Quilt Guild chooses featured quilter

Featured Quilter Donna Clatte proudly shows off her handiwork at the Homestead Fabrics shop on April 16, with finely detailed and embroidered elements serving as a foundation for the rainbow of fabric Clatte carefully picks to bring each pattern to life. Photo by Lauren Westmoreland

The Portola Cabin Fever Quilt Guild is preparing for the 2019 annual quilt show April 27-28, and leading up to the show, quilters chose their honored 2019 featured quilter, Donna Clatte.

Clatte has been a member of the Quilt Guild for nearly 16 years and spoke of her love for her quilting sisters. “The friends I have met through my love of quilting will always mean the world to me,” Clatte said. “My quilting sisters have helped me through some very difficult years.”

Clatte moved to Graeagle with her husband at their retirement, after raising a family with three children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

“My first experience with quilting was when I was a child,” Clatte smiled. “My father set up a quilting frame in our family room. My mother would set up the quilt, and my mother, grandmother and aunt would push the needles through the top of the quilt. My two cousins and I had the job of pushing the needles back up.”


Clatte said that the act and art of quilting helps to keep her creative side active, and following quilting patterns keeps her mind strong. “I feel very honored to be this year’s featured quilter,” Clatte concluded.

Clatte will be displaying her creations at the annual show held at the Father Burns Parish Hall at 100 S. Pine St. in Portola on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the show, call 832-0446.