Roundup Of Winning Quilts

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Brightly hued and intricately designed quilts that are sure to take your breath away with their beauty and creativity will be on display Oct. 6 through Oct. 8 at the Second Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Featured artist Sharon Schamber will have at least nine of her quilts on display at the event, which includes classes, a trunk show and vendors.

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Detail of "Sedona Rose," designed and quilted by Sharon Schamber. She won Best of Show for "Sedona Rose" at Hancock's of Paducah 2006 Show. Earlier in the year, Schamber's quilt "Scarlet Serenade" won Best of Show Gammill Longarm Machine Quilting Award at the International Quilt Festival. It is the first time anyone has won in both places with two different quilts.

"Sedona Rose," the quilt Schamber that won Best of Show at Hancock's of Paducah 2006 show will not be one of them.

Schamber received a $20,000 purchase award for "Sedona Rose."

"This is the first time we have let any quilt (of ours) be purchased."

It is hard for the Schambers to let the quilt, which represents more than two years of Sharon's life, go -- even though it is the "opportunity of a lifetime" to have "Sedona Rose" placed in the Museum of the American Quilter's Society's permanent collection.

Schamber spent more than 1,000 hours quilting with her long arm machine and six weeks adding 130,000 Savorkian crystals to balance the back of the quilt with its intricate front.

The quilt took more than two years to complete, including the design time.

Once Sharon finished "Sedona Rose" she gave it, as she does most of her quilts, to her husband Gene.

It was Gene's decision to give up the quilt.

"Thank God. I couldn't have made it," said Schamber, who likes to quilt and show, but not compete -- that is Gene's department.

Since the completion of "Sedona Rose," Schamber has written a book on applique with her daughter Cristy Fincher, which is expected to be published next spring.

New quilt designs fill Schamber's computer. A design has to be yelling "Make me!" before she starts to quilt, she said.

For now, she is falling in love with her new quilt with its many fleur-de-lis appliques. The appliques are in hues of deep blue-purple and gold, which Schamber hand-dyed.

Schamber is not the only award-winning artist at the Quilt Roundup.

Gina Perkes, a international award winner many times over for her embellished and wearable art, will have quilted pieces on display and teach a class on wall art and another on an embellished vest.

Beginning Thread Painting and Contemporary Quilt Design for Beginners using five colors and five shapes will be taught by Terry White.

A fun and informative lecture about fabric selection will be given by Lynn Kough. She will also teach the Border Sampler class.

Linda Matteotti will give both the beginning and intermediate Electric Quilt 5 software courses.

Piec-lique (machine applique), the technique Schamber invented, will be taught by her daughter, Christy Fincher.

Schamber credits piec-lique for many of her wins. The technique evolved from the tremors that plague her.

Women who have their own health issues such as arthritis are still able to quilt using this technique, Schamber said.

Planning the Quilting Design and Traditional Machine Quilting will both be taught by Schamber.

Quilting is the only field of art that is dominated and run by women who make a living teaching quilting, winning contests and running conventions according to Schamber.

For instance, there were 55,000 people in attendance when the International Quilter's Association Show was in Houston and the city took in more than $20 million.

The infant Quilt Roundup in Payson, though considerably more modest with 1,500 attendees, is considered very successful by its main sponsor, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

QUILT ROUNDUP

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

Where: Old Payson High School Gym at the corner of Longhorn and McLane

Cost: $2

For more information: Visit www.quiltroundup.com.

To enter: Call (928) 474-4515 or 800-672-9766 or e-mail: chamber@npgcable.com.

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