Pahrump quilt show features fantastic fiber arts

Eye-catching color, dazzling designs and intricate handiwork were on full display during the 2019 Pins and Needles Quilt Show, hosted by the Shadow Mountain Quilters.

Fiber artists from all across the valley took the opportunity to put the spotlight on their many and varied creations during this year’s event, resulting in the largest collection of entries that the long-standing show has ever seen.

“The Shadow Mountain Quilters enjoyed a fun-filled two-day event at beautiful Nevada Treasure RV Resort. The warm spring weather brought out over 400 attendees to attend the show commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Shadow Mountain Quilters,” event organizer Violet Touchton raved following the event that took place April 5 and 6.

“Participation was increased this year with more volunteers eager to share their love of the art of quilting. Racks and tables showcased even more beautiful examples of different types of quilts and needlework than in years past,” Touchton detailed. “Demonstrations were well attended and bed turning, always a popular event, packed all available chairs.”

There were vendors filling the lobby of the venue as well, providing attendees the chance to expand their horizons with something new, stock up on fabrics or buy memorabilia proclaiming their passion for their arts. Hubbster Apparel and Embroidery, Pocket Change Fabrics, Red Rock Threads, the Quilted Dragon and 108 Quilt Backings spread their enormous selection of goods throughout the lobby and were kept quite busy as patrons made their way through.

“The diverse selection of raffle baskets were a big hit with many people returning to purchase additional tickets,” Touchton added, noting that the biggest raffle prize of the show, the Opportunity Quilt featuring a tornado made to match the 2019 theme of Up, Up and Away, was won by a lucky visitor from Idaho.

The winners for the 28 different categories were already determined prior to the show, with ribbons announcing the individual awards proudly attached to the pieces. However, the audience itself played a major role, voting on the works to be honored with Viewers’ Choice awards.

Taking home first place in the non-quilt entry category was Dawn Purser for her cross stitch entitled Sunrise Eagle. Second place went to Barbara Blitz for her knitted baby dress. In the quilting division, Rosillis Rosario claimed two awards, first place for her Twelve Month Splendor entry and second for her quilt titled Here’s Looking at You Kids.

“As a non-profit organization, a portion of funds raised from the event are returned to other community organizations,” Touchton explained. Although the amount to be donated and the recipients of this year’s proceeds have yet to be determined, Touchton noted that in the past the quilters have supported such programs as Meals on Wheels and the Kiwanis Food for Thought program.

The Shadow Mountain Quilters meet each Thursday at the Bob Ruud Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Anyone who quilts, sews, knits, crochets or does needlework is welcome to attend twice before committing to becoming a member,” Touchton stated. “Annual dues are only $20. Please join us as we share our knowledge and friendship every week.”

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