Thousands of stitches, yards of fabric and scores of quilts draped walls and racks at a weekend quilt show.
Just down the street from the hustle and bustle of the the Fall Downtown Street Faire, the women of the Pacheco Pass Quilters held a show that attracted nine vendors and displayed more than 110 quilts Saturday and Sunday.
"We've had a good turnout today; I've been really pleased with the turnout," guild member Judy West said Saturday.
The fourth annual show had one more vendor than last year, West said, but the event had probably met its size limit. "We don't have a lot of room in this building, and I think this is a comfortable amount," West said.
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Inside the Ted Falasco Arts Center, quilts hung from racks, windows and the former church's balcony. Vendors set up along the walls and stage.
Bridget Martinelli of Merced came to sell paper crafting items and biscotti, as well as to display her latest quilts. To pass the time, she fastened fabric flowers to a shirt. "I love sewing. I always sewed as a young girl," Martinelli said.
The most important parts of quilting, Martinelli said, are color, fabric and texture.
Jeanette Lopes of Newman is well known in quilting circles, she said. "I teach classes and I do long-arm quilting," Lopes said.
Longarm quilting refers to the 12-foot sewing machine with a 36-inch throat commonly used for the stitching that goes into each quilt. Lopes "quilted," or stitched, many of the quilts in the room pieced by others.
The best part of the show, in her eyes, is mingling with all of the ladies at the show. Lopes has been to every one of the four quilt shows held in Los Banos.
Each vendor was given a ribbon to pass out to the maker of his or her favorite quilt. Nine ribbons were passed out at each day of the show.
Fay Davis, a Pacheco Pass Quilter, received one of the ribbons for a quilt she made with 100 teddy bears sewn into as many squares. Davis is something of a dying breed -- she sews her quilts by hand.
"Oh, I'm telling you. Are you kidding? I was thrilled," Davis said about the ribbon.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos