Renee’ joined us for the first time at the November Sew-in. Little did I know that her lanky 14 year old son who helped carry in her machine and considerable stash was not only a wrestler and baseball player, but also AN ACCOMPLISHED QUILTER! At the ripe old age of 13, he completed his fourth quilt--a full-sized Lone Star—a pattern which is a pretty good challenge to even an experienced adult quilter.
Andrew is a member of the Young Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Corona, a non-profit group for children ages 5 to 18, which not only promotes the art of quiltmaking, but fosters charitable giving as well. At our Show and Tell and sharing time, Renee’ wowed us with several beautiful quilts, all made by the kids in the guild. The guild membership is free, and all the materials, as well as the long-arm quilting, are donated. You can visit their web site at www.ypqg.org to see more, or contact the Young Piecemakers Quilt Guild at P.O. Box 77113, Corona, CA 92877, (951) 277-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have materials to donate to this great group—this is our future, and it is in good hands!
Ricki Bremer's love affair with teaching starting while teaching high school and junior high. Next came 29 years as a craft and quilt shop owner, and the publication of her first book, Simple and Sensational Purses from Placemats, now in its third printing. The second book, Dual Pursenalities followed. Later additions were the Private Eyes Nursing Apron, and her latest--a microwave hot bag pattern, The AAAhhsum Bag--which has been used exclusively at the massage booth at the Road to California Show. Ricki has continued to use her easy methods to bring the joy of sewing and quilting to beginners and others. She also loves to simplify things for those ready for more challenging techniques. The Fiber Arts Retreats, which she started in 2007 formerly through the Tall Mouse, are growing and expanding to new venues, and a new name--Fiber Qwest Retreats. Ricki aims to broaden the interest and opportunities to learn and play in all areas of fiber and the creative arts.