WOMEN PATCHED HISTORY INTO QUILT.
Byline: Angela Randazzo Staff Writer
The Sesquicentennial ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al
Of or relating to a period of 150 years.
A 150th anniversary or its celebration.
Noun 1. Quilt, a 10-by-10-foot work of art featuring vignettes of California's geography and culture, will be one of the highlights of this weekend's Quilt Cornucopia cornucopia (kôr'nykō`pēə), in Greek mythology, magnificent horn that filled itself with whatever meat or drink its owner requested. , hosted by the Camarillo Quilters Association.
Association member Ellen Heck of Somis helped develop and design the commemorative showpiece show·piece
Something exhibited, especially as an outstanding example of its kind.
1. anything displayed or exhibited
2. , which was created by quilters throughout the state. After 67 Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, quilters worked on the project for 15 months, it was sent up north where more than 150 other quilters stitched an additional 2,000 hours to complete it.
The Camarillo Quilters Association is one of 75 quilting quilting, form of needlework, almost always created by women, most of them anonymous, in which two layers of fabric on either side of an interlining (batting) are sewn together, usually with a pattern of back or running (quilting) stitches that hold the layers guilds in Southern California, and boasts over 300 members in Ventura County. The group started 17 years ago, when a several Camarillo women got together to socialize so·cial·ize
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.
2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. and make quilts.
``I've been sewing since I was 9 years old mostly dressmaking and I've taken every sewing course at Ventura College Ventura College is a California-state funded community college located in Ventura, California. Established in 1925, the college has a 112-acre campus with an enrollment of 13,000 students. The college is part of the Ventura County Community College District. ,'' said Mary Welsh of Ventura who joined the association six years ago. ``I was introduced to quilting by one of the teachers and it's so enjoyable and relaxing.''
At monthly meetings, members show what they are working on and discuss it with the group. Smaller groups meet weekly to work on a group project or on their own quilt.
For instance, member Sharon Norbutas has been working on a project, titled ``Here to Japan and Back Again,'' which won first place in the traditional category at last month's Pacific International Quilt Festival.
And another of Norbutas' quilts, ``Window In the Wall,'' has been declared a ``Masterpiece Quilt'' by the National Quilting Association.
Nationally known as well as local quilters are guest speakers at the meetings. Topics of discussion range from the history of quilts to fabrics used in quilt making to new patterns and techniques.
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CQA Contemporary QuiltArt Association meets at 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Orchid Professional Bldg. 816 Camarillo Guests are welcome. The yearly dues is $20. For information call (805) 985-9763.
The Camarillo Quilters Association's Quilt Cornucopia will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Seaside Park in Ventura. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6-12.
PHOTO (1) Ellen Heck of Somis helped develop and design the sesquicentennial quilt as well as this award-winner titled ``Nature's Splendor.''
(2) ``The California Sesquicentennial Quilt'' will be featured among more than 100 quilts at an event this weekend. (top) Quilter Sharon Norbutas won first place in the traditional category at the Pacific International Quilt Festival with ``Here to Japan and Back Again.'' Shown is a section of her quilt. (right)