Two weeks ago I made one of those necessary trips to the Valley and watched the thermometer soar. It was hot.
Today I stepped outside my Pine residence and had to go back in for a jacket. Winter snuck up on us!
I see people stocking up on firewood, books, and quilting material. Like Yogi Bear stashing away picnic baskets, we gather our winter provisions preparing to hibernate in our Rim Country dwellings whether nest, cave or cabin.
Nowhere else in Arizona will you find a richer heritage of fine craftsmanship and quilting than in Strawberry and Pine, and a lot of crafting and quilting gets done here while cooped up in front of our fireplaces on cold winter days.
The quilts you see in the local raffles are amazing works of art depicting snowy landscapes and forests and wildlife of the area. Quilts are part of our American heritage. From the days of slavery to the AIDS memorial quilt, quilts express our various life experiences.
Rim Country Quilt Roundup
I recently read that at the Chicago World’s Fair in the 1930s during the Depression they offered $7,500 in prize awards and had 24,000 quilt entries. Now it’s time to show off our quilts. We have a lot of quilters in Rim Country, but don’t know if we will break that record!
The highly anticipated seventh annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is coming to the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall in Payson on Nov. 11 to 13. The deadline to register your quilts is Oct. 26. The event will also feature wearable art and fabric art from across the country.
You can attend phenomenal lectures and classes by teachers such as Sharon Schamber (she was named the No. 1 Quilter in America and is an Arizona Quilter Hall of Fame recipient), Julie Hocker of Ladyhawk Designs, and others.
The Rim Country quilters and residents are fortunate to be able to attend this show and take classes at greatly reduced fees from these award-winning and nationally recognized teachers.
You do need to pre-register for the classes you want to attend.
The Quilt Roundup attracts people from as far away as North Carolina and British Columbia. We are very lucky to have it right here in Payson.
There will be a quilt appraiser, vendor mall, make-and-take projects, awards banquet, and Arizona Centennial Quilt Fabric Challenge. The state of Arizona is celebrating its centennial this coming February and the Rim Country Quilt Roundup will have a special Centennial Quilt exhibit.
You won’t want to miss this most spectacular quilt show, so register now at www.quiltroundup.com or by calling Maureen at 928-476-2443.
The Strawberry Patchers
Speaking of spectacular, that is what I call the talented and creative women of the Strawberry Patchers.
The Strawberry Patchers are the local chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild and currently have approximately 42 members. They are a very “close-knit,” sisterly organization, and their passion for quilting and commitment to the community is their “common thread.”
Many are familiar with the group from their annual quilt raffle fund-raiser as members sell raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt at community events. The “Opportunity Quilt” raffle raises about $4,000 to help the community. They also make comfort quilts for those who suffer, charity quilts, stockings, and various other caring items.
Members support quilting groups from around the state by attending other quilt shows and gather together to work on sewing projects contributing hundreds of hours in volunteer projects to help others.
They gave me a very warm welcome at their Oct. 6 business meeting in Pine. The words “business meeting” brings synonyms to mind such as sleepy or boring, particularly to someone who thinks of sewing as work to be avoided.
That was before I attended a Strawberry Patchers meeting and discovered the most lively, talented, fun-loving, enthusiastic, and motivated group! Their reports from 14 committees had my head spinning trying to keep up with their numerous ongoing projects.
There was laughter when a cell phone rang as members must pay a fine if their cell phone rings during a meeting or for neglecting to wear their badge — and committees for that! What a great way to raise extra funds for your non-profit group.
What amazed me the most was the PUPS report (Poor Unfinished Projects) as members displayed various sewing projects they were working on in various stages of completion.
The next time you see a Strawberry Patchers quilt raffle, be sure to buy some tickets and support the community. Their talent is enormous, their work extraordinary, and their hearts saintly.
Winter is coming
Winter is coming to Strawberry and Pine but as the saying goes “buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing ... the days pass quickly when I am sewing.”
Crafting and quilting are very much woven into the fabric of this community, and the people here are all SEW special!
See you all at the Rim Country Quilt Roundup in November.
In the meantime, stay warm, and please contact me with your Strawberry and Pine happenings at e-mail haffordjoy1@gmail.
com or call me at 602-790-0248.