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Artistic quilts hanging at City Hall

(ran East Lake & Oldsmar Extra edition)

A dozen or so quilts from Rainbows End quilt shop in Dunedin are hanging by clothespins in City Hall through February.

"Gorgeous work!" said Chris Steiner, the city's arts coordinator. "We've had a lot of interest."

Michelle Facsima of Palm Harbor, part owner of the Rainbows End quilting shop of Dunedin, organized the show. She will give a free seminar on quilting at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Cultural Arts Centre, 402 St. Petersburg Drive E. After the seminar, Facsima will lead the group on a tour of the show.

"She wants to get the word out on contemporary quilting," Steiner said of Facsima. "She's so enthusiastic."

Facsima said the Oldsmar show has some traditional patterns that go back to early America. Others are contemporary.

"Quilting has really evolved so that it's not just something that Grandma does," she said. "And it's not just quilts for beds."

Today, she said, quilts are wall hangings, table runners, place mats, clothing, purses and belts. And some quilts are art, paintings of fabric and thread.

The quilts on exhibit in Oldsmar are not labelled by artist, but they are the work of five women: Facsima, Kathy Musser, Yvonne Smith, Ruth Gross and Betty Dick. And Marian Pingor and the late Amanda Miller quilted the works the other five had pieced together.

For information on buying the quilts, call Facsima at (727) 733-8572. For the Feb. 4 seminar, call Steiner at (813) 749-1253.

If you have news or photos about Oldsmar schools, churches, businesses, neighborhood groups, community organizations or people, call Theresa Blackwell at (727) 771-4305, fax it to her at (727) 771-4301, e-mail blackwellsptimes.com or mail material to her at the North Pinellas Times, 34342 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

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