Folsom quilt exhibit stitches past to present

History of quilting on display at Gallery at 48 Natoma Street
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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About 200 persons attended Friday night’s opening reception for the new exhibit at The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt,” a show featuring the history of quilt-making, opened Friday and will run through March 6. Admission is free. Gallery director Cindy Abrahams said the show is meant to be informative. “‘Not Your Grandmother’s Quilt’ is an educational exhibit,” she said. “It takes you through how quilting started hundreds of years ago (and goes) all the way through contemporary quilts.” The Community Gallery, located in the hall next to the Main Gallery, features an exhibit supplied by the Folsom History Museum. “Now, those really are your grandmother’s quilts,” Abrahams joked. “In the Community Gallery, we try to show collections from community connections, like the museum, or other local organizations. The Main Gallery can feature artists from all over Northern California, art that otherwise wouldn’t be available to residents in Folsom.” One of the lead organizers of the exhibit was Helen Hardwick of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. “We have 19 quilters and 27 quilts in the show,” she said. “It probably took two months to organize. Many of the quilts have been in our shows before, so I kind of knew what I wanted.” She said the show is family friendly. “I think the kids can learn quite a bit here,” she said. “The show features a sewing machine from the 1920s and today. Meissner’s (Sewing and Learning Center) was nice enough to loan this (modern) one to us.” Karla Dellner, chairwoman of the guild’s quilt shows, was quick to promote her organization’s upcoming show in Folsom. “Our next show is February 6, 7 and 8 at the Community Center,” she said. Admission to the 24th Annual Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild show, titled “Whispers of the Past,” will be $7. The show will be held at the Community Center at 52 Natoma Street. Doris Bourgeois, a 40-year resident of Folsom and a longtime quilter, had one of her pieces on display. She’s also one of the founding members of the quilt guild, according to Hardwick. “This is a wonderful exhibit down here,” Bourgeois said. Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. He may be reached at