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San Miguel Quilters and Fiber Artists prepare for November Show

By Stephanie Murphy

San Miguel Quilters Yoli del Rio, Carolyn Simsarian and Pat Donahue

Members of the San Miguel Quilters and Fabric Artists are finishing up their projects—including large and small quilts, wall hangings, wearable art and home accessories—for the group’s third Triennial Fabric Arts Show and Sale. The eight-day show at the Bordello Galería in the Casa de La Noche, Órganos 19, will open with a reception at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening, November 29, and close on Sunday afternoon, December 7.


Third Triennial Quilt and Fabric Arts Show and Sale
Sponsored by San Miguel Quilters to benefit ALMA
Sat, Nov 29-Sun Dec 7, 5pm
Bordello Galería
Órganos 19

Proceeds from the sale will benefit ALMA (Apoyo a Los Sanmiguelenses Ancianos, or Support for Elderly Sanmiguelenses), San Miguel’s charitable home for elders. The organization is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for “ancianos”—both Mexicans and expatriates—in its La Lejona residence. ALMA currently is home to 37 elders, including six expats. Most residents are more than 80 years old, and many would otherwise be living on the streets. Private rooms, including two apartments, are available to those who have the means to pay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from a silent auction of two colorful wall hangings, “La Senorita” and “Crazy Hearts,” as well as the sale of a bed-size quilt and 13 individually created “Virgin of Guadalupe” quilted and embellished icons, will go directly to ALMA. In addition, 20 percent of all individual sales will benefit ALMA.

The San Miguel Quilters and Fiber Artists is an international group with 13 members from Canada, Mexico and the United States. The group meets twice monthly in members’ homes to share ideas and techniques while creating works of fabric art that are donated to raise money for San Miguel’s charitable organizations. In the past 11 years, quilts and wall hangings have been stitched for many San Miguel nonprofits, including Casa, Ojalá Niños!, Mujeres en Cambio, Jóvenes Adelante and the San Miguel bomberos.

Members of the fiber arts group are: Janet Avery, Mary Carruth, Phyllis Culp, Yoli del Rio, Pat Donahue, Donnis Doyle, Rosa Harrop, Suzanne Mir, Stephanie Murphy, Bettie Scheffer, Carolyn Simsarian, Kenia Velásquez and Jean Wood.


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