Tire mascot challenge sure to have quilters’ wheels turning
A lot of big wheels, the biggest being the famed Michelin Man himself, will roll into Montrose for the 19th annual Black Canyon Quilt Show, scheduled July 11–13. The event will be at the Montrose Pavilion, as usual, and I’m letting you know early for a couple of reasons.
First, a fun new competition was added this year by quilter Peggy Maynes and her husband, Keith, the owners of Maynes Tire on North Cascade in Montrose. They’ve had the Michelin dealership in Montrose for more than 39 years, and this year, they’re sponsoring the Michelin Man Quilt Contest in conjunction with the Black Canyon show.
Here’s where the rubber really meets the road: The first-place winner receives a $500 certificate toward the purchase of four Michelin tires.
Rules for entry require a man-size quilt, so you’ll need this time in advance if you’re going to participate, as the deadline for entries is June 2.
Each quilt must measure 60- to 84-inches wide and 72- to 84-inches long.
Most importantly, the giant tire mascot, Michelin Man, must appear somewhere on the front of your quilt, along with the theme, “Luv the Hunk.”
His size and specific pose are to be determined by you, the quilt maker.
Peggy Maynes says different poses of the Michelin Man can be found online and are available for your use. She encourages quilters to use subtitles as well, “Luv the Hunk: He’s a Groovy Guy,” for example.
“We want people to just have fun with this,” she says.
Entry forms, along with a photo of your quilt, should be submitted by June 2 to Maynes Tire, in care of Michelin Man, P.O. Box 2026, Montrose, CO 81402 or at the business, 1134 N. Cascade, Montrose. The entry fee is $20, with checks payable to the Black Canyon Quilt Show.
This will be a juried contest with the top 12 quilts hanging at the show in July, where the winner will be chosen. Second- and third-place winners also will be selected.
For entry forms and questions, call Peggy Maynes at 970-249-7592.
Now, here is another aspect of the 2014 edition of the Black Canyon Quilt Show that may pump up some enthusiasm among Western Slope quilters.
One of the biggest wheels in the art quilt world — David Taylor of Steamboat Springs — will be the featured speaker at a 1 p.m. lecture and trunk show Saturday, July 12, in the Pavilion auditorium.
Taylor, who entered the fabric art scene about a decade ago, quickly gained acclaim with a master award for contemporary quilting and two best of show awards.
He now teaches nationally and internationally. (His website is davidtaylorquilts.com.)
His work also is showing through April 29 in the “MANifestations” exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden.
The title of his July lecture is “The Reluctant Journey of an Art Quilter” and includes amusing life stories about his adventures in the quilting world.
Taylor’s Montrose appearance will be the highlight of the three-day show, which features more than 150 quilts, as well as demonstrations, vendors and a boutique. (Find other show details at blackcanyonquilt show.com.)
Tickets to his lecture cost $20 and include show admission ($4).
They are on sale now and can be purchased in advance by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a $20 check to Black Canyon Quilt Show, P.O. Box 2053, Montrose, CO 81402.
In Grand Junction, tickets will be available at Hi Fashion Sewing Machines, 2584 Patterson Road, Unit B.
Tickets also will be sold at the door on the day of the event, says Karla Gilbert, 2014 show chairwoman.
I, for sure, am not waiting till the last minute to purchase my ticket though. I enjoyed Taylor’s gregarious personality several years ago when he spoke to a local guild here in Grand Junction, and I’m sure he has many great anecdotes to tell of his fabric antics since then.
Plus, the stitching on his quilts is unbelievable and I can’t wait to see more of his outstanding work.
Email Sherida. Warner@GJSentinel.com.