Quilters Rendezvous Under Mogollon Rim

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Celebrating the art of quilting, the first-ever Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to Payson Nov. 3, 4 and 5. Now is the time to register for classes and enter quilts in the show's exhibit.

"We've talked about having a quilters' rendezvous in the Rim Country for several years," said John Stanton, chair of the event. "The plans for the quilt roundup have been in the works since late 2003," he said.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup will feature a well-rounded selection of classes taught by noted experts from around the country. An exhibit of quilts and a vendors mall will also be part of the festivities.

The designated room holds about 200 students for classes, and only 100 slots are remaining. Registration will continue until classes are filled, but Sept. 30 is the deadline for entering a quilt in the exhibit.

Classes will be held at different locations around Payson and have different fees for the kits being used. Those with openings include:

  • Beginning and intermediate level classes in Electric Quilt 5 software (computer quilting) taught by Linda Matteotti Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4. The beginners' class meets at 8:30 a.m., and intermediate at 1:30 p.m. Matteotti has been a quilting and needle arts instructor for the past 30 years. She currently teaches quilting at Mesa Community College. Her approach to teaching includes exercises to give students confidence in using the software.
  • Landscape Collage, taught by Gina Perkes, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4. Perkes is a resident of Payson, and her work has been honored at the state, national and international levels.
  • Machine Quilting with Sharon Schamber, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. (The Friday class is filled, however, there is a waiting list available.) Schamber has worked as a designer and master pattern maker for Deja vu/Time and Eternity Fashions of Scottsdale for more than 20 years. She does both traditional and art quilts.
  • Serger Sampler Quilt, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with Pfaff educator Pat Timms. Timms has been involved in the sewing machine business since 1978, opening a sewing machine and fabric store in New York state.
  • Beginning Thread Painting, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, with Terry White. White has been designing and making needlework most of her life, she has published more than 25 patterns in magazines and books.
  • Creating Embroidery on the Machine, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, with Pat Timms.
  • The Living is Easy, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, with Terry White.
  • Beating the Border Blues, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, lecture by Lynn Kough. Kough has been a quiltmaker since 1965 and is known for her work in color and design. Her award-winning quilts have been seen in guild, gallery and national shows.
  • My Work Room is a Dive, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, lecture by Sharon Schamber.

Two other classes -- Piecelique from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and Machine Appliqué from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday -- both with Cristy Fincher, are closed, but waiting lists are available. Fincher has been sewing all her life; she learned from her mother. She teaches third grade as well as quilting classes.

To register for a class, visit www.quiltroundup.com, stop by The Quilter's Outpost at 904 N. Beeline Highway, or contact John Stanton at (928) 970-1442.

The exhibit and vendors will be at First Church of the Nazarene, at the corner of Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Admission to the exhibit is $2 per person. Some of the display quilts will be for sale. Other quilts will be raffled, as will a Pfaff sewing machine. Raffle tickets are $1, or six may be purchased for $5.

Prizes for the show include: Best Quilt for a first-time entrant, Best Machine Quilt, Best Hand Quilted, Best Use of Color, Pioneer Award to Best Scrap Quilt, Best Use of Threadplay, Mayor's Choice, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce award, Viewer's Choice awards for best of show and first-, second- and third-place ribbons in each of the four categories. Money awards of $100 will be made to the "best of" entries in all but the Threadplay category, in that division the award is $50.

Karen Housner of Gilbert will do quilt appraisals as part of the event. Housner is the state's only quilt appraiser certified by the American Quilter's Society.

To have a quilt appraised, sign up at The Quilter's Outpost, 904 N. Beeline Highway, or contact Housner at gotquilts@cox.net.

Pfaff instructor Pat Timms will host a "Trunk Show" from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at The Quilter's Outpost. She will be showing a number of projects she has created over the years.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup Quilt Show is open to all entries on a first-come basis, and no entry fee is required. The deadline to submit an entry form for the show is Friday, Sept. 30. Entries must be delivered to The Quilter's Outpost by Nov. 1.

The rules and entry forms are available online at www.quiltroundup.com For more information, contact John Stanton at (928) 970-1442.

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