by Moab Museum Staff
Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild 19th Quilt Challenge Exhibit at the Moab Museum.
How would you define a quilt? Quilting, historically, is the stitching together of layers of fabric with padding, utilitarian by design, and made to provide warmth. Earliest evidence of quilts is found more than 2,000 years ago! Quilts were made out of necessity and thrift, and could be considered in today’s terms as a beloved “up-cycled” item in the home. Stitching together worn clothing pieces along with old blankets patched over and over again eliminated waste, and outlived items were repurposed for a new use. Eventually, hand made quilts became far more than just for utilitarian warmth as the quilter’s craft evolved into a form of art.
Quilt making was common in the U.S. by the late 17th century, and by then many quilts were elaborately decorated with artistic and highly detailed designs. As an art, quilting inspired many styles with regional patterns and special stitching unique to different cultures. Quilting also brought women together to help in the finishing of large quilts in places where quilting was a form of necessity or livelihood. Like a barn-raising, these community-based events strengthened the threads of rural life. Today quilting communities still exist throughout the United States and worldwide, and Moab’s is still going strong.
The Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild was founded in 1998 by a group of women interested in fostering and celebrating the art of quilting. Each year a themed Quilt Challenge with a specific set of rules to follow is voted on by Guild members. Past challenges included creating a quilt commemorating Canyonlands National Park’s 50th Anniversary, an Ebony and Ivory quilt challenge (black and white only), and starry night quilts to name just a few.
This year’s 19th Quilt Challenge, “The Straight Skinny,” has only one rule: a quilted art piece that measures 12” x 48” in its finished size. The quilters can design their challenge pieces using any style, color combination, and fabric type they wish to use. As in previous years, this year’s quilts are a detailed rainbow of diverse subjects. Marian Eason, a long time member of the Quilt Guild says that for every challenge: “I try to do something different each year and I DO want to challenge myself!”
The twelve quilters whose works are on display include: Janet Buckingham, Shauna Dickerson, Marian Eason, Lou Gostlin, Audrey Graham, Peggy Harty, Nancy Krieger, Vonda Louthan, Chyrrel Meyer, Deborah Shank, Deborah Slechta, and Lydia Young.
See this year’s Quilt Challenge “The Straight Skinny” on display at the Museum beginning May 8th during Art Walk, and for the rest of the month of May. The Delicate Stitchers meet on the second Tuesday of each month, now at Rotary Park. Membership is free this year, and quilters of all levels are encouraged to join.
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Red Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, is home to the Moab Museum of Film & Western Heritage. The lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, Ten Who Dared, The Commancheros, and Rio Conchos.
The late George White was founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest ongoing film commission in the world.
In the museum one can learn more about film locations, how the sets are built, and how the filming process is managed on nature’s own sound stage. On display in the museum are production photographs, movie posters, autographed scripts, props from the many pictures filmed in the area, and displays about the western ranching heritage. For information, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435-259-2002.
Through the magnificent landscapes of southeastern Utah, writers have been inspired and stories born here. Zane Grey, the famous western novelist, traveled through the area in 1912. His visit inspired him to write his book Riders of the Purple Sage. The book was made into a movie starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, and filmed on locations around Moab.
|A partial list of stars that have made movies in Moab
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Lee Marvin,
Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Boone, Anthony Quinn,
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Crystal,
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Jack Palance, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Ted Danson, Tom Cruise, and many more.