First-Time Entry Wins Quilting Hall Of Fame Award

Laura McCoy shows the recently completed work of award-winning quilter Sharon Schamber.

Laura McCoy shows the recently completed work of award-winning quilter Sharon Schamber. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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The staff at the Quilting Sisters shop had to talk Ingeborg Hill into entering her quilt into the Quilt Roundup held at the Mazatzal Casino this past weekend, Nov. 11-13.

Hill had never entered a quilting contest before, but the quilt she designed for her daughter’s 25th anniversary had such an eye-catching design, attention to detail, and bright colors, she took a chance.

The judges awarded her work with the Hall of Fame award, first place in the traditional bed spread category, best hand appliqué award and the Strawberry Patchers’ choice award.

Hill doesn’t belong to any quilting clubs. She works independently but enjoys the advice she found at the shop with colors and machine quilting.

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141 quilts lined the exhibit hall at the annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup — the most ever.

Quilters always appreciate learning more. Since its inception, the Roundup has held classes all four days of the event at the Good Samaritan Majestic Rim Senior apartments. The Rim Country boasts numerous internationally known quilters; people from as far away as British Columbia come to learn more about the art from award-winning artists.

The Quilt Roundup puts the Rim Country on the map as a quilting mecca, which is what Elaine Putnam, chair of the event intended to do with the event.

Hill started quilting after she retired 11 years ago. A friend of hers in Wisconsin introduced her to the art. One of the first projects she tackled was inspired by her son’s 25th wedding anniversary. She decided to follow up the success she had with that quilt with the one she entered into the Roundup.

“My daughter enjoys nature and antiques. I got a bit carried away with the birds,” said Hill.

It took Hill about four years to complete the quilt because she worked on other quilts while working on her daughter’s piece. The quilt she designed for her daughter has purple squares on top of a white background.

Hill’s inspiration for the quilt came from her daughter’s garden. In each square, a bird, butterfly or flower sits. She used yellows, pinks, sky blue, oranges, reds and greens to create a work that takes one to the garden. Embroidery around the feathers of the birds, wings of the butterflies, and petals of the flowers made the details pop. The white background behind the hand-appliquéd creatures and flowers has an intricate pattern of swirls machine-done by Kathy Hunt from Pine.

As the viewer examines the quilt, surprising details unfold. Hill took pictures of one of the roses in her daughter’s garden, transferred it onto fabric and incorporated the picture into the quilt. She also took other pictures of family and friends and sewed them subtly into the centers of flowers and around the edge of designs.

“One side is my husband’s side with his parents and family. The other side has my daughter’s children. I also put my friend who got me into quilting and babysat my children into the quilt, too,” said Hill.

This Quilt Roundup had the most entrants in its seven-year history, said Elaine Putnam, chair of the event. One hundred forty-one quilts lined the exhibit hall including one from as far away as North Carolina.

The Quilt Roundup happens on a weekend in November every year. For more details on participating in the Roundup or taking classes, please see their website: www.quiltroundup.com.

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