2023 Programs


January 14, 2023
  • Extended business meeting
  • 2022 BOM reveal
  • 2023 BOM intro
  • 2023 Block lottery
  • 2023 Programs announcements
  • games & PRIZES!!!


February 11, 2023

Now You See It, Now You Don’t. The Magic of Disappearing Blocks.

Brita Nelson of The Questioning Quilter

Learn about the magic and beauty of disappearing blocks with this interactive online lecture, demo and trunk show.  Using 3 cameras, one on me and the quilts, one pointing straight down at the cutting mat, and one close-up on the quilts, I will be able to show you how easy it is to turn simple blocks into beautiful complex patterns.  Using the Zoom format you will be able to ask questions for me to answer during the presentation.  I will also show you how different block designs can be enhanced by color choices or slight modifications to make even more interesting full quilts


March 11, 2023

Make it and take it – Monkeying Around

Claire, Carol, and Bonnie will guide you while you make a “modern” sock monkey. Sock monkeys have been around about a century and are made traditionally from Rockford Red Heeled socks, but we will make them modern! Come and spend the day making your monkey with us. If you don’t want to keep it, Diana will be standing by to take it for Community Outreach. Socks will be supplied

EXTENDED MEETING 10:00am – 3:00pm, Pyle Center, Tempe

Supply list:

  • Pattern
  • Socks will be provided (see links below if you would like to purchase more)
  • If you have stuffing bring it but we will also have it
  • Marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Hand sewing needles including large eye
  • Neutral sewing thread
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Buttons or felt for eyes
  • Pins
  • (OPTIONAL) Ribbon for neck
  • (OPTIONAL)– Stuffing tool (no sharp ends) Blunt end of chop sticks work well
  • (OPTIONAL)– Purple Thang can also be helpful
  • (OPTIONAL)– Sewing Machine – there is very little machine sewing; we will have 3 machines set up to use or you can bring your own


April 8, 2023

Demo Day

We will move around the room in small groups as several of our talented members will give short demonstrations on quilt and sewing related techniques. If you have a technique you’d like to share please contact [email protected]

  • Laura – Zippers
  • Kim – Lamination of Unusual Materials
  • Carol – 4-Patch Kaleidoscope
  • Bonnie – Ergonomic Exercises
  • Bree – Straight Line Walking Foot Quilting


May 13, 2023

Make it and take it –
Claire:“Techniques” Cactus small wall quilt 10″ x 15:

Claire will lead us in making this small wall quilt to keep or donate to Diana for Community Outreach. We will cover the following techniques: piecing, curved applique with trapunto effect, decorative stitches from your machine, hand/machine applique, quilting, yo-yo, and no binding pillow casing finishing.

EXTENDED MEETING 10:00am – 3:00pm Pyle Center, Tempe


  • Cactus: TWO 7”x 7” squares
  • Flowerpot: 3 ½” strip
  • Table: 3 ½” x 10 ½” strip
  • Background: Several pieces will be cut so fat quarter will work well
  • Back: fat quarter
  • YO-YO: scrap
  • thread to match cactus, monofilament (optional), other thread colors to go with your fabrics
  • Marking pen/pencil
  • Batting scraps
  • Rotary cutter/ruler/mat
  • Sewing machine and general sewing supplies – foot that you can do decorative stitches with
  • blind hem foot (optional)
  • Yo-Yo maker 30mm (if you have – DON’T buy)


June 10, 2023

Finding my voice in Modern Quilting with Audrey Esarey


We Welcome AUDREY ESAREY who will give her lecture “Finding My Voice in Modern Quilting!” This lecture focuses on Audrey’s path to becoming a modern quilter and how she applied many traditional techniques in her modern quilts. She’ll discuss the progression of her work and show her Radial Quilts, Watercolor Quilts, and a few others too! She’ll share information on design inspiration, favorite artists, working in a series, and discuss some quilting highs and lows along her journey.


July 8, 2023

DeStash Sale – Combined with Charity Sew

We will have our annual fundraiser…so start saving your sewing related donations. At the same time we will be doing Community Outreach sewing. More info to come.

EXTENDED MEETING 10:00am – 3:00pm Pyle Center, Tempe


August 12, 2023

Barb Tatera trunk show/lecture on Negative Space
Using Positive Thinking for Negative Space
Do you love modern quilts but are a little unsure of what to do with the negative space?  This presentation will help you look at the negative space in a whole new way!  Decide what you want to stand out on your quilt, then use the quilting to draw attention to it.  You can also create movement or create a secondary design in the negative space.  Think outside of the box and come up with quilting ideas before you even start your quilt rather than waiting until the “quilt as desired” step.  Take your quilting to a whole new level by making the negative space shine!

Barb is a Guild member, a Handiquilter Educator, an award winner and an extremely accomplished quilter. You can follow Barb on Instagram @sapphire.stitches

1pm – 3pm Pyle Center, Tempe


September 9, 2023

Make it Modern

Our Annual re-design of a block into a modern mini-quilt. The block will be released one week prior to the meeting. You can design, plan, and cut your fabrics but NO SEWING. You must retain one element of the original block. On the day you will have 3.5 hours (9am – 12:30pm) to construct, quilt and bind your piece MAKING IT MODERN. The present membership will vote and the winner gets free membership to 2024.


October 14, 2023

Fusing Project Challenge

Cindy and Claire will be your guides for to get you started on this Challenge which will be due at the Holiday Party.

It will be fused during the meeting and then finished up at home. All participants who finish will get a little gift and there will be a random drawing of the entrants for a $50 gift card to the local quilt shop of your choice. More Info to come! AND REMEMBER IT YOU DON’T WANT TO KEEP IT, Diana will happily take it for Community Outreach!

CHARITY SEWING 10:00am – 12:30pm
MEETING & FUSING PROGRAM 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Pyle Center, Tempe



October 28, 2023

Carolina Oneto “Curves and Transparencies” 4-hour Workshop

In this workshop the participants will make a mini quilt top which they will design from scratch. Carolina will then talk about color theory and how to create a transparency effect with color and fabrics. She will teach us how to cut fabrics with complex shapes and how to join the curved pieces by machine.

Login with your PHXMQG account to get member pricing! Purchase from our shop

10:00am – 2:00pm via ZOOM


November 11, 2023

Frances O’Roark Dowell – Telling Quilt Stories: Yours, Mine, Ours

By telling and documenting our quilt stories, we create connections and community. Join writer and Quilt Alliance Board member Frances Dowell as she explores the importance of preserving our quilt stories and discusses the Quilt Alliance’s QSOS (Quilters Save Our Stories) oral history project


December 9, 2023

Holiday Party
  • Fusing Challenge due