Stitching patterns of lasting friendships

By Angela Peacock

The baseball playoffs are in full swing nationally, but Tucumcari’s favorite pastime this weekend is quilting.
This weekend’s Tucumcari Route 66 Quilt Show is an opportunity for quilt enthusiasts to come together and share hand crafted creations while meeting new friends and fellow quilters.

Tucumcari’s Quay-Z Quilters, organizers of the event, are hosting the 9th annual formal quilt show in celebration of Quay County’s 100th birthday Friday through Sunday at the Tucumcari Convention Center. The event is designed for those who love quilting to have an opportunity to share their talents with other quilt enthusiasts and also for anyone who doesn’t know much about quilting but would like to learn.

“Quilting is an addiction,” said Quay-Z Quilter Carolyn Sumruld. “The show is about a love for quilting.”
The show is for entertainment purposes only and won’t be judged.

The Quay-Z Quilters currently have an estimated 12 to 20 members who meet Tuesday evenings at the rural fire station No. 2 in Tucumcari.

Organization member Priddy said though quilting isn’t her only favorite past time it is one she has found comfort in since her husband passed away.

“Quilting is a good way to relax and be productive at the same time,” Priddy said. “When you’re alone it gives you a companion to keep you busy.”
The Route 66 Quilt Show will offer a five classes: how to restore and repair old quilts, quilt as you go, a pin woven tote class, a crazy nine patch and a mystery quilt class.

Hoffman Challenge Traveling Exhibits will also make an appearance this weekend to feature a collection of wall hangings created by artists from all over the world.

“The artists who are from the traveling exhibit paint a picture with their needle and threat,” Priddy said. “I’ve met a new circle of friends through quilting that I feel like I’ve known my whole life. This show allows us an opportunity to gather together to appreciate and enjoy our handiwork.”