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This page was last updated on: April 13, 2019
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Summary of Our Web Pages

About Us:  Our history, purpose, and officers

Calendar:  Scheduled guild meetings, California quilt shows

Contact Us:  Map to meeting location, feedback form

Activities:  Information and photos from meetings, retreats,  shows, etc.

Quilt Show:  Current quilt show information and photos of quilts from past quilt shows

News:  Newsletter and items of interest to members and others

Forms & Links:  Guild related forms & patterns, links to local teachers, quilt shops, other guilds and quilting sites
GENERAL MEETINGS
2nd Thursday each month
6:30 p.m. - Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Lancaster United Methodist Church
918 W. Avenue J
Lancaster, California

AVQA Guild Meetings
BOARD MEETINGS
1st Tuesday following guild meeting
6:30 p.m.
Bolts in the Bathtub
723 West Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, California
Visitors Welcome!
FREE!!  AVQA Name Tag Patterns
Appliqued Poppy
Paper Pieced Poppy

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Completed Veterans Quilts Sent to Germany for Our Wounded Veterans
Upcoming Programs














AVQA meets at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 West Ave J, Lancaster, on the 2nd Thursday of each month, starting at 6:30 p.m. Please come join us.
Please remember to wear your name badge and AVQA pins.  Any borrowed books should be returned to the librarian.
NEXT BOARD MEETING:  
Tuesday, March 19th
6:30 p.m. at Bolts in the Bathtub
Visitors Welcome!

Apr 11     Longarm Presentation/Learn how to make quilts ready for quilter.
Aprt 13   Open Sew Workshop Cancelled
May 9      Quilt Show Preparation
May 11    Open Sew - Finish Quilt Show Projects
Jun 13    Norah McMeeking - Trunk Show
Jun 15    Norah McMeeking - South by Southwest Quilt Top


Next Meeting:  April 11
2018-2019 Membership Application
My love affair with textiles began at my grandmother's knee. She sewed on an old treadle machine until the belts wore thin! She made her own dresses and aprons as well as dresses and shirts for her six children. Frequently her scrap bag was full to overflowing. Dressmaking took a back seat and quilt block making took over. Enter five-year-old Dixie. The scrap bag was my favorite place to play. We were poor and my doll house consisted of a cardboard box
with cut out windows. I made the furniture from old match boxes. From the scrap bag came the curtains, bed covers, tablecloths and whatever else a well decorated house could need. I fashioned my dollies’ clothes and learned to use a needle and thread.


2019 Quilt Show Vendor Application
April Program - Dixie Bahr
Preparing Your Quilts for the Quilter!
Auction Entry Form
Fast forward to my teenage years. Money was tight. Together, my mother and I fashioned several prom dresses that were the envy of the rich girls and their store-bought gowns. When wedding bells were ringing, I made my bridal dress as well as the dresses of my six bridesmaids. At college, I finished my major classes (Psychology) by my junior year. During my senior year, just to earn credits, I wandered over to the department where - you guessed it - I took every textile class available; everything from color theory to weaving. 

Fast forward to my girls both being in school. I decided to try my hand at quilting. One quilt and I was hooked. I'm basically a self- taught quilter. I've learned by experimenting and doing and reading. Hundreds of quilts later, my grandmother's words still echo in my ears: "waste not, want not.” My favorite quilts are scrappy, both random and planned. The fabrics used are often repurposed from clothing - everything from t-shirts to favorite baby clothes to blue jeans to men's shirts. 

There is some scientific evidence that sleeping under weighted blankets enhances the quality of sleep, much the same principle as swaddling babies. There is no better "weighted" blanket than a quilt. If my quilts can provide warmth, a good night’s sleep and security as well as homespun beauty, I'm happy indeed.