Chapter Reports: Red Rock Quilters

2016 Reports

October 2016

Our September meeting was a welcome back to everyone after summer vacation. Some of us returned from trips outside the heat of Arizona and some of our northern members won’t return until next month or in November.

We began work on our every two year 2017 Quilt Fest earlier this year with a design and construction of an opportunity quilt. The quilt, Tracks in the Desert, was unveiled at our meeting. Over 30 of our members spent numerous hours in design, piecing, applique and quilting of the spectacular piece of art. In fact, its first public showing in early September was at the Sedona Arts Center, a local gallery!
The photo shows only a portion of the members who worked on it. The photo of the quilt shows the detail in all the animals and the intricate quilting. Special thanks and credit to Diana Upp for the long weekend hours she spent on her long arm. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets, the quilt will be at the AQG Fall Meeting.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the RED ROCK QUILTERS QUILT FEST on May 6, 2017, at the Quilter’s Store in Sedona. Updates will be posted in the AQG Chatter.
Red Rock Quilters are celebrating our 30th anniversary of Sharing and Caring. Our Board gave us pins to mark the occasion. The pin was designed by one of our own, Marcia Bickford, the lovely lady seen here. We will be offering the pin in the photo for sale at our Quilt Fest in May 2017. We are sure it will become a collectible!!!Our September meeting was a welcome back to everyone after summer vacation. Some of us returned from trips outside the heat of Arizona and some of our northern members won’t return until next month or in November.

We began work on our every two year 2017 Quilt Fest earlier this year with a design and construction of an opportunity quilt. The quilt, Tracks in the Desert, was unveiled at our meeting. Over 30 of our members spent numerous hours in design, piecing, applique and quilting of the spectacular piece of art. In fact, its first public showing in early September was at the Sedona Arts Center, a local gallery!

The photo shows only a portion of the members who worked on it. The photo of the quilt shows the detail in all the animals and the intricate quilting. Special thanks and credit to Diana Upp for the long weekend hours she spent on her long arm. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets, the quilt will be at the AQG Fall Meeting.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the RED ROCK QUILTERS QUILT FEST on May 6, 2017, at the Quilter’s Store in Sedona. Updates will be posted in the AQG Chatter.

Red Rock Quilters are celebrating our 30th anniversary of Sharing and Caring. Our Board gave us pins to mark the occasion. The pin was designed by one of our own, Marcia Bickford, the lovely lady seen here. We will be offering the pin in the photo for sale at our Quilt Fest in May 2017. We are sure it will become a collectible!!!

Our September program was a trunk show by one of our members, Patsy Kittredge. You may recognize this photo of her quilt, “Morning in St. Mark’s Square”. It won the 2010 Hall of Fame Award and took second place at Road to California. Patsy is shown here with her two daughters, Jenny and Callie, who were the models for the quilt. They also were Patsy’s helpers during the program to hold her quilts. She showed the amazing journey she has taken as a quilter, from simple hand sewn quilts for her daughters to award winning art quilts that look like paintings in a museum.

We are so lucky to have so many talented quilters in our group and to see the immense variety and styles of quilts that they make.

 


 

September 2016

Summer was a quiet time for us since we do not have business meetings in June - August. However, every June, our informal meeting is to work on one of our service projects. Many years, we have made clothing protectors for a local assisted living facility, Sedona Winds.

This year, with the expert organization of Winnie Wells, a group of us gathered with sewing machine, cutting mats, rotary cutters and lots of fabric to make pillowcases for Camp Soaring Eagle. As you can see in the photo, we made over 70 pillowcases.

We featured an article about Camp Soaring Eagle in the special Charity issue of AQG Chatter earlier this year. Camp Soaring Eagle is an organization that gives camping experiences to seriously ill children and their families. We provide a quilt for the child who is ill at a closing ceremony. When we saw how the siblings of the child felt somewhat left out of the ceremony, we started making pillowcases for them. We provide about 40 quilts and 100 pillowcases for the two camps held each summer.

Three other photos show many of members who make quilts all year for Camp Soaring Eagle and the front and back of one of the recently completed quilts.

All of the groups for which we make quilts hold a special place in the hearts of Red Rock Quilts.


August 2016

May was our last formal meeting before summer vacation. Many of our members leave Sedona for their summer home and return in the fall, as well as the members who take the opportunity to travel. It is a time to work on service project and just quilt for us.

May is always our first potluck social event of the year, the second being in December. Our hospitality chairs, Theresa Frank and Barbara Lewis always come up with an entertaining “game” for us to get to know each other better. This time, Theresa, was in charge, while Barbara was vacationing in France and the East Coast. We divided up into smaller groups and then learned something about one of the other members that no one else would know. A lot of unknown secrets were divulged!!!!!

Here are some happy photos of everyone sharing secrets and waiting for the wonderful food that was served. We will miss seeing each other during the summer, but look forward being back together in September. Like the old song, See You in September, first recorded by the Tempos in 1959, but made famous by the Happenings in 1966, when it reached #3 (according to Wikipedia).

 


 

May 2016 

No April showers for the AQG Spring Meeting in Sedona. Along with Quail Country and Dusty Desert, we hosted the meeting. Many months of preparation resulted in a spectacular meeting.

The raffle baskets made by Quail Country and Red Rock Quilters were spectacular. They set a new record for money raised. Five of the baskets were won by our members: Veronica S, Alexis L, and Cynthia S, plus Darlene M and Cheryl S. We also had a record number of our members attend an AQG meeting. Here are shots of many of them at the meeting, including our greeters, Maggie C, Patsy K, Lorrie P and Karin S. Our Row by Row challenge entry, reflecting the southwest, was done by a group led by Eunice H.

A big thank you to every RRQ member who volunteered for the Spring Meeting. Special thanks to Raffle Basket committee, headed by Margaret G and aided by Cynthia S, Marjorie H, Lynda S, Karen B, Winnie W and Sherry S; Eunice H for designing the centerpiece and assistance by Marcia B and Pat L in their construction; Raffle ticket sellers Liz M, Marcia B, Sherry S, Jackye C, Cindy R and Linda W. Our fearless leaders, Mike B and Cynthia S for their leadership, problem solving, teamwork with AQG, Quail Country and Dusty Desert and Mike’s taste in tablecloths.

Thanks to all 180 AQG members who made the trek to Sedona for the meeting. Someone from Phoenix told us that they now know how far we have drive and how early we leave to attend the meetings in Phoenix. Finally, our April meeting was spent making block for two Quilts of Valor. These are samples of the many beautiful blocks that were made.

 


 

February 2016

Our new Board took their offices in January. In the photo, they are from left to right: Margaret G (Secretary 2nd year), Mike B (Co-President 2nd year), Lynda S (Co-VP/ Programs 2nd year), Cynthia S (Co-President 1st year), Janice C (Co-VP/Programs 1st year) and Janet W (Treasurer 1st year). Diana U (Newsletter 4th year) was absent. We are very thankful that all these ladies volunteered to lead our group this year.

For our January program, members were invited to bring one of their first quilts, one of their recent quilts and to share their quilting journey. No one wanted photos of their first quilts, although all of them represented the maker’s desire to become a quilter. Some referred to their first attempts as “pastel wimps”. The photos show only a small sample of the amazing, wonderful, gorgeous recently made quilts that were shown. We have such a talented group here in Sedona, making quilts with many techniques.

Activities for the AQG Spring Meeting, April 9, at the Elks Club in Sedona, are well underway. The raffle baskets are being designed around our region here in Sedona and Cottonwood. Quail Country Quilters are sharing this responsibility with us. It will be worth coming to the meeting just to have a chance to win a raffle basket or one of the very amazing centerpieces!!

Finally, we launched the planning for our biannual Quilt Fest, which will take place in 2017. This event is an opportunity to share our love of quilting with community and to raise funds for our charity projects. It will take place at the Quilter Store Sedona, our partner for the show. Debbie M and Anne U, graciously volunteered to be co-chairs of this important event. They will stay busy on this while also being our Membership co-chairs. Stay tuned for the date and more information on Quilt Fest 2017.

 


 

January 2016

Our guild ended the year as we have been doing all year with donations to the various service projects, which we support. Lots of our members made ornaments, table runners, calendars, wall hangings, stockings and other holiday items for the Marine Corps League Boutique at the Festival of Trees in Sedona, December 3-6. This is a festival that we have supported for several years. This year, our boutique items brought a record amount of sales. Our donation will be used to help fund a scholarship to a Red Rock High School student and to support Sedona Elks, Boy Scouts, the Sedona Public Library and other organizations throughout northern Arizona. Thanks to Karen B, Winnie W, Lynda S, Cynthia R, Dorothy and Claude W, Anne U and Vickie B for pricing and manning our booth and to all the Red Rock quilters who made items for the booth.

We were asked by the Village of Oak Creek Library to provide some quilts for their new location. The quilts will be decorative as well as providing some sound adsorption. One of the quilts has a library in the center with houses representing our community around it. Eunice H spearheaded the activity to make these two quilts.

Finally, another quilt was finished and donated for the Quilts of Valor project which is an ongoing effort for our guild. This month, Donna S, presented her Quilt of Valor. Donna is an active quilter for many of our service projects.

We did find time at our last meeting to elect new officers for our Board and to have a wonderful potluck with amazing food, as usual. The AQG Spring Meeting will be held in Sedona on April 9. The planning has started with Quail Country Quilter and Dusty Desert Quilters. Hope to see you all there!

 

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