For every difference that makes people unique, there is a common thread that connects us all. The thread weaves a beautiful tapestry of home and community for all cultures and customs. Combining a creative blend of old and new crafts, exhibitors reveal how customs have developed and evolved over the years.
Since the early days of the L.A. County Fair local neighborhood folk brought their finest preserves, baked goods, needlepoint pillows, and other homemade and handcrafted products to be judged and displayed. From these humble beginnings emerged what is known today as A Tapestry of Tradition located in the Village Crafters exhibit. The Fair runs Sept. 13-29.
Recognized today as the largest exhibit of its kind in California, A Tapestry of Tradition (formerly Creative Expressions) features competitions, contests, workshops and live demonstrations. The new name reflects the common thread that brings Americans together as a nation. Every day people are inspired to show their talent, try a new skill or learn about their heritage. New and previous visitors are encouraged to look at the extraordinary efforts put forth.
The second annual “A Tapestry of Tradition Quilt Show” features more than 250 award winning quilts in competitions this year. The traditional show gives special prominence to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place quilts. A selection of quilts from “Americas Kids” will be on display to account for all generations in this spectacular exhibit. The show also features a non-competitive corporate quilt collection provided by P & B Textile 2002. In addition, fabric provided by P & B Textile is used for the Quilt Block Challenge where winning block entries are placed together to form a quilt. A name is drawn from the entries to receive the blocks and complete the quilt.
Ruth Horetski, president of the Wandering Foot Guild, will share her family’s private quilt collection dating back to the 1800s, which includes a rare treasure of antique metal quilting patterns and furniture. “As a little girl, I quilted with my mother,” said Horetski. “Mom didn’t have access to any quilt patterns so my father would look at photos of old quilts and then create the pattern out of sheet metal.” Horetski purposely left the last quilt her mother made unfinished so others could see how the quilt was put together.
Special guest artist Juanita Swarts will greet guests who stop to admire her personal collection of quilts on display. Swarts has won many ribbons for her quilts and received the Golden Bear Award for “Best of Show” twice at the California State Fair. She has taught classes all over southern