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Quilt appraisals among highlights at 31st annual Manteca Quilt & Doll Show

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POSTED January 30, 2010 2:59 a.m.
It is not Antiques Roadshow, the highly successful program presented by PBS.

But the quilt appraisal that the Manteca Quilters Guild will present at the 31st annual Quilt and Doll Show show the first weekend of March will be just as valuable to owners of antique, vintage or collectible quilts who are curious to know what their worth is if only for insurance purposes.

Judi Quiner, who is helping her husband Bob chair the show at the MRPS Hall on Grant Street for the second year in a row, said a professional quilt appraiser will be available to everyone attending the show.

“She has the training as well as the certification from the American Quilters Society. If you just want advise or information, it will be $20. If you want a written appraisal good for insurance purposes, it will be $40,” said Quiner, a longtime member of the Manteca Quilters.

That is just one of the highlights of this highly popular event that perennially attracts thousands of quilters and quilting fans not just in and around Manteca but from up and down Northern and Central California. Each year, the show features a quilt designed and/or made by an artist who is known and recognized both in the national and international scene.

This year, Quiner said the featured quilt is one that was adapted from an heirloom design by noted quilt artist Alex Anderson. But what is even more special about this piece is that it is entirely hand-quilted, “which is awesome in today’s world of machines,” Quiner said.

“This took over two years to finish. Kris Spray hand-piece-appliqued and hand-quilted every bit of the main quilt,” said a highly impressed Quiner.

She added, “we believe this is (a) museum-quality quilt.”

Attached to the quilt will be a tag bearing the name of Anderson as the designer, and Spray as the quilter.

Quiner said they are still accepting quilt, wearables, needle arts and soft-doll entries to be shown at the two-day event.

As in previous years, the show will also have a boutique section where visitors will be able to purchase original works by members of the Manteca Quilters Guild. A lot of booths will also have for sale quilting and quilting-related items such as textiles, books and whatnots.

For further details or information about the quilt and doll show and how to submit entries, call Bob or Judy Quiner at (209) 825-4832.

Quiner said those who would like to make advance appointments with the quilt appraiser may call Becky Rogers at (805) 528-2113.

MRPS Hall is located on Grant Street in downtown Manteca just a block east of North Main Street between Yosemite Avenue and Center Street.
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