Mondays through Thursdays are regular production days for a special quilting group operating out of the basement of Payette’s historic St. James Episcopal Church.
Many of the quilters’ numerous donations help to provide warmth and comfort to people at moments when they are especially vulnerable — such as when they’ve just been involved in a motor vehicle accident. The recipient could also be a child arriving with her mom at a domestic violence shelter without any of her possessions from home.
The Ripper Quilt Club, which was started in 2012, traces its ancestry to about a dozen years earlier, when co-founder Richell Kekelis was owner and operator of a quilting shop in Baker City.
One day, Kekelis’ then-school-age grandchildren came to her with a plaintive, urgent request: make some warm garments for an impoverished family the grandkids had been observing walking to school withou...