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Folsom museum pieces together history through fabric

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph Staff Writer
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The Folsom History Museum is pairing vintage with modern in the ?Then and Now? antique quilt and vintage clothing exhibit. The exhibit is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, through Sept. 2 at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. The 32nd annual antique quilt and vintage clothing exhibit will feature pieces and styles ranging from then, the Civil War era, to now. ?We really want to show how the styles have evolved over the years and how the traditional quilting patterns are interpreted today,? said Melissa Pedroza, museum education and tour coordinator. A variety of clothing will also be shown including women?s and men?s vintage accessories, women?s vintage undergarments, women?s wedding and prom dresses from then and now and a pair of Levi Strauss & Co. men?s jeans from 1915. ?This exhibit shows how the joy and art of creating through fabric evolves, but continues,? Pedroza said. Pedroza said quilts today have many differences than quilts previously, which are shown at the exhibit. ?One big difference between quilting then and now is quilting then was all hand stitched,? she said. ?Hand stitching gave a geometric aspect to the quilting. Now, a lot of quilting is stitched by machine and with computerized longarm machines. So this quilting is much more fanciful.? All the pieces shown in the exhibit were donated to the museum or are on loan from a collector. Ann Barrow of Folsom has been a quilter for 20 years. Her patriotic quilt is on display near the entrance of the exhibit to highlight the patriotic style now compared to one from years ago. ?The creativity in quilting and construction is what I appreciate about quilting,? Barrow said. ?I love patriotic things and I am inspired by that theme. I hang my ?Red, White and Blue? quilt in my home from Memorial day to Labor day to celebrate the summer holidays.? This year her quilt will be displayed as part of the exhibit. ?I was honored to be chosen to have my quilt showed at the exhibit,? Barrow said. ?Quilting has been a craft of women for centuries and has developed more in the last 20 years. People are appreciating the crafts from our ancestors and expanding on it. Today, much of our clothing is not being crafted by hand anymore, so quilting is a way to hold onto that tradition.? For more information, call (916) 985-2707 or visit folsomhistorymuseum.org. * * * Then and Now quilts & clothing When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, through Sept. 2 Where: Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom Info: (916) 985-2707 or folsomhistorymuseum.org