Arizona Quilters Guild
Committed to educating the public and our members about the place quilts hold in our lives, hearts, and history.
The Strawberry Patchers became a Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild on October 1, 1994. We have an average of 35-45 members and welcome anyone who is interested in quilting at any skill level. We endeavor to promote the art of quilting, support quilting education, encourage activities related to quilt making, provide comfort to those in need, and contribute to other local philanthropic organizations.
Business Meetings are held on the 1 st Thursday of each month at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library Activity Room, located in downtown Pine behind the Community Center. We start gathering at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome. Business meetings are designed to provide direction for events and activities, approve expenditures, make decisions, hear committee reports, share tips and techniques, and show recently finished projects. We often have a block of the month or another take-home project in which members might choose to participate.
Sew Days are held on the 3 rd Thursday of each month and limited to members only. Classes may be taught by members or an outside teacher. February and October sew days are extended to three days in order to concentrate on Community Service projects and comfort quilts. Donated fabric, patterns and kits are available for members to make comfort quilts. A potluck lunch helps us linger longer.
Our annual Quilt Show is the 2 nd Friday & Saturday in June in the Cultural Hall at the Community Center in Pine. Over 100 quilts are on display along with educational vignettes. We have drawings, door prizes, demos, vendors and a bake sale. The public votes on viewers’ choice, and each local business that participates selects a quilt to be awarded a ribbon. Proceeds beyond expenses benefit local charities.
We host an Auction & Sale the 2 nd Saturday in August facilitated by The Friends of Strawberry Patchers and AZ Attic Auctions. Again, proceeds beyond expenses benefit local charities. See end of article.
A “Secret Sister” party begins the holiday season in November. In place of a business meeting, arrangements are made for a tea party where members bring a gift concealed in a paper bag with three clues for guessing who brought the gift. We get to know each other better and have great fun doing so. Dues and money raised from within the group, called Member to Member funds, pays for the tea party. It’s one of the perks of membership.
Our Christmas Party replaces December’s business meeting wherein we gather at a member’s house to have a delightful lunch and play a gift exchange game. Like the Secret Sister party, lunch and party favors are paid for through dues and money raised from within. No public funds are spent on parties.
The Patchers pack up machines and projects for a three-day Quilt Camp in March at UCYC in Prescott. Paying participants receive lodging and three meals per day. Besides marathon sewing, we play a few games and win prizes we’ve all donated for the event.
Our Chapter Structure includes an elected Board consisting of Chapter Chair, Chair Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. Other duties and committee chair positions are filled by members who volunteer cheerfully to make sure all Strawberry Patcher meetings, activities and events run smoothly. What a team!
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