Robson Ranch Material Girls resolve…

This quilt was made by Patty Foley.

This quilt was made by Patty Foley.

Bea Pressler, President, RRMG

It’s January, the month we make New Year resolutions and hope we keep them. Recently I heard a quilter repeating hers like a mantra. This is what I heard:

“I will not purchase any more fabric until I make three quilts from my stash. I will not spend more time sewing than I spend with my husband. I will not enter any stores where fabric is sold for at least one month. I will not buy another tool to help me cut fabric, mark fabric or supposedly organize my tools until I’ve used all of them I have stored in various bins. Oh look, Quilters Market is having a New Year sale and everything is half off! Well, I did make it to January 2; that’s worth some kudos, right?”

Another New Year has come and gone, and the Robson Ranch Material Girls are growing in numbers. With almost 60 members now we are bursting at the seams! Many members have taken classes over the past few months such as the Spicy Spiral Table Runner, Little Things, and an adorable Santa Hat Purse. We worked on sweatshirt jackets, Mock Mola, and the disappearing four-patch. Some of us practiced serger skills by making a crib sheet and head turbans. We are offering specific training on the long-arm including quilting feathers and pantograms. Members are encouraged to ask for training.

The January highlight for 16 of our members was our annual Quilting Retreat to Ritter Ranch in Sierra Vista: non-stop sewing if we wanted and all the comforts of home! Besides working on our own projects we managed to complete a few charity quilt tops. Our reservation is in for next year, of course!

As if that were not enough, we completed and donated over 40 pillowcases to local groups in the community. We completed 15 new lap quilts for the Eloy Seniors housed in the Senior apartments; our ongoing project is to continue to supply new residents there with lap quilts as new residents move in.

For those who are not familiar with the Robson Ranch Material Girls, here is a little about us. We welcome all residents and their house guests to join us. You can visit for two times before we collect your dues, which are $20 per year. With that money we purchase fabric and supplies to make comfort and charity quilts. Comfort quilts are given to our own Robson Ranch residents who have a serious illness or lose a spouse. Please contact Bea Pressler at 520-858-5379 if you know of someone you feel might need one. This year our charity is the Chemo Center, which one of our members had used a few years ago.

Our 2015 fundraiser is a queen-size quilt called Nature’s Jewels. We are selling tickets for it; stop by the CAC and see it. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Tickets can be purchased from us in the CAC Studio 2 or from Dottie Welsh at 520-705-1667 or Bea Pressler at 520-858-5379.