The Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild will celebrate its 26th annual show next weekend, Feb. 11–13, at the Folsom Community Center. This year’ theme is “Back Home Again.”
More than 200 quilted items — including wearable art — will be exhibited. The volume and quality of the works displayed in this show each year is simply staggering. In fact, this show is a destination event that draws both men and women to our area from all over the western states in order to attend this show.
The quality of the piecework, the neatness of the quilt stitching on each piece and the ingenuity and inspiration of design of each piece at the Folsom show is consistently high. These quilters don’t disappoint.
At its purest, a quilt is essentially a “sandwich” created from two large pieces of fabric, with a piece of batting (“stuffing”) in the middle. This is bound/sealed at the edges and there are lots and lots of tiny stitches on the entire surface of the quilt to hold it all together.
That’s the simplicity part.
The complexity and the real art of quilting and fiber crafts are in the construction, design and technique. Here is where the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild really shines. Items range from large bed quilts to small wall hangings … and everything in between.
Such quilts are rarely seen by the average person, largely because of the amount of time it takes to create such works.
Up close and in person, the items on display are breathtaking.
If you are new to the world of quilting, or being dragged to the event by a spouse, fear not. The guild does a good job of educating the public about the different patterns, fabrics and histories of quilts. A lot of engineering and math goes into these creations. Sometimes there are even history lessons. Six years ago, one display illustrated quilting fabric choices and techniques from the Civil War. We learned that “Turkey red” and “Poison Green” were popular colors in the 1860s.
Each day of the show, members of the viewing public will be treated to a “Wearable Art” fashion show. Delicious refreshments are readily available for purchase, and the event is known for its demonstrations, door prize drawings, boutique raffle and grand prize drawing for a simply breathtaking quilt. The show will feature vendors from California, Nevada and New Hampshire, also.
“Back Home Again: The 26th annual Folsom Quilt and Fiber Show” is Feb. 11, 12 and 13 at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. in Folsom. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 per person.Visit folsomquilt.org for additional information.
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