Quilting Sweeping The Rim By Storm

A group of ladies from Pine help young people learn about quilting and using sewing machines for the first time.

Photo by Andy Towle. |

A group of ladies from Pine help young people learn about quilting and using sewing machines for the first time.


I have to admit that I really know very little about quilting, but what I do know about it is that it’s a phenomenon that seems to be sweeping the Rim Country by storm.

The eighth annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup will take place at the Mazatzal Casino this weekend. The show is open 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.

Last year more than 1,500 quilting enthusiasts attended the show and the show is expecting an even bigger turnout this year.

One of the event coordinators, Elaine Putnam told me, “This year there will be 144 quilts on display, with entries from all over the southwestern United States. Plus, the Arizona Centennial quilt will be here and can be seen in the special display room.”

Along with the 22 vendors displaying their wares, there will be a number of different quilting classes on Saturday that still have openings and can be registered for that day.

“Nationally renowned quilters Sharon Schamber and Gina Perkes (who both live in Payson) will have their quilts on display. Sharon will also be teaching classes,” said Putnam.

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the Chockie, Okla.-born singer-actress who produced the 1994 country album “Comfort From A Country Quilt?”

This singer-actress acted in the movies “Tremor” and “North” and starred on Broadway in “Annie Get Your Gun.” She was the country music female vocalist of the year from 1984-87 and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1986.

She has charted over 90 singles from 1976 to the present, with 20 No. 1 hits, including “Is There Life Out There,” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and “Fancy.” With singer Vince Gill, she has hosted many Country Music Awards shows.

Is this multi-talented country singer-actress: A) Patty Loveless, B) Reba McEntire, C) Martina McBride, or D) Eloise Jones?

If you’re the fourth caller and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of your favorite artist’s greatest hits.

Last week’s Music Trivia Question

This past week’s trivia question asked you to name the artist who recorded the 1995 hit song “It’s All About Feeling Good.”

This pop-dance, singer-choreographer, and former Los Angeles Laker cheerleader, starred in the 1997 TV movie “Touched By Evil” and was an American Idol judge for eight years.

Her first No. 1 single in 1988, “Straight Up,” started a string of six consecutive chart-topping hits, including “Forever Your Girl,” “Opposites Attract” and “Rush, Rush.”

The choices were A) Britney Spears, B) Gloria Estefan, C) Paula Abdul, and D) Sanja Long.

The correct answer was Paula Abdul. Gloria Estefan was a successful pop singer in the same era as Ms. Abdul. Britney Spears had a number of No. 1 hits in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Sanja Long is the director of the Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA).

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Cheryl Bailey, who won a one hour massage, compliments of Betty at the newly opened Payson Hair Company, and two tickets to last Sunday’s 42Five TCCA concert at the high school (and what a fabulous concert that was!).

A little about Cheryl — She was born and grew up in Riverside, Calif. and until she moved to Payson with her husband, Doug, in 2004, lived her entire life in “The Golden State.” The couple will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary in January. Cheryl proudly told me, “We have two children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.”

While Cheryl was raising her children, she spent 16 years as a stay-at-home mom. She also worked in the banking industry for the better part of three decades.

Now retired, Cheryl enjoys listening to music, reading, playing cards with the girls and her oil painting class at Gila Community College. She and Doug are members of St. Philip’s Church, where Cheryl is active with the church’s women’s group.

Cheryl enjoys listening to opera, music from the 1950s and contemporary country music. Three of her favorite artists are Celine Dion, Mario Lanza and Kenny Rogers.

Final notes

New pictures that I’ve added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s MHA Health and Care Fair at Julia Randall Elementary School. Information, screenings, healthy living and Zumba dancing highlighted the community event.

Also, please remember to support our local high school drama club’s hosting of Payson’s Got Talent this Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children in grades K-12.

This should be a really fun event, which is modeled after today’s reality shows, such as America’s Got Talent, American Idol and the X Factor. Kathy Siler, contest director, said, “So far, our judges are local celebrities Steve Stevens and Stephanie Landers — with another judge or two to be decided upon soon. The winners this Saturday night will be decided by those in the audience.”

And last, if you’re a big-hearted guy and will be accompanying your sweetheart to the quilt show this weekend — not to worry. I’ll have an extra chair set up on the stage next to me. Plop yourself down and we can talk about music, sports or some other manly-man topic while your honey enjoys the show.

Have a great week!

— DJ Craig

(928) 468-1482

Web site: www.djcraiginpayson.com


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