Quilt to support North Lake EMS

The High Desert Stitch Rippers donated a quilt that will be auctioned off in the next few months that will benefit the Norht Lake County EMS. 

In the spirit of support for North Lake EMS, the High Desert Stitch Rippers have crafted a quilt that will be raffled off in May. 

Tickets are being sold for $1 each or six for $5. Just 500 tickets are available. The drawing will take place on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the EMS building.

Tickets will be available at the Sage Hen Restaurant, where it is currently being displayed. It will then move to Patty Effingham’s bookkeeping office in the next coming weeks. Until the raffle ticket is pulled and rewarded to the lucky winner, it will make its way to several other local businesses and tickets will be available at that venue. 

The drawing will coincide with National EMS Week. The High Desert Stitch Rippers are looking to sell as many tickets as possible for the emergency services that respond to 911 calls throughout North Lake to help them purchase necessary equipment. 

The local quilt group took two years to create the quilt. Next year, the group looks to make one for the North Lake Soup Kitchen and one each year moving forward. With 30 squares crafted by the club members, Vicki Gibbs of Zabara’s Machine Quilting did the actual machine quilting. She took all the squares and after they are all made, they put the batting on the backing and put it all together to the final result. 

Each square is made with care, some featuring traditional patterns while others have appropriate images such as a fire truck, Dalmatian wearing a firefighter helmet sitting near a fire hydrant, an ambulance and other depictions of the County. The middle square reads “North Lake County EMS.” 

The Stitch Rippers meet every first and third Wednesday at the Christmas Valley Community Hall from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to work on their projects, enjoy lunch and discuss over any hot topics that come up in conversation. 

For more information, contact Tara Grassman at 541-410-6060 or Karen Smith at 541-576-2364. 

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