Arizona Quilt Study Group

©Arizona Quilt Study Group 2020

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

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.

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.

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, 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, Feb 17th

The topic was the Pilgrim Roy collection which led to discussion of bright colors in quilts. Attendees enjoyed their Brown Bag lunches, lively discussion, and Show and Tell.

Meeting dates for 2020

The 3rd Monday of Every Other Month

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

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

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

To start you this year, here is an example of the study guide which lists the topics for each meeting and questions to help you get started with your research. Click HEREto download the guide. NOTE: The original posting of the study guide was updated on 1/16/2020. The update does not change February but changes some of the other months. If you downloaded it prior to 1/16, please click on the link above to download the new version.

​April 20th: The History of Dyes and their Evolution from Natural to Chemical: This meeting is canceled. 

June 15th: Kit Quilts Over the Years

August 17th: Regional (and International) Styles of Quilting

October 19th: Changes in Borders and Edges

December 21st: Quilt Dating

The History of Dyes, April 20th

The Meeting is Canceled

To further your study, click HERE for a link to a recent blog post about red dye by Barbara Brackman. See you in June or in our Facebook private group. If you have not yet joined the group and would like to, go to the Resources & Websites page on this site. In the first paragraph, click on the link to request membership. 

Monday, December 16th

The study topic was Colonial Revival Quilts. The Colonial Revival was the period between 1890 and 1930, when Americans began shifted from home produced items to purchased items. For quilters, this came about because quilt patterns, fabrics, and quilt kits were produced, and thus, quilters became consumers. Attendees shared quilts from the period and also some "show and tell" quilts.