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The fabric of their lives – Day one of the quilt show kicks off at Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds

March 11, 2018 GMT

When it comes to quilting, Alyce Kauffman can’t get enough. The Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild held its annual show with a “Rhapsody in Red” theme on Saturday at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City. The show continues today.

“Quilting is a world of its own,” Kauffman said. “There’s a companionship and friendship among quilters that’s a wonderful experience.”

Kauffman, a Gridley resident and a founding member of the club, submitted one of her works in the show amid 260 others – almost all had a red-and-white theme.

“I’ve been sewing since I was 8 years old, and now I really enjoy quilting,” she said. “It’s a challenge to quilt – you have to have a lot of math skills and use color coordination.”

Loma Rica resident Toni Willis said she’s been coming to local quilt shows for many years and the red-and-white theme had a big impact on her.

“It’s stunning, the best year yet and I’ve been coming for 15 years,” she said.

DeRoy Jensen, the Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild show chair, said that of the of the 260 entries, 200 of them used the red-and-white theme.

“This was a tremendous challenge – even for some of our most experienced quilters,” he said. “This is the result of the whole guild stepping up.”

He said they invited 25 other regional quilt guilds to participate and about eight of the clubs replied and submitted quilts to be included in the show.

“It’s amazing to look out and see all the different reds – some are tomato red and others are a creamy red,” he said.

Annette Babb, of Sutter, is a longtime Yuba-Sutter Valley Quilt Guild member, but this is her first year displaying a piece at the annual event.

“It’s my first time entering and it’s the first time they’ve put some of the quilts up high, and it looks great,” she said. “There are so many beautiful designs and styles.”