Our name comes from the “maverick” block, the one block in a quilt that isn’t like any other one, but that works within the overall quilt pattern. The group began with four quilters over late night coffee at Border’s Book store. The original meeting place, Common Threads quilt shop, was on Main Street in Mesa, which explains the original name: Main Street Mavericks. Early meetings were also held at the Mesa Southwest Museum, which is also on Main Street.
As we grew, meetings moved to Hatton Hall in Tempe and the street was dropped from the name, which became simply “The Mavericks.” Our membership has grown from the founding four to more than 50 in 2014. Member’s diversity has contributed to our success. of Mavericks members professional backgrounds include teaching, nursing, engineering, software design, safety consulting, video producing and writing. Many professional artists are members, including fiber artists, painters, garment designers and quilt makers. Members come from the Phoenix metro area, and from northern and southern Arizona to attend monthly meetings. The Mavericks is a chapter of the Arizona Quilter’s Guild (AQG), a statewide organization.
We have at least one gallery show each year, which arises from our annual design challenges. Monthly meeting activities include workshops and lectures by Mavericks members, local professional artists, or instructors from ASU and community colleges. Recent meetings have covered:
- Working with yarns and other weaving material
- Round table workshops
- Illustration and design
- Community art projects
Members’ quilting accomplishments include publication of books on quilt making and techniques, teaching, both nationally and internationally, displaying award winning quilts in local and national shows and galleries, and participation in local and nationwide “Artist in Residence” programs.
Members of the group are available for commission work, lectures and teaching, and many offer a wide range of original work for sale.
For information about the group or members’ work contact:
Barb Wills (928)-445-2796, e-mail.