Spring show cure for winter doldrums

Sandra Hoefner, a Grand Junction art quilter, enjoys having a pet in her home studio. She and her blue calico, Porcelaina Trump, are featured in the current issue of Studios magazine. The cat snuggles whenever Hoefner sits down to do hand stitching.

Patsy Bruton of Delta, right, and Florence Balbier show off the 100th Project Linus quilt Bruton pieced and donated to sick children at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Balbier is the project liaison for the Desert West Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, which sponsors the outreach program.

If you’re at wits’ end after the winter we’ve had on the Western Slope, the Basket Case Quilt Guild of Delta has the perfect cure.

Members are planning their Spring Fling Quilt Show next month, promising more than 160 items from wearable art to king-size quilts. Bed-size quilts will number about 60, according to Corrine Thornberry of Eckert, show chairwoman. Some items will be for sale.

The event is scheduled April 9–10 in the Fellowship Hall of the Delta United Methodist Church, Fifth and Meeker streets.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2.

One of the guild’s members, Bette Green of Eckert, escaped our state’s snowy roads and gray skies by vacationing in Maui.

She’ll have entries in the Spring Fling show, including a machine-pieced quilt titled “Crane Moon.” The pattern and the fabrics for it were purchased on a previous trip Green made to Hawaii.

Throughout the year, the guild does charitable work, donating baby quilts to Delta County Memorial Hospital and giving other quilts to disabled and sick veterans.

At Spring Fling, visitors also can buy chances on two raffle quilts, one by S&B Quilters of Hotchkiss and one from the Black Canyon Quilters of Montrose.

For information about the show, call Thornberry at 835-4849.

A Delta resident who finds great joy working with fabric recently achieved a noteworthy milestone.

For more than a decade, Patsy Bruton has supported a national program called Project Linus: Providing Security Through Blankets. She makes and donates children’s quilts.

Bruton keeps a record of them in a photo album and has reached a benchmark of 100.

“I didn’t dream when I started my first Linus quilt in 1997 that I would still be quilting them 13 years later,” Bruton says.

The donation of quilts and lap robes for children who are patients of St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction is an outreach program of the Desert West Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, of which Bruton is a member.

Almost every month, she delivers a quilt or two for the cause. Florence Balbier, a charter member of the chapter, serves as a Project Linus liaison.

Bruton’s original goal was “to thin out” her fabric stash, but now it’s occasionally replenished by her Desert West friends with bright, colorful materials that will appeal to children.

Bruton pieces the tops, which are then backed and tied with the help of another chapter member, 92-year-old Rena Carr. (Tying the top technically makes the finished product a comforter.)

Bruton also finds time to do needlework and make dolls.

“Life is good,” she says.

And she’s making life better for others.


Last week, I ran out of space when writing about Sandra Hoefner of Grand Junction, who has two quilts featured in the new book, “500 Art Quilts.”

So this week, I’m including the photograph of her and her cat that was published in the spring issue of Studios magazine, a publication that gives readers inspiration and ideas for their art and craft space.

In addition to 101 storage solutions, the magazine highlights “Pets in the Studio;” Hoefner with her blue calico cat are part of that segment.

The cat’s name is Porcelain, but Hoefner says she calls her Porcelaina Trump because of her regal air. The pair appear quite snug in a comfy chair as Hoefner hand quilts one of her fabric creations.

If any of my other readers have photos of themselves with helpful and beloved pets in your working space, e-mail or snail mail them to me. They could be fodder for a future column.


E-mail Sherida.Warner@ gjsentinel.com.


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