Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild exhibits at Trading Post Café

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By Tamra Testerman
Posted 2/13/19

The Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild is a nonprofit organization that got its start in 2006 when four women, Effie Romero, Sue Vigil, Anna Martínez and Johnnie Sargent, formed a quilt guild to get more visibility around town by hanging quilt shows.

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Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild exhibits at Trading Post Café

Folklore at the fingertips

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There is a restaurant in Taos where, right now, you can enjoy Bistecca Alla Fiorentina with a glass of good red wine, and in between blissful bites see beautiful handmade quilts from lap size to bed size on the walls surrounding your table.

The Trading Post Café is hosting a show of works by the Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild, a local group of talented artists that got its start in 2006 when four Taos women hung quilt shows around town for more visibility. The show is up until April.

Guild members Josie Innis and Judy Kanthack explained a bit about the quilts that patrons may see and what went into them.

Tempo: What is your history with the guild and needlecraft?

Josie Innis: Judy Kanthack and I are serving as co-presidents and vice presidents of the Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild for 2019. We both moved to Taos two years ago and joined the guild. I have been sewing, quilting and needle crafting for over 40 years, having learned from my mother. I was a member of a quilt and needlecraft group in Iowa before moving here. Judy, having grown up in her parents' fabric and sewing machine shop, has loved fabrics and sewing for 50-plus years. Judy has been a member of other quilting and fabric art guilds, and a group that made and gave away over 400 comfort quilts over five years in Westcliffe, Colorado.

Tempo: Who are your quilting and needlecraft inspirations?

Judy Kanthack: With online quilter groups, fabric stores, and traveling instructors we draw inspiration from all of these sources and quilt shows and fabric shops throughout the region and surrounding states. Vacation destinations also provide fabric shops to visit. Inspiration for any art comes from all around us in our lives.

Tempo: Why the Trading Post Café?

Kanthack: The Hacienda Quilters (at the Martínez Hacienda) have hung a quilt show at the Trading Post Café in years past. They have now disbanded, so someone asked our guild if we would like to hang a quilt show there. This is a perfect spot to have a show, as the restaurant has a clientele of many locals and visitors, wonderful food to entice one to eat, gaze and even purchase any of the creative works during this show. Quilts of all sizes are on display, from wall hangings to lap size to bed size. The show will hang until April, at which time anyone who has contacted us about purchasing one will take their new quilt home.

Tempo: What is the history of the Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild?

Kanthack: The Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild is a nonprofit organization that got its start in 2006 when four women, Effie Romero, Sue Vigil, Anna Martínez and Johnnie Sargent, formed a quilt guild to get more visibility around town by hanging quilt shows. The guild pursues all aspects of quilting and needlecrafts. We strive to promote quilting and needlecrafts as valuable and traditional aspects of the artistic culture of Northern New Mexico. After meeting in the Talpa Community Center for 10 years, the group moved their meetings three years ago to the Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom to be more centrally located for their growing group.

We meet the second Monday night of every month at 6:30 p.m. Also, we host monthly "sew-in" days, where we work on our own projects, Quilts of Valor or learn new skills and techniques. We share a potluck salad bar lunch and friendship. Dues are only $20 a year and we hang four shows a year -Trading Post Café, Stables Gallery, Taos Public Library and Centinel Bank - [as well as] showing at the Taos County Fair. Many of the quilts we hang are for sale.

We have 16 members taking part in this current quilt show. Our group now comprises 30 paid members. We encourage and welcome locals, guests, visitors and part-time residents of all ages to join us.

Tempo: What can our readers expect to see from the show?

Innis: One of the quilts is a red-and-white quilt called "Fruit Baskets." This quilt top was donated to our guild and member Ron Olson did a beautiful job quilting it. All proceeds from the sale of "Fruit Baskets" will be used to purchase materials to make Quilts of Valor for our Taos County veterans and service members. If someone is interested in purchasing any of the quilts, please contact us, Judy Kanthack at (305) 301-2145, or Josie Innis at (575) 779-0176, or email the guild at taosquilt@gmail.com.

The Ranchos Trading Post Café is located at 4179 State Road 68, in Ranchos de Taos.

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