Putting The Final Stitches In For Quilt Roundup

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Quilters from around the Southwest who plan to enter their quilts in the Second Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup are putting the final stitches in their masterpieces.

The Second Annual Rim County Quilt Roundup will be held Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6, 7 and 8 in the old gymnasium at Payson High School.

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Sharon Schamber is the featured quilt artist at the Second Annual Rim County Quilt Roundup. Her quilts have won in many shows including Best in Show at the 2006 American Quilter's Society Show.

Last year, 1,500 people attended the first Quilt Roundup.

"We had people from 11 states in classes and quilts from as far away as Alaska," said John Stanton, business coordinator for the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Quilt Roundup has been publicized through word of mouth and in national magazines, although, Stanton said, "We are mostly focused on the region -- New Mexico one way California the other and up to Colorado."

Show entries are free.

Forms can be found at www.quiltroundup.com.

"We have licensed judges coming, as well as Viewer's Choice. So, everyone who enters a quilt will get a critique," Stanton said.

Twenty-three prizes will be given away.

At one time, mothers and grandmothers taught their daughters to quilt by hand using scraps of muslin. Now, the art form has evolved from treadle machine to a new era of specialization.

"Some new machines you can do bobbin work with or you can do free motion. Their versatility makes quilting more precise and faster," said quilter Pat McNary.

The new technology extends to cutters, rulers, and sizes of threads and needles.

"The fine-tuning of all these different parts of the whole have made it into an art form," she said.

The back of a quilt is part of the art, too, but as it is not always possible to display both sides at once, volunteers are needed to turn quilts over for attendees' viewing pleasure.

These "white glove" volunteers will wear white gloves, so when they turn a quilt it stays clean.

To volunteer, contact Wilma Hitterman at (928) 474-2439.

Raffle quilts, quilts for sale and a merchant's mall full of unique quilt-related items are all part of the show.

Nationally known teachers will give a dozen workshops geared for beginning through advanced students.

Among them, Terry White will teach machine set-up, needles, stabilizer, threads, hooping, tension settings, as well as color blending and stitch techniques in her "Beginning Threadpainting" class. Piec-lique (machine appliqué) will be taught by Cristy Fincher. The graphic-intense class is designed for the average quilter who wants to move onto a higher level of work.

Show sponsorships and program advertising spaces are still available through the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at (928) 474-4515.

-- To reach Carol La Valley call 474-5251 ext. 122 or e-mail clavalley@payson.com.

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