Rim Country Quilters Win International Show Honors


Two of the teachers at the upcoming Quilt Roundup workshops have won big at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas.

Both are Payson residents and both are allowing the Rim Country Quilt Roundup to exhibit their award-winning quilts during the upcoming show.

Sharon Schamber won the 2008 Handi Quilter Best of Show Award with her quilt  “Spirit of Mother Earth.”

It is Schamber’s second time to win this award. She also won in 2005 with her quilt “Scarlet Serenade.”

“Scarlet Serenade” has won other best in show awards and was a finalist in the $100,000 Quilting Challenge in 2007.

Another of her quilts, “Sedona Rose,” won best of show at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah, Ky. show in 2006. It now resides in the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society. A year later, Schamber won again at Paducah with the quilt “Flower of Life.”

Also back home from the Houston show is Gina Perkes and her quilt “Silken Defiance.” Perkes won The Future of Quilting Award, sponsored by C&T Publishing.

Although a relatively young quilt artist, Perkes has already won many national quilting awards. “Masquerade” is the quilt she has shown most often and won her first best of show with that quilt at the Arizona Quilter’s Guild (AQG) show a few years ago. In 2005 it was honored with a best of contest award for artwork at the American Quilter’s Society’s Nashville show.

“Silken Defiance” won best of show earlier this year at the 2008 AQG show.

During two Quilt Roundup workshops, Perkes will be teaching a new technique that she developed and used on this quilt.

Perkes won the 2007 OLFA Young Designers Okada Award and is also a spokesperson for Gammill Quilting Machines, gracing the inside covers of many quilting magazines.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup begins Friday, Nov. 14 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 16. Open at 10 a.m. with varying closing times, admission is $3 or $2 with a can of food for donation to local food banks.  

For more information call Elaine Putnam at (928) 474-4515 or visit www.rimcountryquiltroundup.com.


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