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Wanted: Quilts & cloth dolls for 36th show
Nadine Nakano holds a pair of quilted vests while standing in front of one of her quilted wall hangings. She was the featured artists at the 32nd Manteca Quilt and Doll Show. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO/ Bulletin file photo

Calling on all artistic piece-makers: The 36th annual Manteca Quilters Guild is looking for entries to display at their 36th annual Quilt & Doll Show.

The event is being held this year at the old Best Buy store in the Promenade Shops at the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley on the south side of the 120 Bypass on South Union Road. One of Manteca’s biggest attractions every year in downtown Manteca, the Quilt & Doll Show this year will not be held at the MRPS Hall on South Grant Street because organizers say they could not afford the hall’s increased rates for the weekend event.

In addition to original quilts and wearable art, the show will include a cloth Doll Show. Entries for this popular part of the quilt show are also now accepted.

For information on how to submit entries to the show, and where and when entries will be accepted, call show chairman Leanne McNabb at 209.815.6754 or Bonnie Guzman, the guild’s president last year, at 209.982.4647. Or go to

The featured show artist this year is Manteca’s own Sandra Hadley. “Her work is absolutely gorgeous. She just makes absolutely beautiful appliqué work,” McNabb said.

The featured Doll Show artist is Susan Else. McNabb said Else is not just a doll artist. “She makes 3-dimentional art with fabric being her medium. People are really going to be amazed at some of the things she makes,” she said.

There will be the usual shopping opportunities afforded to visitors in the boutique where sale items will include original creations by build members such as cloth purses, aprons, and totes, among many others. Several booths will have fabrics and other items for sale as well. For visitors’ convenience, there will be the usual dining area that offer catered meals as well.

Visitors can also snag drawing prizes as well. The annual opportunity drawing which offers an original quilt designed and made by the guild members will be given away with raffle tickets at six for $5 sold during both days of the show. Theme baskets will be raffled off as well.

Admission is still $7 per person, with children 12 and younger admitted free.