Montrose Pavilion bursts with color of quilt show

Photos by William Woody—The black canyon quilt show features more than 150 quilts by amateurs and masters alike. The annual three-day show continues today at the Montrose Pavilion, presented by three quilting organizations. Other works are shown in the composite photo above.

MONTROSE — Thousands of fans of the thread flooded the Montrose Pavilion on Saturday for the second day of the annual Black Canyon Quilt Show.

The three-day celebration, which concludes today, is in its 16th year, and is presented each July by the Columbine Quilters, the San Juan Quilters and the Friendship Quilters of Western Colorado.

This year’s show featured 166 quilts made by amateur and master quilters, according to Black Canyon Quilt Show Inc. President Lois Sackman.

Color, design, texture and creativity were on display, Sackman said of an art she learned from her mother, Minnie Roeske, who was also a master quilter.

“It’s a part of me, and I am able to give a part of myself away,” Sackman said.

The best-of-show quilt was entitled “Earth Star,” created by Richard Larson of Dallas, Texas. Sackman said the 2011 show had more entries by men than in any previous years.

Montrose resident and master quilter Mary Ross began sewing at age 9 and has been quilting for 32 years. Ross said if a quilt is hand-made, it can take anywhere from six months to three years to complete, depending on the intricacies of the design.

“It’s more than a hobby. I enjoy it so much, and I feel that I’m leaving something behind. It’s a heritage thing,” Ross said.

Ross said quilts have the power to communicate like no other hand-made craft can. She said donations to disaster victims, wounded veterans, hospice patients and loved ones can send a message of thanks, love and warmth. She added quilts for veterans remain in high demand.

For more information about the Columbine Quilters call 240-5958. For the San Juan Quilters call 240-4732, and the Friendship Quilters of Western Colorado can be reached at 252-8491.

Today’s quilt show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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