Western Legends Round-Up is happy to announce that the great raffle quilt of 2017 is ready! Last week, we spoke with Nayna Christensen, one of the chief organizers of the upcoming quilt show. To express our appreciation to the people whose hands have labored so diligently, we feel it’s only fitting that we share with our readers more about this magnificent work of art.
What are the most important things you would like people to remember about this quilt?
Nayna: The quilt is called, A Tribute to Clint Walker. He has attended our show for many years, and we wanted to do something special to honor him. We chose a Hopi basket pattern. The Kokopelli Quilting Company made the pattern. I made the quilt top, and Marla McDermitt quilted it.
This quilt will be raffled on the last day of the show–that’s on Saturday. You can purchase quilt raffle tickets online or locally. You can purchase individual tickets for $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20.00.
Some of our younger Western Legends Round-Up readers might want to know more about Clint Walker. What can you tell us about him?
Nayna: Clint Walker is a very famous television actor from the 1950s. He has been coming to Western Legends for over, I’d say, seventeen–maybe eighteen–years. We wanted to do something special for him this year because he has been so gracious to us.
The Western Legends event attracts a lot of movie stars. We set up a tent just for them. Over the years we’ve had Dale Evans, Roy Roger’s daughter, Cheryl, and many more. Clint Walker is one of main movie stars who attend this event. We’re very grateful to him for that.
And what better way to show your appreciation that through a quilt?
Speaking of movie stars, Nicolas Cage was in Kanab recently filming a movie.
Nayna: Yes. He was here. There are restaurants where you can see pictures of famous people who visit here. Kanab is a pretty popular place for making movies and for movie stars.
We’re sure Clint Walker will be very touched by your gesture. How many people contributed to making this quilt?
Nayna: Marla and I made this quilt, but our show has many great people helping. If I had to guess, I’d say thirty, maybe more people have worked to make the show what it is, all quilting enthusiasts.
How many hours go into making the show a success?
Nayna: Thousands. Every quilt, no matter what, takes so many hours. First, you have to piece it together. Then, you have to hand quilt or have it machine quilted or stitched.
What kind of fabric did you choose?
Nayna: The Clint Walker quilt is made out of cotton fabric and will fit a queen-sized bed.
How did you decide the pattern?
Nayna: The pattern was picked out by our Western Legends Round-Up committee. This committee is comprised of our two quilt guilds here in Kanab. The pattern seemed to fit the Western Legends Round-Up theme.
What is your favorite memory from working on this quilt?
Nayna: I loved picking out the color scheme. We wanted something striking, something memorable. I love the turquoise and black. It’s such a stand-out color combination. It looks like a jewel.
I also enjoyed the process of making the quilt. The fabric was cut and sewn into the Hopi Basket and then the basket was appliqued onto the quilt.
Turquoise, of course, is a Navajo color. And I love that we can include our Native American heritage in this quilt.
Overall, if I had to choose a favorite memory or favorite feature of this quilt, I’d say the colors. They’re gorgeous. The whole process was fun.
We want to thank Nayna for taking the time to speak with us and shed light on how much love and hard work went into making this year’s raffle quilt.
Last month, we shared with our readers a short history of the quilting process. Without a doubt, this year’s quilt showcases what can be accomplished when people come together to create something beautiful.