Local quilter qualifies as semifinalist for national quilt show with tribute to military veterans

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A Chippewa Falls woman is earning national recognition for her creative hobby. Carla Rogner has a closer look at what it takes to become an award-winning quilter.

Stacy Tambornino has been making quilts for as long as she can remember. “I started as a little girl on my mom’s sewing machine making doll clothes and it kind of evolved into crocheting, cross stitching and then quilting.”

Her newest quilt is a special tribute to veterans. The idea came from her brother.

“He showed up at my house with a little brown bag stuffed full of military patches he acquired from a family and he goes can you make a quilt with this and I say sure why not.”

This quilt has earned Tambornino a spot as a semifinalist for the American Quilter’s Society’s international quilt show in Kentucky this September.

“I bought different patterns came up with different ideas and one day it came to me I read this poem on Pinterest. To me it spoke of the people who fought in the war they fought for us, yet we did not know them.”

The quilt took about a year to make, but it’s not the only quilt that has special meaning for Tambornino.

“This was my great grandmothers quilt she always made us a pair of mittens every year and then when I re-quilted it I made the outline of a mitten in each of the white boxes as a remembrance to her.”

And on every quilt…

“If you were to look at the back is the story of how the quilt came about.” Tambornino’s creative past time have helped her decorate almost every corner of her home. “Running out of walls to hang stuff on. My new thing is crocheted roses. I wrap them up and then I sell them.”

But her favorite thing she’s ever made…

“He turned out pretty cool – people think he’s kinda creepy.”

While she has won awards in the past, she is looking forward to sharing her art at the quilt show.

“It’s a nice time and it’s amazing to see the work people can do.”

And when it’s over, she plans to give the quilt to her brother. In the years to come Tambornino can count on quilting to keep her busy.

“There are a lot of things out there you can make and I have a lot of patterns out there to get to and to finish.”

Reporting in Chippewa Falls Carla Rogner First News at Nine.

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