Quilters Create Art That Astounds

Next weekend’s Quilt Roundup to showcase finest


Those who browse among the works of art at next weekend’s Rim Country Quilt Roundup will see creations by some of the nation’s top-ranked quilters.

Those who browse among the works of art at next weekend’s Rim Country Quilt Roundup will see creations by some of the nation’s top-ranked quilters. Photo by Dennis Fendler. |

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The art created from bits and pieces of fabric found at the 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will astound, amaze and delight.

Categories include miniatures; group quilts; small, bed, medium and wall quilts, both traditional and innovative; fabric art; pictorial quilts; wearable art; quilts made by those 18 and younger; and quilts only for display. The quilters will offer quilts pieced by hand and pieced by machine and quilts with appliqués, done either by hand or machine. The event, held at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11.

While the Rim Country Quilt Roundup offers guests a breath-taking gallery of fabric art, probably the bigger draw — at least for the actual quilters — is the opportunity to attend classes presented by some of the country’s top fabric artisans. Nationally known quilter Sharon Schamber of Payson will teach at the 2012 Rim Country Quilt Roundup.

Sharon Schamber and her husband, Gene, have lived in Payson for seven years and participated the Rim Country Quilt Roundup since 2005.  

Among her many national awards: the Maywood Master Award at the International Quilt Festival in 2011; Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in 2008 with a $10,000 first prize; The $100,000 Quilting Challenge Magazine contest in 2008; The title of Master Quilter from the National Quilting Association; ranking as the number one longarm quilter in America; the American Quilters Society’s Paducah Show in both 2006 and 2007; 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.

Schamber will teach Designing for the Quilting Process from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 at her studio. Go online to www.quiltroundup.com for more information.

In addition, Rim Country quilter Nancy Bollard will teach Hand Dyeing Fabrics from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, also at Schamber’s studio. Quilting author Deb Karasik will do a “Ringo Starr” piece from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8; “Arizona Sunrise” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9; and “Look Ma No Curves” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. Her classes will be at the Best Western Payson Inn. See the above Web site for fee and registration information.

Payson quilter Leslie Peacock will have classes Thursday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Majestic Rim Good Samaritan. See the above Web site for costs and other details.

Cindy Blair, of Mesa, will teach a class on “Square In A Square technique” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Majestic Rim Good Samaritan. She will then offer “Waterfall Sassy Table Runner Stars of Crimson” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10.

The event also includes a Teach & Take program for a small fee at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Fireside Room of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, as well as free lectures and treadle machine demonstration with Wilma Hitterman from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11.

The 8th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup is a regional quilt show with $3,500 in prize money.

The show this year will have a special exhibit of the Arizona Centennial Commemorative Quilt. It features landmarks, cities and towns, Native American heritage and unique flora and fauna, even a bolo tie. It is actually two quilts, front and back, bound as one quilt. The quilt is a masterpiece, with the front side machine quilted with 30 different colored threads by Payson’s Gina Perkes. Susan Vasallo created the back panel by hand using a dry brush paint technique to enhance the quilting.

Admission is $5, with those 12 and under admitted free. Bring a can/package of non-perishable food for our local food banks and receive a ticket for a daily drawing.

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