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October 13 - 14, 2017

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Debbie Stanton Exhibit

Jenny Ballway Miniature Exhibit

Threadplayers Exhibit


Debbie Stanton

Studio located at

6375 Hardscrabble Mesa Road

Pine, Arizona




I am an award winning longarm quilter, originally from California. I moved to Pine in 2000, with my husband, John. I have been a quilt maker for over 30 years, and I have operated a successful longarm quilting business in my home for 12 years. I specialize in hand-driven, free motion quilting and do not even own a pantograph pattern.


While some quilt tops are destined to grace the bed of a quilter's daughter, mother or friend, others are created to showcase the maker's talents in quilt shows, for judging by professional quilt judges. My customers' quilts have been awarded ribbons in local, regional, state and national shows.  Quilts I have worked on have been featured in TheQuilting Quarterly, the magazine of the National Quilting Association, The American Quilter, the magazine of the American Quilters Society, as well as the Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. I was featured as Quilter of the Month on the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame website. In 2012 and 2013, I was awarded the coveted “Exemplary Machine Quilting” award from the Arizona Quilters Guild. I have also received an Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame award.


Attending classes and quilt shows are a way to stay up-to-date with quilting trends and technology. I have taken classes from Sharon Schamber, Karen McTavish, and Gina Perkes, among others.


I am a past president of the Strawberry Patchers, a Chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild. I am also a member of the American Quilters Society. I currently share my studio space with two four-legged furry assistants, Niki and Tasha.

Tree of Life Quilt

Jenny Ballway
Miniature Exhibit

I started sewing at an early age eventually making my own clothes and learning other crafts along the way.  I started quilting in the late 1980s and joined Illinois Quilters, Inc. a quilt guild of over 300 members.  Each month, the guild would bring in a nationally-known quilter who would give a talk on Thursday night and then workshops on Friday and Saturday, so I was exposed to all forms of quilting, modern and traditional.  The guild also had an extensive quilt book library, sponsored group projects and hosted a craft show at the Botanic Gardens each year.  I loved every pattern I saw and wanted to do them all.  When Tina Gravatt, a quilt miniaturist, came to our guild, I took her workshop and found my niche.  I subscribed to Miniature Quilts magazine (now sadly out of production) and entered their annual contests.  Their patterns were already miniaturized so that was helpful but eventually, when the magazine folded, I was left to do my own downsizing.  . 


My favorite color is red and there are only a handful of my quilts that don’t have that color in them.  My favorite method is applique and I love doing curves and pieces with multi fabrics. 


We do a long car trip each year to the east coast and Chicago so I prep kits to take on the road – my husband drives and I sew.  It is a great use of my time and I end up with 1-2 small quilts. 


Here in Arizona, I belong to a quilt group in my development and we have a show each March.  We make and donate lots of charity quilts and also do group projects. 


I am also a painter, mainly watercolor and charcoal, play golf 2-3 times a week,  am active in my church, read and work on Zentangle, but fabrics are an integral part of my life and I am lucky to “inherit” my friends’ scraps that I can convert into my miniatures.


                                        Jenny Ballway