After 19 consecutive years, the Quilt Show held each Fall in Sulphur Springs has acquired a name for itself amongst those who embrace the timeless link between the craft of quilting and family heritage. In fact, the forging of Hopkins County’s Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild in 1998 came through passion by local quilters and the assistance of existing skilled guilds in surrounding counties. According to the website sulphurspringstxquilts.com, the organization’s Mission and purpose is to preserve the heritage of quilting; to promote the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of quilts; to provide opportunities for continuing education among those interested in the art of quilting; and to provide a gathering place to promote friendships with those who share a common interest. It is with pride that the local Guild celebrates their 20th anniversary at the 2018 show, Friday and Saturday, September 14th and15th.
Over 120 quilts, from heirloom to new, will be hung in a perfect setting for crowds to view this art, inside The Roc of First Baptist Church at 115 Putman Street, near downtown Sulphur Springs. In fact, the location is near enough to allow visitors the short walk to the downtown district to enjoy shopping and dining as well as an all-day Vintage Market on Saturday September 15. As a visitor, don’t miss the many points of interest downtown including the historic courthouse, majestic Veterans Memorial and interesting architecture along the side streets. Also don’t miss seeing the “Supper Quilt”, a massive portrayal of Jesus’ Last Supper, formed from over 50,000 tiny fabric blocks. The creator, Dr. Locke, will be there to visit with you about his masterprice quilt which has been displayed nation-wide.
Admission is $5 person, with children age 12 and under admited free. There will be children’s activities in addition to vendors, door prizes and a prize quilt. Among the many awards given to the top quilts and quilters in various categories is the Mayor’s Choice award. On Friday, former Mayor Emily Glass will select her favorite creation, and on Saturday current Mayor John Sellers will be there to welcome guests and visitors.
Guild members and officers include Linda Taylor, Hillis Bass, Melissa Bonser, Debra Hager, Marti Rajotte, Joy Gregory, Becky Richardson, Debbie Shaver; Deanna Hasten, Sherri Littrell, Chris Fahey, Brenda Shadow, Linda Hill, Louise Jones, Roberta Vanderburg, Kathie Steele, Beryl Newsome, Billie Ruth Standbridge, Ora Swartz and Laura Teer. They invite interested persons to the monthly gatherings on fourth Monday evening. The next meeting is September 24, 2018 at 6pm at the Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens Center, 150 MLK Drive. Find out more at sulphurspringstxquilts.com.