Quilt Roundup

Top quilters, terrific quilts come to Rim Country



Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

The open space of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibit Hall provides ample room for the multitude of quilts displayed each year at the Rim Country Quilt Roundup, along with plenty of space in which to stroll and admire the fine craftsmanship of the entries.


Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

While touching the quilts is tempting, organizers ask visitors to refrain from handling the fabrics, but large tags are provided to tell the tale of the work.


Andy Towle/Roundup - atowle@payson.com

Quilters of all skills will have work in the RimCountry Quilt Roundup next weekend.

The finest quilters and most fabulous quilts and fabric art converge in Rim Country next week.

The Fifth Annual Quilt Roundup is Nov. 12 through Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson. The Quilt Roundup is a show with awards, a long weekend of lectures and workshops and a chance to purchase material and supplies from specialty vendors from throughout the state.

The quilt show is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Exhibition Hall. It will include a special exhibit of work by award-winning Rim Country quilters, including Sharon Schamber, Gina Perkes, Leslie Peacock, Monika Hancock, Debbie Stanton and many more. Admission to the show is $3 for those 13 and older, or $2 with a can of food.

Quilt appraisals by Nora Mohr will be available by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 13, 14 and 15. Mohr is a member of the Baltimore Antique Society, Arizona Quilters Guild, American Quilters Society, American Quilt Study Group, Studio Art Quilt Associates, Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles and Round Valley Chamber of Commerce. Her range of expertise runs from antique quilts to newly made quilts, as well as art quilts. The appraisal fee is $45 and is for replacement purposes or fair market value. The client will receive documentation and at least two photos of the property appraised, a copy of Mohr’s credentials and a short summary on the care of quilted textiles.

The lectures and workshops begin Nov. 12. Lecture topics are: Chicago School of Fusing with Laura Wasilowski from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 for a fee of $20; Short Cuts, Top Tips and Secrets with Marti Michell from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 for a fee of $20; Treadle Machine Demonstrations with Wilma Hitterman from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13 and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for no charge.

There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee for all the workshops, plus additional, varying fees for the individual classes (find full description of the classes and materials needed at rimcountryquiltroundup.com). Half-day classes still open are Machine Trapunto with Lisa Brothman from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40; Sunburst with Marti Michell from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40; and Sunrise & Shadows Log Cabin with Lisa Brothman from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 for a fee of $40, plus $4 for the kit. Registration for these half-day classes will be taken up until Friday, Nov. 13.

Registration for the full day classes must be made by Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Thursday classes, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Interlocking Hexes with Marti Michell, $75; Longarm Advanced Stipples & Unique Feather application with Sharon Schamber, $125 plus $20; Object Lesson with Laura Wasilowski, $75.

Friday classes, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Fabric Painting with Lisa Brothman, $50 plus a $25 kit fee; The Rosette & Its Relatives with Marti Michell, $75; Leave In Foundation Piecing with Gina Perkes, $75; Longarm Dancing Feathers and Pattern Design with Sharon Schamber, $125 plus $20; Fusing Fun, Day 1, with Laura Wasilowski, $120.

Saturday classes, held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Creating Beautiful Quilting Designs with Gina Perkes, $75; and Fusing Fun, Day 2, with Laura Wasilowski.

About the instructors

Sharon Schamber

Sharon Schamber and her husband Gene have lived in Payson for three years. Sharon was part of the Rim Country Quilt Roundup in Payson in 2005 and 2006. We are proud to welcome our own local artist back to teach during the 2008 show.

She has won many national awards, most recently (Jan. 10, 2008), she won the $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest for her quilt “Scarlet Serenede.” We are very proud to announce that Sharon has been awarded the title of Master Quilter from The National Quilting Association. To find out more about the NQA and the Masters award you can visit www.nqaquilts.org.

“I started my quilting just like most of you — buying the wrong fabric, using the wrong batting, and using the wrong needles. With time, I learned to use what really works for me, even though the product might not be known as the “right” one. However, I do not, under any circumstances, compromise my standards.

“I remember my grandmother quilting back in the ’60s, but everything was so different when compared to today. I hope that the quilt world will be just as different for my grandchildren. When I first began I had no idea that quilts were being machine quilted. I remember only that quilts were all hand-pieced and hand-quilted.

“I remember my Grandma Larsen counting the stitches per inch and ranting about being inconsistent, so that is where I went. I set out to find how many stitches per inch I needed to make my quilts “right.” I asked the wrong person, and she told me that it was just rude to ask. This was the first indication that I needed to be a teacher. “

Sharon has the honor of being the No. 1 ranked longarm quilter in America. She has won AQS’s Paducah show in both 2006 and 2007. She is the only quilter to ever win back to back AQS Paducah shows. She recently won the “Scarlet Serenade,” won the Best of Show Gammill Longarm Machine Quilting Award at the 2006 International Quilt Festival and the That Patchwork Place Best of Show in the Innovative Appliqué Large category in the 2005 International Quilt Association annual judged show.

A few of Sharon’s awards: “Scarlet Serenade” took Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in 2005. It won the Gammill Longarm Quilting Award at the America Quilter’s Society Quilt show in April 2006 and another of Schamber’s masterpieces, “Sedona Rose,” won Best of Show.

Visit Sharon’s Web site for books and tips: www.sharonschamber.com.

Gina Perkes

Gina Perkes is a young talented long arm quilter and mother of three from Payson. Check out Gina’s latest quilting success, named “Silken Defiance” ... www.azquiltersguild.org/quiltshowwinners08.htm. This stunning quilt won “Best of Show” as well as first in the “Medium Quilt-Appliqued, Professionally Machine Quilted” category. Gina not only quilted this beautiful quilt, she designed and pieced it as well. Gina does her quilting on a non-stitch regulated Gammill Classic quilting machine.

Gina created the “Silken Defiance” quilt by machine using some new techniques she wanted to try and experiment with, such as redwork along the ultra suede appliqué pieces. Her class will demonstrate this new technique ... so come join in the fun and learn to use fabrics such as silk and ultra suede!

Although a young quilt artist, she has already won many national quilting awards. “Masquerade” is the quilt, Perkes said, she has shown the most. It won her the first best of show she ever received from the Arizona Quilter’s Guild a few years ago and was honored with a best of contest for Artwork at the Quilter’s Society’s Nashville 2005 show. It also won third place in a Machine Quilter’s Showcase.

Gina has also been featured on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims where she demonstrated her quilting talents as a spokesperson for Gammill Quilting Machines. Many of you may recognize Gina, as she graces the inside covers of many quilting magazines in this role.

Marti Michell

Marti was named the 2004 recipient of the Silver Star Award, presented annually to “a living person whose body of work has positively influenced, promoted and developed the art of quilting.”

It is no wonder that Marti Michell, the 2004 Silver Star Honoree at the Houston International Quilt Festival, is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972, when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. since then, she has contributed in almost every capacity. The 2004 Silver Star is a prestigious “lifetime achievement” award. In 1991 she also received the first Michael Kile award given for commitment to creativity and excellence in the quilting industry. Marti lives in Atlanta, Ga., but was born and raised in Iowa.

Her influence in the quilting industry is enormous.

Visit Marti’s Web site to see some of her products: www.http://frommarti.com/ index.shtml

Laura Wasilowski

Perhaps you have seen her on television? Laura Wasilowski is a contemporary quilt maker, teacher and creator of hand dyed fabrics and threads. She has an undergraduate degree in costuming from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. and a Master of Arts degree in fiber from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill. Some of her recent exhibits include: Quilt 21: American Art Quilts for the 21st Century-2000, Illinois Women Arts: The New Millennium, Crafts National 33, Yeiser Art Center’s 9th, 11th and 12th Annual Invitational, Tactile Architecture ’98 and ’99, Quilt Nihon, Hands All Around XIV International Quilt Festival, Artist as Quiltmaker VII and VIII, Fiberart International ’97 and ’99, Quilt National ’95, The Museum of the American Quilter’s Society’s “Ohio Star: New Quilts from Old Favorites,” Visions ’96, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine’s “Artistic Expressions,” “Roses” & “Quilts: Crossing Boundaries” exhibits. She is published in: American Art Quilts: Quilt 21/2000, Quilt 21 Press, Fabulous Fabrics, Sterling Publishing, FiberArts Book Six, Lark Books, The Art Quilt by Robert Shaw, Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads, by Noble and Hendricks, Dyes and Paints, by Elin Noble, Color: The Quilter’s Guide by Christine Barnes, New Quilts from Old Favorites, Museum of the American Quilter’s Society, Visions ’96: Quilt San Diego, and Quilt National: Contemporary Designs in Fabric, Lark Books.

Lisa Brothman

Lisa began her teaching career in 2000. She has taught at the Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival (2000-2009). Winter Quilt Retreat Bryce Canyon (2002-2009), Elaine’s Quilt Block (quilt shop), Cottonwood Heights (2002-2006), and various guild chapter meetings. She has won several awards as noted below.

Juried Show and Awards

• 2009 — Utah Surface Design Group Show, Patrick Moore Gallery, Salt Lake City

• 2008 — Rim Country Quilt Roundup, Payson, Best Miniature Quilt & Threadplayers Choice Awards

• 2007 — Artful Fiber, Utah Surface Design Group Show, Provo Center for the Arts

• Springville Museum of Art, Annual Quilt Show, Award of Merit

• 2006 — Springville Museum of Art, Annual Quilt Show, Outstanding Award

• 2004 — Utah Quilt Guild Annual Festival, Judge’s Choice Award, Bountiful-Davis Art Center

• AAUVV Juried Show 2003 — Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival, “Other Techniques” 1st Place

• Springville Museum of Art, Annual Quilt Show, Master Machine Quilted (Miniature) Award

• Springville Museum of Art, Annual Quilt Show, Master Machine Quilted (Non-Traditional) Award

• 2002 — Quilting in the Tetons Quilt Show, First Place (Applique) Award

• Brigham City Museum-Gallery 30th Annual Quilt Show participant

• Springville Museum of Art, Spring Salon Art Show, Juried Show

• Winter Celebration International Quilt Show, Participant

• 2001 — Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival, Best Other Techniques Award

• Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival, Best Appliqued Small Quilt Award

• v999 — Spring Home & Garden Show, Salt Lake City, 1st Place Challenge Quilt Award

• 1998 — Utah Quilt Guild Annual Quilt Festival, Other Techniques Award

For more information about the Fifth Annual Quilt Roundup, visit the show’s Web site rimcountryquiltroundup.com or call the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, (928) 474-4515.


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