Quilters’ special day unravels stories of their lives

“Kaleidoscope,” made by Marion Fenner of Grand Junction, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the National Quilting Day show at Claire’s Court in Mesa Mall. Fenner based her quilt on a Ricky Tims pattern and says she likes how the colorful batik fabrics show off the movement of the piecing. “Even though the construction of the quilt top was a challenge, the result was well worth the effort,” she says.

This is one of 15 quilts to be donated Saturday to the St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center for patients undergoing chemotherapy. The Community Affairs committee of Sunset Slope Quilters has been making and donating quilts to the center for several years. They will be part of the National Quilting Day show Saturday at Mesa Mall, sponsored by Sunset Slope.



Quilters from Montrose guilds will be celebrating National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 15, at the newly opened Montrose Visitor Center, 107 S. Cascade.

Drop by between 10 a.m. and 
4 p.m. to view quilts on display and watch short demonstrations.

Information will be available about three local guilds, Columbine Quilters, Friendship Quilters of Western Colorado and San Juan Quilters.

Tours of the visitor center will be given.

Our lives are like quilts — bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.”

This quote on the website of Sunset Slope Quilters of Grand Junction underscores the philosophy of a large and active group in this valley.

Once again, its members are organizing a free quilt show in observance of the upcoming National Quilting Day.

Saturday’s event at Claire’s Court in Mesa Mall is an annual tradition, and this year’s spotlight will focus on one of Sunset Slope’s many Community Affairs programs, the St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center. Patients undergoing chemotherapy at the center receive colorful and comforting quilts made and donated by Sunset Slope members.

A card from one of the recipients reads: “Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt. I am so touched by the love and care it took to make it. It will always be very special.” — Janis H.

At this year’s show, 15 such quilts will be presented to a representative of the Cancer Survivorship Program, says Laura Pedge, co-chairwoman of the 2014 National Quilting Day show.

“Our (show) sponsor this year is the Cancer Survivorship Program at St. Mary’s Hospital,” Pedge says.

Debra Hesse is the program’s coordinator.

Sunset Slope’s Caroline Brueggeman has spearheaded the Community Affairs committee for the past six years. Later this month, she will hand over her duties to Helen Baltz-Jones.

Handmade quilts also are donated to Habitat for Humanity, and Christmas stockings are given to foster children each holiday season.

Also during the show, Pedge and her co-chairwoman Shannon Rogoyski have lined up several demonstrations and a bed-turning, in which large quilts, both modern and antique, are turned back for viewing by the audience.

Demonstrations include:

■ Wool appliqué

■ Hand quilting

■ Basting and tying quilts

■ Quilt piecing

Sunset Slope’s show starts at 10 a.m. and runs till 4 p.m. March 15 at the mall. Prizes will be given away throughout the day. Check out the group’s website at sunsetslopequilters.com, where you’ll also find another quote:

“A day patched with quilting seldom unravels.”

I can’t take credit for these words, and I don’t know the source, but the saying is too good not to share.

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