2015 Tyler Quilt Show

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.

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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.

2015 Tyler Quilt Show | rainerlife.com

2015 Tyler Quilt Show | rainerlife.com

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.

Bed Turning | rainerlife.com

Bed Turning | rainerlife.com

Tyler Quilt Show

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).

 

Enjoying the Tyler Quilt Show
Enjoying the Tyler Quilt Show

 

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.

Quilts on display at the 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show.
Quilts on display at the 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show.
More quilts on display at the 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show.
More quilts on display at the 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show.

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.

32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show
32nd Annual Tyler Quilt Show

Dallas Quilt Show

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.

Entrance to the Dallas Quilt Show.
Entrance to the Dallas Quilt Show.

 

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).

Dallas Quilt Celebration 2013
Dallas Quilt Celebration 2013
Dallas Quilt Celebration 2013
Dallas Quilt Celebration 2013

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.

Me enjoying the quilt show.
Me enjoying the quilt show.