The Tumbler Ridge Rippers Quilt Guild take part in Quilt Canada’s 2017 Big Quilt Bee

Cheryl Hayden

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday the Canadian Quilter’s Association is hosting Canada’s Big Quilt Bee. The goal is to make and donate 1000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.

The Tumbler Ridge Guild is in the process of completing six quilt tops that will be forwarded to Quilt Canada. Each slab block in the quilts must incorporate at least one piece of the special Canada 150 fabric. The Guild purchased the required fabric and members and friends of the Guild have donated their time, thread, and fabric in putting together the blocks required for each quilt top.

The Tumbler Ridge Rippers Quilt Guild is an active group consisting of ten members within our community who offer recreational opportunities within a learning environment. Members enjoy mentoring new and seasoned quilters with tips, ideas and new and better ways of completing your quilting projects.

The Guild is self sustaining and receives no assistance other than donated fabric which mostly comes from Guild members. The Guild uses their membership fees to purchase batting, backings, pay locker fees and membership dues. The average cost to make a quilt is between $200 to $500.

The Guild is constantly working to complete warm heart quilts or comfort quilts that are donated back to assist the community and has sponsored a number of groups in town by supplying them with quilts to raffle for fundraising purposes, such as; Health Center Foundation, Bras for Cancer, Philippine Hurricane victims, Tumbler Ridge Secondary School (TRSS) Basketball Team, Success by 6, TR Cares, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary and several fundraisers to support citizens for medical reasons.

The Guild has donated quilts to the Oncology Department in Dawson Creek to be given to patients who are fighting cancer, Tumbler Ridge’s Safe Home, Tumbler Ridge’s New Years baby, Canada Post, and TR Cares van to give residents a little extra warmth when traveling for medical reasons, and to Fort McMurray displaced fire victims. The Guild gave away a total of 18 quilts in their last season of quilting.

We welcome new members or drop ins. We meet Mondays at 1:00 – 4:00 pm, Wednesdays at 6:30 – 8:30 pm and on occasional weekends for new learning opportunities, and quilting bees to complete warm heart quilts. For more information please contact Gail Neumann at 250-242-3135 or Cheryl Hayden at 250-242-4839.