Quilt Roundup Debuts This Weekend

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The first Rim Country Quilt Roundup, which takes place Nov. 3 through Nov. 5, is an event that organizer John Stanton believes will become a Rim Country fixture.

It will be staged in various locations in Payson.

The actual show is at First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, while the headquarters will be located at The Quilter's Outpost, 904 N. Beeline Highway. Classes will be held at a variety of locations.

Stanton, whose wife Debbie is a quilter, believes the show will be a big success, in part because quilting is so popular in the Rim Country.

"This little bitty town in the middle of central Arizona has got two of the finest quilters in the U.S. -- Gina Perkes and Sharon Schamber," Stanton said. Not to mention a host of very active quilting groups.

But there's another reason Stanton believes the event will be successful -- the staying power of quilts:

"Quilts have been made for a millennia, but it is a part of the Americana tradition for quilts to be made of scrap pieces that you put together.

"It's something that you can pass down through the generations, and when you look at a quilt, you're not just looking at it for today or the next week or so. You're looking at your kids and your grandkids and things like that.

"I have a quilt that was done by my great-grandmother, and the idea that I'm going to pass it to my kids -- that's five generations -- to me is important."

In all, Stanton expects about 150 quilts from around the United States. Some will simply be on display, and some will be competing for $550 in cash prizes and other awards.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 for adults; children under 12 will be admitted free.

Classes, lectures and a free trunk show will also be held in conjunction with the Quilt Roundup. Call or stop by The Quilter's Outpost, (928) 468-6360, for more information on class availability.

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