Menlo Park: Quilting exhibition a patchwork of color


About 135 quilts took over the walls of the Onetta Harris Community Center in Menlo Park the weekend of Sept. 17-18.

The quilting exhibition, organized by the Peninsula Quilters Guild, showcases the fabric creations of local quilters, according to event organizer Carol Stapleton.

"We want to make sure that it doesn't become a lost art," she said.

In quilting, she said, no two works come out alike. People can use the same fabrics but different patterns, or the same patterns and different fabrics, and they'll come out very differently, she said.

Headlining the exhibition was LaVern Newman, a Redwood City resident. One of her featured works was a diary quilt, which she made by writing a diary entry on a piece of fabric and piecing the squares together over the course of an entire year.

She prefers to give her works away rather than selling them. When she travels, she likes to leave handmade potholders in her hotel rooms as a parting gift.

Quilting has been considered by some to be simply "women's work," Ms. Newman said. But to her, it's more than that.

"To me, it's creative; it's color; it's texture. … It is an art form."

The event also featured an exhibition of miniatures and dolls, presented by Pat Bellamy, who operated The Dollhouse Factory, a dollhouse and miniature store in Menlo Park from 1977 to 1997.

The Peninsula Quilters Guild also encourages its members to make quilts to donate to sick infants at Lucile Packard Hospital, wounded veterans and homeless people at LifeMoves (formerly InnVision Shelter Network). The guild meets monthly at the San Mateo Garden Center.

Go to peninsulaquilters.org for more information.

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