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Quilters creations to be on display in Matlacha

By Staff | Feb 21, 2012

MEGHAN McCOY President Dolores Ambrose and Alice Tribbery stand in front of the Tree of Life, a quilt the ladies made 20 years ago to remember everyone they have lost. Every time a member of the club passes away, the women make a leaf that has the individual’s name written on it and add it to the other fallen leaves.

Quilts R Us, a club that was formed 20 years ago, will have a quilt showcase, free of charge, Feb. 25 at the Matlacha Community Center.

Alice Tribbery said they will hang some of the quilts and put others on display on tables for the community to enjoy during the show. She said she was really impressed by her girls when they held the first quilt show.

“It was really outstanding,” Tribbery said.

There were between 40-50 quilts on display at the first show, which she said will probably be about the same for this show.

The show will be held from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served to those who attend.

Tribbery said they will have a table set up next to their Tree of Life with a rose in a vase and a list of all those they have lost. Every time a member passes away, the women make a leaf and write the individual’s name on it and add it to the other fallen leaves.

“Everyone we have lost has a name on a leaf,” she said.

Many of the members of Quilts R Us took up the passion many years ago due to the creativity and relaxation of creating something for someone.

Jennifer Fox, who has been quilting since 1998, said she got started in the craft after she inherited quilts from her grandmother. She said one thing lead to another, which has continued to keep her interest in creating more quilts over the years.

“I love the creativity, fabric and colors,” Fox said why she enjoys quilting.

She said she is glad they are holding the quilt show because it is inspiring.

“This is a wonderful group, for me this one is the best,” Fox said. “There is a lot of sharing, knowledge and inspiration.”

Cyndi Sauter created her first skirt by hand when she was 8 years old. Ever since that first creation, she has stuck with creating quilts, along with sewing chocolates and houses.

The idea of sewing her first Valentine house came from seeing fabric at the store that she had to have with hearts on it. Sauter was almost done creating “Smores Way,” another creation of houses at the club’s weekly meeting.

The house’s shape is created by her sewing fabric to foam rubber.

“It’s relaxing,” she said, explaining why she creates them. “Everything gets made as I go along, there is no set plan.”

Her creations will be on display during the quilt show this weekend.

Another member who has made quilting a part of her life for many years is Jill Fleek. Her interest for quilting sparked 15 years ago.

“I like the artistic aspect,” she said of why she creates quilts, which mostly are given to family and friends.

Maxine Crispi said she is a fourth generation quilter. She said she remembers sitting on a stool next to her great-grandmother while sewing a piece of her quilt.

“I find that it’s peaceful,” she said about hand-quilting her creations.

Two women, who decided they wanted to start a quilt club for those in the community, formed Quilts R Us almost 20 years ago.

The women still gather at the Matlacha Community Center all these years later once a week.

The club meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Matlacha Community Center, located at 4577 Pine Island Road. Members are always encouraged to join the club, which provides a laid back atmosphere for all those who attend.

For additional information, contact president Dolores Ambrose at 239-283-4975 or Tribbey at 239-283-3307.

Quilts R Us, a club that was formed 20 years ago, will have a quilt showcase, free of charge, Feb. 25 at the Matlacha Community Center. Alice Tribbery said they will hang some of the quilts and put others on display on tables for the community to enjoy during the show. She said she was really impressed by her girls when they held the first quilt show. “It was really outstanding,” Tribbery said. There were between 40-50 quilts on display at the first show, which she said will probably be about the same for this sho.