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Fabric art is star at this weekend's quilt show

By: Kathy Maynard/Loomis News
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Wish Upon a Star Quilt Show

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21

Where: Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road

Who: Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild, The Tin Thimble, Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Center, Angel Quilters, Sew Katie Jean and Paparrazi Jewelry 

Tickets: $7, valid for both days

Shining Star Boutique

When: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road

Who: Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild

Cost: Free

Tickets: 801-0337, email

 or visit www.loomisquilt.org

Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild Meetings

When: 7 p.m., third Wednesday of the month

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 5945 Horseshoe Bar Road

Information: www.loomisquilt.org

 

Quilts have come a long way since the pioneers brought the patchwork blankets out West in covered wagons.

Though most people think a quilt is made by piecing many scraps of fabric together, the term “quilting” actually refers to the technique of stitching multiple layers of fabric together to make a thicker material. Modern quilts have evolved well beyond handmade bedspreads into a contemporary living art form made to hang on walls, display as home decor and worn as clothing.

The Loomis Quilt and Fiber Guild presents many different examples of quilting and other fiber arts such as crocheting, knitting and embroidery this weekend at the Wish Upon a Star Quilt Show at The Blue Goose Event Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21. The Shining Star Boutique, featuring items made by members and products from six professional vendors, will take place simultaneously at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall.

Featured quilter Kathy Beam, of Loomis, who retired from the state in 2002, will also demonstrate traditional hand quilting. Beam is an experienced seamstress, who learned to make doll clothes and embroider as a child and sew her own clothing in high school. She said she had no idea what her friend was talking about when she invited her to join a quilting group in the 1990s.

“I asked, ‘What a quilt?’ and after seeing samples in a book, wondered why anyone would go to all that trouble when you could just buy a blanket. It still boggles my mind that I didn’t know about quilts. There is so much history and tradition there and I never knew it,” Beam said.

Things have changed a lot since Beam first learned to quilt.

“Back then, we machine-pieced the tops, but if you didn’t hand quilt the three pieces together and use a cotton fabric and cotton thread, it wasn’t a quilt. It’s different now, people do machine quilting and they do absolutely beautiful work,” she said.

Attendees will vote on their favorite entry in each of six different categories, including quilts/wallhangings; home accessories; applique; wearables, such as purses scarves and vests; and artistic, for anything non-traditional or free-form. In the challenge category, members received a bag with a piece of blue fabric, four yellow buttons and white embroidery thread with instructions to use them all to make something with a star.

The Quilt Show admission is $7, which allows entry both days and includes a raffle ticket to win a free sewing machine from Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Center and a ticket to win one of 15 Pot of Gold gift baskets to be raffled daily.

Guests may buy more raffle tickets as well as Opportunity Quilt tickets, for a Mexican star pattern designed and made by guild members Anna Morillas, Kathy Black, Billie Sanderson and Kathy Beam.

Formed in 2001, the guild has about 112 members of varying experience, ranging in age from their 40s through 80s, and including two men. They meet at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall and in smaller groups during the month.

“You won’t find any nicer people than quilters. If anyone needs a quilt, everyone just bands together. We’ve made quilts for military charities, a halfway house for young women, foster kids at Koininia and Sacramento Receiving Home. We have people who knit, crochet and embroider wheelchair bags, hats for chemo patients, and one time we made special little quilts as a remembrance for people who lost a baby,” said Beam.