Desert Threads Welcomes New Members

Terry Allen showed a beautiful applique wall hanging quilt depicting Oriental poppies during Show and Tell. Desert Threads recently had a class using the same applique technique of poppies using the “Bliss” pattern from Barbara Persing.

Sue Bart

The local quilt chapter welcomed guests and new members at the Nov. 8 meeting. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. sign-in and social time). Everyone interested in making, learning about, collecting, or just appreciating quilts is welcome to join our group of enthusiastic quilters. Members come from many different communities in the East Valley and enjoy quilts with a variety of techniques and styles.

Meetings focus on learning, with featured speakers giving lectures and trunk shows of quilts about different aspects of quilting. At the November meeting Claire Victor talked about her progress creating quilts to enter in shows, especially the QuiltCon Show. QuiltCon is produced by the Modern Quilt Guild, an organization with many local groups from around the world. In 2025 QuiltCon will be in Phoenix. Watch for the dates. Claire showed slides and actual examples of her beautiful work.

On Jan. 15, 2024, Claire will teach a class using improv techniques to make an art quilt of face caricatures. After our break, committee chairs presented information about meetings and classes scheduled for the winter months. Alyce Leach will speak Dec. 13 and teach a class in February. Diana Jones continues to present a new Block of the Month at each meeting for members to make and show at the next meeting. Members bring their recent projects for Show and Tell at the meetings. Organizers of the Bazaar table at the Sun Lakes Women’s Association Holiday Bazaar reported on the great success of this first-time effort and thanked the members for the many, many gorgeous quilts that were donated for this fundraising activity. A few of the quilts did not sell and have been added to the collection of quilts made by members for local charities, such as U.S.VETS in Phoenix.

If you are interested in joining Desert Threads, more information can be obtained by sending an email to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name and email address. Arizona Quilters Guild (AQG) is the umbrella organization for Desert Threads, Free lectures and low-cost classes are offered for members. We are a nonprofit organization.