Quilters Gather In Rim Country This Fall



Celebrating the art of quilting, the first-ever Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to Payson in November. 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.


Gina Perkes had the two top entries in the 2005 American Quilter's Society Exposition, held in August. She has only quilted for seven years, but has had prize-winning work for several years now. She will be sharing a technique to create specially quilted wall hangings at the Rim Country Quilt Roundup in November.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup is Nov. 3, 4 and 5. It 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.

There is room for about 200 students in the classes, with only 100 slots remaining. Registration will remain open until the 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. Classes with openings include:

  • Two beginning and two intermediate level classes in Electric Quilt 5 software (computer quilting), taught by Linda Matteotti on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 3 and 4, at 8:30 a.m. for beginning EQ5 and 1:30 p.m. for intermediate EQ5. Matteotti has been a quilting and needle arts instructor for the past 30 years. She currently teaches quilting at Mesa Community College. She has been teaching computer classes at the college level since 1989. 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 while she has only been quilting for about seven years, her work has been recognized at the state, national and international levels with awards.
  • Machine Quilting with Sharon Schamber, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, the same class will be held Friday, but it is filled, however, there is a waiting list available. Schamber has a long history in textiles, working as a designer and master pattern maker for deja vu/Time & 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 Pat Timms, Pfaff educator. Timms has been involved in the sewing machine business since 1978, opening a sewing machine and fabric store in New York state. Sewing dominates her life.
  • Beginning Thread Painting, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, with Terry White;
  • 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. White has been designing and making needlework most of her life, she has published more than 25 patterns in magazines and books.
  • Beating the Border Blues, lecture by Lynn Kough, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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., lecture by Sharon Schamber.

Two other classes, Piecelique, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, and Machine Applique, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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 along with quilting classes.

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

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. Quilts must be delivered to The Quilter's Outpost by Nov. 1.

The rules and entry form are available at www.quiltroundup.com.

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; the Mayor's Choice; the Rim Country Chamber of Commerce award; Viewers' 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.

The exhibit and vendors will be at the First Church of the Nazarene, at the corner of Highway 87 and Tyler Parkway in Payson. 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 and there will be raffles for other quilts, plus a Pfaff sewing machine. The raffle tickets are $1, or six may be purchased for $5.

Karen Housner will do quilt appraisals as part of the event. Housner, who lives in Gilbert, is the state's only quilt appraiser certified by the American Quilter's Society. She is active in the Arizona Quilters Guild, participating in the group for the past nine years and serving on the state board and in a variety of other capacities.

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

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


Vendors participating in the Quilt Roundup include:

35th Avenue Sew and Vac-Fabric World

Arlene Walsh Designs

Artistic Beadwear

Bolt Over

Cindy's Fabric Shack

Garry's Iron Works

Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations

Felicity's Fabrics

KLM Trade Company

M's Quilting Inspirations

Quilted Quickies

Paper & Metal Scrappers

Smith Stencils

Zoe's Trunk

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