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Quilt raffle helps Manteca Christmas food drive
Manteca quilter and designer Sandra Newcomb, shown with one of her original pieces hanging at Ladybug’s Quilts, made the Snowman quilted wall hanging that she donated for a fund-raising benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO
There are two days left to take part in a drawing for a one-of-a-kind handmade quilt with all proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank’s food drive this Christmas.

The tickets are $1 each and are available at Ladybug’s Quilts in Manteca, 1236 N. Main St., Suite A behind Straw Hat Pizza. The quilt store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The “Mr. Newcomb” snowman wall hanging is the original design of Manteca quilter and designer Sandra Newcomb.

Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket for “Mr. Newcomb” can stop by Ladybug’s Quilts. It’s the building behind Straw Hat Pizza and a veterinary clinic along the Lancaster Drive side of this commercial corner. The quilt store is open every day: Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Friday is the last chance to get tickets. Drawing will be held on Sunday,” said Newcomb who named the quilt after her late father-in-law. He was going to purchase some of the tickets, and saw her working on the quilt during the times she visited with him at the hospital in October. But he died before he could buy any of the tickets.

The snowman quilt which features what Newcomb described as a “redwork embroidery” is currently hanging at the Ladybug’s Quilts.

Newcomb said, “One hundred percent of the money we raise will go to the food bank, so nobody gets any penny but the food bank.”

Even the quilting materials used were donated, including the time she spent designing and quilting the top of the quilt. Leann Van Lehn of Tracy, owner of Silver Cloud Quilting and a good friend of Newcomb, also donated her time machine-quilting the layers together. The wall hanging is about 46x59 inches.

This is not the first time Newcomb has donated one of her original quilts to charity. Last year, her quilt raised $750 for Toys for Tots. Before that, she did two quilts which were raffled off to benefit American Cancer Society breast-cancer fund-raisers.

For more information about the “Mr. Newcomb” quilt or about the drawing, stop by Ladybug’s Quilts or call (209) 824-0485 or drop them an e-mail at You can also check out their web site at