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Fabric arts focus of show

Foothill Quilters Guild takes over Gold Country Fairgrounds
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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The Foothill Quilters Guild wants to show everyone that fabric is fabulous. The guild takes over the Gold Country Fairgrounds this weekend for its annual quilt show, which features hundreds of creations, a country store, and more. This year the theme is “You Oughta be in Pictures,” and show co-chairwoman Marylee Drake said everyone who attends should be inspired. “You’d want to come to see what amazing things people have done with quilting, and fabrics,” said Drake, who compared the quilting spectacular to “one big art show.” The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, and Drake said it takes over a good portion of the fairgrounds, including the Placer, Sierra, Tahoe and Sutter buildings, in addition to the small animal barn. Drake said first-timers can expect quite a variety in style and size. “Usually when people come to a quilt show who have never been before, they think they’re going to be looking at quilts like what used to be on their mother’s bed or their grandmother’s bed,” she said. While some guild members prefer traditional patterns — “And their workmanship is wonderful,” Drake said — that’s just one aspect of this weekend’s offerings. More than 300 quilts will be set up for public viewing, and fall under eight categories. Quilt show categories include traditional, pieced, appliqué, pictorial, art, miniatures, the Foothill Quilters Guild “At the Movies” challenge, and wearables, as listed by the Foothill Quilters Guild Web site. Drake said roughly 20 quilts fall under the “At the Movies” challenge — envision, for example, fabrics featuring popcorn and film projectors, she said. Chere Yamasaki, a Newcastle resident and longtime guild member, is the 2010 Foothill Quilters Guild featured quilter. “It’s really an honor because we’ve got such a large guild, and to ask me to be sort of the represented quilter, to be asked by your peers is kind of nice,” she said. More than 30 of Yamasaki’s quilts will be on display this weekend, and she’s entered two into competition. Yamasaki won the “Members Choice” award three different years at the Foothill Quilters Guild show, and received the viewers’ choice “Best of Show” awards in 2005, 2006 and 2007. There are many reasons why Yamasaki enjoys quilting. “It’s very therapeutic, it’s very relaxing, it keeps your hands busy, it’s a fun art form, it’s portable, you can do it any time of the day or night,” she said. Reach Loryll Nicolaisen at lorylln@goldcountrymedia.com. __________ Quilt Show When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: $7 Info: (530) 613-4251, foothillquilters.org