In the Northern New Mexico Village of El Rito, the El Rito Quilters' Guild has been meeting at the El Rito Public Library for over eleven (11) years, stitching hundreds of warm, comforting, beautiful quilts.
These hand-made pieces vary from wall-art to baby-size to couch throws, all the way to full-size, giant bed covers. Every quilt is given away to a wide range of receipients. We meet at our local self-supporting public library, so some go the annual library fundraisers. The world provides a never-ending stream of relief causes near and far, from the recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan to Habitat for Humanity, to people in our local communities who have lost their homes or experienced a medical crisis. Sometimes our quilts are made to celebrate more joyous occasions, like the many lovingly stitched for weddings or new babies.
Women of all backgrounds and skill levels participate enthusiastically - some award-winning fabric artists, some who can sew up a baby quilt in a day, some who learn new techniques at every meeting, and happily pass them on to the next beginner.
"How did I get to be 60 years old and not know that thread has a front and a back end"?
"Oceans of Peacocks" - a perfect name!
"I'm late, I can't stay, I just had to come for a quick minute to be with you."
"For me, quilt-making is prayer-making."
The quilters group is a refuge, a fellowship, a sangha, a support group - lots of that - a voter education group, a weekly news bulletin board. "Their home was a total loss? We better make them a quilt," and all-around Tips for Living forum.
Our fabric is mostly donated, our expenses are few (new batting, shipping). The satisfaction is priceless!
If you would like to join the El Rito Quilers Guild, please contact some of the following person(s):
Viki Edwards - 575-581-4744
Sally McDaniel - 575-581-4680
Kathleen Vanderbrook - 575-581-4597
Susie Lopez - 575-581-4786
Carol Martin-Davis - 575-581-4609
Lynn Nequin - 575-581-4646