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Renowned quilter featured at anniversary show

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POSTED February 16, 2009 4:35 a.m.
The Manteca Quilters Guild is pulling out all the stops to commemorate its 30th anniversary.
At the guild’s 30th Annual Quilt and Cloth Doll Show on the weekend of March 7-8, guild members are offering more than just the usual wide array of quilted items for guests to enjoy. For this year’s celebration, they have invited nationally known quilter, Alex Anderson, as the featured artist. She will be present both days of the show to meet other quilters and to answer questions.
But that’s not all. There are more good reasons to stop by the MRPS Hall on Grant Street to browse through the displays this year that may not be offered again in the future.
“In honor of our 30th anniversary, Alex has added to our Opportunity (drawing) prizes by donating a private class for the winner and two friends at Alex’s studio with the class subject to be chosen by the winner. Lunch will be provided,” said Judy Quiner who, along with husband Bob, are helping coordinate the two-day quilt extravaganza.
The class will be for a whole day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The two other major drawing prizes are an opportunity quilt titled “Simply Divine,” designed by Nicole Chambers and made Pegi Treat, and an Opportunity Doll named “Chelsea” created by doll artist Donna Perry.
“She’s stunning and the hand-work is gorgeous,” Judy Quiner, who is also an expert quilter, said about the cloth doll.
Tickets for the drawing will be available both days of the show at $1 each or six for $5. One need not be present to win.
This is the first time the quilt show has offered a prize such as the one being offered by quilter Anderson. The artist, who resides in Northern California, has made it her mission “to educate, inspire and grow today’s quilting community.”
Giving lessons is just one of the ways she is making an effort to fulfill her mission. She has “(ushered) tens of thousands of new people into the world of quilting” by offering classes, writing books and designing fabrics. Using the medium of the Internet, she has also taught many people worldwide through her premier quilt show, Simply Quilts, which she hosted for 11 years. She continues her presence as a quilt teacher on the Internet as a co-host and co-producer of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims. The program is described as “an interactive web site featuring full production programming and connecting quilters worldwide.” The web site is www.thequiltshow.com.
You can also visit her web site at alexanderquilts.com for more information about her work.
Along with the large collection of quilts at the show will be hand-made dolls and bears, as well as wearable quilts, wall hangings, and needle art.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs to bring home from the ever-popular Boutique and Grandma’s Attic featuring original works by Manteca Quilters members. Refreshments will be available also at the site catered by Main Street Cafe.
For more information and to obtain advance tickets, call (209) 825-4832.
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