be provided.






A quilter named Monica went to one of her favorite quilt shops to take a class on how to make a quilt using those popular 2 1/2 " strips.  There were lots of quilters there with Monica making the same cute little blocks.  At the end of the day there were some little orphan blocks left over that the quilters didn't want in their quilts.  So Monica collected the little blocks together and made a beautiful quilt with them.  The quilt rested on Monica's shelf for a while patiently waiting for a binding so it could be cuddly with someone.  Then one day Monica decided this special quilt needed a special home so she brought it to the Peace by Piece Quilters, everyone knows all the Peace by Piece go to special homes.  The special quilt got a pretty bright white binding but was too big for the place where all the special quilts usually go.  It needed a really special home.  So again it sat on a shelf waiting patiently.  Then one day Monica and a Peace by Piece lady saw each other in a quilt shop and Monica shared a story about a very special place called Jacob's Journey House.  It's a place where the homeless can go to receive a multitude of help for a better life.  Jacob's Journey had recently moved to a larger facility and Monica was helping them with much needed bedding.  It was the perfect home for such a special quilt.  All those cute little left over blocks that Monica turned into a quilt, she gave to us so we could find it a special home.  It then went back to Monica and she took it to a special place where it can touch the lives of many in need.





During the October bee volunteers completed a whopping 92 comfort quilts.  That's the most number of quilts we've ever done in a month!  Bee day also resulted in 29 tops being sewn together.   

The bee raffle items raised $66.

Everyone enjoyed a piped binding technique presented by our very own, Terry.  

She provided everyone with a handout so they could try this very easy technique at home.  I have heard from someone who did try the technique since the demo and said it was indeed VERY easy and we'll have the awesome finished product as part of our usual sew 'n tell.




Hello everyone, Duke here:  Mom's been so busy making more pet beds.  One of her fellow quilter/animal lover friends sent her a link for an easy pet bed made from a long sleeved T-shirt/sweater/sweatshirt.  When mom finished the first one, she jumped up and hit the "easy" button.  She was so happy that she did the happy dance.... {barking-out-loud}.  Of course me and my buddies had to join in her celebration.  What a sight that must have been.  My dad came in to see what the noise was all about, took one look and started laughing. TeHe...

The thing with these new shirt beds mom's been making is that me and my buddies are all too BIG to fit into them.  I can lay my head on one but that's not a real test.  We are working on a way to get the job done.

  I know you've been saving scraps for a couple of months so you'll be glad to hear mom will be at the bee this month to pick them all up.  With this new way to make beds using people shirts she'll be able to use them up.

Puppy hugs & kisses.  







Why, Why, Why...

... does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours?
They're both dogs!
... is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
... do doctors leave the room while you change?
They're going to see you naked anyway...
... are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
... do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
... do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?
... does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars,
but check when you say the paint is wet?
... doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
... does Superman stop bullets with his chest,
but duck when you throw a revolver at him?
... do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?







The next AZB4K bee is scheduled for January 9, 2015.  You'll find the days event in Apache Junction.  Check the AZB4K website at for a list of bee dates in 2015.








Peace By Piece Quilters


Thursday, November 6, is the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee.  We'll be trying out new recipes and enjoying old favorites in preparation for Holiday feasts.  There will also be a special Show 'n Tell.  You won't wanna miss it!

There will be a FREE table at this months bee.  So if you have any sewing related STUFF that needs to go live with someone else bring it to the bee and it WILL find a new home.  :o)

Of course, we'll also be makin' quilts to help kids have a Holiday season that's just a little better.

Let's do this!

  ~Wanda Dix~