Rounding Up The Heritage In Quilts



The 3rd Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will be a Heritage Quilt show. It will take place Oct. 7 and 8.

In partnership with the Western Heritage Festival and Payson's 125th Anniversary, the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce invites all who own a quilt that is 25 years old or older to exhibit it at the show, which will take place at the historic Julia Randall Elementary School Rock Building.


A select group of quilters from around the Rim Country contributed their time and talent to make this special commemorative quilt for Payson's 125th Anniversary.

All entries will receive a commemorative ribbon for participating -- there is no entry fee.

So look under the bed, in the attic, in those old boxes, in the garage. Find that quilt that your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother or favorite aunt gave you. Come and share it with other quilt lovers and history buffs.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. Admission to the show is $2 (children under 5- Free). No food or drinks (except water) are allowed in the show area.

Karen Housner, American Quilter's Society Certified Quilt Appraiser will give two lectures during the show, these are free to attendees. The lectures are:

  • "The Care and Feeding of Treasured Quilts" at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7
  • "Old Quilt Tops: To Quilt or Not" at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8

Housner will be available, by appointment, to provide appraisal services during the show. Appraisals are $40 each.

Volunteers are needed to help hang and display the quilts.


Hubert Nanty of the Tonto Apache Tribe participated in the presentation of the 125th Quilt to the Historical Museum. The quilt was made by Rose Ann Self, Judy Prince, Jeanete Wirtz, Judy Herbolshemer, Linda Barrett, Laura McCoy and Caroline Johnson.

All eligible quilts must be finished. All quilts must be clean and appropriate to be hung in the show. All quilts must have a label with the name of the quilt, owner and telephone number firmly attached to the back of the quilt. Quilts must be delivered or mailed to the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, 100 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541 by Oct. 3. For more information, applications or to make an appointment for a quilt appraisal, go to the chamber office at 100 W. Main or call John at (928) 474-4515.

About the commemorative quilt

Design elements in the 125th Anniversary of Payson Commemorative Quilt

The quilt was co-designed by Rose Ann Self and Caroline Johnson.

Rose Ann Self created the Rim at the top and the trees at the bottom.

Caroline Johnson made the lizard petroglyph.

Judy Prince computer-designed and quilted the 22 brands.

Jeanette Wirtz applied the petroglyph nine-patch.

Judy Herbolsheimer hand-embroidered the eagle feather.

Linda Barrett created the cowboy boot.

Laura McCoy pieced the log cabin block and sewed the many blocks together.

All the volunteers were involved in choosing fabrics and discussions that contributed to the final quilt.


Jean Jennings made this yo-yo quilt for her mother-in-law, La Vera Jennings, sometime in the 1950s. "It would have been after 1949 when we moved to Mesa after WWII. (La Vera) had that pretty bed and I thought a yo-yo quilt would be pretty on it," Jean said. "I also made her a quilt with a leaf and each family member's name embroidered on it." Jean passed the quilt on to her daughter Carol Jennings (La Valley). "I remember this quilt on the guest bed in Grammy's house from the time I was a little girl. My cousins and I were not allowed to play in the room because of the quilt," Carol said.

Judy Baker and Diane Sexton met with Johnson and Wirtz in January to get the quilt started.

Get your heirloom quilts appraised

In conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of Payson, the 3rd Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will present a Heritage Quilt Show in the Rock Building (gymnasium) at Julia Randall Elementary School.

The $2 admission to the show includes free lectures given by American Quilters Society certified appraiser Karen Housner.

She is a fifth-generation quilter, originally from Texas.

During her 11 years with the Arizona Quilter's Guild, she has served on the board, worked on show committees, presided over a chapter and traveled the state as a teacher.

The process of becoming a quilt appraiser enabled her to hang out with nationally known quilters, appraisers and historians from across the America, while studying for her exam.

Housner's "The Care and Feeding of Treasured Quilts" will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and "Old Quilt Tops: To Quilt or Not" is at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7.

Housner will also be available for appraisal services during the show. The appraisal fee is $40. Call (928) 474-4515 for an appointment.

The Sunbonnet Sue quilt that once adorned your crib and now adorns your baby's bedroom wall, or the yo-yo quilt that your great-grandmother brought across the plains are needed for the Heritage Quilt Show presented by the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

There is no fee to enter a quilt in the show held Oct. 6 and 7 in conjunction with Payson's 125th celebration.

The only requirement is that the quilts are the handiwork of someone at least 25 years ago.

Karen Housner, AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser

Karen Housner is both a fifth-generation Texan and a fifth-generation quilter. It took 15 years for her mother to make a quilter out of her, but then she jumped in with both feet and immediately had big ideas.

Wanting to meet more quilters, Housner became active in the Arizona Quilter's Guild. In her 11 years with the guild, she served on the state board, worked on the quilt show committee, presided over a guild chapter, and traveled the state as a teacher. Her experiences there led her to an interest in becoming a Certified Quilt Appraiser. While the certification process is a demanding one, involving extensive research and a lot of studying, Housner finds it a lot of fun. It enabled her to hang out with nationally known quilters, appraisers, and historians, and to travel the country attending quilt shows and classes. In April 2004, she sat for the examination process and was certified by the American Quilter's Society as an Appraiser of Quilted Textiles.

Housner loves traveling the state of Arizona, lecturing, appraising, holding workshops and seeing all the incredible talent of Arizona Quilters.

Housner lives in Gilbert with her husband, two teenagers, a cocker spaniel and lots of quilts.

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