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Quilt Walk, Show, Coming to Temecula

Brochures and walking tour maps will be available at participating stores Saturday.

Colors and shapes will be flying in the breezes in Old Town this Saturday, when an outdoor quilt show and quilt walk will be held.

Old Town Temecula's Outdoor Quilt Show will feature hundreds of handmade quilts that will be displayed along bannisters and storefronts all along the street, according to organizers.

Visitors from all over the country are expected, many of them expert quilters themselves; they will examine the quilts for designs, patterns and artistry, officials said.

The quilts will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along six blocks of Old Town Front Street.

There will also be an auction and small quilt sale at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

There will be quilt drawings, a small quilt silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and a live auction at 1 p.m.

The live auction will be held at 1 p.m. at the theater. At the end of the quilt live auction, a winner will be drawn for the guild's opportunity quilt.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit local charities. For information click here or email here. You may also call 951 301-9507.

Nancy Ota will be the Outdoor Quilt Show's featured quilter; Ota began quilting in 1988. Many of her designs and patterns are purses and handbags. She utilizes the Japanese embroidery technique of sashiko in many of her designs and her patterns are sold worldwide.
       
Also at the Mercantile Gallery, the Textures Fiber Arts Annual Exhibit 2012 opens and will be on display through October. Textures artists use dye, paint, and fuse, cut or tear fabric or other fibers as a part of their work.

Other embellishments such as beads, buttons, photos, or found objects, in conjunction with hand stitching, embroidery or machine quilting give the work a dimensional interest, organizers said.

For those who like a structured experience, rather than just meandering around town, a "Quilt Walk Thru Old Town Shops" will be organized.

Quilts can be seen inside 16 different Old Town Temecula businesses. These quilts have been chosen for the specific business, considering both subject matter and size.

Brochures and walking tour maps are available at participating stores and online at Temeculacalifornia.com. The brochure includes personal statements from the quilter who created the piece.        

Volunteers are welcome and needed to help hang the quilts before the event.

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