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Bulletin, Progressive. Record. Reporter Wednesday, May 5, 2010 1B INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL AND OPINION ,, UPCOMING EVENTS ] II 11 Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com In the beginning, a group of five or six women gathered together and quilted, much as their pioneer foremothers had done. They continued in this fashion for about 10 years. When it became time to build the Portola library, the quilter friends organized a quilt show as a fundraiser for that endeavor. Somewhere in that process, they organized themselves as well and the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild was born. That was 18 years ago and there has been a quilt show every year since. Today the Cabin Fever Quilt Guild has 50 members, not only from Portola, but Sierra Valley, Loyalton, Calpine, Sacramento and Reno. Members still focus on the love of making quilts, and they continue to reach out to the community at large. This year they are making blankets for foster kids. Nancy Degger of Graeagle made this quilt to order for her guest room. Not only were the colors chosen to go with the room, she also made matching pillow covers. Lin Squires did the quilting for her in 2009. 18th mnual Cabin Fever :~uilt Show featured ~ortola quilter Margaret 4alley. Specializing in tppliqu~ designs like a color- fularray of crows on a wall hanging, she also made this beautiful quilt featuring daisies and diamonds. Before that, they made quilted blankets for veteransl Every year, they support projects in the community. At the same time, they forged bonds with other quilt- ing groups, neighboring ones like the guild in Quincy and the one in Downieville, but they also became a part of a nation of quilt groups, exhibiting traveling quilt shows, like the Hoffman Challenge, which features wall hangings. This year, the maker of one such work of fabric art of two dragons, a woman from Bozeman, Mont., arranged to meet her sister from Los Angeles at the Portola show to see her wall hanging during its travels. Such is the love of quilts. Quilt shows are a favorite in small towns throughout the nation and no less so in Portola, where this show is one of the local harbingers of spring. For those who missed it, here are photos of some of the fine work produced by eastern county quilters, members of Cabin Fever Quilt Guild. Guild member Lyn ar of Johnsville made this patriotic pk~l Ca!lq~l 4qllunQr B~rl1~~ Victory QuiW" OVer the past year. She added a twist to the traditional design by choosing colors other than red, white and blue, Dorothy Miller quilted it. "Lakeside" is the name of this quilt made by Cabin Quilt Guild member Judy Bechtold in 2009. Bech- told did the quilting on it as well. Cabin Fever quilte Sandy Hutching: pieced and quilted thh gorgeous quilt, calle( "Serenity Bargello" in 2010 Donna Clatte made this quilt last year, finishing it in 2010. She calls it Calendar Quilt and it was a block- of-the-month at Homestead Fabrics in Portola. Sandy Farrington of Reno did the quilting for her. Photos by Diana Jorgenson