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‘A quilt evolves’

Abigail Eagye

Aspen resident Sheila Wills studies the quilt work of Maureen Rogers at the Aspen Chapel Gallery on Sunday. (Paul Conrad / The Aspen Times)

A quilting tradition continues in Aspen this holiday season, despite the loss of one of its key organizers.Maureen Rogers helped initiate a quilting show at the Aspen Chapel in the early 1990s, and since then, it’s been a regular event at the chapel in alternating years.Rogers died in a car accident on her way home to Redstone on Tuesday, Nov. 14 after helping set up the show.”If it had not been for her efforts, we probably would [never] have had it at all,” said Sandy Boyd, who helped organized this year’s event. “It has become a nice tradition.”Cynthia DeFrancia, one of the featured artist, said she might put up to 50 hours into her quilts.”Every one of those quilts takes a lot of work,” she said. “It’s a long process.”And quilting has evolved into more than craftwork.”There’s a whole division of true art quilts that belong in museums,” she said. “It’s artists doing artwork, and fabric is their medium.”The detail in this year’s exhibit reflects that kind of effort. The range of wall-sized to poster-sized quilts offer everything from traditional patchwork pieces with detailed patterns and rich colors to contemporary pieces depicting landscapes or Asian themes, some of which look more like paintings than fabric.Although the artists do receive some of the proceeds from their sales, parting with their works can be difficult for some.”They involve a lot of time and a lot of skill, and we’re very invested in them,” said Boyd, who made one quilt with her daughter in mind as the recipient. “A quilt evolves over a long period of time.”The quilt show is also a benefit for the Aspen Chapel, and DeFrancia said it’s an honor for artists to be invited to show their quilts there.This year, it’s also a way to remember Rogers, a longtime resident of the valley and one-time owner of the Aspen Emporium fabric shop.The quilts will be on display in the Aspen Chapel’s basement gallery through Jan. 7. For information on the church’s open hours or to buy a piece, call 925-7184.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.