Monday, December 16, 2019

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.

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.

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 17, 2020


Study of the Pilgrim Roy Collection was an interesting examination of the evolution of seeing quilts as art rather than merely as a bed quilts made by women. The collection was built primarily on the impact of the colors used in the quilt, with yellow and orange being a favorite. Several members brought quilts to show and tell. The meeting was held at a member's home and concluded with a lunch time potluck.

Arizona Quilt Study Group

©Arizona Quilt Study Group 2020

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.

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.


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.


February 17th: Pilgrim Roy Collection

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​April 20th: How to Identify Red Dyes from the Early 19th to the Mid-20th Centuries
Identify the source of each of these reds and whether it is a natural or synthetic dye:
• Turkey red
• Cochineal
• Madder red (Alizarin red) • Congo red
Who discovered the first synthetic dye and what color was it?
Compare/contrast characteristics of natural vs. synthetic reds and how these characteristics aid in dating quilts:
Colorfastness
• Bleeding when exposure to moisture?
• Crocking?
Stability with exposure to light?
Suitability for use with cotton vs. wool fibers


June 15th: Kit Quilts Over the Years


August 17th: Southern Quilts


October 19th: Changes in Borders and Edges


December 21st: Quilt Dating