The East Texas Quilters' Guild's 34th Annual Tyler Quilt Show has grown so big that this year it will fill both halls of Harvey Convention Center
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. General admission is $7. Admission for seniors 65 and older and children 6 to 12 is $6.
The show, "Color Your World with Quilts," is one of the attractions of the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail.
"Color plays such a large part in our lives, so we chose the theme to encourage quilters to use the beautiful fabrics available to express themselves," show co-chairperson Jan Copas.
Karen Thorton, the other co-chairperson added, "This is a show for beginning quilters, experienced quilters and those who like to remember the quilts grandma made and view how quilting changes through the years."
Guild members Cheryl Pontious and Ampora Cates made "Color of Spring," the quilt that will be awarded as a drawing prize. It will be on view near the admissions desk.
Tickets are $1, or six for $5. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Money from the drawing will be donated to Children's Advocacy Center of Smith County, St. Paul Children's Foundation and East Texas Food Bank.
Several small quilts will be up for bid in the silent auction. In the Country Store, handmade gift items and gently used quilting tools, books, magazines, and fabric will be for sale.
More than 200 quilts, exhibits, vendors and demonstrations will be in the two exhibition halls. A program is set for 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both days on the stage in the main hall.
The Hoffman Fabric Challenge Traveling Exhibit at the show features 20 quilts made of a Hoffman fabric called Indigo.
Members of The Vintage Girls, a sewing group, will display quilts that they made as part of a challenge called "Hidden Stars."
The Grandmother's Corner display features quilts made by young quilters who worked with their grandmothers.
Look for the display of 12-inch blocks made by Guild members in a challenge in which participants each were given a bag with fabrics.
The Modern Quilts display is new. Modern quilts emphasize solid colors and bold minimalist designs; experimentation with negative space; a reworking of traditional techniques; and an improvisational approach to pattern making.
Another display features quilts designed by their maker and not from a pattern designed by someone else.
Show judge Connie Silber, of Bryan, is certified by the National Quilting Association. She has judged shows throughout Texas and in other states.
Quilts are judged in specific categories. Best of Show Award is presented to the best among first place winners.
Ms. Silber also will select the following awards: Evelyn Howell Memorial Award for Best Traditional Quilt; Sarah Minor Memorial Award for Fine Hand Quilting; Best Adaptation of Theme; Exemplary Quilting on a Stationary Home Machine; Exemplary Quilting on a Track Mounted Machine; Exemplary Applique; Exemplary Piecing and the Judge's Choice
Ms. Silber also may give an Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Quiltmaking.
Show patrons will select the Viewers' Choice Award, the Guild members will select the Members' Choice Award and as celebrity judge Mike Landess, an anchor on KYTX CBS19, will select the Rose City Award.
Editor's Note: This story uses information provided by Jan Glover, publicity chairman for the Quilters' Guild of East Texas.