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The Quilts of Texas show coming to Silver Sage Corral Jan. 23

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC

The Texas Department of Agriculture Quilt Exhibit, entitled “The Quilts of Texas” is coming to Bandera Sunday, Jan. 23, for a special showing to benefit the Meals on Wheels program. The exhibit will run from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Silver Sage Corral Senior Activity Center, 803 Buck Creek Boulevard.
For the first time, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has agreed to exhibit nine state quilts in Bandera, including the 2010 winner “Texas Wildlife: Adventure Awaits.” The piece was quilted by Maria Davis of Lewisville with piecing and fabric selection by Terri Vogds of Denton.
Every other year, the TDA invites quilters around the state to pick up their needles and accept a challenge - design a block adhering to a theme using Texas natural fibers. Without fail, talented participants answer the call, and TDA personnel receive numerous worthy submissions. This year was no exception.
This year’s theme, “Texas Wildlife: Adventure Awaits,” highlights the state’s diverse wildlife and related activities from hunting and fishing to bird watching.
Contest participants used Texas natural fibers - cotton, wool and leather - to create a quilt block design. A panel of judges selected the 25 winning entries, which were combined to create the final quilt.
A donation will be received at the door with all proceeds going to support Meals on Wheels.
Lanette Pennell of the Almost Patsy Cline Band of Bandera, is particularly excited about the show coming to town. Her sister, Yvonne Quarles, has a block in this year’s state quilt.
“I almost cried every time I thought about it!” said Pennell.
This year’s quilt was unveiled at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. All of the quilters whose blocks were chosen were honored during the ceremony.
Quarles lived in Bandera for many years but now lives in Riviera though most of her in-laws live still reside in the area.
Quarles described her winning block as follows:
“Texas turtles, both land and sea, have an important role to play in nature. If we lose them, it affects everything. They have been on this planet, in something like their present form, since before the age of dinosaurs.
“According to Indian legend, the turtle’s back provided a base for the first land that was formed in the midst of the great waters. Conservation of the turtle’s habitat is crucial. The fabric in the top two thirds of the block has holes in it, representing the habitat that is changing.”
Participants were required to use Texas natural fibers - cotton, wool and leather - to create their quilt blocks.
Contest sponsors include Hobbs Bonded Fibers of Waco, P&B Textiles of Dallas, Tandy Leather Factory of Fort Worth and the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association.
Texas is the country’s leading producer of cotton, wool and mohair, and has earned a global reputation for superior quality and durability among international textile buyers.
Texas is also a major producer of hides for leather and suede.