October 15, 2018

Donna W. presented the history of the Quilt Index and quilt documentation. Click HERE for her lecture notes. The red and white quilt was used as an example, leading to a lively discussion by attendees who also shared Show and Tell items. For more information about the Index and documentation in Arizona, click on the "Organizations" tab above.


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. 

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.

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
  • December 16th
    • ​​Colonial Revival Quilts

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.

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, 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.

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).