Patchers’ Quilt Show A Great Success

Approximately 700 visitors at the 2013 Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show admired the work of talented local quilters in the 17th annual event.

Photo by Joy Hafford. |

Approximately 700 visitors at the 2013 Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show admired the work of talented local quilters in the 17th annual event.


Strawberry Patchers Quilting Group Chapter Chair Elaine Putnam thanks our wonderful community for outstanding support and for making the 17th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show a great success.

Approximately 700 people attended the show with many donations given for the P/S Food Bank and many more participating in the basket and quilt raffle fund-raisers for charity.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2013 Quilt Show.


Hallmark’s “Maxine” made an appearance at the 17th Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show in this quilted vest submitted in the Quilt Clothing category.

Categories awarded were: Best of Show, Novice, Small Amateur Quilt, Small Professional Quilt, Art Quilt, Bed Quilt Amateur, Bed Professional Quilt, Wall Quilt Amateur, Wall Quilt Professional, Strip Exchange Challenge, Wearable, Hand Quilted, Group Quilt. Special awards were: AZ Quilters Hall of Fame Award, Leap of Faith Award, P/S Business Community Award, P/S Historical Society, Ponderosa Piecers Award, Quilting Sisters Award, Rim Country Quilt Roundup, Shoofly Quilters, Strawberry Patchers Award and THAT Brewery and Pub Award.

And the winners are Patty McKinney, Sue Loomis, Alyce Leach, Monica Hancock, Maureen Pastika, Thelma Anderson, Rose Anne Self, Mary Kay Eklund, Judie Desrochers, Kathy MacCleary, Kris Lovetro, Peter Plante, Jackie Smith and Colene Barrett (several of these talented individuals placed first in more than one category). Congratulations to all the second and third place winners as well. For the complete list, please visit

The money from the quilt show and the opportunity quilt is used for the Strawberry Patchers’ charitable contributions, which are spread across multiple non-profit organizations in Pine/Strawberry and Payson. Last year the group contributed to the following charities: Black Stallion Reading Program at both the Payson Unified School District and Pine Elementary School; Strawberry Elite; Isabelle Hunt Memorial Public Library; Lacey Oldland Memorial Scholarship Fund; Pine Elementary School Christmas Tree Auction; Pine/Strawberry Historical & Archaeological Society; Humane Society of Central Arizona; and Payson Supply Line.

Strawberry Festival gets sweeter

Organizers of the Strawberry Festival have much of which to be proud.

Bobbi Tullo of the P/S Business Community (PSBC) reports that the 2013 Strawberry Festival was definitely a success. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of good volunteers,” she said. “Each and every one who contributed deserves a pat on the back. Thanks to all of you.”

Many compliments were heard during the event and afterward, including many a thank you from the vendors. One festivalgoer said, “This sure has grown over the years. You guys all did an amazing job of expanding this year. Very impressive.”

“We had 75 kids participate in the Kids Kraft Korner between the two days,” said Shara Weiss of Mommy Perks and coordinator of the popular children’s activity. “We used up 120 pounds of cement making the stepping stones, and then Rick (Weiss) ran down to the hardware store to buy another bag on Sunday. The parents loved this activity because it was sentimental and the kids loved the fact that they were allowed to take it home to keep. It was a big hit with the parents and kids alike.”

The free celebration held annually and sponsored by the PSBC featured a full array of entertainment and of course lots of strawberry treats. The event location began at the south end of Pine by the hardware store and continued on to the P/S Community Center expanding north to Strawberry. The shuttle was a great addition to this year’s expanded event.

The event also incorporated the rich history of the area with museum volunteers dressed in period costume doing a re-enactment of early school life at the Strawberry Schoolhouse and sharing how pioneers built the “oldest schoolhouse in Arizona.”

Bobbi Tullo said, “We had a few bumps in the road, but overall a success.”

She said that the group has learned a lot about expanding and will discuss what worked and what didn’t work as they plan for next year’s bigger, better and even sweeter Strawberry Festival.

Pine Public Library

The Pine Library Friends annual 4th of July Book Sale will take place in the Library Activity Room behind the Cultural Hall July 5, 6 and 7 in conjunction with the annual 4th of July P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Festival. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

If you wish to join or donate, please contact the library for further information at (928) 476-3678.

Thursday, July 11, the library staff will have another Summer Movie Madness event, showing Disney’s “Shake It Up, Mix It Up, Laugh it Up.” This two-hour and 39-minute feature is recommended for older children due to the length of the movie.

Pine Pub anniversary

Congratulations to THAT Brewery and Pub on its one-year anniversary this month. Owners Steve and Tamara Morten are thankful for all the community support in the new venture.

They invite everyone to come raise a glass at the Anniversary Celebration tomorrow, June 29. There will be live music, food, beer specials and loads of fun.

“There’s nothing like having a vision and working hard to make it a reality,” said Tamara.

The community-minded couple utilized local businesses in their transition from Rimside Grill to THAT Brewery. They have also taken a proactive role in supporting the local community — from volunteering at community events to having fund-raisers and supporting many local non-profit organizations.

Come congratulate them for a great job and celebrate a great community.

Arts and Crafts Festival

Celebrate America and American craftsmanship next weekend and support a very talented group of artists and crafters at the 4th of July P/S Arts and Crafts Guild Festival. Enjoy arts and crafts demonstrations, more than 80 artist/crafter and food booths, a pancake breakfast, Navajo tacos prepared by the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation, and the beautiful weather, scenery and people here in P/S. Proceeds from the event support non-profit groups serving the local community. Hope to see you there!

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