Color wheel on a roll as Moab quilters open show

A quilt titled “The Great Blue Heron on the Colorado River” was made by Peggy Harty of Moab, Utah. It’s one of more than 170 quilts to be shown March 9–10 at the Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show at the Grand Center in Moab.

Tommye Paddock, a member of the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild of Moab, created “Lillies” for a themed challenge titled “Quilted Garden.” This quilt and more than 170 others will be displayed at the upcoming Moab show.

Tickets for a chance to win the opportunity quilt, “Lucky Stars,” will be on sale at the Moab show. It fits a queen- to king-sized bed. Members of the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild made the quilt as a fundraiser. For details about the guild, go to

If you feel strong compassion for others and often reflect seriously on life’s whims, you may be under the influence of your zodiac sign. For those born between Feb. 19 and March 20, that would be Pisces.

Astrologically speaking, people whose birthdays fall during these dates are prone to certain personality traits. They’re likely to be mature, intuitive and accepting.

But Peggy Harty, newsletter editor for the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild in Moab, Utah, takes this 12th sign of the zodiac a step beyond and publishes a monthly color horoscope for quilters.

In the current newsletter, quilters who also are Pisceans are advised to consider sea green and other watery Neptunian tones, such as violet and lilac, in their fabric choices. A touch of magenta or even a fiery red might add a bit of excitement to the cool, balanced colors in their creations.

Quilters born under the Pisces sign hate to break the rules, in case that upsets the teacher. Yet they often prefer dreaming up their own quilts. Good, close friends are needed to keep these stitchers grounded and sewing.

Harty says she found these color horoscopes through Internet research and decided they were appropriate for the quilt guild’s 2013 theme, “Year of Color.”

Lessons focus on how to use a color wheel as a quilting tool and to distinguish between color, tint, shade and tone.

“Each month, we are highlighting a color and presenting guild members with the challenge of making a small project, such as potholders, place mats, table runners, etc., with that color,” says Harty, also a guild past president.

As a guide, they are taking many of these lessons from the book, “A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color and Design: The basics & beyond” by Heather Thomas.

The Delicate Stitchers celebrate their 15th anniversary this year and have scheduled their seventh biennial Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show on March 9–10 at the Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West, in Moab.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Marian Eason, publicity chairwoman, expects the guild will show 175 pieces, including antique, traditional and art quilts, wearable art and home décor.

Mystery quilts and challenge quilts from the past two years will be featured. The two challenge themes are “Birds of a Feather” and “Quilted Garden.”

Tickets will be on sale to attendees for an “opportunity quilt” made by members to fit a queen- or king-sized bed. It’s called “Lucky Stars.”

Vendors from Colorado, New Mexico and Utah will offer a merchants mall during the show, with fabrics, patterns, threads, books and notions.

Quilt appraisals by guild member Sandra Starley are to be available for a $40 fee. Starley is a professional, certified by the American Quilter’s Society.

Two classes are scheduled in conjunction with the show: Creative Tucks wall hanging from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, taught by Bev Swift of Durango, and Large Grab & Go Bag from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, led by Gail Aspromonte of Aztec, N.M.

For information on these, call Murine Gray, 435-259-5514.

This coming weekend in Moab promises plenty of adventure — from the colorful quilts to the red rocks of nearby Arches National Park with its famous Delicate Arch (for which the guild is named).

No matter what your zodiac sign, the sun should be moving in that western direction.

Wear your favorite color and see what the Delicate Stitchers predict.

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