QUILT CORNER: Three guild members win state-wide competition
By BILLIE RUTH STANDBRIDGE | ‘The Quilt Lady’ - Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild

Aug. 27, 2006 -- Well, our ladies have done it again! I continue to be amazed and impressed at the talent in our group We started off the year with a bang when our guild raffle quilt, under the direction of Pat Powell and Joy Rutledge, won ribbons at three out of the four quilt shows in which it was entered And now, state-wide recognition to guild members Wilma Moss, Sherry Shockley and Judy VanWinkle, as a result of their responding to an invitation to quilters throughout the state by the Texas Department of Agriculture to participate in the 2006 Quilt Block Competition.

In case this is a competition you’re not aware of, and many aren’t, it is a means by which the TDA has chosen to celebrate our quilters, and to recognize quilting as a rich and colorful part of Texas cultural history Quilting also makes great use of the natural fibers for which Texas is famous: cotton, wool, mohair and leather.

All entrants had to create their designs to support the 2006 theme “Legendary Ranches of Texas.” To participate quilters order a packet that contains the fabric and the natural fibers that are to be used in creating their designs As described by the TDA, the competition was fierce, but ultimately the entries were narrowed down to 20 blocks for inclusion in the final quilt You can imagine what a thrill it was when we learned that three of our guild members, all from Sulphur Springs, were notified that their blocks had been chosen to be three of the 20 blocks chosen from all of the state entries If we were excited, imagine how Wilma, Sherry and Judy felt.

After the unenviable job of choosing the block, comes the final step of actually putting the quilt together Terri Vogds, quilter, teacher, lecturer and designer, has constructed the quilt tops with the winning blocks since 1999 The completed “Legendary Ranches of Texas” quilt will be unveiled at a special ceremony in TDA’s Food and Fiber Pavilion at the State Fair in Dallas on Sept. 9. The quilt will remain on display until the end of the Fair and then will be available upon request for display at events such as quilt shows and community festivals.

Over the years, TDA has worked with quilters around the state to develop the beautifully crafted quilts that now comprise the TDA’s collection which are used to educate and promote Texas natural fibers and the quilting tradition. Congratulations Wilma, Sherry and Judy. You’ve done us proud. We think it’s the Fall Festival Quilt Show that’s put Sulphur Springs on the map — now it’ll be you three.

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Our final guild meeting before the Fall Festival Quilt Show is August 28th at the Senior Citizens Center This is our last opportunity to make sure that all committees and duties are assigned in preparation for the show Your presence is very important.

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