CERES — JoAnn Morton won't be scouring yard sales and discount stores for fabric anytime soon.
The 63-year-old retired school aide has been overwhelmed with offers of fabric since a story about her quilting project appeared in The Bee last month. After spending a year making 104 quilts, Morton gave away all of them to places including the Children's Crisis Center in Turlock, and Haven Women's Center and Evergreen Rehabilitation Care Center in Modesto.
In the past couple of weeks, Morton's been kept busy collecting fabric from people who want to be a part of the effort.
"The response my mom has gotten has been overwhelming and brought tears to her eyes," said Morton's daughter, Angie Van Wagoner.
Morton's quilt room overflows with fabrics of all designs: florals, animal prints, stripes, checks.
Lenore Hash was one of the people who e-mailed in response to the story, contributing 10 bags and a box of materials.
"My mother made quilts for years, but is no longer doing it," Hash said. "She has boxes of quilt fabrics that she would like to donate to JoAnn."
Valyrie Gillespie also came forward with fabric she's accumulated from projects she meant to do but didn't. She was eager to get in touch with Morton.
"There are good people still in the world and it's nice to be reminded of that," she said.
Ninety-year-old Emily McKnight offered Morton some fabric she's had since 1995. Morton made an offer right back.
"I am making her a quilt out of it," Morton said.
She's already started on her 2010 charity effort.
"I won't have to buy fabric for a year!" she said.
Bee staff writer Patty Guerra can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2343.