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Mar 012013
 

By Julie Wiessner
When Christina “Tina” Barton of Holbrook made her first quilt in 2004, she did not expect that in just nine years she would have completed 91 quilts, with 39 of them made in 2007 alone.
“I finished a couple of quilts that belonged to my great-grandmother, where only the tops were completed. The tops were very old, fragile and fraying, and that got me hooked. I was amazed at the intricate work that was done on those quilt tops,” said Tina of the experience that introduced her to quilting.
The quilts have been mostly given as gifts for birthdays, Christmas and baby showers, but she has sold a few. Tina didn’t always like the colors suggested in quilting books and so made her own combinations and sizes. “So many times I would show my color combination to friends and they would say, ‘Really, you are actually going to use those colors together? I don’t think it will work,’ but they all did,” she recalled.
Several of her quilts were entered in the Navajo County Fair, then went on to the state fair, and they have won first, second, and third places in both fairs. Tina made and donated the quilt for Breast Cancer Research that was available for a donation in the raffle held at Safeway last year.
Manley Barton, Tina’s husband, said, “She probably would have made more (quilts), but she is now mostly working and our kids are growing up and into sports.”
Quilting is not the only thing Tina knows how to do well, she can also hand-etch glass, paint ceramics, bead, make traditional gourds and fans, and knows the peyote stitch.

Photo by Julie Wiessner Tina Barton shows off the red, white and blue quilt she made for her son Trevor as a birthday gift when he was 7. Trevor now plays on the Holbrook High School baseball team.

Photo by Julie Wiessner
Tina Barton shows off the red, white and blue quilt she made for her son Trevor as a birthday gift when he was 7. Trevor now plays on the Holbrook High School baseball team.

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