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Follow the ‘Quilts Along Forist Lane’ in Merced

Wonderful quilts will grace the lawns along Forist Lane in Merced on Sept. 29.
Wonderful quilts will grace the lawns along Forist Lane in Merced on Sept. 29.

From its beginnings in March 1985, the Gateway Quilters’ Guild has been a magnet for creative quilters in Merced County.

The guild presents a biennial quilt show, and this year it will be “Quilts Along Forist Lane” — a walking tour along Forist Lane and Wyoming Drive in Merced on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This a beautiful way to spend special time with a friend outdoors viewing quilts on the lawns, hanging from the trees and homes along the lane.

On site, they will have docents (white gloved ladies) for any questions about the quilts.

The show’s featured artist will be Susan Hammon. She began her “Quilting Journey” in 1989. Her quilting style is “Eclectic and New.” Be sure to stop and visit with Hammon and hear her stories of her quilts.

Also, for the shopping enthusiasts, there will be the guilds Country Store with items made by the members and vendors scattered throughout the yards. The items provided by the vendors will include quilting fabrics and supplies; hand thrown pottery; custom sewn doll clothes to fit 18” dolls; succulents in driftwood; wood art; and, delicious brittle to name a few.There will also be a light refreshment available for you.

The guild’s main goal is to give to and support our community. Up to 250-300 quilts are made and donated each year to Child Protection Services, veterans, hospitals, convalescent homes, and UC Guardian Scholars, to name a few. The fundraisers help the guild purchase supplies needed for these donations. Many of the members donate the fabrics for the quilt tops, they still need the batting, thread, and the backing fabrics to complete the quilt.

Guild members look forward to visiting with you on Sept. 28. The entrance is at Forist Lane and Wyoming Drive. Parking is available on the streets, and golf carts will be available for rides to and from the entrance. The cost of admission is $10, and tickets will be available for purchase at the show. In case of rain, the show will be held the following weekend. But looking at the extended forecast, they believe sunshine shall prevail.

Call a friend and enjoy your time walking the lane.

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