Victoria woman challenged by award-winning quilt

Camille Doty

May 13, 2011 at 12:13 a.m.

Nancy Anders spends her weekends quilting, but she doesn't feel extraordinary.

"Ninety-nine percent of the population has some hobby, but quilting is my thing," she said.

Anders won Best of Show in the city "On My Own Time" show with her "Tumbling Blocks" quilt.

The mother of two said she's made 12 quilts but "Tumbling Blocks" was her most challenging. "It was really a challenge because it's 3D. I don't think I can find anything more challenging than that," she said.

Joe Baugh, executive director of the Cultural Council of Victoria, appreciated her artistic vision.

"The quilt is so dynamic. It looks like it is coming out of the wall," he said. "It just jumps out at you."

Gary Anders, her husband, helped her pick out 27 different fabrics - nine light, nine medium and nine dark shades. Anders said it took six months to complete this project.

She said she saw a similar quilt online and decided to try it.

Victoria almost didn't get to see Anders' masterpiece. She decided at 4 p.m. the day of the deadline to enter.

After 17 years working for the city, Anders stitched her way into her first contest ever and took the top prize.

Nearly 100 spectators helped the police service technician supervisor take home the prize of $100, a certificate, and bragging rights.

For 26 years, various companies around Victoria have participated in the "On My Own Time" contest. DeTar Healthcare System, Devereux and Victoria College are some of the businesses that sponsored their employees in the contest. Judging is done in-house the first round, and the first and second place winners advance to the city contest with their work displayed in the Victoria Community Theater.

Anders said she was surprised but not motivated to win. It's an activity she shares with her sister and daughter.

"We just quilt because we like to. We don't try to outdo anybody," said the proud grandmother of twins.

The police service technician supervisor received word of her win via a company email.

"I was really surprised," she said.

The first thing she did was call her husband and he didn't believe it.

The six-year machine sewing vet said she plans to sell her quilt, "I just made it because I like it. I don't have any attachment to it."

Anders' next project is called, "Black, White and Yellow." When asked if it is harder than Tumbling Blocks, she said, "not nearly as much."



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