BULLHEAD CITY — You never know how artistic your neighbors are.
A wide selection of local talent was on display Friday and Saturday at Desert Valley Elementary School.
Quilts on the River VII, the biennial show of the Colorado River Quilters, featured more than 100 quilts, showing varying degrees of complexity.
“I’m very impressed by all the time and creativity that goes into these,” said Bullhead City resident Wilma Tashjian, a quilter herself.
The works on display ranged from nature scenes to interactive quilts to Judy Burk’s “Sudoku,” which contained 81 fabric squares arranged to resemble a completed edition of the number-placement puzzle.
Quilters guild President Melinda Sobraske said the sizes of the entries ranged from 18 inches by 18 inches to 81/2 feet by 10 feet.
The quilts competed for top honors in categories that included traditional piecing, contemporary piecing and wall hangings and miniatures.
Cindy Jurgensen’s “Attic Window” (quilted by Julie Beane) took Best of Show honors.
Jurgensen said she worked on the piece, which resembles a painting showing the view of a barn and a tractor through a window, for about two months. It was a class project for Mohave Community College.
Sobraske said that most of the quilts entered in the show are labors of love and as such would not be sold. She said that the quilters guild could bring an artist and a potential buyer together, in those cases a sale would be considered.
A bazaar area outside the multipurpose room featured quilt sales and the vendor area offered quilting fabrics and accessories.
Sobraske said Friday afternoon that the day had generated a high volume of traffic. The parking lot again was crowded Saturday afternoon.
Tammy Moad, of Buckeye, had not been to the Colorado River Quilters. She said she arranged a visit to her aunt, Bev Duckstein, of Bullhead City, to coincide with the show.
She said she was impressed that a community as small as this could put such a large show.
Moad said she typically attends four Phoenix-area shows a year. That’s not going to change.
“This will be a fifth,” she said.
The Colorado River Quilters meet at 9 a.m. every Thursday at City Bible Church, 922 Marina Boulevard. The group has about 60 members ranging in age from 40 to 90.
The guild hosts workshops the first and fourth Thursdays of each month, and donates money and quilts to local organizations.