quilt show

Fabric art will be on display June 7 and 8 at the Pine Community Center for the 23rd Annual Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show.

Quilt lovers and fans of fabric art are invited to attend the Strawberry Patchers 23rd Annual Quilt Show Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. The show is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days in the cultural hall of the Pine Strawberry Community Center. Admission is $3.

In exchange for the donation of a non-perishable food item, attendees will receive a raffle ticket for a quilt drawing to be held on Saturday at the close of the show.

The show is the Strawberry Patchers’ major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds are used to help a variety of causes in the communities of Pine and Strawberry.

This small town show is a labor of love for the 40-plus members of the Strawberry Patchers, a chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild since 1995.

Annually attracting more than 600 attendees, the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show will once again feature more than 100 quilts. Expect a full range of work: large and small, traditional and contemporary, hand- and machine-pieced and quilted.

A non-juried show, quilters of all skill levels and ages are welcome. There are special categories and awards for junior quilters (16 and under) and novice quilters, too. Ribbons are awarded for Best of Show and Viewers’ Choice (voting on Friday only). Show sponsors and vendors also award a ribbon for their favorite quilts.

A vendor mall will feature three quilt shops offering a variety of products, including fabrics, patterns, kits, supplies, sewing machines and more. The Strawberry Patchers will conduct a bake sale this year that includes homemade artisan breads.

A number of raffle opportunities are offered at the show, prizes include a sewing machine package valued at more than $1,100; a round “hot stuff” tuffet (footrest); and a special quilt show opportunity quilt.

Included in the price of admission is a ticket for hourly drawings of items made by members, adding an extra element of fun for those in attendance.

Demonstrations of various quilting techniques and fabric-related arts take place both days.

The group actively solicits local sponsors to support the show. Many of the more than 35 sponsors offer prizes and special pricing coupons to those attending the quilt show.

Sponsors include Atomic Pest Control; Bandits Restaurant; Beeline Guest House; Coldwell Banker Bishop Realty; Creative Quilting, which offers the Quilted by the Maker Award; Early Bird Café; and Fancy Finds. Also sponsoring are the Gila County Board of Supervisors; Joy’s Sweet Shoppe and Expresso Café; Land of Ahzz, LLC, which provides the Color Me Happy award; Leap of Faith award; Moose Mountain; Old County Inn; and Payson Concrete. Additional sponsors are Payson Premier Dental; Pepper’s Pick, a Tribute to Doggies of All Kinds; Pine Deli; Pine Strawberry Business Community; Pine Strawberry Farmers Market; Pinewood Tavern; Ponderosa Market; Rim Cutters; Rim Country Quilt Roundup; Sally Randall; Sew Whats, which provides the In Honor of Wanda McHenry and Karen Nelson award. Also sponsoring are: Stodghill Excavating; Taylor Accounting; The Copper Needle; The Randall House; The Rusty Pine Cone; The Shoofly Quilters; The Herb Stop; The Strawberry Inn; Tymeless Antiques, LLC; and Uncle Tom’s Kwik Stop. Additionally there are a number of individual supporters of the show who each donated $50.

The Strawberry Patchers give back to the local Pine-Strawberry communities in a number of ways, including making and donating comfort quilts, Christmas stockings, and fabric Easter bags. Additionally, funds raised by the Strawberry Patchers are earmarked for charitable giving to local non-profit groups who provide various services to the public. This year’s recipients included the Pine-Strawberry and Payson school districts, the local food bank and library, the Dueker Ranch Therapeutic Horse Center, the Humane Society of Central Arizona, the Pine-Strawberry Archaeological & Historical Society and more.

For details about the show contact Linda O’Dell at 928-951-4895 or visit www.strawberrypatchers.com.

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tmcquerrey@payson.com

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