Agave Quilters Guild News

The winners of the UFO challenge were (left to right) Sally Walby, Georgia Hartman, and Barbara Grimes. The lovely quilt in the background was made by former Agave member Diane Coughlin who died in a tragic car accident earlier this year. Her husband Jim donated it to our club to use as a fundraiser in her memory.

The Agave Quilters Guild held their Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 6 at the Palo Verde clubhouse. The creative efforts of Hospitality Chairpersons Carrol Ediss and Gail Solway were evident throughout the event. Prizes were awarded for guessing the yardage of fabric in a basket and number of thread spools in a vase, in addition to drawings for centerpieces. Special recognition was provided to members who had accepted the summer UFO challenge. (For the uninitiated, when quilters talk about a UFO, they are referring to an unfinished object.) Program Chair Georgia Hartman announced the awarding of diplomas from the Agave Quilt Academy with this clever verbiage: “This diploma certifies [name] has satisfactorily completed the necessary requirements of stitching, patching, embroidering, binding, labeling, and, most importantly, actually finishing a quilt, as prescribed by the Board of Agave in the State of Arizona, and is hereby presented with this PhD (piled high and deep).” Everyone who completed a UFO received tickets, which were then drawn during the luncheon. Winners were Sally Walby, Georgia Hartman, and Barbara Grimes. But the best prize of all was the peace of mind these women experienced by crossing old projects off their lists!

Heidi Pridemore will be the speaker on Jan. 3. She is a quilt designer and co-owner, along with her husband, of The Whimsical Workshop in Gilbert. Heidi is known for her fun and whimsical quilts, which she often makes in dramatic, bright colors. She designs a large number of project sheets featuring fabric lines from national companies, such as Andover Fabrics, Blank Quilting, Studio E, Timeless Treasures, Westminster Fabrics, and Windham Fabrics. She also designs quilt patterns for a variety of popular quilting magazines, such as Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quick Quilts, The Quilter, and Quilts. In addition, she has completed five books. Check out their website for photos of the dozens of great quilt patterns they offer.

Our club meets the first Wednesday of the month, September through May, at 1 p.m. in the Navajo Room at Sun Lakes Country Club (25601 S. Sun Lakes Blvd.) and offers monthly speakers, smaller “friendship clubs,” classes, community service opportunities, and much more. You are invited to join us as a guest at an upcoming meeting to see if you want to become a member. Or you can contact Membership Chair Loy Rheinauer at [email protected] for more information.