East L.A. Women Come Together to Finish Gloria Molina’s Quilts

Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina spent decades working to improve the lives of residents in East Los Angeles. Now, a group of East L.A. women are coming together to finish some of her most creative work.

As County News reported last month, Molina is battling terminal cancer. The disease has left the avid knitter unable to finish over 100 quilts that she had started. A sewing group she formed over a decade ago – the “East L.A. Stitchers” – is now working to finish them. The quilts will be on display at a special tribute to Molina on April 16.  

“Most of her quilts are very colorful,” Bertha Molina Mejia, Molina’s sister, told KTLA. “She just loved doing different colors.” 

The symbolism is not lost on friends and family of Molina, who made such an indelible mark on the tapestry of L.A.