Craig resident Linda Pinnt displays her latest quilt, “Country Rose.” Pinnt is among eight finalists in a national quilting contest sponsored by McCall’s Quilting magazine. Pinnt is asking local residents to vote for her work later this week at www.mccallsquilting.com.

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Craig resident Linda Pinnt displays her latest quilt, “Country Rose.” Pinnt is among eight finalists in a national quilting contest sponsored by McCall’s Quilting magazine. Pinnt is asking local residents to vote for her work later this week at www.mccallsquilting.com.

Craig resident recognized in national quilting magazine

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See Linda Pinnt’s quilt designs and biographical information on the website for McCall’s Quilting magazine, www.mccallsquilti...

Craig resident Linda Pinnt said she can’t pinpoint the exact appeal of quilting.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I like everything about quilting. To me, it’s kind of like painting with fabric.”

For the past month, Pinnt — a 20-year quilter — has been working on her masterpiece.

She’s also been under a tight deadline.

“It had to be designed, made and quilted, and they’ve got to have it by the fourth of January,” Pinnt said.

Pinnt is a finalist in a four-part national quilting contest sponsored by McCall’s Quilting magazine.

Since June, Pinnt has submitted three original quilts for consideration by McCall’s. Her fourth and final entry is due this week.

Pinnt’s first entry, “Country Bull,” was among 15 quilts selected from a field of 180.

After that initial contest, McCall’s began winnowing the pack further through a series of challenge rounds. Each round has its own set of rules and time limits by which quilters must abide.

In August, Pinnt submitted “Keystone Stars,” which was among 12 semi-finalists.

In October, Pinnt submitted “Radiant Lights,” which was among eight semi-finalists from California Colorado, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Ontario, Canada.

This week, Pinnt will ship her final quilt, “Country Rose.”

Pinnt said the latest competition will be judged by readers of McCall’s website, www.mccallsquilting.com.

“It’s kind of like ‘American Idol’ — the public has a lot to do with it,” Pinnt said.

Pinnt is asking the community for votes of support.

“You can vote every day, once per computer,” she said.

Pinnt said voting for the final challenge could begin as early Thursday.

The winning design will be published in the magazine, and the winner receives a new sewing machine.

For the final challenge, the quilt had to be designed and made within three weeks. With such a tight deadline, the McCall’s rules allowed for quilters to recruit help.

Terrie Hatcher, owner of Cozy Country Quilts, was one of two people to assist Pinnt.

Hatcher said she worked for five full days adding to Pinnt’s quilt with a computerized long-arm sewing machine.

The pressure was on, Hatcher said.

“I just wanted to do the very best job that I could because I knew it was a competition quilt,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher said Pinnt deserves the recognition she’s received.

“She does a beautiful job,” Hatcher said of Pinnt’s designs.

Pinnt said she was surprised by her winning streak.

“I never thought I’d get this kind of recognition,” she said. “I was really pleased to get this far.”

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