Quilt Roundup Features Top Quilt Artists


Celebrate some of the best quilting in the country at the Sixth Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup this weekend.

The celebration opens today and continues through Nov. 14. Local quilters Sharon Schamber and Gina Perkes are both top award-winners and will be showing their work and teaching classes during the 2010 show.


Photo courtesy of Gene and Sharon Schamber

Payson’s Sharon Schamber made history with this quilt, which she calls “Mystique.” She recently won her third grand prize for the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award at the Houston International Quilt Festival. She is the only quilter to win the award three times.

Sharon Schamber

Schamber recently made history in Texas quilting. She recently won her third grand prize for the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award at the Houston International Quilt Festival.

The award was given for her “Mystique” quilt, which has a basic block construction and features mariner’s compasses, handmade filigree fabric and black thread on white fabric.

She won the same award in 2005 with her “Scarlet Serenade” quilt and in 2008 with a quilt she titled “Spirit of Mother Earth.”

Schamber and her husband Gene have lived in Payson for three years, but she has been part of the Rim Country Quilt Roundup in Payson in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

She has won many national awards. In 2008 she won the $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest for her quilt “Scarlet Serenade” and is the No. 1 ranked longarm quilter in America. She won the AQS show in Paducah in 2006 and 2007 and is the only quilter to ever win back-to-back AQS Paducah shows. She won the Best of Show Gammill Longarm Machine Quilting Award at the 2006 International Quilt Festival with “Scarlet Serenade” and the That Patchwork Place Best of Show in the Innovative Appliqué Large category in the 2005 International Quilt Association.

Another quilt, “Flower of Life” — a representation of Schamber’s life — won American Quilter Society’s Best of Show in 2007.

She has been awarded the title of Master Quilter from The National Quilting Association.

Gina Perkes

Perkes is a talented longarm quilter and mother of three from Payson.

Her quilt, “Silken Defiance” won Best of Show, as well as first place in the Medium Quilt-Appliquéd, Professionally Machine Quilted category from the Arizona Quilters Guild. She not only quilted this beautiful quilt, she designed and pieced it as well. Although a young quilt artist, she has already won many national quilting awards. “Masquerade” is the quilt she has shown the most, Perkes said. It won her the first Best of Show she ever received from the Arizona Quilters Guild a few years ago and was honored with a Best of Contest for Artwork at the Quilters Society Nashville 2005 show. It also won third place in a Machine Quilters Showcase.

The exhibition and vendor booths at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Room are open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 13, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14. Admission is $3 per person, or $2 with a donation of non-perishable food for area food banks. Children 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.

In addition to the quilt exhibit and vendor booths, Wilma Hitterman and Susan Garrett will present treadle machine demonstrations in the casino’s Fireside Room from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 12 through Nov. 14; these will be free of charge.


Nora Mohr is performing appraisals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 14. These will be done only by appointment. To make an appointment, contact eputnam@npgcable.com.

The appraisal fee is $45 per quilt, payable to Nora Mohr. Appraisals are done for replacement purposes or fair market value.

Mohr’s range of expertise runs from antique quilts to newly made quilts, as well as art quilts.

The client will receive documentation in a format acceptable to insurance companies and at least two photographs of the property appraisal, a copy of Mohr’s credentials and a short summary of the care of quilted textiles.

She 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.


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