By JESSE BERTEL, Across the Street

The Mountain Top Quilters Guild will host its annual Quilt Show on May 31 and June 1 at the Findley Toyota Center, located at 3201 N. Main Street, Prescott Valley. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The show will feature over 400 quilts on display, with viewers voting in five categories: Art, Applique, Pieced, Mixed, and Other. Special exhibits include the President’s Challenge, Community Quilts and works from Youth Quilters. Attendees can purchase last-chance tickets for the 2024 Opportunity Quilt, “Desert Star,” at $1 each or six for $5. The event will also host over 20 vendors selling quilt-related items, clothing, and more, as well as a boutique featuring member-made items. Visitors can enjoy “Quilts with a Story” on both days and attend a small quilt auction on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available on-site.

Jeanne Dunk, a quilter and spokesperson for the Mountain Top Quilters Guild spoke with Across the Street ahead of the event. The following interview was edited for length and clarity.

How did you get started quilting?

My mother was a quilter and I always thought that I would like to quilt, but never had time. I was a lawyer and at the time was working at a job that was a 60 or 70 hour a week job. I had 2 or 3 of those jobs in a row, so I had no time to quilt. When I retired in 2013, the first thing I did was go and sign up for a beginning quilting class and learned quilt that way. It sort of took off from there. I made quilts for family members. One of my nephews was a music major and his graduation quilt was all black and white fabric that was musical notes and guitars and pianos. I had a nephew graduating from high school and he was a baseball player, so I made him a baseball quilt. My sister asked me to make her a king-size quilt. You ricochet from project to project, depending on who in your family doesn’t have a quilt or wants another quilt, or you took a class and made a quilt that you think would be cool for a family member or to donate.

What do you enjoy most

about quilting? Well, I tried weaving and I didn’t like it. It was tedious to me. I tried knitting and could do that, but wasn’t talented enough to make the things I wanted to make. I couldn’t learn how to crochet. My brain just doesn’t go that way. So, quilting for me has been the craft that I can stick with and that makes logical sense for my brain. I can figure out a pattern. If I haven’t purchased a pattern, I can design my own pattern. The wealth of fabrics, there is an endless, number of fabrics that are available.

For more information, visit mountaintopquiltersguild.com.

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