Chapter Reports: Rippers
Our outgoing program ladies wanted the Rippers to do a special project - Red, White, and Blue Stars. They were paper pieced and ready for the 4th of July. Great job program ladies and thanks for all your enthusiasm over your term of office.
The Rippers made small credit card wallets with a unique clasp. All had different designs and reconfigured the inside to their own needs. An awesome project enjoyed by many.
The Rippers are doing their own row by row project. We were asked to make a geometric row by row, so simple for everyone. Probably have 10 ladies participating and we're to have the projects done for our Thanksgiving party in November. The theme was to be decided by each member participating. We are to use each of the patterns from those participating. Should be fun to see the end products. Will send pictures! And prizes will be given at the party!
After hearing about the Orlando shooting, the Rippers are making rainbow quilts for the Orlando Quilt Guild. They plan to present the quilts to the victims and families of those involved. One of our members brought her granddaughter, Kendall to help. So a quilter in the making. Kendall was very enthusiastic and kept asking for more ways to help. She even helped sew some of the hearts at home with her grandmother. Will have the quilts ready to send to Orlando by the middle of September.
Our co- program chairs, Dawn Funkhouser and Ruth Guinn have had four years of very clever and creative projects to keep us busy at our sewing machines. This is their last year serving as Patty Friesz will be taking over as the new quilting year begins. However, there are still three projects that are due at the end of this year.
First is a geometric row-by-row in which participants design a row-by-row using a geometric design, then create a pattern to be shared with the other participants. We can't wait to see what kind of quilts will be produced from this endeavor. The second project is to create an item inspired by a childhood experience. This can be anything of their choice, not restricted to a quilt. They really make us put on our thinking caps! The final project is a Christmas stocking exchange. Anyone who makes a stocking will receive a stocking. We all make similar items, but the fun part is to see how each person adds her own creativity to the project that makes them all different. Last year we all made paper-pieced Christmas trees, but they all looked so different because of how they were embellished. Really added to the festivities of the party. We are looking forward to what Patty has in store for us.
On February 10th Rippers celebrated its 14th year as a chapter in AQG. Our chapter was formed by a small group of 19 charter members on September 25, 2002. Only three of the charter members remain: Marilyn Longfield, Inge Van Dervoort and Jean Abbott. Now we have 44 members!
After our regular business meeting the celebration began. This year our birthday party was cleaverly planned by Dawn Funkhouser and Rosalie Roman. The theme,”Welcome to the pond,” reflected our mascot, a frog. She decorated the tables with place settings consisting of a pincushion frog sitting on a hot pad water lily with a mini flower pincushion stuck in a spool of thread. Rosalie made all the frogs and Jeri Meacham machine embroidered “Rippers 2016” on all the lily pads. The center of each table had a pond like centerpiece which consisted of cattails that held a fat quarter (another gift for each of us) which was a total surprise to everyone. After our potluck lunch we enjoyed cake decorated with this same theme, so cute.
During show and tell these ladies displayed their quilts taught by Dawn Funkhouser during last month's project day, a Valentine heart quilt: Judy Shehanian, Joan Waltz, Suzanne Melching, Paulette Smith and Jeri Meacham. The quilts were made by fusing two red fabrics together, cutting out the heart shapes and placing them in a heart shape on a quilted whole cloth. Then the little hearts were stitched down the middle to hold them in place. A very cute idea.
It's always fun to join the AZ Rippers crowd in the fall. It's a renewal for winter visitors and residents alike.
We always have fun at our annual Thanksgiving potluck. This year a few of us participated in the Mulqueen's Fat Quarter challenge. Those who entered had such cleaver ideas for their projects. Everyone voted on who had the best use of the fabric including Pam from Mulqueen's. It was unanimous that Paulette Smith was the winner. Patty Friesz and Ruth Guinn were second and third place.
At Christmas time we provide quilts for a needy family selected by the park where we meet. This year we donated eight quilts to a single mother of seven children. Our Christmas brunch featured a tiny hand crafted quilted Christmas tree exchange and a hilariously memorable rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas by Barbara Davenport and a friend and two raw chickens. Months ago some of us took the challenge to make a quilt using the three items from the Clue game as inspiration. There were several very creative interpretations of "who dunnit," where and with what. Winners were Patty Friesz, Susan Casey and Paulette Smith. We also hosted a Trunk Show and class by Pat Knoechel. Everyone had a great time.
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