Arizona Quilt Study Group

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Family, Friends, Merchants, and Religion in the Early 1840s

Presented by Joyce Fullerton Smith

Kathy is a quiltmaker and is member of several local quilt guilds. She is also a member of the American Quilt Study Group (AQSG), an international organization dedicated to the research and publication of scholarly research on the history of quiltmaking and quiltmakers. She is currently Program Coordinator for the regional study group, Lone Star Quilt Study Group. She is the 2016 Texas Quilt Museum’s Bybee Scholar and is author of Home on the Plains: Quilts and the Sod House Experience. Her current research on a quilt with Texas provenance was published in the Fall of 2018 in the AQSG’s scholarly journal, Uncoverings.

Between 1840 and 1844, three quilts attributed to different women were made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and New Egypt, New Jersey. In this presentation, Joyce will describe the connections between these quilts which are inscribed with many of the same names. The quilts are examples of a strong regional style, but more importantly, they serve as primary documents of broad community connections that transcend the religious and familial ties frequently associated with Album-style quilts. Joyce will discuss why the quilts show strong connections of family and friends and record business connections in the rapidly evolving industrial world of Philadelphia and New Jersey. The quilts also demonstrate a close association among individuals of traditional Christian beliefs with friends exploring the new Mormon faith. This presentation will expand our knowledge of the influence of mercantilism and religion in the creation of Album quilts in the United States during the early 1840s.

Deadline to register/pay for this event is Friday, February 28th at midnight.

Get to know the speakers while sharing dinner and an evening with them. You are invited to bring one of your favorite quilts to Show and Tell after dinner. If you are coming from out of town, there are several hotels conveniently located near this restaurant and at Bell and the 101, just a few miles east. 

Space is limited so secure your spot now for this wonderful evening!​

Joyce Fullerton Smith is a California-based fiber and folk artist with a love of all things fabric. She holds degrees from Pennsylvania Stat University and Stanford University. A teacher, and later, trainer and arts and crafts director for the local Girl Scouts council, Joyce has experimented with weaving, basketry, and quilting and is a decorative painter with a particular interest in Old World techniques. A member of AQSG since 2009, Joyce is continuing her research on seven more family-related Album quilts.

I took my first quilting class in the late 1990’s. My first quilt was a hexagon quilt that took years to finish. In 2001, I attended my first quilt history conference, “Patterns of the Past”, in Tucson.  I was hooked! After that class,  I told a friend that if I never made another quilt, I would be perfectly happy collecting old quilts.  This was the day that quilt collecting became my passion. Since 2001, I have collected quilts from the early 1800’s to 1980’s.  I love hand quilting.  I only have one quilt that is machine quilted.  I have patchwork quilts, applique’ quilts and wholecloth hand quilted quilts. I like quilts with unusual patterns or if they are made by special groups, i.e., Mennonite or Amish.  I wish I had more information regarding the makers of these quilts, but I am satisfied being the caretaker of this collection.  I look forward to sharing a few of my favorite quilts at this quilt study day with others who love old quilts and quilt history.

Entree Choices (ordered that evening)

  • Pot Roast,
  • Roast Turkey,
  • Baked Cod​, OR
  • BBQ Pork Brisket

Each meal includes

  • A non-alcoholic beverage
  • Warm bread
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Vegetable
  • A dessert

Wine and Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

The cost for the evening is $25, inclusive (food, beverage, tip). 

Women, Their Quilts and Life on the American Plains in the 19th Century

​Presented by Kathy Moore

Everyone is familiar with the beautiful red and green applique quilts of the mid-nineteenth century but did you know that there were also red and BLUE appliques?  Or were there?  Could they be quilts whose overdyed green has faded to blue?  In this study we will discuss the properties of those dyes used to make blue and green.  We will look at stylistic and regional characteristics of applique quilts to discover the truth behind the beautiful red and blue applique quilts.

This event is separate from your Study Day Registration payment (see below) and you must pre-pay. The dinner Payment is 


This lecture will include information about the sod house era in American history. Included will be the experiences of homesteading women in their own words and images of their existence from the work of Solomon Butcher, who single-handedly photographed families on their homesteads in central Nebraska during the homesteading era of the late nineteenth century. It was a unique time filled with unique experiences for Americans looking for fresh starts, new lives, new opportunities. Some women went willingly, others reluctantly. Their quilts and their images tell stories that embody bravery and perseverance many of us cannot imagine. This lecture will bring this unique era to life and may possibly answer questions about our foremothers that you have not yet known to ask.

If you plan to attend the dinner, you may make out your check for the total of both events: $75. 

The DEADLINES for receiving payments is:

  • Friday, Feb 28th at midnight for the Dinner.
  • Tuesday, March 10th for the Study Day.

Confessions of a Quilt Collector    

Presented by Terry Grzyb-Wysocki

Meet and Greet the Speakers
Friday, March 13th, 5 p.m. 

Lenna DeMarco, a former professional dancer and choreographer, retired from 35 years as a professor of dance, teaching and performing both in AZ and nationally.  She currently spends her time in researching and writing about quilt history as well as presenting lectures, workshops and trunk shows with her quilting partner Anne Hodgkins. Additionally she is busy as a quilt restorer repairing and conserving antique quilts for museums, dealers, designers and private collectors.  She is a past national president of the American Quilt Study Group and has served on the executive board the Arizona Centennial Quilt Project. 

March 13th & 14th, 2020 Arizona Regional Quilt Study Days

Don't miss the exciting program for this Study Day.
As a special treat, there is a "Meet and Greet the Speakers" dinner on Friday evening. 

See below for details and registration. This event is open to the public.

Am I Blue?  Nineteenth Century Red and Blue Applique Quilts

Presented by Lenna DeMarco

I didn’t start quilting or quilt collecting until later in my life.  Our family came from Eastern Europe where they used feather ticks for bedding during the winter.   

My Mom, grandmothers and aunts crocheted, knitted and embroidered.  My sister and I learned to use the sewing machine by 9 and 10. Mom was an accomplished seamstress who earned a diploma from the Avalon Fashion School. She starting quilting when quilting had a revival in the 1960’s and 70’s.  I remember her first quilt, a red and green log cabin Christmas quilt.  She made me my first quilt, a colorful tulip applique quilt for my black antique iron bed in 1971. 

Based on her book, Home on the Plains: Quilts and the Sod House Experience, Kathy Moore discusses the lives and quilts of hard-working pioneer women who moved to Nebraska after the Civil War to begin new lives. These women came to an undeveloped land devoid of traditional building materials and were forced to make do with houses made of the sod on their newly acquired homesteads. There they lived until wood structures could be built. It was a bit like living in a cave, but it was shelter from the elements and wild animals. Struggling to survive in raw, dark and difficult circumstances, often with dirt for a floor, they nevertheless worked to create cozy and comfortable homes. It was humiliating and frustrating and frightening. Nevertheless, they cut decorative scalloped edges on shelf paper. They grew geraniums in their windowsills and planted flowers around the door yards. They also made lovely, intricate quilts to brighten their rooms and their existence.

 A past president of Phoenix Area Quilters Association, she currently holds board positions on the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame and the AZ Quilt Documentation Project.  She is the founder and facilitator of the AZ Quilt Study Group.  For three years she co-authored with Anne Hodgkins the column “Vintage Views” on antique quilts for Quilting Quarterly Magazine and currently writes a quilt history column for the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame Newsletter.  Along with Anne Hodgkins and Lynn Miller she co- authored “Follow The Thread – Quilts of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.”  In 2016 she was inducted into the AZ Quilters Hall of Fame for her work in preserving and promoting quilt history both nationally and in Arizona.  In 2017 she was featured in QUILTFOLK, a national quilt publication. She has an extensive collection of antique quilts and textiles that she loves to share.

Location: Lou’s Tivoli Gardens
12555 West Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85375

Kathy Moore is an independent scholar of textile history as it relates to the history of quiltmaking and quiltmakers. She has master’s degrees in both American history (Auburn University, Auburn, AL) and in Textile History with an emphasis on quilt studies and museum science (University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE). She practices conservation and care of quilts, documents quilts and lectures on the history of quiltmaking and quiltmakers. 

Saturday, March 14, 2020 Study Day

Agenda (subject to adjustment)

8:00-8:45         Set up room
8:45-9:00         Doors Open for Registration​

  • Coffee, tea, water and cookies will be available.

9:00-9:15         Welcome and Announcements by Lenna DeMarco
9:15-10:45       Women, Their Quilts and Life on the American Plains in the 19th Century​ by Kathy Moore
10:45-11:00     Break
11:00-12:00     Am I Blue? Nineteenth Century Red and Blue Applique Quilts by Lenna DeMarco
12:00-1:00       Lunch, shopping sales tables*

  • Lunch is on your own. Brown bag is suggested. Click HERE for a list of restaurants in the area.

1:00-2:15         Family, Friends, Merchants, and Religion in the Early 1840s by Joyce Smith  
2:15-2:30         Break and final shopping
2:30-3:00         Confessions of a Quilt Collector by Terry Grzyb-Wysocki
3:00-3:30         Show and Tell

3:30-3:45         Pick up and pay for purchases
3:45-4:00         Room clean up
4:00                 Vacate Room 

*There will be silent auction sale tables for quilt related items, with proceeds supporting AzQS, and tables for individuals' private sales. You are invited to donate items for the AzQS table or to sell your own items.

Registration for the Study Day is $50.

Coffee, water and tea provided. Lunch is on your own.  The Deadline for the Study Day payment is Tuesday, March 10th. Walk in registration on Study Day will be $60.00

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Meeting Location

Church of the Palms 
14808 N. Boswell Blvd 
Sun City, AZ 85351

The Registration Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE