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Works by longtime quilter will be on display at show

by Bambi Torres

Phyllis Staab of Topaz Ranch Estates has been quilting for 22 years.

Staab started sewing at 10 years of age, and through the years she has made lots of clothes for herself and her family. In 1977, a co-worker of Staab’s was working on a hand-pieced quilt and suggested to Staab that she try her hand at it. Staab wasn’t sure she wanted to work at sewing all those tiny pieces of material together by hand, but through the urging of the other woman, she decided to give it a try.

The first two quilts that Staab made were entirely hand pieced.

Soon quilting was in and making clothes went by the roadside. Staab and her daughter, Valerie, joined the Night Owl Quilt Guild in Upland, Calif. The organization was a large quilt guild, and thus Staab and her daughter were able to listen to lots of national speakers and to attend quilting classes.

Staab said she enjoys going to classes, but many of her quilting techniques have been self-taught from books. Until recently, using the rotor cutter and strip-piecing were her favorite techniques, but after attending applique classes taught by Robert Callaham here in Gardnerville, her current favorite technique is applique.

Staab said the color she likes to work with is blue, and she is also extremely fond of making scrap quilts using the log cabin pattern. Scrap quilts use many different fabric and usually any one material is only used once.

Staab’s quilts may be viewed at the upcoming “Quilts from the Valley” quilt show at the Douglas County Fairgrounds the weekend of July 24 and July 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $4.

n Bambi Torres is a member of the Carson Valley Quilt Guild.