Happy New Year!

imagesOur Holiday party was held December 18.  Sixteen members and one guest were welcomed into Becky Klein’s studio (which is fabulous and has cabinets galore!).  Homemade soups, salads and breads were followed by a dessert buffet!  Gift card prizes were awarded for attendance and the most “Sew and Tells.”

The New Year begins with our January 15th meeting – we meet the third Thursday of each month 7:00 PM at  Desert Foothills United Methodist Church,  2156 E. Liberty Lane in Awahtukee.     

We will be hosting AQG President  Elaine Putnam.   Our program that evening includes a viewing of our PP President’s  Challenge Quilts.  “Time Warp” is the theme, we are to create a quilt using both a traditional block and a modern interpretation of that same block.  Also include a brief history of the traditional block and how the modern version came to be.

Then we will have a UFO, PHD (projects half done) and PIGS (projects in grocery sacks) can fly off your shelves “contest”.  Each member is to bring 3 UFO’s and others will vote on the order in which they may be completed.  Finished projects will be featured at our May dessert social for additional Sew and Tell tickets toward the year end prize drawing.
January 17 we are holding a Charity Sew-In and pot luck lunch at Mountain View Lutheran Church (Southwest corner of Elliott and 48th).
In February we will be working on an Opportunity Quilt during our meeting.
March will bring a trunk show by Marti French, “Art Quilter Unleashed” and
April brings both “Triangles on a Roll” and our 2nd annual retreat to Ritter Ranch.
Our monthly group sew-in is January 31 at the Chandler Police Department – it usually falls on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
We welcome new Members.  Come Join us and check out Prickly Piecers on Facebook to get the latest news. 

AQG Fall Meeting #3 – Thomas Knauer, National Educator!

Modern Quilt Perspectives: 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts… his book, his purpose – Meaningful Quilts.  

There are stories behind each of Thomas Knauer’s quilts, and meanings – from Morse Code and Braille messages, to a quilt for victims of Domestic Violence with words of the ‘Violence Vs. Women Act’ quilted in, You are Here, a voice for “Handmade”,  a rainbow quilt for his Mother and her Partner’s marriage with Double Wedding Ring Quilting…. the stories abound  and his creativity and imagination inspired!

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November Meeting at Chandler Center for the Arts

Nine members and three guests attended.  This year’s theme was “Permission to Play – Storytelling Quilts. ” Marilyn K (1st photo, far right) and Cheryl G – pictured next to current member Cheryl Gr.  joined at this meeting.  Please welcome these new members to Prickly Piecers!    Molly and husband Richard are pictured next to her “Mama @ Play” quilt featuring her friend’s mother’s fishing vest.   IMG_4493 IMG_4494 IMG_4495 IMG_4499 IMG_4501

November Meeting Date Changed!

We will be meeting Thursday November 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM  at the Chandler Center for the Arts.  We will have a ‘private’ viewing of the newest Art Quilt Exhibit “Permission to Play”.  Guests, Friends and Family are welcome to join us for the evening!  Admission free.

Chandler Center for the Arts | 250 North Arizona Avenue | Chandler, AZ 85225

SW Spiny Lizard: Currier

ARTQUILTS Year XIX: Permission to Play

Juried by Denise Currier

November 7, 2014 – January 17, 2015

Left: SW Spiny Lizard
by Denise Currier

October brought “Special Guests”

Bonnie Hunter, Eleanor Burns, Judy Neimeyer ,  Kathy Doughty of “Material Obsession” all the way from Australia and Tula Pink were the featured guests at our October meeting!!! Don’t you wish you had been there?!  On  October 16, 7 pm the program for the meeting was to bring your favorite quilter! We were introduced to a variety of nationally and internationally known quilters, saw images of their work, books, patterns and numerous sample quilt blocks and tops.  It was fun to learn more about these quilters AND our members who presented their work!

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Party Pics!

Thanks to all for making this a joyous celebrations – to Ray and Jeff for opening the 3 Dudes – to past President’s for attending and their lasting contributions – to current President Terry Findlay for all the planning – to Sylvia Hirsch as well as previous Charity Quilt organizers for the more than 30 quilts that were donated –  Cheryl Griffin for the fabulous door prizes -Jill Eskew for arranging for the amazing cake.. the list goes on.    Enjoy the photos!

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10 year Anniversary Celebration Reminder!

Plans are ON for our 10 year Anniversary Celebration! Be sure to mark your calendars for one week from today – Thursday Sept. 18 (our regular third Thursday) and be at 3 Dudes Quilting 6:30 – 8:30 PM. There will be a Door Prizes, a Quilt cake, snacks, Charity Quilt Presentation, recognition of Past Presidents, did I mention Door Prizes!! Bring a friend, your significant others, potential members (membership forms will be available), friends and let’s celebrate! See you there.IMG_0220

FYI – there are 6 spots open for our Spring Retreat – April 16- 19 2015 at Ritter Ranch in Sierra Vista, AZ. You can register (bring your deposit check) at the Anniversary Party.  

There will also be hand-outs on the President’s Challenge Quilt – now due in January 2015 and instructions for our October meeting program!  

Mark Your August Calendars!

images  Saturday, August 23 is our monthly Sew-In at the Chandler Police Department Community Room  9-5. We’ll also be assembling a raffle bowl for the August 28 meeting. (FYI- While in downtown Chandler, there’s an interesting art show at the Vision Gallery.)

Thursday August 28 – Pyle Center, Tempe AZ.   Suzi Parron Lecture/Book Signing – “Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement” 6:30- 8:30 doors open at 6.   Each group (PP, Cactus Patchers and Nimble Thimbles) will have a raffle basket as fundraisers.  Wonderful Door prize, water and snacks provided.  Since the program is pre-paid, please bring a friend/prospective member at no cost!!  Do bring your $$ for the raffles!