More than 100 quilts, soft dolls and wearable arts will be on display during the 41st Annual Manteca Quilt and Cloth Doll Show.
It is being presented by the Manteca Quilters on Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8, at the Wentworth Center, 2707 Transworld Drive in Stockton, off of Arch Road accessed from Highway 99.
All quilts and dolls have stories having to do with who, what, where, when, why or how they were made.
Those attending the Show will have a chance to vote for their favorites. Viewers’ Choice judging will include awards for Best Quilt, Machine Quilting, Hand Quilting, Needlework, Appliqué, Wearable Art and Doll. Voting is on Saturday. Ribbons will be awarded on Sunday morning.
This year’s President’s Challenge is to take a fat quarter from the Laurel Burch fabric with butterflies and make something spring oriented.
There are free demonstrations and classes presented by the Guild's talented members. The Show features a Members’ Boutique and resale items, fabric and craft vendors. There will be a "Stitch to Win" where participants are taught how to hand quilt by putting in a few hand stitches on a small quilt. All who stitch will have their name entered in a drawing to win the small quilt.
Thirty baskets filled with a variety of items will be raffled off. Some will have handmade items, and many will have fabric and candy plus items relating to the theme. The Doll Basket is the yearly favorite and comes with the Doll, American Girl size, and handmade doll clothes.
This year’s Opportunity Quilt is titled "Romance Blooms in Spring” was made by club members and quilted by Jan Truscott. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and the winner need not be present to win.
Cindy Thompson is the featured artist. She is best known for her award-winning art quilts inspired by photographs and turning fabric, inks, thread using various mediums into realistic art quilts. Her works have won various ribbons and awards. She has been published in art quilting books, galleries and quilt shows. Her techniques and style of quilting is more of a realistic nature which can vary using various mediums from fusing, piecing, painting thread paining, designing patterns and putting a modern spin in her work.
Guild members will also bringing in their favorite vintage doll or toy. Each doll or toy will have a story to tell.
Hours for the show are Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free. A two-day pass is $10. On-site food will be available from On the Scene Cuisine Café.
Proceeds from the eventwill help support the Guild's contributions to its many causes. Among these are quilts, pillowcases and backpacks for kids, hats and bonnets for cancer victims, caps for preemies, hospice gowns for AIDS patients in the San Joaquin County Hospice Group, and contributing to Friends of the Library.
Manteca Quilters was established in March 1979. It's goals include the contibuting to the knowledge, promotion and appreciation of fine quilts, sponsor and support quilting activities, encourage quilt making and collecting, increase knowledge of quilting history, techniques, textiles, patterns and needle arts; and promote the growth of quilt makers through educational meeting, travel and fellowship.
For more information, visit mantecaquilters.com