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Ehrhardt Wins Gila County Heritage Quilt Award

winner for web-smallChery Ehrhardt of Payson (pictured) took home the Gila County Heritage Award at the 12th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup on Oct. 14 in Payson.

District One Supervisor Tommie Martin, who was a presenting sponsor of the event, explains that generally the heritage award goes to a hand-quilted or treadle machine quilted entry that reflects Gila County heritage.

A panel of judges from Globe, Payson, Tonto Basin, and Young came together and selected Ehrhardt’s quilt, “Color Me Gray,” which was pieced and quilted on a Singer 99 from 1933.  

“I love sewing with my vintage Singer Hand Crank,” says Ehrhardt describing her process in making the quilt. “It sews a wonderful stitch and is so easy to operate. I did realize however that it is very difficult to quilt on, thus my quilt is hand stitched with big quilt stitching.”

Ehrhardt took home a $100 prize for her award-winning quilt.

The event, held  annually at Mazatzal Casino in Payson, features special exhibits, classes, appraisals, and more.