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Local quilter shows work at capital

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Special to the DailyMyrlene Zimmerman's quilt is featured in the 2009 state capital quilt show

Myrlene Zimmerman always wanted to quilt, so when she retired, she turned her attention to the patchwork art. Now one of her quilts is hanging in the state capital.

Zimmerman, a Summit Cove resident since 1994, has been making quilts with Summit Quilters for years. The group of about 25 meets twice a month on the first and third Monday to sew and learn new techniques. Every August, the group showcases its work in the Frisco Historic Park during Frisco Founders Day. The public votes on the best small, medium and large quilt, and then the club gives out prizes.

But this year, Zimmerman’s quilt garnered more attention, when she submitted it for the 2009 Capital Quilt Show through the Colorado Quilt Council. The show takes place every two years, and this year, it runs from June 2 through Aug. 20 in the rotunda.

Zimmerman was one of 230 quilters chosen for the display. Her piece, “Not My Grandmother’s Tumbling Blocks,” is a simplified pattern of another, called Tumbling Blocks. The pattern uses light, medium and dark fabric colors to make the pattern look like a children’s block.

She’s proud of it because she feels it’s her best representation of piecing together color values, she said.

“It’s traditional in design but very contemporary in color and construction,” said Jill Michner, the only other Summit County resident who has the distinction of displaying at the capital (in 1999). “It’s everything they’re looking for: It’s bright, and it has strong graphic appeal.”

Zimmerman’s quilts usually take her three months to complete; she sews every day for two to four hours in-between hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

“It’s my relaxation,” she said.

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