Let me start this post by stating that I am not a quilter, I simply have an appreciation for the talent and craftsmanship involved in making beautiful quilts. My Mama is a very talented hand-quilter who has made many beautiful quilts (she’s probably shaking her head while reading this, but it’s true!). This year we made a day trip over to Dallas for the Dallas Quilt Show, and we really enjoyed it.
The Dallas Quilt Show (“Dallas Quilt Celebration”), is held by the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas every March at the Dallas Market Hall. Market Hall is located at I-35E and Market Center Boulevard, so it’s a fairly easy location to find. Parking is good – there is plenty of free parking space, but they also offer a valet service. We always park in a nearby parking garage (free) and walk over to the show. Tickets cost $8 each at the door, and the show can easily be seen in a day.
Numerous quilts were on display this year. Walking around and admiring all the quilts is my favorite part of any quilt show. The show had lots of quilts on display with some in judged categories (Master and Artisan), but also special exhibits. We prefer to view the judged categories first, and we always note the hand quilted projects (our favorites). The categories for the judged quilts included a Master and Artisan Divisions for each of the following: Large Pieced (One Person), Large Appliqué (One Person), Wall Quilt (One Person), Two-Person Wall Quilts, Two-Person Large Quilts, and Art Quilts (One Person). Open Division categories included: Miniature Quilts (One or Two Person), Other Techniques (One or Two Person), Group/Friendship, Seniors (One or Two Person), Show Chair Theme – “Edibles” (One or More Persons), Garment (One or More Persons), Pictorial (One or More Persons), Small Quilt (One or Two Person), and First Quilt (One or Two Person). They also offered two Non-Judged Categories: Juniors (17 and under) and Adults. The special exhibits were Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters 1989-2010, Modern Quilts of Texas, Go Texan Quilt Collection: Stitched with Texas Pride, Innovations: Quilts by Barbara Oliver Hartman, and Material Mavens 12 x 12 Art Quilt Challenge. The show also offered a Miniature Quilt Auction, with the benefits raised going toward the Search One Rescue Team (a volunteer search and rescue organization based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area).
Along with all the quilts on display, there were numerous vendors (around 150) selling their wares. Vendors were selling all the usual quilting supplies – fabrics, threads, quilting gadgets, sewing machines, plus a few vendors were selling soaps, baskets, and jewelry.
The only gripe I have is the concession area at lunch time. My gripe is because there is not enough seating for the lunch crowd. We know this every year, yet we still always venture in about 12:30 to get our lunch. So far, it works with one of us waiting in the food line while the other goes in search of two seats together. There are four main food vendors – this year we had taco salads that were really good. I’m not aware of any restaurants near the Market Hall, but that would be an option to avoid the crowds, or simply wait until an “off” time to go eat.
Overall, the Dallas Quilt Show is always fun for us. We get to see some beautiful quilts and my Mama gets to stock up on quilting supplies. Definitely worth checking out for any quilter.