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'Quilts from the Heart' show opens April 20 at Fairgrounds

HGTV's "Simply Quilts" host Alex Anderson to be show's feaatured artisst

More than 25 "rookie" quilts and 40 Quilts of Valor by members of the Amador Valley Quilters guild in Pleasanton will be on display at the guild's show "Quilts from the Heart" on April 20 and 21 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Amador Valley Quilters and Quilts of Valor-East Bay have partnered to sponsor the "Rookie Quilt Project," which introduces community members to the art of quilting and to make Quilts of Valor for Northern California veterans. Through two local Pleasanton high schools and community work parties, a number of quilts and presentation bags have been made.

During the show, visitors will have the opportunity to make a block for a Quilt of Valor. The quilts in this special exhibit will be donated to Quilts of Valor-East Bay.

Livermore's Alex Anderson is the featured artist and there will also be more than 300 additional quilts shown as well as demonstrations, vendors, raffle baskets, door prizes and activities for visitors.

Alex Anderson is a well-known artist in the quilting community. She served as the host for HGTV's "Simply Quilts" for 11 years and is a founding partner of "The Quilt Show," a full-service interactive online video/web TV for quilters, and "Quilt Life" magazine. She was chosen as the 2008 Silver Star Award winner given by the International Quilt Festival to an individual "whose work and influence has made – and continues to make – a sizable and positive impact on the quilting industry and community."

"Quilts from the Heart" show hours start at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, closing at 5 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $10 to the show, being held in the Fairground's Young California Building. Parking is free when mentioning "quilt show" to the parking attendant.

For more information. contact Susan Del Boccio at 925-846-9774.

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