Labor Day weekend in Heber-Overgaard would not be complete without the annual Pine Needlers Quilt Show—the biggest ‘little’ quilt show in the mountains. This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capps School Gymnasium, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Road in Heber. Admission is $2.00 and parking is free.
Heber-Overgaard is in the cool pines of the Mogollon Rim on Highway 260 between Payson and Showlow, just 2 1/2 hours from Phoenix.
The annual quilt show began in the 1990s at the Rim Country Senior Center in Overgaard with quilts draped over chairs and tables. Over the years, the Pine Needlers have grown this much-anticipated show and expect more than eighty beautiful quilts, all made by members, at September’s event. The show is non-juried but those attending will have an opportunity to vote for their favorites for the Viewer’s Choice Awards.
There is a wide variety of other opportunities for visitors to enjoy during the show. The very popular Best of the Rim Boutique offers an abundance of unique handmade items for sale. It’s a great place to get a start on your Christmas Shopping!
Early birds get first choice of delicious homemade breads, pies, cakes, cookies and other tasty treats from the Pine Needlers’ Bake Sale. Needless to say, it sells out every year! The show also includes several vendors selling everything from fabric, notions, handmade coiled baskets to wearable art and jewelry.
Of course, you will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets to win the outstanding 2018 Raffle Quilt. “Rim Country Cabin,” is an original design, pieced by several of the Pine Needlers members and quilted by member Marilyn Giblin. Prior to the show, it is being displayed at Rim Country Quilts and Papercrafting in Bison Ranch, Overgaard. The last display is at the Rim Country Roundup in Payson. Tickets sell for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing for the winning ticket will be in the afternoon of October 13th and the winner will be notified by phone.
The Kid’s Corner is a very popular stop at the show where members share quilt crafting with the children. Each child leaves with fun inspiration or possibly a special fabric creation all their own. They also have a chance to win a small quilt.
Since the first show over 20 years ago, the Pine Needlers have focused on using the funds raised by the quilt show to help others in the community. Some of the organizations or activities they support are: Safe House, Hope House, Santa’s Kids, the School Nurse’s needs, Community Food pantry, the Senior Center and the Chamber’s Fireworks Fund.
The Pine Needlers have several ongoing charity projects they also contribute to in non-monetary ways. They make quilts to honor local veterans and wounded service members. These quilts are given to the recipients during a biannual presentation held by the quilt group. They also donate quilts to victims of sexual trauma in the military. Children are not forgotten and quilts and other items are given to children entering into foster care in Navajo County.
The Pine Needlers meet the first Monday of every month at Faith Lutheran Church, 2750 Mogollon Drive, in Overgaard. For more information about the group, visit: www.pineneedlers.weebly.com.