Ann Leatz of Victorville will be presented the Gloria Molina Special Achievement Award in Quilting Sept. 12, opening day of the 2003 L.A. County Fair, for her dedication and commitment to the art of quilting. The Fair runs Sept. 12-28 at Fairplex
This year’s featured artist at the A Tapestry of Tradition exhibit at the Fair, Leatz is a textile artist who has specialized in hand appliqué for more than 40 years. She is a designer, creative teacher and judge, traveling to various fairs, symposiums, conferences and quilt shows giving lectures and workshops.
“Receiving this award is quite an honor,” said Leatz. “I don’t think of myself as (making quilts) to receive awards. I do it for the love of doing it.”
This is the second year the Fair has presented the Gloria Molina Special Achievement Award, named after the Los Angeles County Supervisor who enjoys quilting. Fairplex is in Molina’s district. She will present the award between 10:45 and 11:30 a.m.
“Quilting creates a circle of friends and I want to encourage others to join Ann’s and my passion,” said Molina.
Leatz has received a number of national awards for the many quilts she has made over the last four decades. She will have several pieces on display at the Fair.
“It will be like a journey – I’ll have early pieces up to some of the more recent work I’ve done,” she said.
On display will be the quilt Leatz made for her husband and herself 40 years ago
Leatz said she has always had a love of quilting, which started when she joined 4-H when she was a youngster.
“I’ve always been fascinated by fabric. My mother was fabulous with fabrics.”
Leatz received a degree in textiles from the University of Chicago and went on to study hand appliqué. She has a studio/shop in Victorville and her work is displayed all over the country. /b.js>
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