Ottily Wallace, a first-time quilt entrant at the L.A. County Fair, will receive the Gloria Molina Achievement Award in Quilting on opening day of the Fair, Friday, Sept. 5. Mrs. Wallace was chosen for her dedication and her commitment to the art of quilting.
While only a quilter for the past five years, Mrs. Wallace’s passion is strong. “I receive so many rewards from quilting, from the time I spend sewing and embroidering the quilts to giving them as gifts.”
The 70-year-old Ontario resident has enjoyed the hobby of sewing since she was a young woman and only took up quilting after deciding to try something new. After a few classes, she knew she had found her next big “sport.”
“I’m retired, so I spend a lot of time with my two favorite sports – golf and quilting.”
Mrs. Wallace entered four quilts into the Fair’s quilt competition. A queen-size quilt she entered took a month and a half to complete. “Being retired, I have a lot of time to work on them.”
The award is named for and presented by Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina who is an avid quilter herself. Fairplex is in Molina’s district. Tapestry, the home arts department of the Fair, is extremely popular with more than 2,000 entries this year.
The Fair runs Sept. 5 – 28, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Horse racing is Sept. 5 – 22, dark Tuesdays. For more information on the Fair, visit the Web site, www.lacountyfair.com.