Creativity and attention to detail will send three talented Rim country ladies on the road to California in August, after having their quilts accepted to the very prestigious “Road to California” quilt show.
This is the largest quilt show in the west, Debbie Stanton said. She, along with Arleen Logan and Georgia Thorne, submitted their original creations to the judges and were accepted.
No strangers to quilt shows, this was the first time any of the three had submitted work to this particular show.
Five quilts were submitted; Stanton of Strawberry submitted one, and Star Valley neighbors Logan and Thorne each submitted two. Each is a unique look at life from the creator’s eyes.
Thorne created “Passion For Houses” and “Night Life,” each quilt combining a realistic view and an abstract view. “Passion” couples 11 elaborate houses with whimsical trees, bordered by stylized trees, and abstract windows and doors. This quilt has already won a first-place ribbon at the Arizona Quilters Guild Show held in Phoenix.
“Night Life” is a four-pointed star that is bordered with the phases of the moon and more abstract stars. Thorne says it is the design process that has kept her interest for the past seven years.
“The fabrics are always exciting, the colors and textures are inspiring to me,” she said.
The same thread of creativity runs through Stanton, whose “20th Wedding Anniversary Quilt” has been on display across the state. She took Best of Show in the Northern Gila County Fair, second place for Viewer’s Choice in the White Mountain Love of Quilts Show and was displayed in the Home and Family Show in Phoenix.
The nine blocks of the quilt each represents a different aspect of her 20 years of marriage to husband, John.
“From raising girls to raising dogs, it’s all in there,” Stanton said. Because Stanton does everything by hand, she’s in a different category than the other two women, whose works are machine quilted.
“This is the first time I ever made a quilt that was worthy of entering a juried show,” Stanton said.
In the past 18 years, Stanton said she may have completed 100 quilts, all-leading up to this one concept. The quilt is Hawaiian-style cutwork appliqué, Stanton said. The appliques she used were: a ring around the rosy block for the girls they raised; dogs; pine trees; hibiscus for Coronado where they lived for many years; pineapples because she made her first quilt in Hawaii and boats because she and John lived on a boat for many years. To border the quilt, she collected oak leaves of the Rim, using them as patterns to appliqué.
“Sew Much Fun” and “Logan’s Lair” are Logan’s entries to the show. Logan has three generations of hands to help quilt and inspire her creativity. Both her daughter and her granddaughter are avid quilters and her granddaughter did some of the machine quilting.
“It’s awesome work,” Logan said with pride.
“Sew Much Fun” is a crib-size quilt that will brighten any room. “Every bright-color fabric I could find is in it,” Logan said.
The smaller wall hanging of “Logan’s Lair” incorporates a photograph of her Star Valley home. She appliquéd trees, bushes and other elements to reflect the countryside home she enjoys.
Logan has won awards for other quilts, but these two are facing the judges for the first time.