Quilts R Us will have a quilt showcase at the Matlacha Community Center Saturday, Feb. 22.
The group organized 22 years ago and has been quilting ever since. "We make these quilts for family and friends," Alica Tribbey said. "Each one of us also makes at least one quilt to give to F.I.S.H (Friendly Islanders Sending Help) for babies born here on the island with their Christmas stuff."
"I didn't start quilting until I quit work," she said. "My grandmother made quilts and I always admired my grandmother's quilts. When I mentioned this to one of my friends here on the island, I guess it was almost 20 years ago now, she brought me right down here. I had never quilted before but some of the ladies took me under their wing and helped me along. Since then it's taken over the house my husband wants his bookcases back."
From left, Marion Conaton, Diane Gonzalez, Renea Praught, Karen Daehn, Joan Richard, Cyndi Sauter, Christine Carlson, Nancy Sugarman and Alice Tribbey. Left to right back: Dolores Ambrose (president),?Camille Coulborn, Shelly Hinkle, Nan Morey, Cheryl Hendges, Chris Miley and Mary Leonard. ?
The show runs every other year. When the show ran in 2012 there were people lined up before the doors opened and the turnout was exceptional.
"I was flabbergasted by the response we had from the community," Dolores Ambrose, president of Quilts R Us, said.
The club meets every Tuesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Matlacha Community Center. The center is located at 4577 Pine Island Road, Matlacha.
For additional information, contact Ambrose at 283-4975 or Alice Tribbey at 283-3307.