Monday, April 15, 2019

The group viewed a portion of Georgia Bonesteel's production, The Great American Quilt Revival. This led to an interesting discussion about the two great quilt revivals. For a short summary of the revivals, click HERE. Members shared quilts representative of both revivals.

The group has a "casual participation" format where everyone is given an opportunity to share. If you are new to quilt history, you'll bring a different and welcome perspective to any topic. As long as it is quilt related, we want to know about it.

Arizona Quilt Study Group

©Arizona Quilt Study Group 2019

Monday, June 17th, 2019

Kansas City Star

The group discussed how the Kansas City Star newspaper started including quilt block patterns as a means to draw more readers. The paper paid women to submit blocks for consideration. If a block was used, the person submitting it would be paid $1.50 (about $22 in 2017 value). The discussion also led to why societal changes took place, including the fact that county extension programs are not what they used to be.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mourning and Memory Quilts

We discussed and compared the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries attitudes toward death and dying and how each generation of women used their needles to commemorate and event or person.  We looked at photos of quilts made for major events such as 9/11, mass shootings and the Aids epidemic.  We also discussed the 19th century's approach to death and how it was viewed as a part of everyone's life. The Kentucky coffin quilt of the mid 19th century and the Aids Names quilt were two quilts discussed at length.Lenna DeMarco shared a Sun Bonnet Sue quilt made by her Aunt when she was 14-17 years old as her mother was dying of breast cancer. The importance of gathering the stories of and labeling quilts  closed the day's discussion.


December 17, 2018

Elizabeth B. shared how she traced a pattern off of an antique quilt. Mary L. presented the history of the national Quilters Hall of Fame and the Arizona Quilter's Hall of Fame. The group went to Margaret S.'s home for lunch and show and tell. 

West Valley Quilt Study Group

Meeting in Sun City at

First Christian Church of Sun City

14001 N. Thunderbird Blvd

Sun City, AZ 85351

Monday. February 18, 2019

Political Quilts

Attendees shared a variety of political quilt blocks and quilts. There was also a lively discussion about what differentiates a political quilt from a patriotic quilt. Click HERE for information about the Ararat and Giddap quilt blocks (elephant and donkey). 

Meeting dates for 2018

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Optional but fun: Join in for a "dutch treat" lunch at a local restaurant. 

Meeting dates for 2019

3rd Monday, every other month

  • February 18th:
  • April 15th
    • Compare/explore the two great quilt revivals of the 20th Century. Here are several links to help you in your research.
    • ​The First Revival. Click HEREand HERE
    • The Second Revival. Click HEREand HERE
  • June 17th
    • ​Kansas City Star and how they came to print patterns. Click HERE to get started with your research.
  • August 19th
    • ​​Memory quilts including funeral and mourning quilts (including AIDS quilt)
    • Click HERE for an article that will help you get you started with your research.
  • October 21st
    • ​Quilts for Social Causes
    • Click HERE for information that will help you get started with your research.
  • December 16th
    • ​​Colonial Revival Quilts
    • Click HERE and HERE for information that will help you get started with your research.

Click HERE for a PDF of the schedule.

The meeting room will be marked by a quilt...or ask in the office which is to the right as you enter the main doors.

We suggest a freewill donation of $3-$5 to thank the church for the use of the room.