Quilt Roundup

Award-winning quilts on display



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a Gina Perkes quilt


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Sedona Rose


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Quilting Gina Perkes

After only four years, the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is gaining national attention and visitors. This year’s four-day event promises even more classes, vendors and award-winning quilts and quilters.

Two recent Payson winners at the International Quilt Show in Houston will display their quilts and teach classes along with other noted local quilters and experts at the Quilt Roundup. The event runs Nov. 13 through Nov. 16 at the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

An exhibit of quilts and a vendors mall will also be part of the festivities.

Longtime quilters of the community, Sharon Schamber and Gina Perkes will each display their award-winning quilts and teach the secrets of their craft.

Schamber won the Handi Quilter best of show award for her quilt, “Spirit of Mother Earth” and Perkes won the Future of Quilting Award for her quilt, “Silken Defiance” at the 2008 Houston event.

Perkes, an international award winner many times over for her embellished and wearable art, will teach a class on appliqué by bobbin.

Perkes won the 2007 OLFA Young Designers Okada Award and is a representative for Gammill Quilting Machines.

Perkes developed a new technique using colored threat in the bobbin to outline appliqués and embellish quilts using fabric and fiber techniques. The class will be taught from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 13 and 14.

Schamber will teach machine appliqué, free form feathers and long arm beginning stippling and basic feather techniques.

Schamber won in 2005 with her quilt, “Scarlet Serenade.” The same quilt was also a finalist in the $100,000 quilting challenge in 2007. The quilt, “Sedona Rose” won best of show in the 2006 American Quilter’s Society and now hangs in the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.


Classes are filling up fast, but registration will continue until Nov. 12. The deadline for entering a quilt in the exhibit was Oct. 31.

To register for a class, visit www.rimcountryquiltroundup.com, stop by Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 100 W. Main St., or call at (928) 474-4515.

Classes will be held at different locations around Payson and have different fees for the kits being used. Those with openings include:

•Quilting Tips to Make You More Successful taught by Alyce Leach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15.

• Fabric Painting with Nancy Bollard from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 15.

• Domestic Free Form Feathers with Sharon Schamber from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.

• Pam Bono will teach Bursting Buds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13. Bono will also teach Woodlands Block from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 and Colorado Stars Saturday, Nov. 15.

• Brenda Henning will teach Mariner’s Compass from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 and O Holy Night Saturday, Nov. 15.

• Candace Norris will teach Charm Square Mystery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 and Fat Quarter Fun Saturday, Nov. 15.


Three lectures will be offered — Organizing Your Scraps with Patty McKinney from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13; How Did I Get Here From There with Lynn Kough from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 and Treadle Machine Demonstration with Susan Garrett from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Prizes for the show include: Best Quilt for a first-time entrant, Best Use of Color, Best Wearable Art, Best Appliqué, Best Professional Machine Quilted, Best Machine Quilt, Best Hand Quilted, Mayor’s Choice, Rim Country Chamber of Commerce award, Viewer’s Choice awards for best of show and first-, second- and third-place ribbons in each of the four categories.

Juried and judged awards will be presented on Nov. 14 and viewer’s choice and special awards will be presented at a dinner Nov. 15.


Karen Housner of Gilbert will do quilt appraisals as part of the event. Housner is a quilt appraiser certified by the American Quilters Society, one of only 90 in the U.S. and Canada. She is also a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles.

To have a quilt appraised, sign up online by e-mailing eputnam@npgcable.com. Appraisals will be done from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 14 through Nov. 16.


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