Quilters of all ilks, it’s time for the roundup — the big Rim Country Quilt Roundup.
The quilting celebration enjoys its sixth anniversary this year Nov. 11 through Nov. 14.
The exhibition and vendor booths are open Friday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Nov. 14, with classes starting Thursday, Nov. 11. Once again the festival of quilting will be held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson.
While the big event is a month away, the deadline to register for quilt classes is Friday, Oct. 15.
Teachers are: Nancy Brenan Daniel, Lyn Mann, Gina Perkes, Sharon Schamber, J. Michelle Watts, Margaret Wood and an AQS quilt appraiser. The classes fill quickly so early registration is strongly advised.
In addition to the classes, the Quilt Roundup will feature a tremendous display of beautiful quilts and the Hoffman Challenge Special Exhibit, plus there will be a vendor mall to stock up on supplies.
The exhibition is 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.
About the teachers
Nancy Brenan Daniel
In 1982, Nancy opened the Quilters Ranch in Tempe. Nancy and her two business partners expanded the successful business twice in 10 years before Nancy sold her portion to her partners. She has since devoted herself to quilt making, teaching, judging, designing, and writing books and articles.
Nancy completed her prize winning “Stitch in Time” garment ensemble and later, her ensemble “Jackrabbit Sunrise” for the 10th Annual Fairfield Fashion Show.
Nancy has contributed to the success of many quilting events such as: The International Quilt Festivals in Houston, Chicago and Long Beach, The American Quilters Society, The National Quilters Association, Inc., The East Coast Quilters Alliance, The Smokey Mountain Quilters, The Montana Heritage Center, The Pine Tree Quilters, The North Carolina Quilt Symposium, Colorado Quilting Council, Minnesota Quilters, Lowell Quilt Festival and many others.
Throughout each year she is hosted by many guilds where she offers lectures, workshops and frequently performs her duties as a quilt judge.
She is a member of The National Quilters Association, Inc. and is a NQA certified judge and certified teacher. Nancy is active in several other local, national and international guilds. She earned a BA and MA in art history and also holds art education certification for grades one through 12 and an adult education certificate from the Maricopa Community College District.
Active in the quilt and doll-making world for many years as a popular teacher, judge and designer Nancy has authored 21 books on sewing crafts and quilt making. She has contributed to quilting and craft magazines. Her quilts and crafts have been on the covers of engagement calendars for The American Quilters Society, Better Homes and Gardens and numerous other magazines.
Gina Perkes is a young, talented, longarm quilter and mother of three from Payson. Check out Gina’s latest quilting success, named “Silken Defiance” at www.azquiltersguild.org/quiltshowwinners08.htm. This stunning quilt won “Best of Show” as well as first place in the “Medium Quilt-Appliquéd, 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 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.
Gina has 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.
Lyn Mann started quilting in 1981 and has been “hooked” ever since. Six years later, Lyn started teaching and found that this was where her real gift was. Over the past years, she has taught thousands of students and loves the one-on-one approach to teaching.
Ever active in her quilt community, Lyn was a past president of Flying Geese Quilt Guild and belongs to three Orange County quilt guilds. She is also a member of both Northern and Southern California Quilt Councils.
Besides teaching for guilds throughout the United States, Lyn has taught at “Road to California,” “Quilt Utah,” “Camp Watch-A-Patcher” and “Quilt Camp in The Pines” quilt conferences, taught on seven quilting cruises and was the featured artist for the Christmas exhibit at the La Conner Quilt Museum in La Conner, Wash.
Lyn has made over 440 quilts and designed approximately 70 mystery quilts alone. She has had quilts pictured in five different major quilt books and six different quilting magazines. The featured book for the 2004 Southern California Quilters Run was “Hit The Pavement,” a book that Lyn wrote. She also wrote a series of eight articles for Quilters Newsletter called “Slick Tricks.”
Currently, Lyn is working on a series of “skewed” quilts that use a special template to produce a very wavy looking block that is mathematically designed so that all the seams fit together.
Lyn sells her book and patterns through her company called Penache. It was also the publisher of “Hit The Pavement.”
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, 2006, 2008 and 2009. We are proud to welcome our own local artist back to teach during the 2010 show.
She has won many national awards, in 2008, she won the $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest for her quilt “Scarlet Serenade.” 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.
Sharon has the honor of being the No. 1 ranked longarm quilter in America. She has won the AQS show in Paducah in 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 American Quilters Society Quilt show in April 2006 and another of Schamber’s masterpieces, “Sedona Rose,” won Best of Show.
“Flower of Life,” a representation of Sharon’s life, won American Quilter Society’s Best of Show in 2007. Take a look at this quilt at www.imqa.org/2007Winners.htm.
Despite all her quilting accomplishments, Sharon will tell you she is a teacher first and a quilter second. She loves seeing the “light come on” in her students’ eyes. Her inventive quilting techniques, such as Piec-liqué, have taken the art form to new heights. “Everything I do is different, even down to the binding,” she said.
Visit Sharon’s Web site for books and tips: www.sharonschamber.com.
J. Michelle Watts
J. Michelle Watts is a quilt artist who loves living in the Southwest region of the U.S. Michelle has been quilting for over 22 years. She has spent the last 15 years creating wearable clothing and quilts that express her love of the Southwest. Michelle designs Southwestern quilt and wearable art patterns, Southwest fabrics, and teaches classes and lectures throughout the U.S. She is also the author of three quilting books. Most of Michelle’s quilts are machine pieced, machine appliquéd and machine quilted.
Michelle’s quilts blend with both traditional and contemporary furnishings. She wants quilters throughout the world to experience the beauty of the Southwest through the quilts and wearables she creates and to introduce quilters to the designs that make the Southwest unique.
As a quilt designer, Michelle says the beauty of her surroundings continuously inspires her. She draws inspirations from Native American weavings, pottery, woven baskets, jewelry and beadwork, Spanish tinwork, ironwork, woodcarvings, tile architecture, churches, missions and the landscape are also used for inspiration. Through her use of rich color, strong design and texture, Michelle creates objects of beauty to the eye and comfort for the soul.
Professional associations: She is a charter member of Pecos Valley Quilters, Roswell, N.M.; Ogallala Quilters Society; Midland Quilters Guild; American Quilter’s Society; and Pecos River Artists.
Margaret Wood is a fiber artist of Navajo and Seminole Indian descent. In 1981, she published Native American Fashions: Modern Adaptations of Traditional Designs, which was revised and reprinted in 1997. She opened her business, Native American Fashions, Inc., in 1981 and designs and produces quilts and clothing inspired by Native American clothing and artifacts. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country. She served two terms as board member for Atlatl, the national service organization for Native American arts and served for six years on the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She resides in Phoenix.
She was a consultant/researcher/co-curator in 1999 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Served as consultant/researcher/co-curator for the Fashion Fusion Exhibit at the Heard Museum North, July 10, 1999 to July 2000. Wrote drafts of some text and labels, researched photos for graphics panels and did background research of some exhibit themes. Loaned clothing, jewelry and photos for use in the exhibit.
There is a one-time registration fee for all class participants and it is non-refundable.
Thursday, Nov. 11
• Sharon Schamber — Quilting Design, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — This class is designed for students who wish to enhance their quilting design skills. Limited to 15 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Schamber’s home studio; costs $75 per person, plus a $15 handout fee.
• Gina Perkes — Hand Dying Fabric, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Perkes will show participants how to create their own unique hand-dyed fabrics, which will be the start of their next project. She will take students through the process of selecting and preparing fabric for dying, achieving mottled or solid results, using hand-dyed fabrics in quilts and wearables and much more. Each student will create one series of rainbow gradations. They will dye 30 fat quarters, which will subtly shift from one color to the next. Limited to 20 students of all skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; the cost is $60 per person.
• Lyn Mann — No Such Thing As Ugly Fabric, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — In this class, students will bring squares of ugly or hard to use fabrics to share. They will also bring a variety of scraps and then construct a simple block while learning how to make any fabric great. Many layouts will be shown and explained. This is a great class and many proclaim it to be the best they have ever taken. Limited to 15 students of all skill levels. Held at Best Western Payson Inn; the cost is $65 per person.
• J. Michelle Watts — Santa Fe Sampler, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — This is a traditional medallion quilt with a Southwestern flair. Five different geometric borders surround a center medallion. Learn several cutting and quick machine piecing techniques. This is the featured pattern in AQS book that was released in spring 2005. Limited to 15 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; $65 per person.
Friday, Nov. 12
• Sharon Schamber — Crescent Appliqué, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Limited to 15 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Schamber’s home studio; $75 per person, plus a $15 handout fee.
• Gina Perkes — Hand Bag Sampler, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Students will explore a plethora of machine techniques in the creation of a gorgeous handbag. The techniques utilized in this project include: leave-in foundation piecing, machine quilting, bobbin work, machine appliqué, dimensional appliqué, and embellishment. Limited to 20 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; $60 per person.
• Lyn Mann — Happy Birthday, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — In this workshop, student will design and create a quilt based upon birth month and day. They will bring half square triangles already sewn. Then sew groupings depending upon birth month and day. After lunch, participants will work with these groupings to design their very own block and quilt. There are many possible designs for each date so no two will look alike. Limited to 15 students of all skill levels. Held at Best Western Payson Inn; $65 per person.
• J. Michelle Watts — Stenciling Quilt Blocks, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — This is a fun way to make quilt blocks using Paintstiks and fabric. Learn how to make stencils and create a wonderful wall hanging or pillow during class. Limited to 20 students of all skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; $65 per person.
• Nancy Brenan Daniel — Slice ’em and Dice ’em Quilts: The Disappearing Nine-Patch Technique, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — However you Slice ’em ... these designs will have your own individual signature on them! There are many variations and so many more to discover. That is what this workshop is all about — discovering those designs and the individual participant’s talent. Limited to 15 students of all skill levels. Held at Best Western Payson Inn; $65 per person.
Saturday, Nov. 13
• Sharon Schamber — Textural Painting, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Work with Paintstiks to create your own beautiful work of art. Limited to 15 students of all skill levels. Held at Schamber’s home studio; $75 per person, plus a $15 handout fee.
• Gina Perkes — Appliqué Amplified, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Perkes will share her award-winning techniques for amplifying an appliqué. Students will discover how to enhance their appliqué designs with the addition of various machine techniques such as: piping, pin tucking, bobbin work, and more. Limited to 20 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; $60 per person.
• Lyn Mann — Throw Tradition A Curve, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — In this class, students will replace half-square triangles in traditional blocks with a curved two-patch to give a whole new contemporary look to old favorites. A great new design adventure with untold possibilities but easy enough for the confident beginner. The creative curve ruler will be used for ease in rotary cutting. There are four different patterns to choose from. Open to all skill levels. Held at Best Western Payson Inn; $65 per person.
• J. Michelle Watts — Southwest Medallion, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — A unique oval medallion is in the center of this beautiful Southwestern quilt. This design is inspired by a woven basket design. The center medallion will be taught in a full day class, then the background completed after class. The 9-degree wedge ruler is needed for this class. Limited to 15 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Mount Cross Lutheran Church; $65 per person.
• Nancy Brenan Daniel — Gloriously Easy Scrap Quilts, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — There are at least seven variations in the workshop pattern ... almost too many options. Beginners can choose to make the 12-inch units while intermediate and advanced participants might choose to create the 6-inch units. The very best news is that the really advanced students can make some of each and they will fit together with ease. Limited to 15 students of all skill levels. Held at Best Western Payson Inn; $65 per person.
• Margaret Wood — Seminole Patchwork Sampler Wall Hanging, one-day class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — This wall hanging incorporates four different Seminole Patchwork Designs. Class starts with a lecture on the history of Seminole Patchwork illustrated with over a dozen authentic Seminole Patchwork garments. Learn assembly with sashing and quilting options. Pattern included with class fee. Limited to 12 students with intermediate to advanced skill levels. Held at Rim Country Health & Retirement Community; $50 per person.
In addition to the classes, several of the teachers will be presenting special lectures in the Fireside Room of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Nancy Brenan Daniel will speak from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11 on “Judge for Yourself — One Judge’s Opinion about Judges and Juries Shows,” the fee is $20. J. Michelle Watts will speak from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12 on “The Beauty of the Southwest,” the fee is $20. Wilma Hitterman and Susan Garrett will present treadle machine demonstrations in the Fireside Room from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 12 through Nov. 14, these will be free of charge.
Appraisals are being performed by Nora Mohr on Nov. 13, 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please make appointments by sending your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appraisal fees: $45 payable to Nora Mohr. Appraisals are done for replacement purposes or fair market value.
Nora’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 Nora’s credentials and a short summary of the care of quilted textiles.
Nora 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.
For information, class registration and entry forms contact the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-672-9766 or 928-474-4515 or visit the Web site rimcountryquiltroundup.com.