AUBURN – Alex Anderson, one of the most recognized names in quilting, will give a presentation and lecture and sign books Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Garden Hilton Inn.

Best known for hosting HGTV’s “Simply Quilts” for 11 years, Anderson now co-hosts “The Quilt Show” with Ricky Tims. “The Quilt Show” is the world’s first full-service interactive online video/Web magazine and worldwide community for quilters.

An artist, author, teacher and multimedia host, Anderson will be at the Hilton from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, $55, may be purchased at Cote’s Sewing & Fabric Center at the Auburn Plaza, 730 Center St. Seating will be limited to 250 people.

Anderson recently won the International Quilt Festival’s 2008 Silver Star Award, given annually to living persons who have made a lasting and positive impact on the field of quilting and textile art over the span of their careers.

Anderson began quilting in 1978 when she completed a Grandmother’s Flower Garden project as part of her work toward a degree in art at San Francisco State University. She soon began to explore fiber and graphic design, as well as find a deep appreciation for Amish quilts.

“I can remember the first time I attended a quilt show. It was a lightbulb moment I will never forget,” said Anderson of Livermore, Calif. “As an artist struggling to establish an identity in the art world, it had never occurred to me – until that moment – that quilts could be considered a valid art form. I instantly fell in love with the medium and continue to love it to this day.”

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