January 28, 2023 – clear skies ☀️ 63°
It was sew nice to return to Holiday Village after skipping a year for a remodel of their kitchen. We were treated to a pizza lunch, morning snacks, coffee and desert from our kind hosts. Special thanks to the “muscles” who met us at our cars in the morning to help us haul in supplies, set up, and pack up at the end of the day.
There were 60 attendees at this beautiful bee and we busily buzzed through the day, completing 14 blankets at the bee and processing 163 blankets donated at the door. That’s a total of 177 blanket hugs for our kids.
Joan Most, from Las Palmas Grand, took home the bountiful door prize basket. Joan coordinates the sewing group at Las Palmas Grand, where they typically meet the third Thursday of the month from 8-1 in their Ballroom to sew for AZB4K. You are welcome to join. Click on our Event page for more details.
Lucky lady, Margaret Sitterson, had the winning 50/50 ticket. Margaret sews with us at every possible Bee and sewing event in between. She travels from Maricopa, at the Villages, where she spends her winters. During the hot season, she returns to her home state of Michigan. Margaret learned to sew at the age of 9 in 4-H and spent 8 years with her 4-H group. She bought her first sewing machine while in nurses training and said it was a necessity so she could make her clothing, then continued using her skills to make clothing for her family. Margaret began quilting for AZ Blankets 4 Kids at Mesa Regal in 2002. She now belongs to 5 quilt groups and loves all the different steps in creating a quilt. Every quilter has a masterpiece inside! In addition to all she does at the Bees, she takes homework with her too! Margaret takes some of our larger or more intricately pieced tops and does the most beautiful long-arm quilting on them. We’re so grateful for her and happy to see her take home the big cash prize on this day.
Georgina Williamson is from Trenton Ontario Canada which is two hours east of Toronto. She and husband, Les, have a blended family of 4 kids and 12 grandchildren. Her sewing skills were acquired with 6 years of Home Economics in school. She began quilting in 2012, learning the different steps at Palmas del Sol. That is where she learned about AZ Blankets 4 Kids. Her favorite part of quilting is choosing a pattern, fabric and colors. Georgina’s favorite part of the Bees, beside the lunches, is that she has learned new skills related to quilting and met new friends. Quilting is a scrap of happiness!