Don't Miss the Sierra Mountain Quilters Association 19th Biennial Quilt Show!
MOUNTAIN GEMS QUILT SHOW
MAY 4 & 5, 2013
At the quilt show, you'll see over a hundred, unique, hand-crafted quilts created by local quilters and fiber artists. Visit our Vendors Mall and Country Store. We'll also have gift baskets for raffle and quilts for sale. We'll raffle our opportunity quilt on May 5th, 2013.
Please contact Lin Crow at 559-642-2673 or email@example.com if you are interested in being a vendor at our show.
Featured Quilter: Sinta Borland
We are delighted to have Sinta Borland as our featured quilter for 2013. Sinta has been an active member of SMQA since 1997 when she joined as an anniversary treat to herself. After obtaining her degree in Interior Design in Southern California, she made a quick trip to Yosemite on her way home to Oregon. She loved Yosemite so much that she stayed there for ten years. She now resides in the Bass Lake area where the natural beauty provides constant inspiration for her quilting.
Since early childhood, Sinta has been intrigued with quilting. As a child, she slept with a handmade quilt given to her by her aunt. She would lie in bed and marvel at the patterns, fabrics, and the texture of the quilt. She has that quilt to this day. Her fascination with patterns and design as a child also lead to a game she played with her grandmother’s potholders, Sinta would lay the potholders out and arrange them into varying patterns . . . just like a quilt!
Sinta’s passion for design, patterns, color, and textiles inspired her to take a quilting class from Myra Algots where she created her first quilt: a black, white, and red sampler. Sinta explained that her color palette has changed since then. She now prefers subtle vintage pastels and soft batiks.
When Sinta began quilting, she found that she could use the same principles that apply to any good design (e.g., use of negative and positive space, light and dark, color, patterns, flow, movement, etc.). Quilting became her new medium, another way to express her creativity.
Most of Sinta’s quilts are machine pieced and long-arm quilted. Occasionally Sinta machine quilts her quilts, but she loves the quality that long arm quilting gives to a quilt. She explains, long arm quilting can bring a quilt to life. Being a busy, working mother, Sinta appreciates time-efficient methods, however she is now experimenting with a more time consuming technique, applique.
Like the rest of us, Sinta has a stack of unquilted tops. However, she has a good excuse: sometimes her own quilts take second priority to quilting she does for a variety of designers. The designers send her their patterns and fabrics. She then has two to four weeks to get the quilt put together and back to the designer. She’s even had her name printed on the pattern in recognition for her hard work. Of course she also has many very nice fabric scraps to play with as well.
When asked about her most challenging quilting experience, Sinta didn’t have to think long. It was her "Dear John Quilt." She made blocks, and remade blocks trying to obtain a pleasing color placement. Being a large quilt, it was taxing and stressful . . . not a fun experience. But she finished it and called the quilt her "Dear John Quilt" because by the time the quilt was completed, her relationship with it was OVER!
Sinta is most inspired by several designers. She is inspired by Black Bird Designs (applique) and has every one of their books. Years ago she attended the International Quilt Show in Santa Clara. At the show she met a new designer, Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. Since then, half of everything Sinta creates either includes Fig Tree Quilts fabrics or is made from one of Joanna’s patterns.
Sinta was selected as the Featured Quilter for the 2013 Quilt Show because she is a fabulous and inspiring quilter AND because SMQA has benefitted from Sinta’s active participation over the years. She served two terms as SMQA president (2004-2006) and also served as First Vice President. She has been the Raffle Basket Chair for the quilt show for two shows. Sinta explained, the Raffle Baskets were started by Susan Altreuter as a fun way for SMQA to raise money at the show. The baskets were a huge success. As Sinta and Susan were dear friends, when Susan passed away, Sinta took on the project for future quilt shows as a tribute to her and her idea. They continue to be an overwhelming success and a favorite among attendees of the show.
When asked, why someone who doesn’t know much about quilting should come to our quilt show, Sinta explained: "Even if you don’t know anything about quilting, it’s like going to a foreign country . . . you don’t have to understand the language to appreciate the experience."
Visit Sinta's blog at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and come see her fabulous quilts at the quilt show!
Our Opportunity Quilt: Mountain Gems
Raffle ticket sales for our opportunity quilt raise critical funds that allow the Association to function.
This year's quilt is titled, Mountain Gems
The quilt designers are JoAnne Louis and Chris Moline - Applique design by Colette Wear
Detail of quilt with applique. Hexagons are hand-pieced.
Raffle tickets are being sold in varying locations throughout the community and by SMQA members.
Quilt Show Ticket Sale Locations and Dates: (Contact Kay Marshall to sign up)
* April 20th - Raleys/Oakhurst
* March 23 & April 3 - Hallmark Shop/Oakhurst
* April 12 &13 - Best of the Valley/Linsey
Mel Peters is coordinating ticket sales. If you would like to . . .
* purchase tickets,
* obtain tickets to sell,
* make suggestions regarding locations to display the quilt and sell tickets, or
* sign up to sell tickets
Please contact Mel at or by snail mail: P.O. Box 1329, Oakhurst, CA 93644.
We need everyone’s support in getting this wonderful quilt out there.
Map to Quilt Show