LS: Art of Quilting Column February 22, 2009
Visual delights beckon visitors to Moab
A trip to Arches National Park near Moab, Utah, would not be complete without a visit to its most famous icon, Delicate Arch.
One of the most photographed natural rock formations in the United States, the arch has been adopted as the state symbol and appears on Utah license plates.
Formed of Entrada sandstone and standing 52 feet tall, it has been worn away by weathering and erosion, eventually leaving the distinct shape.
Naturalist Edward Abbey suggested several ways of looking at the arch: as the remnants of a giant sandstone fin, a giant engagement ring cemented in rock, a bow-legged pair of petrified cowboy chaps or a triumphal arch for a procession of angels.
Those are some amazing images.
Speaking of great scenery, a visit to Moab on March 7–8 will not be complete without a stop at the Grand Center, where a special exhibit awaits. It’s a show titled “Quilting in the Red Rocks,” and it’s presented by the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild.
What a lucky group of quilters to be able to adopt their spectacular landmark as their organization’s namesake and logo.
I know of at least one, probably two carloads of Grand Junction quilters who will head southwest to view the show in a couple of weeks. (I’ve also learned that the community has a new quilt shop called It’s Sew Moab.)
More than 120 quilts, as well as quilted garments and home decor will be on display at the Grand Center, 182 North 500 West.
Guild members are working on a challenge titled “Story Quilts Inspired by Spoken and Written Word,” and these will be exhibited at the event, says chairwoman Bonnie Crysdale.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Free demonstrations are scheduled Sunday:
• 10:30 a.m. — Raw edge applique.
• 11:30 a.m. — Bindings and edges.
• 1:30 p.m. — Foundation piecing.
On Saturday, Kari Harvey of Grand Junction will teach a six-hour beginning/intermediate class on free motion quilting. Harvey is a member of the Art Quilt Association, and she works at Hi Fashion Fabrics in Grand Junction.
The cost is $45 for Delicate Stitchers guild members and $60 for nonmembers. A $15 kit fee also is required.
For information on the class, contact Marian Eason, 435-259-6447, or delicatestitchersquilt
Vendors are expected from Colorado and Utah.
Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild was founded in 1998 to foster fiber art. Meetings are at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Moab’s Grand Center. Dues are $15 a year.