6th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup Winners

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Dennis Fendler/Roundup

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup hosted more than 1,300 guests at its sixth annual show, plus 65 students in three days of classes by some of the country’s top quilters, two of which reside in Payson — Gina Perkes and Sharon Schamber.

Quilters from as far away as Rhode Island came to Rim Country Nov. 11 through Nov. 14 to take part in workshops, meetings and a professionally judged quilt show.

Classes were held Nov. 11 through Nov. 13, with local award-winning quilters Sharon Schamber and Gina Perkes, leading three other nationally known teachers in teaching more than 65 students.

The special exhibit at the show was the Hoffman Challenge, a touring exhibit sponsored by the Hoffman fabric manufacturing company. The quilt show featured 113 quilts, eight wearable quilts, and five quilts for raffle. As part of the admission to the show, non-perishable food items were collected. Ten boxes went to St. Vincent de Paul’s food bank, and four went to the Pine/Strawberry food bank.

The quilt show was attended by more than 1,350 visitors, 18 vendors, more than 60 volunteers and a host of quilt entrants.

A major attraction for the quilt show was Payson’s Sharon Schamber’s award-winning quilt, Mystique, which was just back from the Houston International Quilt Festival where it won Best of Show. Mystique is the third quilt of Schamber’s to be chosen as Best of Show at this largest quilt show in the United States. 

The winners of the 6th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup are as follows:

Best of Show - Georgia Thorn

Best Hand Quilted - Kathy MacCleary

Best Machine Quilted (non-professional) - Alyce Leach

Best Professional Machine Quilted - Debbie Stanton

Best Hand Embroidery - Elaine Putnam

Best Machine Embroidery - Arleen Logan

Best Appliqué - Hand - Patty McKinney

Best Appliqué - Machine - Mardi Norwood

Best Wearable Art - Marque Jacobs

Best Use of Color in a Quilt - Ruth Fulton

Best 1st Time Show Entry - Mary Jo Lashbrook

Professionally judged awards in the following categories went to:

• Miniature quilt - Barbara Polston, first; Debbie Stanton, second; Marque Jacobs, third

• Small quilt, traditional - Monika Hancock, first; Marque Jacobs, second; Elaine Putnam, third

• Small quilt, innovative - Arleen Logan, first; Lisa Brothman, second; Anne Munoz, third

• Bed quilt, traditional - Becki Dunham, first; Brenda Cornell, second; Patty McKinney, third

• Bed quilt, innovative - Alice Weickelt, first; Becki Dunham, second; Sandra Salmans, third

• Wall quilt, traditional - Elaine Putnam, first; Mardi Norwood, second; Caroline Johnson, third

• Wall quilt, innovative - Anne Munoz, first; Theresa Fetch, second; Barbara Polston, third

• Fabric art - Arleen Logan, first; Alice Weickelt, second; Anne Munoz, third

• Wearable - Marque Jacobs, first; Maureen Pastika, second; Lynn Haak, third

• Junior - Rosa Sousa, first; Alyssa Hammock, second; Tabitha Donsbach, third; Page Ulrich, fourth

• Pictorial - Georgia Thorne, first; Arleen Logan, second; Theresa Fetch, third

• Group quilt - Community Presbyterian Church, first; Kathy MacCleary, second; Brenda Dickinson, third

Special awards presented included: Payson Mayor’s Choice Award, Theresa Fetch; Rim Country Chamber of Commerce Choice Award, Debby Wiechens; Gila County Heritage Award, Pine Strawberry Library; Good Samaritan Majestic Rim Award, Pine Strawberry Library; Strawberry Patchers Award, Monika Hancock; Threadplayers Award for Most innovative, Theresa Fetch; Shoofly Quilt Guild Adult Award, Becki Dunham; Shoofly Quilt Guild Youth Award, Tabitha Dunsbach; Arizona Quilter’s Hall of Fame Award, Arleen Logan

Viewers’ Choice Awards

• General, top 10: Theresa Fetch, Patty McKinney, Becki Dunham, Anne Munoz, Monika Hancock, Paul and Carol Mineart, Judy Desrochers, Judy Herbolsheimer, Ruth Fulton, Theresa Fetch

• Children’s Themed quilt: Brenda Dickinson

• Western/Southwestern Theme: Pam Scofield

• Favorite Wearable: Lynn Haak

The 7th Annual Quilt Roundup is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2011 at the Mazatzal Exhibition Hall.

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