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33rd annual quilt and doll show underway
Jan Ayers, the featured artist of the Manteca Quilt & Doll Show this year, stands before two of her quilts on display at the MRPS Hall this weekend. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

• WHAT: 33rd annual Manteca Quilters Quilt & Doll Show
• WHEN: Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• ADMISSION: $7 per person; free to children age 12 and younger. Strollers allowed inside on Sunday only.
• WHERE: MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Street just north of Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca.
• MORE INFO: (209) 825-4832.

Hundreds of creative and artistic piece-makers are at the MRPS Hall today to show, tell and sell.

Ten times that number multiplied by two or more are expected to be there for the perennially popular two-day 33rd Annual Quilt & Cloth Doll Show hosted by the Manteca Quilters.

Headlining the 150-plus quilters who are exhibiting their masterpieces is this year’s featured artist, Jan Ayers. The doll artist who gets the limelight this year is Susie Crawford of Lincoln in Placer County.

Throughout this weekend, visitors will be treated to an eyeful of one-of-a-kind quilts, quilted wearables, a wide variety of quilted totes and handbags, plus many cloth-doll pieces including a large Orphan Annie and her dog.

Show chairperson Janet Dyk, who is also a past president of the quilters’ guild, said there are 23 vendors who are selling various items for quilt enthusiasts and amateurs alike as well as those who are looking into getting on board this traditional and practical hobby. One vendor has a line of sewing machines for sale. Another is offering a whole array of quilting books for both pros and amateurs alike.

Many of the vendors are offering plenty of quilting textiles for sale as well. There are antique items also available for those who are looking for vintage backdrops for their quilt decors at home.

The usual boutique which is a regular feature of the annual quilt show is there, too, albeit in a different location of the hall this time. You will find the boutique where guests used to sit down and enjoy lunch catered by Main Street Café. Lunch will be served on tables in front of the hall’s kitchen. Where the boutique used to be is where the wearable arts creations are displayed.

Other highlights of the Quilt and Doll Show include an opportunity drawing for the quilt, “Courtyard Garden,” created by featured artist Jan Ayers and machine-quilted by guild member Pegi Treat. Tickets for the opportunity drawing will be on sale both days of the show, with the drawing to be held on Sunday. There will be quilting demonstrations given both days.

 Admission to the show is $7 per person; admission is free to children age 12 and younger. Strollers will be allowed inside on Sunday only. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

MRPS Hall is located at 133 N. Grant Street just north of Yosemite Avenue in Manteca.