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April 30, 2008 > Piecemakers quilt show

Piecemakers quilt show

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco
Photos By courtesy of Elin Thomas

Mark your calendars for the 2008 "Legacies of Love: Our Stories" Quilt Show. For two days, Saturday & Sunday, May 3 -4, beautiful handmade quilts will be on display at Centennial Hall in Hayward. Proudly presented by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda County, the show will feature the works of talented artists including quilter and fabric designer, Ellen Edith, Guild member, Linda Cline, a country store and merchant mall, demonstrations and lectures, door prizes and raffles.

If you have ever thought of or considered learning how to quilt, or if you are a beginner at quilting, Publicity Liaison Linda Keating is forewarning show attendees, "Quilting can be addictive!" She said that she enjoys quilting because of "the creative part of deciding what quilt to make, who it is for, working with beautiful colors and patterns, the texture of materials and the tangible results." Keating said that she is looking forward to this year's show. "The show is for educating the public about how quilts are made as well as showing it's not an historical pastime, rather a modern and vibrant movement," said Keating.

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild, organized as a group in 1981, is dedicated to serving the community through various group activities and projects. The Community Quilts Project is one of their most rewarding activities. Throughout the year, members help to make quilts that they donate to non-profit groups and needy individuals in the community. Several guild committee members meet approximately three times a month to prepare kits which include fabric pieces to be stitched into blocks; others contain blocks to be stitched into tops. These are distributed to guild members who complete them at home.

The committee also prepares quilt tops for tying or quilting by matching them with batting, backing and binding. In addition to taking home kits, many guild members contribute quilts or tops made entirely with fabrics from their own "stash." The guild makes approximately 125-150 quilts each year to share with those in need. Recipients of the Community Quilts Project have included SAVE, Tri-City Volunteers, LOV Newark, the Salvation Army, the Tri-City Homeless Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, Sister John Marie's Pantry, The Pregnancy Crisis Center, the Police Departments in Fremont and Newark, the Viola Blythe Community Center, Kidango, and many others.

Piecemakers Quilt Guild's other noteworthy projects include creating approximately 200 "preemie quilts" donated to local children's hospitals, as well as awarding grants to local schools to teach the art of quilt-making to children. Elin Thomas, editor of the guild's newsletter "The Piecemaker's Press," stated that the Guild also participates in public demonstrations. For one week during the summer, guild members hand-quilt a previously pieced quilt while visiting with Alameda County Fair attendees. The guild has also been a part of special events at Fremont's Ardenwood Historic Park for 20 years. Members display quilts and demonstrate basting, tying or quilting whilst chatting with visitors.

"Piecemakers' members are very generous with their time, talent, and treasure (fabric!). Everyone supports our guild's Community Quilts projects in their own way - by donating fabric, helping to piece blocks or quilt tops, quilting, or helping to tie the quilts that we donate to various groups in the community," said Nancy Garcia, Community Quilts committee member. "Working on Community Quilts gives each of us a chance to give back to our community, especially to our neighbors in need. Some of our quilts are used as raffle items to raise money for various charities, but most of them go directly to a child or adult in need of warmth and comfort. We hope that the people who receive our quilts experience as much joy in receiving them as we do in making and giving them," she added.

The co-chairs of the 2008 Guild Show are Corrine Moore and Pat Mattison. Moore said that this year's show "will be a great showcase for the varied talents of our members." She added, "I cannot describe the diverse artistic quilts which are in the show. The public will be amazed. We will have more than 300 quilts on display and they range from antique traditional to picturesque moderns."

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda invites everyone to come to the show or visit with members during their monthly meetings. "The Piecemakers group is such a generous, friendly and talented group. What we make becomes family heirlooms, a quilt for a frightened child and sometimes becomes an historical artifact," said Moore. It is clear that her sentiment is shared by the rest of the Guild members, whose dedication and compassion have benefited many of those in need in the Tri-City communities.

The Guild holds meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at the Holy Redeemer Church in Newark. The meetings generally start at 6:45 p.m., but many come early to socialize.

For more information about the "Legacies of Love: Our Stories" Quilt Show call (510) 797-1503. To learn more about the Piecemakers Quilt Guild and their projects and activities, call Judy Prichard at (510) 793-0275 or visit www.piecemakersguild.org.


"Legacies of Love: Our Stories" Quilt Show
Saturday & Sunday, May 3 - 4
Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Centennial Hall
22292 Foothill Blvd., Hayward
(510) 797-1503
Admission donation: $8


Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting
First Tuesday of the Month
Tuesday, May 6
6:45 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Church
35660 Cedar Blvd., Newark
(510) 793-0275
www.piecemakersguild.org

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