Works Of Art

Quilting has evolved from utility to showpiece

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The 100-plus quilts on display June 8, 9 and 10 in Pine are not the utilitarian patchworks of yesteryear. They are works of art.

The Strawberry Patchers will hold the 11th Annual Quilt Show June 8, 9 and 10 in the cultural hall of the Pine Community Center. More than 100 quilts are expected, and this year, for the first time, the exhibit will include wearable quilted work, said show chair Kathy MacCleary.

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This year's raffle quilt is titled, "Arizona in All Her Glory."

The quilts entered in show come from all over the state, with the majority made by Rim Country quilters and quilt groups. There will even be an entry from Michigan, MacCleary said.

Members of the Strawberry Patchers will be available to answer questions about the quilts on exhibit, she said.

Once again, the Strawberry Patchers will have certified quilt appraiser Karen Housner available to give appraisals for $40 per quilt, by appointment. To make an appraisal appointment, call MacCleary at (928) 472-4410.

There will be a daily demonstration of the old-fashioned treadle sewing machine by Wilma Hitterman, who is a part-time Rim Country resident.

The show will have a display on the stage area of the cultural hall, featuring the opportunity (raffle) quilts the Strawberry Patchers made for its 2006 show and the Arizona Quilt Guild.

The show will again include the Strawberry Patchers' Berry Patch Boutique, featuring quality hand-made items -- including quilts -- to purchase. Buyers will find merchandise starting at only $5.

Tickets for a quilt raffle will also be on sale -- one for $1 or six for $5. This year's raffle quilt is called "Arizona in All Her Glory."

The show will have vendors both in the exhibit hall and the Pine Library annex building behind the cultural hall. They will be selling quilt goods, kits and patterns, plus jewelry and hand balm.

Proceeds from the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show are used to benefit nonprofit groups and organizations in the Pine and Strawberry communities, such as the school reading program, the Pine-Strawberry firefighters and Tonto Search and Rescue.

Admission is $2 per person and attendants will get to select the prize-winning quilts at the show.

Doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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