Piece by piece, Los Banos quilt show comes together

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comSeptember 4, 2013 

Members of the Los Banos Arts Council quilters group are gearing up for a Pumpkin Patch of Quilts.

"It gets better every year," said Judy West, group co-chairwoman.

Around 100 quilts will be on display. As always, there will be vendors, door prizes, a quilt café, pumpkins for sale and a raffle for gift baskets. The Country Store will feature hand-crafted items and jewelry made by members of the quilters group.

On Saturday, before the main event, organizers will be holding a special presentation at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn area in front of the Ted Falasco Arts Center. Sunday will bring a drawing for a king-sized oriental-themed quilt in earth colors and a chevron pattern. The drawing takes place at 3:30 p.m.

Organizers will be donating nine quilts to veterans who have served in combat zones at Saturday's Quilts of Valor presentation, said West.

The idea for the Quilts of Valor came earlier this year.

"I think it's a wonderful idea," West said. "My dad was a veteran so it's a special project for me."

Some of the blocks used for the quilts were donated from all over the community.

"We kind of get left out sometimes on the Westside so we're trying to do it so that we have our veterans on this part of the county get a quilt," she said.

The veterans receiving the quilts were nominated by friends or family members within the community. One of the nine veterans is from Gustine and the rest are from Los Banos.

West said that the members of the quilting group are excited about this year's event and are becoming more involved.

There are more than 40 quilting members, who are all women that meet throughout the year sewing and piecing together quilts.

Among them is Cathy Sinclear, who is excited to show the quilt she has been working on for four months. She is sewing together pieces that were given to her by a family member that were done in the 50s.

These are the types of quilts that are being displayed at the show.

"Quilting has become part of a family heritage," she said.

The service projects, just like the Quilts of Valor project, are very important to Sinclear.

"We've got a lot of veterans in this town and with Quilts of Valor we could have sent those to a national group but we thought it would be much better to honor the folks we know locally."

Pumpkin Patch of Quilts is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Ted Falasco Arts Center, Fifth and K streets. The $5 admission is good for both days.

A wine reception preview 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6 offers a sneak peek of the quilts. Tickets for it are $10.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209)826-3831 ext. 6562 or mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com.

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