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Manteca Quilt & Doll Show opens today
Doris Raby looks over her first quilt attempt with the pattern “Tree of Life” during Friday’s set-up at the MRPS Hall for the quilt show that opens today and runs through Sunday. - photo by HIME ROMERO


• WHAT: 32nd annual Manteca Quilt & Doll Show
• WHERE: MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St., downtown Manteca
• WHEN: Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• ADMISSION: $7 per day or $10 for the two-day show; free to children 12 years and under

It took Bette Alcock literally weeks to prepare for the 32nd annual Manteca Quilters Guild Quilt and Cloth Doll Show.

With a business that specializes in antiques, Alcock had to start gathering her sewing and quilting specific items in preparations for the show – which runs today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -at the MRPS Hall on Grant Street – more than a month ago to be ready in time.

The process included bagging loose items, pricing everything and packing up in preparation for what will be her second quilt show as an antique dealer.

It was hearing about the reputation of the Manteca Quilters show that helped bring Alcock – who has a shop in Livermore as well as one in Manteca – around to the idea of getting a booth.

“I had heard that this is one of the oldest shows around here and it’s one of the originals, and people speak very highly of it,” she said. “I like events like this because they put people together that all share a common interest and the knowledge they have is amazing.”

Quilters and vendors began showing up at the MRPS Hall at noon on Friday to set-up for the weekend event. The show raises money for the non-profit group that aims to increase knowledge of quilting history, textiles, tappers and needle arts as well as to promote the growth of quilt-making through meetings, travel and fellowship.

Event co-chair Janet Dyk is looking forward to seeing the turnout for the two-day event. She hopes that some minor changes made this year – including switching the show portion to the wing of the hall that previously housed the vendors and setting up the Manteca Quilters inside of the bar area – will only make for a better experience for everybody.

Preparations, Dyk said, started months ago and required a team effort on the part of the club to pull of the organizing and the groundwork.

“I figure that it took anywhere from 40 to 80 hours to get just the vendors squared away,” said Dyk – who was helping oversee the whole set-up of the hall Friday afternoon. “We’re expecting a pretty good turnout, and we’re happy with how things have been going so far.

“It’s really a team effort to put something like this together, and now that it’s here and you can see it all of the work is paying off.”

The show runs today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, which run $7 for adults, can be purchased at the door.