Elaine Putnam

Elaine Putnam of Pine was recently named to the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.

The 14th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup features more than 160 quilts and a variety of special events throughout its two-day run, Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

Taking place at the exhibit hall in the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13. Admission is $5 per person for those 13 and older. Bring a non-perishable food item for area food banks and get a ticket for the show’s daily drawings.

In addition to the many works of fabric art featured at the quilt show, there will be lectures, special exhibits, a vendor mall and vendor shop hop and numerous demonstrations.

Demonstrations planned for Friday, Oct. 12:

9:30, Mitzi Paul, Cathedral Window

11:30, Elaine Putnam, Beading on Quilts

1:30, Rose Ann Self, Hand Applique

3:30, Alyce Leach, Y-Seams

Demonstrations planned for Saturday, Oct. 13:

9:30, Mitzi Paul, Cathedral Window

11:30, Elaine Putnam, Beading on Quilts

1:30, Rose Ann Self, Hand Applique

One of the show’s coordinators Pine resident Elaine Putnam was inducted into the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Sunday, Sept. 30.

Putnam was nominated for the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame for the extraordinary services she has provided for more than 20 years as an award-winning quilter and as an astute and gifted leader.

During her first two years on the Arizona Quilters Board she was communications director and she implemented online payment processing for AQG events. She served as AQG president from 2014/2015 to 2015/2016, and has served as the AQG Quilt Show director. With dedication and energy, she revitalized AQG by visiting every guild chapter from Ajo to Kingman/Lake Havasu in the west and Show Low to Casa Grande in the central/eastern part of the state. During her four-year term on the AQG board, she demonstrated an enthusiasm that motivated a completely new board to accomplish goals that exceeded all expectations. Her vivacious personality is endearing and appreciated by those she served.

From 2010 through 2013, Elaine served on the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, where she was secretary for one year and newsletter editor for two years. She continued as the newsletter editor until 2014 when she became president of the Arizona Quilters Guild.

She assisted with putting on the Arizona Centennial Quilt Project Exhibition and Event in Tucson, Arizona during 2012.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup Quilt Show, in Payson has been chaired/co-chaired by Putnam since 2007 and she has continued as Vice-President/President of the Rim Country Quilt Roundup Board since 2009.

The Rim Country Quilt Roundup is a non-profit organization that features a regional quilt show and educational opportunities for quilters. It gives back to the Rim Country community by offering scholarships to high school students.

She is an active member of two chapters of the Arizona Quilters Guild, during which time she devoted her time and talent as Chapter Chair/President of the two chapters for two years each and filled several board positions in each group such as Treasurer, Website designer, Program Chair, Organizational Chair and Chair Elect. She also chaired multiple local quilt shows since 2008.

Always eager to initiate and support worthy causes, she has Co-Chaired “A Beautiful Quilt Auction” since 2009 as an organizer and financial adviser. During the past nine years. The quilt auction has raised over $20,000 that was given to local Rim Country non-profit organizations such as Dueker Ranch Horse Therapy, Humane Society of Central Arizona, Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library, Lacey Oldland Memorial Scholarship Fund, Payson Community Kids, Payson Unified Schools – Black Stallion Reading Program. Pine Elementary School Christmas Tree Project. Pine Elementary School – Reading Program, Pine Strawberry Food Bank, Pine Strawberry Historical Society and Time Out Shelter.

She has received many local quilting awards for her extraordinarily creative quilts. She received accolades for her quilt “Midnight Dahlia” which was quilted by Gina Perkes-Tidwell and which received three Viewer’s Choice Best of Show Awards. She also received two Best Professional Quilter Awards, an MQX Quilt Festival 3rd Place Award, and four 1st Place awards in 2014 and 2015.

Putnam is sharing her love of the art of quilting by encouraging young quilters through contacts with local schools and Girl Scout groups. Quilts made by these girls under the age of 18 will be featured in the Rim Country Quilt Roundup Quilt Show in October 2018. Elaine’s passion for quilting, her ever-present encouragement of others, her dedication to AQG, and her humble spirit are qualities and trademarks that set her apart from her peers and make her worthy of induction into the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.

Contact the reporter 

tmcquerrey@payson.com

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