Although I don’t quilt, I do appreciate beautiful quilts and enjoy looking at them. My mother is a wonderful quilter and has made many quilts for Gavin and me. Recently, my Mama, Gavin, and I enjoyed a day at the 34th Annual Tyler Quilt Show. Two friends who quilt, and hadn’t been to the Tyler Quilt Show before, went with us. We all had a good time, and the quilters got a few ideas and made some purchases on quilting supplies.
The Tyler Quilt Show is hosted by the Quilters’ Guild of East Texas every March during the Azalea Trail. It is held at the Harvey Convention Center, which is located at 2000 West Front Street in Tyler, TX. Parking is convenient and free. Tickets cost $7 each at the door, and the show took us a couple of hours to see. This year’s theme was “Color Your World with Quilts,” and there were lots of beautiful, colorful quilts on display. This year’s show was expanded to include the entire Harvey Convention Center, and had over 200 quilts on display.
The categories for judged bed-sized quilts were (the number in parentheses represents the number of quilts in that category):
Hand Quilted – Pieced (5), Appliquéd (8), Mixed Techniques (7), Other Techniques (2)
Quilted on a Stationary Home Machine – Pieced (10), Mixed Techniques (3), Other Techniques (1)
Quilted on a Track Machine – Pieced (60), Appliquéd (10), Mixed Techniques (21), Other Techniques (1)
The categories for judged small quilts were:
Hand Quilted – Pieced (4), Appliquéd (3), Mixed Techniques (3),
Machine Quilted – Pieced (23), Appliquéd (8), Mixed Techniques (11)
Categories for judged quilts with no size limit were:
Art Quilts (8)
First Quilt – Hand or Machine Quilted (4)
Miniatures – Hand or Machine Quilted (4)
They also had an Exhibit Only category with 10 quilts, plus some special exhibits – Featured Member, Hoffman Challenge Quilts, and Quilt Show Challenge Blocks (58). 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 around 30 vendors set up. Vendors were selling all the usual quilting supplies – fabrics, threads, quilting gadgets, and kits.
My favorite part of the Tyler Quilt Show is the Bed Turning. This year it was a showcase of vintage quilts that lasted about 30 minutes (seating was available). One lady discussed a quilt’s style and history while two other ladies held it up for everyone to see. Each year boasts some really interesting quilts.