by: RAY HUGHEY - Debbie ScrobbyAurora area resident Debbie Scroggy will be a finalist in the Pacific West Quilt Show Aug. 23-25 in Tacoma. Wash.

Her quilt entitled “Starburst” will be one of 191 entries from 18 Pacific West U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will go to winners in nine categories.

“My mom was a quilter,” said Scroggy, a mother of five, who has been quilting off and on 15 years. “I was intrigued by it. I just loved that kind of intricate project.”

Until recently, she quilted on a home sewing machine. This year, she became a “longarm” quilter, moving up to an industrial size quilting machine with a computerized sewing head.

The large-scale machines come with 10 to 14-foot wide tables. Frame rollers hold the quilt taut while the machine arm and sewing head move over the fabric, guided by hand or computer software.

by: RAY HUGHEY - Aurora's Debbie Scroggy will show off her custom quilt entitled 'Starburst' at the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma, Wash., in late August.It takes up most of a spare bedroom workshop she has set up in the spacious home on the banks of the Willamette River where she and husband Joel have lived since 1988.

“I just love the texture that is created,” she said. “I think it’s my favorite part of quilting.”

She bought the longarm machine to do her own quilts and quilts for others.

“Ultimately, I hope to make it a business,” she said. “I’d like to get big enough to support multiple machines and studio space.”

Scroggy entered her first quilting competition in April. Her Starburst quilt won third and a lot of attention.

The 80-inch square Starburst quilt features a large medallion center point made from wedges of 22 different fabrics.

The woman who taught her how to use the longarm machine encouraged Scroggy to enter the quilt in a big contest. Scroggy sent a photo of her quilt to the Pacific West Quilt show, a juried, invitation only competition and to her delight was accepted.

The Tacoma competition is staged by the Association of Pacific West Quilters, a nonprofit organization founded in 1992. The quilting association promotes the art of quilt making throughout the western U.S. and Canada.

In addition to the competition quilts, the show will feature special quilt exhibits, workshops, special events and shopping in the Merchant Mall.

Hours for the Pacific West Quilt Show will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the 2013 Pacific West Quilt show, please visit

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