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Dublin Rippers Reception

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Reception

At least 40 people attended the opening reception for the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit on July 6th. I got so busy talking I forgot to take pictures, so imagine our 40 visitors (at least), a table full of nice cheeses, fruit, and crackers, and a white and purple cake with deliciously sweet icing.

Many thanks to Lori LaRue of Tarleton’s Fine Arts Center and Tarleton’s catering crew for their fine work in welcoming us all and cutting such large slices of cake.

The Dublin Rippers left with big smiles on our faces. We met some people for the first time, reconnected with others, and enjoyed time with family and friends.

In other Dublin Rippers news, Ashley Inge, managing editor of the student-run Texan News Service at Tarleton State University, interviewed me about our exhibit. Here’s her article or you can click on the image at left.

And if you missed the reception, here are some more photos from the show:

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Reception

Donna Timmons made a wall hanging-sized quilt with these cute appliqued horny toads, or horned lizards, if you want to be more correct about it. They are from a pattern called “Horned Toad” by designer Susan Cranshaw.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Reception

Peggy DeLaVergne’s son Austin has loved to draw since he was just a little guy. Peggy preserved some of his drawings in embroidery and made a very cute quilt with them. Here are some animals he drew when he was around five years old. Now he’s in college, studying art.

My husband Charles knapped the spear points I used on the mini-quilt on the right-hand side of the photo below. Flint or chert tools are sharp, so I made a polymer clay surround for each one. Handmade spear points are a great conversation starter.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Reception

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Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

The Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit is the work of a group of five friends who get together once a week for quilting and crafting. We’ve picked our favorite quilts to display at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Gallery, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, through August 3, 2018.

You might be tempted to say “This is not your grandmother’s quilting.” The Dublin Rippers might reply, “Oh, this is definitely your grandmother’s quilting, and she was a lot more amazing than you realized.”

The group has been together since the early 2000s, and has been through changes as some members moved or passed away, and new members joined. I started showing up every week in 2011 (I think), when the group included Peggy DeLaVergne, the founder of the Rippers, Donna Timmons, our host, Hazel Ashcraft, and Sonja Banister.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

The Dublin Rippers’ work reflects the larger quilt community, not only in our range of styles, but in the purpose we put our quilts to. Members make quilts for home, family and friends, group exchanges and raffles, for everyday use, and for art exhibits.

If you can, come and see the work of my friends Hazel Ashcraft and Donna Timmons, who carefully select patterns and add their personal style and color choices to make quilts that comfort family and friends. Hazel’s quilts are in the photo at the beginning of this post, and a detail from Donna’s hexie garden quilt, is at left.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

Enjoy Sonja Banister’s work, which she offers for sale in her etsy.com shop, TwoOldeYoyos. I’m the very happy owner of two of Sonja’s flower basket quilts, at right. Tarleton featured her Texas-themed quilt in a press release for the exhibit.

When you visit the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit, you’ll see African-inspired quilts and more, by Peggy DeLaVergne, whose work has been honored with a solo exhibit at the annual International Quilt Festival in Houston. Peggy’s bulls-eye sunflower quilt, below, fills me with joy whenever I see it.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

My own knitted, embellished quilts have been honored with a solo exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in Houston and Chicago. You’ll see them and the doily-inspired quilts from my Celebrate Doilies exhibit (below).

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

We are joined in this show by Elaine Fields Smith, author and ambassador for the 70273 Quilt Project. The double red xs on her quilt at left are meant to make people aware of the 70,273 people murdered by the Nazis in the 1940s, because they were mentally or physically disabled. From the website “The 70273 Project” we learn:

Though they never even laid eyes on the disabled person they were evaluating, the Nazi doctors read the medical files and, if from the words on the page, the person was deemed “unfit” or an “economic burden on society,” the doctor placed a red X at the bottom of the form. Three doctors were to read each medical file, and when two of them made a red X on the page, the disabled person’s fate was sealed. Most were murdered within hours.

For information about how you can take part in the 70273 Project, visit the 70273 website.

Scenes from the Dublin Rippers Quilt Exhibit

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Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

The Town ‘n Country Quilt Guild’s biennial quilt show, Threads of Texas, is over for 2016. I imagine there are some members still recovering from organizing and staffing this wonderful exhibit.

My friend Peggy and I sold tickets for four hours. We met lots of people eager to see the quilts, shop for supplies and gifts, and have a little lunch.

Along with our friends Hazel and Donna from the weekly Dublin Rippers bee, we entered several quilts in the show. We laughingly considered changing our name temporarily to “The Ribbon Ladies,” because between us, we won a total of ten or eleven ribbons!

Afternoon won a blue ribbon (first place) in the category “Other Techniques—Small.” I posted in-progress photos of Afternoon earlier in this blog.

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

You’ll also find some blog posts about Red Vases, which won second place in the same category. Same for Antelope Horns, coming in at third place.

I haven’t written about Crochet Comets yet (but I will!). It is my first quilt made from quilting fabric, and it’s embellished with doilies. Crochet Comets and Red Vases won merit ribbons for embellishment.

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

Peggy has already planned what she’s going to sew for Threads of Texas 2018. I’m not sure what I’m going to enter, but I am sure looking forward to it!

Threads of Texas Quilt Show 2016

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