La Hacienda Bee 2024

February 24, 2024 – chilly morning & partly cloudy – 🌤️  54°

We gathered with 38 friends at La Hacienda on a chilly Saturday morning in Apache Junction. Our wonderful hosts provided morning treats and we all brought a dish to share for a potluck lunch. Among the morning pastries and goodies was a pan of cinnamon roll coffee cake. Oh my goodness was this delicious! I spoke with Lori Goodman, as the brilliant baker who brought this, and we have a link to the recipe she used. She let us in on a secret substitution of almond extract in place of vanilla. Yum yum, gimme some!

Click here to open the recipe link in a new window – Easy Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake

We had a busy day piecing, tying, quilting and binding. Letty made another stunning door prize basket, this time with a St. Patrick’s Day theme, and it was sweet Barb Staufenberg’s day to find the pot o’ gold. Barb is from Mountainbrook Village and joins us regularly at our Bees. On this day, she not only won the door prize basket, but also the lovely quilt raffle provided by our host group at La Hacienda. It was wonderful to see these treasures go to a treasured volunteer.

The big 50/50 cash prize of $65 went to Margaret Sitterson, our very own Energizer bunny, who keeps going and going, no matter how many bags of blankets we give her to longarm quilt for us. As a winter visitor living in Maricopa, Margaret travels anywhere her quilting friends are gathering. We’re so lucky to have her as a friend and volunteer.

The other half of the 50/50 was received by Peg Wier, our hostess representative from the La Hacienda quilt group. Once again we had a lovely day, doing good deeds, eating good treats, chatting with old friends and making new friends too.

Last, but never least, Sandy Howell placed the winning bid on a silent auction of a hand pieced flower garden hexi quilt top, donated by the family of Eloise Babcock, who skillfully stitched the hexagons into the flower panel.

Bee By the Numbers:

  •  78 finished quilts came “in the door”
  •  30 quilts were finished at the Bee
  •  108 wonderful blugs (blanket hugs) went out the door at the end of the day to meet their new huggers (kids)


    • Hi Barbara, Please visit the Patterns page of our website. You will find more details about the types of blankets we accept, including the various cuddle sizes. Thank you for your interest! ❤️

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