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Hopitutuqaiki Opportunity Quilt Takes First at Arizona Quilt Competition
by Rosanda Suetopka Thayer - The Navajo-Hopi Observer
Annual Arizona Quilters Guild competition in Tempe recognizes superior quilting of five Hopi quilters, quilt on display at Odegaard's Sewing Center in Flagstaff

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Five Hopi quilters created a quilt last summer under the watchful eye of Linda Visnaw, master quilter for the Hopitutuqaiki Art School.

The quilt has been on tour for nearly half a year and has been helping to raise money for the Hopitutuqaiki Art School, which is in its ninth year of operation on the Hopi Reservation.

The Hopitutuqaiki "Opportunity Quilt" took first prize in group competition at the Arizona Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show in Tempe, Ariz. March 14.

The quilt is currently on display at Odegaard's Sewing Center on Fourth Street in Flagstaff.

The quilt, which combines trapunto quilting and hand stitching, incorporates both batik and foil-highlighted fabrics and measures 61 inches by 61 inches.

Five Hopi quilters worked three days to complete the quilt, which will be raffled off to raise money for art supplies, art space rental and student art school scholarships at the art school.

Mary Duwyenie, Donna Humetewa-Kaye, Ella Humetewa, Lorna Quamahongnewa and Eleanor Tenakhongva worked with master quilter Visnaw on the quilt.

Visnaw will be one of several master art instructors teaching this year during the Hopitutuqaiki Art School summer program. She will offer four classes beginning in June.

The classes are Quilting with Inks, Trapunto Quilting, Free Motion Quilting and a second Opportunity Quilt class.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for a chance to win the Opportunity Quilt by calling Dr. Robert Rhodes at (928) 734-2433 or Donna Humetewa-Kaye at (928) 737-9275 or by visiting the Hopitutuqaiki Art School website at

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. The school will put on a drawing for the quilt this summer at a local public art school event.

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