Pine Quilting Partners Are A Winning Pair

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Debbie Stanton and Monika Hancock of Pine have worked together on several quilts over the years. Last year, the two teamed up on their first quilt for competition and premiered it at the Rim Country Quilt Roundup in October.

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Debbie Stanton and Monika Hancock of Pine took second place for machine quilting in the American Quilter's Society International Quilt Expo in Nashville in August.

Since then, it has won several ribbons. Most recently, the quilt took second place for machine quilting at the International Quilt Expo in Nashville, Tenn., hosted by the American Quilter's Society in August.

"It was one of 322 quilts chosen for the show, out of hundreds submitted from all over the world," Stanton said.

The show had two categories, in addition to the one for machine quilting, she said. The other categories were "On the Wall" for quilts specifically made for wall hangings and "Quilter's Choice," which had the largest number of entries, Stanton said.

Stanton machine quilts for a living. Hancock cuts and pieces the quilt tops.

The winning work was a queen-sized quilt using reproduction 1930s fabrics and "trapunto," which is a stuffing technique to give loft to certain areas of the quilt.

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Their winning quilt is the first they have made together as a show quilt and this was the first time either of them have showed their work at the international level.

"Trapunto is something really hot with quilt judges these days," Stanton said.

The quilt came home this week, but it may be back on the road soon.

"We have submitted for consideration in two other shows," Stanton said.

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