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Keeping her in stitches

Glendale Quilt Guild piecing together plans for three-day show at the Marriott Burbank Airport Convention Center.

March 14, 2007|By Joyce Rudolph

Quilt-making is a tradition in Heidi St. Royal's family. Her mom got her started in 1984, the year the Olympic Games came to Los Angeles.

"My first quilt depicted the 1984 Olympics," she said. "It was red, white and blue and had the five Olympics rings in it. Each had the events that we were so lucky in the drawing to attend — equestrian, diving, track and women's and men's decathlon."

Now, the Burbank resident's new passion is doing pictorial quilts, she said, where the quilter has a photograph printed on transfer paper and it can be transferred onto fabric.

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"I did my dad's life on a quilt, taking pictures out of an album of the important things in his life," she said. "He belonged to a German folk dance club, attended military school and was a captain on the city of Los Angeles Fire Department."

St. Royal, a member and vice president of the Glendale Quilt Guild, will be displaying a quilt featuring Scottish terriers at the guild's 28th annual show "Fiesta Fantastica" this weekend at the Marriott Burbank Airport Convention Center.

In keeping with the Latin theme, her quilt is titled "Fiesta Scotties" and each block has a Scotty dog dressed in fiesta attire — serapes and vests — in chile pepper prints and other colorful fabric, she said. It's in honor of her own Scottish terrier named Molly Shannon, like the comedian.

Guild President Alice A. Smith will be showing her quilted jacket, which won an amateur category for a contest sponsored by the Sulky thread company.

"Our show is the largest quilt show in Southern California produced by a nonprofit guild," she said. "There is one in San Diego, but six guilds are involved in producing it. We do this show all by ourselves."

Throughout the weekend, there will be workshops with teachers from all over the United States, there will be a fashion show of wearable quilt art on Friday night and an awards banquet on Saturday night in which quilts are judged in different categories, she said. And about 50 vendors will be selling quilt-related items, like sewing machines and fabric.

A new attraction this year is the quilt auction, which offers quilted items that have been made and donated by the members of guild, Smith said. There will be a section for quilts that are for sale and another place for those just on exhibit.

Proceeds will fund scholarships for teachers and children's workshops to perpetuate the art, Smith said.

"Part of our purpose is to provide education about quilts, history and quilt-making," she said.

The quilt guild sends donations to support quilt museums and helps to preserve quilts at museums that have quilt displays, she said. They've also given quilts to the USC Women and Children's Hospital, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, City of Hope in Duarte and to members or members' family who have cancer, she said. And they have made lap robes that were donated to the Veterans Administration hospitals. In Glendale, quilts have been donated to convalescent homes and women's shelters.

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets once a month at the Glendale Public Library. Each meeting offers a speaker, a show-and-tell segment presented by members and refreshments.

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