Below are photos of two 12 year old students, Grace and Ethan (parental permission was obtained to use their names), who were able to make weekly visits to Joanne Ramsperger's home to work on their quilts since school was suspended due to COVID-19. They both finished this month (August 2020) and both were allowed to use Joanne's long arm to finish their quilts! Joanne wanted their efforts to be recognized and shared. Thank you, Joanne, for your generosity and support.
Patsy Franko described her plans for our Community Service program this year. The main focus will be the Guild’s participation in Chino Valley Schools Sponsor a Student program. The person in charge of that program, Laurie Marley, Family Resource Specialist, was at our meeting and gave a detailed and impassioned presentation about the ongoing need to help homeless children living in Chino Valley. The need is great with 319 children (3-18 years old) classified as homeless in Chino Valley. The community can help in many ways by sponsoring a student, by providing needed items such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing, gift cards for local stores, money, etc. Our Guild is helping by providing quilts and pillowcases to those children in the program. Every month the program gives some type of item to the children, such as backpacks in August, coats in November, swimsuits and towels in May, etc. The quilts the Guild donates will be given out in February. Laurie will let the Guild know the age, gender and interests of the children, so members can make a quilt personalized for each student in the program. Members will be able to sign-up to make a quilt in September, once we know the number of students being sponsored and their age, gender and interests. Currently, 42 students are in the program.
Patsy introduced our guest speaker, Carolyn O'Bagy-Davis. Ms Davis is here from Tucson and is the author of several books. She is an anthropologist by training and has been studying and chronicling the traditions of Hopi quilting for over thirty years. During that time she has collected and extensively documented over one hundred of the Hopi quilts. Ms Davis' quilts are being donated to the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The presentation described how missionaries introduced quilting to the Hopi women. Their quilts are used in baby naming ceremonies , funeral shrouds, going away quilts as well as other ceremonial quilts.
The quilts are primarily hand pieced and hand quilted using whatever fabric was available. Many have a patchwork design, many are scrappy quilts and some feature a star, bird, or butterfly design. The quilts may also be hand painted and tied.
There are three mesas on the reservation and each one has their own distinct style. Quilts from the 2nd Mesa are influenced by their basket weaving tradition while quilts from the 1st Mesa are influenced by their pottery designs.
Carolyn said if you would like to visit the Hope reservation you should go to the 2nd Mesa Hotel and stop in at their Hotel shop. Mentioning that you are a quilter is a good conversation starter and, by all means, bring along some fabric to give to any Hopi quilter you meet. At the end of the presentation, there were original Hopi quilts, Hopi hand painted blocks, and many of Carolyn's books.
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Presented by Jo Ann Hankey
Programs, workshops, sew-ins and presentations in 2019.
December 10 General Meeting
Presented by JoAnn
Presented by Betty Jo McDonald
Post-meeting note: The workshop was fun and informative. We love our string bags!
Presented by Margaret Willingham, guest speaker
Presented by Patsy Franko
Post-meeting update: Members also brought in their quilts to be donated to the Stand Down Program for vets. In addition, Quilting Sisters brought in even more quilts for Stand Down program and more for the women's shelters. Thank you members!
Presented by Lucille Hurley
Presented by Patsy Franko
Post-meeting update: Members worked very diligently to duplicate Patsy's beautiful little tree. Although it was a simple enough pattern and everything was explained very well, most of us will be finishing our trees at home. The plan is for everyone involved to complete their tree and bring it to the August meeting for Show & Tell.
This was a fun workshop with lots of hard work but lots of smiles and chatting too. Thank you Patsy!
Guest presenters: students from Ash Fork High School