Friday, June 11, 2010

Panquitch Quilt Walk

Every year during the 3rd week of June, the small town of Panquitch, Utah becomes transformed.
Quilts line the street and showcase in most store front windows.

Panquitch Quilt Walk is a 4-day town event, with a Quilt Show, classes, vendors mall, art show, dinner theatre, and chocolate fest as just part of the events.

My friend Claudia Crump started the Quilt Walk 13 years ago, and has been a huge influence in promoting quilting throughout the state of Utah.
Claudia is also one of the most beautiful people (inside and out) that I have ever met. To know Claudia is to love her.

When Quilt Walk started 13 years ago, 35 women signed up for classes.
Now the event is well known throughout the western United States.
To honor Claudia and the work she has done over the years, she was presented with a quilt made by her staff.

I taught a class for Quilt Walk this year. My friend Lucille went with me to keep me company.
Here we are shopping in the Texture Magic booth run by Valerie Burton

Valerie has designed the cutest cupcake pincushions made out of Texture Magic. The kits can be ordered on Valerie's web site HERE.

One of the things I love about coming to Quilt Walk is being able to meet up with friends.
I was able to see my good friend Nanette (Freda's Hive) who happened to be teaching in the same classroom right before me. So fun to visit and get caught up.
I was also able to meet Emily (Ems Scrapbag), who was also there as a teacher. Isn't it fun to actually put a face with a name with our wonderful quilt blogging friends?

And I was able to have lunch with my dear friend Bonnie Miles.
Bonnie is one of the original teachers when Quilt Walk began, and comes back every year to teach. This is her "Funky Diamonds" quilt from a class she is teaching this year.

During the noon trunk show yesterday, they started with Show and Tell. People brought quilts that had been made in classes from years past.
These are just a few.

Virgina Olsen was the Features Guest for the Trunk Show.
She makes most of her quilts in a month or two, and they are hand quilted.
We have some amazing talent in Southern Utah.
This is a small representation of the quilts she shared.


Lori Holt said...

Love it all Nedra...I hope you are having a great time!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Beautiful - sounds like my kind of place!

Darlene said...

Wowzer - so much talent in one small town. Thank you for sharing.

Kim Walus said...

What a wonderful event. It would be fun to attend some time.

Carol said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! What a wonderful show...thank you for taking us along.

Material Mary said...

What a fun event!! Good luck teaching your class. One day I might get down there and participate in one of these.

Jan Marie said...

yea, you showed one of my quilts on your blog. I am pretty excited about that. it is the blue and red pick up sticks one. I took Nanettes class but didn't get in yours. Those purses made with the texture magic were great. the quilt walk is great. jan

amy smart said...

I would LOVE to go to that even one of these days. More like years. But I will get there. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing.

Sherry said...

Wow, what a great event. Thanks for sharing a part of it with us. Love those quilts.

Unknown said...

How nice to have such a wonderful event close to your home! Wonderful quilts, teachers, and friends. You just can't get better than that. I am especially partial to those beautiful pineapple quilts.

beth said...

wow! lovely quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Patty Benner Young said...

Incredible talent in Utah. Thanks for your blog - I look forward to reading it!

Janet said...

Oh I so loved seeing the show and tell, it sounds like a lovely event. Thanks so much for sharing the photos.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh what a wonderful time!!! Thank you for sharing! love the hat quilt!

Sherri said...

I really am going to have to get up there one of these times...I didn't realize the quilt show would have so many is really getting to be a big event!

Claudia said...

Nedra Thanks so much for teaching for me at the Quilt Walk. Everyone just loved you and Texture Magic! Thanks for all the wonderful pictures showing everyone our festival and your very kind words. Love ya!Claudia

Nanette Merrill said...

The quilts are lovely. I loved teaching at the Quilt Walk. I loved Claudia. I found her such a sweet and kind person and so wanting to make everyone happy, like you! It is no wonder you are friends. I even got an email thanking me for teaching, already. I couldn't believe she had a time to catch her breath. Claudia really made me feel like I want to come back again and again.

Gayle said...

Hey Nedra - Did you know that I took Emily Bailey to her very first quilt guild meeting years ago? We used to be neighbors! She's sure come a long way! I think I attended Panguitch the first or second year it was held - the dinner theater was my favorite part of the weekend - oh - and the historic home tour - do they still do that?