Play on words spells fun at Moab show

“Three Sheeps to the Wind” was made by Sandra Davey of the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild in Moab, Utah, in response to a challenge theme titled “Word Play.” Quilts on this theme and many other examples of quilting will be exhibited Feb. 26-27 at the 2011 Quilting in the Red Rocks Show at the Grand Center in Moab.


If you go

• WHAT: Sixth biennial show, Quilting in the Red Rocks

WHEN: Feb. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: The Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West, Moab, Utah


SPONSORED BY: The Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild of Moab

CONTACT: Marian Eason of Moab, 435-259-6447, or delicatestitchersquilt .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you are “three sheeps to the wind,” you’re not inebriated. You’re a quilter who has turned a word play challenge into a comical art piece.

That’s what Sandra Davey did as a member of the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild of Moab, Utah. She took the central theme, “Word Play,” and envisioned three white woolies clinging for dear life to a flagpole in a gale-force wind.

Each year, the Delicate Stitchers guild comes up with a different fabric challenge. Others who played with words in 2010 include Laura Senter with “Full of Hot Air” and Lou Gostlin in a rendition of “Outstanding in Her Field.”

These and more will be part of the sixth biennial show, Quilting in the Red Rocks, scheduled Feb. 26–27 in the Grand Center, 182 N. 500 West.

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

Antique, traditional and contemp- orary art quilts, along with wearable art and quilted home decor, will be on display.

The guild also will offer a charity raffle boutique, with wall hangings, table toppers and runners, place mats and purses available.

Merchants from Utah and Colorado will set up booths for shoppers. A professional will be on hand to appraise quilts, both old and new, for a fee.

Two full-day classes are planned with instructors from Hi Fashion Fabrics in Grand Junction.

“Attic Windows” will be taught Saturday by Heather Lofstrom, who promises to have you throwing tricky Y seams out the window with a new technique. It requires a focus fabric and two contrasting fabrics. Cost is $55 and includes a book.

(The Attic Window quilt block is a repeating traditional pattern that can give the illusion of dimension.)

“Embellished Fabric Art Quilt Design” is scheduled for Sunday by Kari Harvey. Textured fabrics will be used to make a small wall quilt that is embellished with couched yarn.

Cost is $45 plus $25 for a kit fee.

(Couching is an embroidery technique — by hand or machine — in which yarn or other fibers are laid across a surface and fastened in place with small stitches.)

For information or class registration, contact Marian Eason of Moab, 435-259-6447 or delicatestitchersquilt .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Registration deadline is Feb. 19.

Whether you’re wanting to learn a new technique or admire others’ quilting — or both — a drive to the red rock country of Moab is the right direction.

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