Class of 2014 Inductees
Gina Perkes, Payson, Arizona
Representing the face of youth in the quilting industry, Gina began quilting in 1998 and machine pieces and longarm quilts all of her quilts. She has been garnering awards in many Arizona and National Quilt Shows since 2002. She has won awards from AQS Paducah in 2009, the Grand Prize Olfa – “Young Designers Award” and that same year won the IQA Award for the “Future of the Industry.” Many of her quilts have received multiple awards.
Gina authored her first book in 2012, Mastering the Art of Longarm Quilting, published by C&T Publishing. She has published articles in various quilting industry magazines including American Quilter Magazine, and Quilters Newsletter. She has been featured on the cover of On Track Magazine and Quilters Newsletter. Her teaching schedule includes Houston, Road to California, AQS Quilt Week, Innovations, Quilt Camp in the Pines, and various guilds in Arizona and across the United States.
Her accomplishments and work in her own community of Payson has earned Gina a well-deserved place in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Goldie Preston Tracy Richmond, posthumous
Goldie came to Arizona in 1927. She and her husband, Marion came to help Marion’s brother, Joshua, with his mining claim on the Tohono O’odham (Papago) Reservation when Joshua had a severe stroke. Goldie and Marion stayed after she nursed the brother back to health. They prospected and ran a trap line for furs to sell to out-of-state dealers.
About 5 years later, Tracy and Marion opened Tracy’s Trading Post on the Tohono O’odham Reservation on a lonely stretch of road about 100 miles west of Tucson, near the mining town of Ajo and the Mexican border. It was there that Goldie began creating her applique and pieced quilts. Goldie’s applique quilts are stories of the people of the desert. Saguaro Harvest won a blue ribbon and Grand Sweepstakes ribbon at the Arizona State Fair in 1954.
Several books have been written about Goldie, her life and quilting on the Arizona desert, the latest of which was by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis (Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2012). Desert Trader-The Life and Quilts of Goldie Richmond, was published in 2012 by Sanpete Publications, Tucson, Arizona, and is currently available in bookstores, quilt shops and museum throughout Arizona.
Goldie’s unique quilts, her generosity and love of the Arizona desert and the Tohono O’odham people have earned her a place in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Laraine Daly Jones
We have inducted quilters, teachers, authors and quilt designers into the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame. This year we have added another category to the list of those that contribute to the Arizona quilting community. Laraine is the Collections Manager at the Arizona History Museum. Her MA in Museum Studies and her Minor in Clothing and Textiles has provided Arizona with a perfect match to help us preserve the history of Arizona quilts and their makers.
As a Textile Conservator and Collection Manager, Laraine has been the driving force to gain funding through grants and donations to increase the textile and quilt collections for the Arizona History Museum. Recent acquisitions include several of the Goldie Tracy Richmond quilts. Laraine has also been instrumental in many of the textile and quilt exhibitions in Arizona. These include the Grand Endeavors, Arizona Quilts and Their Makers in 1993 and in 2000 and the recent 100 Years, 100 Quilts Exhibition celebrating Arizona’s Centennial in 2012. Laraine also oversees the 100 Years, 100 Quilts Traveling Exhibition.
The current Arizona Quilt Documentation Project is a result of Laraine’s generous offer to hold instruction classes to anyone interested in learning more about quilts, documentation, and textile history.
Preserving the quilts of Arizona and promoting the importance of their history has earned Laraine Daly Jones a place in the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame 2014 Organizational Friend of the Year
The 2014 Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Organization of the Year was awarded to the Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild of Sierra Vista, Arizona.
The guild membership of approximately 200 members supports several chapters in Sierra Vista and is a vital part of the community. They strongly support several major national projects, including providing quilts for veterans.
The Hummingbird Stitchers Quilt Guild was the first guild to take on the new Arizona Quilt Documentation Project as a community project and since early 2013, has hosted two Quilt Documentation Days a year. Supported by the staff of the Ethel Berger Museum and Center, this group has documented over 400 quilts since it began.
Congratulations Hummingbird Stitchers.
Arizona Quilter Hall of Fame 2014 Friends of the Year
Diane Bach and Kathleen (Kathy) Dehn were honored as the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Co- Friends of the Year for 2014. Diane and Kathy have been Friends of the Hall of Fame for many years and are honored together because they are so frequently found together at Hall of Fame events, providing all sorts of support no matter what the event.
Friends of the Hall of Fame for over 5 years, Diane and Kathy have been to all the Hall of Fame Induction events helping to set-up, check guests in and helping in the take down of all the events. You can find both Kathy and Diane at many of the Hall of Fame events; helping check in for the Jelly Roll race; chatting with guests at the Hall of Fame booth at quilt shows; selling tickets for the Opportunity quilts; behind the scenes making the Hall of Ffame opportunity quilts, assisting the photographer for some of our events.
Kathy and Diane are great friends to the Hall of Fame and its board. Congratulations to the 2014 Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Friends of the Year.