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Galloway Tapped As Featured Quilter
Longtime quilter Nancy Galloway will be one of two featured quilters in the Heart of the Valley Quilt and Textile Arts Show this weekend in neighboring Modesto. Billed as the 'largest quilt show in the Central Valley,' the event will be staged at the Modesto Centre Plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.

Featured will be quilts, art quilts, wearables, vendors, demonstrations, door prizes and more.

Galloway, a retired teacher, has been quilting for more than 50 years.

"I did my first one while I was in college," she said. "I was a Home Ec major in college so I always sewed."

Quilting was the next natural progression for her, she said, and her first quilt was made for a niece who now lives in Oregon and sent that first quilt to California to be displayed in the show. Well used and worn, Galloway said her niece didn't part with it willingly, even for a short time.

"She was worried that I would want to keep it," she said, laughing.

Her niece, Barbara, is her brother's daughter and has had the quilt for more than five decades.

The pattern was Sun Bonnet Babies, one that Galloway has used in a few different variations.

"I really got into quilting when I retired," she added. "I will display 30 in the show."

She didn't submit any of hers for judging this year, but her California Avenue home in Escalon does feature many quilts adorned with ribbons of past honors.

"I like to do different kinds," Galloway said of her preferences. "That way I don't get stuck with one kind, I also like to take classes."

Among her favorite is a class at Asilomar, where quilters from around the state often gather.

Galloway belongs to Country Crossroads Quilters, which also includes members from Oakdale and Riverbank, among many other local communities.

She retired from teaching in 1999, having taught Home Ec, then moving into Computers and English toward the end of her career.

Joyce Compton will join Galloway as a featured quilter at this weekend's show and Galloway said she will be busy doing demonstrations and talking quilting all weekend.

Admission is $7 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

More information about the show and the organization is available on the website,