4, 2011 we held our first bee at Mission del Sol Church. According to
the math I did on my fingers... that's four years! Their generosity
has allowed us to use their space 11 times every year for those 4
years. My fingers doing the math again says that to date we've used
the space 45 times. MdS has never asked us for anything in return
except to put the hall as it was before we invade it every month for our
This is a BIG deal cuz in the 7 1/2 years prior to our first
bee at MdS I had searched every where I could think of for a place to hold
our bees that was large enough to hold all the volunteers wanting to
attend. The problem was every place I approached (including several
churches) required a fee for each use, sometimes as much as $75! The
only places I could find not charging a fee was quilt shops and a few
community centers. We held monthly bees at a total of seven places
before finding our large home at MdS.
In an attempt to show our appreciation for allowing us to
return to their space month after month (45 times) we have tried to find
ways to help them with their missions. For three years we made and
donated a large quilt for them to raffle. That gesture didn't have the
ability for them to raise significant funds. So in March we
participated in a Hygiene Drive the congregation was doing for the Kyrene
Foundation. The Peace by Piece Quilters came through in a BIG
way, donating many items to the drive. The church deacons sent us a
very nice thank you letter for our participation stating because of us they
were able to deliver a LOT more than they normally do. So, it seems
we've hit on a positive way to show our appreciation.
MdS does the Hygiene Drive twice a year, March and
October. I would like to repeat our participation for
the October drive. So here's the list of hygiene products needed:
5. Bar Soap
Participation in the drive is completely voluntary. If
you would like to participate in the drive we will be collecting the items
listed above during our September and October bees.
MINDS WANT TO KNOW
On the north wall of
Mission Hall (the space where our monthly bees are held) there is a bookcase
that holds wicker baskets. The question was recently asked, "What
are those baskets for"? Here's the answer...
It is the church's "recycling center"!
Here's the details:
~ Prescription medicine bottles of all sizes (with labels removed).
These are taken to Project Cure where they are sent to clinics all over the
~ Socks are collected (both matching and non-matching) for The Clothes
Cabin in Chandler.
~ Used batteries are collected and taken to Tempe Recycling Center
instead of filling up our landfills.
~ Cell phones are taken to the SRP recycling center where they are
donated to Women's shelters to be used by victims as emergency phones.
~ Travel size toiletries are donated to Kyrene Family Resource Center or
used by Family Promise guests at the church.
Now ya know.
~ There were a whooping
91 quilts shown during our August Show n' Tell. That is a record for
the most number of quilts ever shown at a Peace by Piece bee!
~ All 15 Halloween tops were sewn together along with several Christmas
tops. Some of the those tops even got tied and bound during the bee.
~ The raffle items raised $45.
~ We received a donation in the amount of $225.
For the September bee...
~ For this months bee we
have 3 Christmas and 4 Halloween tops layered and ready for quilting or
~ The cutting station has 11 Christmas kit-kits waiting to be cut into kits.
~ 22 Christmas kits are waiting to be sewn into tops.
~ 5 Halloween and 1 Christmas quilts are ready to be bound and labeled.
~ There are currently 46 tops in the Piece by Peace closet waiting to be quilted.
You will want to visit the raffle
table this month for another chance to get your name in the raffle jar for
an opportunity to win the sewing/office chair. As always, we will have a couple of other raffle offering as well.
here: Mom delivered another Jeep full of pet beds to the shelter
on August 26th. The shelter critters and employees always
appreciate them; some of the humans there have said that the petbeds
are comfy enough to use for a people naptime. :o)
has also been working on Peace by Piece homework so hasn't been able
to use up as much of the pet bed scraps as she had hoped. SO...
she will NOT be able to take any fabric/batting scraps in
September. There's enough scraps here at home for many more pet
beds that she needs to use up and deliver. Mom says you can
never make enough pet beds just like you can never make enough quilts
know it's summertime in Arizona when you...
...can make instant sun tea.
2. ...learn that a seat belt makes a good branding iron.
3. ...discover that in August it takes only two fingers to drive
4. ...actually burn your hand opening the car door.
5. ...discover that you can get a sunburn through you car
6. ...break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 in the
7. ...realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
video made me smile and I found it hard to sit still in my seat while
listening to it. Hope you enjoy it.
was recorded by the U.S. Navy Band at the Concerts on the Avenue series at
the U.S. Navy Memorial in 2014.
AZ BLANKETS 4 KIDS
AZB4K next bee is scheduled for Saturday, October 10. It will be held
at the Chandler Police Department located at 250 E. Chicago St. in
For more information visit the AZB4K website at azblankets4kids.com.
By Piece Quilters
The next Peace by
Piece Quilters bee will be held on Thursday, September 3.
There will NOT be a FREE
table at the bee this month.
And we will NOT be accepting pet bed scraps this month.
Bring items for the Hygiene Drive.