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Folsom museum stitches together a patchwork of history

By: Don Chaddock Telegraph Managing Editor
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From great-grandmother’s hand-crafted quilt to vintage clothing pieces, bits of history of hearth and home are currently on display at the Folsom History Museum. “I’m not a quilter,” confessed museum director Mary Mast. “None of these (quilts) are from the archives. These are all outside submissions.” The quilts range in age from the 1870s to the 1930s. Some of the quilts were “completed” as late as 2005, but the original fabric and patterns are the focus. “Many quilts are from the 1930s and ‘40s,” Mast said. “The hand stitching is amazing.” She said the quality of the work and the beauty of the pieces are something to see. “There is a true art to exhibiting these,” she said. “To watch the exhibit process is amazing. They vary in size, age, style and pattern. The (organizing) committee is all passionate about vintage clothing and quilts.” Gene Mendonca, of Folsom, was on hand to check out the exhibit. “These are wonderful,” Mendonca said. “This in incredible. I love that this (quilt) is like a painting.” To learn more, visit folsomhistorymuseum.org.