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!

2014 President’s Quilt Challenge

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President’s Quilt Challenge   – “ Time Warp” ………. From traditional to modern.

Due: Holiday Party, December 18th.

Size:  Your choice

Color:  Your choice

Design:

Step One:  Select a traditional block.  Incorporate into a quilt, either 1/3 or 2/3 of the traditional block design.  Your choice whether you prefer traditional or modern.

Examples:  Some suggested traditional blocks.  (It is amazing how old some of them are).

Log Cabin 1869, Nine Patch 1808, Dresden Plate 1920, Lone Star 1830, Wedding Ring 1920, Mariners Compass 1726, Bow Tie 1898, Fans 1885, Pieced Trees 1875, Ocean Waves 1875, Irish Chain 1814, Feathered Star 1830, Ocean Shores 1844, Grandmother’s Flower Garden 1700s).  Research your selected block and come prepared to share why you picked it and an interesting fact about the block.

Step Two:  Take the traditional block and put a modern spin on it.  Be wild, be crazy, do a modern interpretation of the same block to finish off the remainder your quilt

Step Three:  Complete your quilt, including binding and label.

Drawing:  All those who have completed quilts, will receive a ticket for a drawing of a local  quilt store gift certificate.

Some suggested websites to help you get started:

http://www.patternsfromhistory.com/

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/04/dresden-plate-variations/

HAVE FUN!!!  (Donated Fabric Available if you wish this to be a charity quilt project)

Donated Fabric Available

Prickly Piecers has a bolt of drapery/curtain fabric – approximately 15 yards, champagne color – which was donated to us.  It’s not suitable for quilts or totes and we would like it to have a new home.  If you are interested please respond and we’ll  in touch.  Thanks.

July Show and Tell

Quilt Bingo and Prizes along with members ‘Sew and Tell’ made for a fun July evening. We’ve got talent!  Remember our August meeting is Thursday 28th at the Pyle Center in Tempe.  More information to follow.

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“Getting To Know You”

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL AT THE FIRST MEETING OF THE 2014-2015 SESSION.
THEME FOR THIS MEETING IS “GETTING TO KNOW YOU“.  AFTER A VERY SHORT BUSINESS MEETING OUR PROGRAM COMMITTEE HAS SOME FUN EVENTS PLANNED.   OUR ADGENDA INCLUDES TIME FOR SHOW AND TELL SO PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPLETED PROJECTS AND/OR NEW TECHNIQUES TO SHARE WITH THE GROUP.  THERE WON’T BE A FABRIC EXCHANGE THIS MONTH.
MEETING LOCATION – DESERT FOOTHILLS METHODIST CHURCH, 2156 E LIBERTY LANE, PHOENIX, AZ
DATE:  THURSDAY, JUNE 17TH
TIME:  7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
Terry Findlay
Chair, Prickly Piecers