Friday Oct 16 2009
Wrapped up in history
By: Megan Wood The Press Tribune
Roseville quilter completes city’s final gift celebrating 100 years
With Roseville’s centennial year winding down, there was one last birthday gift to be had and you could say it was finished in the “stitch” of time. Last week Lynette Schroedle presented a quilt to the Roseville City Council to commemorate the 100th birthday of the city and the historical buildings, events and landmarks that create the fabric of Roseville. “One of the most fun things of the quilt was learning more about Roseville and hearing all sorts of stories,” said Schroedle, who is vice president of the Roseville Quilters Guild who volunteered her time and effort to design and create the quilt. Schroedle said the Quilters Guild wanted to do something special to celebrate the city’s birthday and began brainstorming ideas for a centennial quilt. “We realized we were taking on something bigger than any of us and that we could really only do it justice with pictures,” Schroedle said. A retired Sacramento teacher, Schroedle stepped forward to volunteer her time and craftsmanship to the quilt. “Some of the other guild members offered to help, too,” Schroedle said. “But I do my best quilting between 8 p.m. and midnight. I figured I was retired and this was something I could do that I would enjoy.” After attending a walking tour of Old Roseville with the Rose Club of Roseville High School, Carnegie Museum’s Phoebe Astill and Roseville historian Duke Davis, Schroedle said she was inspired for the design of the quilt by the history of the buildings and the stories she heard along the way. “It was fascinating to hear about the history of some of the buildings and what they were originally used for,” Schroedle said. “For example, I never knew that the Roseville Opera House has never had an opera performed in it. It has been all sorts of things including a skating rink but it’s never had an opera.” With the help of Astill, Schroedle chose a selection of 32 photos representing Roseville from its earliest beginnings as an established city. Some photos include scenes from Vernon Street where the Pacific Street Café now stands, Theodore Judah, the Odd Fellows Building and six of Roseville’s first police officers. In April, the Pixeladies of Cameron Park, a business that converts photos into craft projects, helped to transfer images onto fabric to create the quilt squares. Using Civil War reproduction fabric to complement the sepia-toned historical photos, the blue, brown and beige-patterned materials felt more authentic to the historical nature of the quilt said Schroedle and Astill, who helped select the material. After framing each photo and machine stitching nameplates to provide some historical background for the images, Schroedle finished piecing the quilt together in September. Lifelong resident and owner of Quilted Creations, Debbie Lopez, was chosen to complete quilt including the finishing stitch design throughout the patchwork blanket. “I was so impressed by the work that (Schroedle) did,” Lopez said. “It was such a fabulous quilt and even living here my whole life, I still learned so much from working on it.” Both Lopez and Schroedle said the quilt became a conversation piece while they worked on it with community members and fellow quilters sharing their stories of cows running through JCPenney’s store windows or shepherds leading their flock down Douglas Boulevard. “I think it will be like a photo album for future generations, it gives a fabulous education of how far Roseville has come in the last century,” Lopez said. The quilt was presented to the Roseville City Council and the Roseville community on Oct. 7, and it will be displayed at prominent areas throughout the city on a rotation basi so that residents will have an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate Schroedle and Lopez’s craftsmanship, said Mayor Gina Garbolino. “I really appreciate the effort they put into the quilt,” Garbolino said. “It will last the next 100 years or more as a reminder of our past and will serve as a real tribute to the city.” The Roseville Quilt Guild meets on the third Wednesday of the month and regularly stitches quilts to donate to local nonprofit organizations and charities. For more information visit rosevillequiltguild.com.