Once again, I am not a quilter… but since I do appreciate beautiful quilts, I thought I’d share another post about a local quilt show.
My Mama and I recently enjoyed a day at the 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show. The Tyler Quilt Show is held by the Quilters’ Guild of East Texas every March at the Harvey Convention Center. The Harvey Convention Center is located at 2000 West Front Street in Tyler, TX. Parking is convenient and free. Tickets cost $6 each at the door, and the show took us a couple of hours to see. This year’s theme was “Red and White Renaissance,” and there were lots of beautiful red and white quilts on display. This year’s show was the largest yet – over 200 quilts were on display (78 were red and white quilts).
The categories for judged bed-sized quilts were (the number in parentheses represents the number of quilts in that category):
Hand Quilted – Pieced (15), Appliquéd (6), Mixed Techniques (6), Other Techniques (3)
Quilted on a Stationary Home Machine – Pieced (12), Appliquéd (2), Mixed Techniques (8)
Quilted on a Long-Arm or Track Machine – Pieced (66), Appliquéd (7), Mixed Techniques (31)
The categories for judged small quilts were:
Hand Quilted – Pieced (3), Appliquéd (5), Mixed Techniques (10),
Machine Quilted – Pieced (14), Appliquéd (5), Mixed Techniques (20), Other Techniques (6)
Categories for judged quilts with no size limit were:
Art Quilts (3)
First Quilt – Hand or Machine Quilted (10)
Miniatures – Hand or Machine Quilted (10)
They also had an Exhibit Only category with 17 quilts, plus some special exhibits – Grandmother’s Corner (6), Quilt Show Challenge Blocks (47), and Wool Display Booth (17). The show also offered a silent auction for small and miniature quilts, with the proceeds going toward the cost of Quilters’ Guild of East Texas programs.
Along with all the quilts on display, there were 25-30 vendors set up. Vendors were selling all the usual quilting supplies – fabrics, threads, and quilting gadgets.
My favorite part of the Tyler Quilt Show is The Bed Turning. It is a showcase of antique quilts that lasts about 30 minutes (seating is available). Basically, one lady discusses a quilt’s style and history while two other ladies hold it up for everyone to see. They always have some really interesting quilts.
In addition to the annual quilt show, a needleart show was being held across the road from the Harvey Convention Center. The 21st Biennial Needleart Show was hosted by the East Texas Chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America. This year’s show was located in the Tyler Rose Garden Center (420 South Rose Park Drive). Tickets to the needleart show were $2 each. Projects on display included cross stitch, needlepoint, blackwork, redwork, smocking, and other embroidery styles.