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The San Miguel Quilters Are Back!


By Elsmarie Norby

The San Miguel quilters are a group of fourteen very talented and skilled women from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela who create beautiful award-winning art quilts, present them for sale in shows, and donate proceeds to worthy organizations that promote education in and around San Miguel.

This time the recipients of their generosity will be Ojala Niños, the alternative education program in rural San Miguel Viejo, providing free daily classes to all children of all ages, year-round. The theme of this event is Calaca, the traditional image of the skull which is the primary symbol for Day of the Dead. The children of Ojala have been invited to create their calaca art, which will be part of the exhibit, and the children will receive the money from those sales.

The quilters’ collective work, the star of the show, is a three-dimensional piece made from hundreds of individually cut and stitched fabric flowers, titled “Calaca de Flores.” This piece won the Third-Place Viewers’ Choice award at the recent Leon quilt expo. It will be sold via silent auction at the show here in San Miguel. In addition, there will be fifteen smaller calaca art quilts. The show will be in the beautiful upstairs gallery space of Café Muro in Barrio del Obraje for the entire month of October.

We invite you to attend, enjoy the fine food offered at Café Muro, marvel at the amazing creativity of the quilters—and adopt a calaca!

We also invite you to visit the Ojala Niños program any weekday afternoon. Classes offered are literacy, several art and crafts, music, and math. For more information, please contact Betty Lopez at or


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