From homespun 19th-Century bedcovers to elaborate, computer-inspired creations, Texas has a long quilting tradition. If you'd like to learn more about quilting, check out the following resources.
International Quilt Festival
Billed as the world's largest quilt show, quilt sale, and quilt-making academy, the 24th annual International Quilt Festival will take place in Houston Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas (on the east side of downtown, between Dallas and McKinney streets). More than 1,000 quilts will be on display in 37 exhibits, with \$67,500 in prizes to be awarded for the best quilts in each category. Some 700 vendors' booths will offer the latest in fabrics, tools, and computer software for quilt design. More than 250 classes, lectures, and seminars on all aspects of quilting begin Oct. 27 and last throughout the show. Exhibit hours: Thu-Sat 10-7, Sun 11-5. Admission: \$9 per day, \$5
age 65 and older, free age 10 and younger. A 4-day pass (includes a special preview on Oct. 28) costs \$30. Wheelchair accessible. Write to 7660 Woodway, Ste. 550, Houston 77063; 713/781-6882. Web site: http://www.quilts.com .
Other Quilt Shows
Texas quilt guilds host dozens of shows every year across the state. Check Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, available at many newsstands, for a nationwide listing of quilt shows. Or consult your local quilt shop, fabric store, or chamber of commerce for information about quilt guilds and shows in your area. Following is a list of some of the state's larger shows. The first 2 shows take place this month.
Corsicana's 18th annual Quilt Show takes place Oct. 1-30 at the Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. 6th Ave. Exhibit hours: Mon-Fri 9-5. (Local quilt guild members will give quilting demonstrations Mon-Fri 9-4.) Admission: Free. Wheelchair accessible. Call 903/872-5411.
The Austin Area Quilt Guild's biannual show is held the first weekend in Oct. of even-numbered years. This year's show, Quilts: Our Legacy for the Future, takes place Oct. 2-4 in Palmer Auditorium, 400 S. First St. About 350 quilts made by the guild's 550 members will be on display. Quilting-supply vendors also have booths at the show. Hours: Fri-Sat 10-6. Admission: \$5, \$4 age 65 and older, free age 11 and younger. Wheelchair accessible. Call 512/448-5152. Web site: http://www.io.com/~aaqg/ .
The Dallas Quilt Celebration–'99 takes place Mar. 26-28 at the World Trade Center, 2050 Stemmons Fwy. The event includes lectures, vendors, exhibitions of more than 400 quilts, and a quilted-garment show. Admission: \$6 (pre-admission \$5). Wheelchair accessible. Call 972/480-5939, or for information, send a self-addressed envelope with two 32¢ stamps to 4517 Lakepoint Ave., Rowlett 75088-6860.
The Boerne Hauptstrasse Quiltfest takes place the first Sat. in May (May 1, 1999). Quilts are on display in store windows on N. Main St., on the Main Plaza, and in the library. Food and live music are part of the festivities. Admission: Free. Wheelchair accessible. Call 830/249-3053 (Boerne Public Library).
The Concho Valley Quilt Guild sponsors the San Angelo Quilt Show each June during Father's Day weekend in conjunction with the city-wide Fiesta del Concho. About 100 quilts are displayed in the ballroom of the restored Cactus Hotel, at 36 E. Twohig in downtown San Angelo. Wheelchair accessible. Call 915/949-4054.
The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild Quilt Show takes place the 3rd weekend in Sep. of odd-numbered years (Sep. 17-19, 1999) at the Live Oak Civic Center (corner of Pat Booker Rd. and Loop 1604). Some 300 quilts are usually displayed. Quilting-supply vendors also show their wares. Wheelchair accessible. Call 210/490-2237.
Some 40 museums around the state have quilts in their collections. In most of them, the quilts are not on permanent display, but may be viewed by special appt. or at periodic showings. (The appendix in Texas Quilts, Texas Women, listed under Books below, contains an extensive listing that was current in the early 1980s.) Following is a list of some of the more important collections. Call ahead to confirm details.
The Republic of Texas Museum, 510 E. Anderson Lane, Austin (78752), has 9 quilts dating from the Texas colonization period and the days of the Republic of Texas. Hours: Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 11-4. Admission: \$2, \$1.50 age 55 and older, 50¢ students any age, free age 4 and younger. Wheelchair accessible. Call 512/339-1997.
Texas Memorial Museum, 2400 Trinity, Austin (78705), has more than 50 quilts that range in age from the early 19th Century to the 20th Century. Although not currently on display, the quilts will be shown to small groups (10 or less) by appt. Mon-Fri. Museum hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Admission: Free. Wheelchair accessible. Call 471-1604.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway (Brackenridge Park), San Antonio (78209), has a 165-quilt collection that features a wide variety of types and textiles and dates from the early 19th Century to the present. Currently, the collection is available for viewing by appt. only. Hours: Mon-Wed 10-5, Tue 10-9, Sun noon-5. Admission: \$5.95, \$4.95 age 66 and older, \$3.95 ages 4-11, free age 3 and younger. Wheelchair accessible. Call 210/357-1898.
Museum of Texas Tech University, 4th St. and Indiana, Lubbock (79409), has some 160 quilts ranging in age from the 1830s to the 1960s (a third are pre-1900). Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Admission: Free. Wheelchair accessible. Call 806/742-2442.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, on the campus of West Texas A&M University, 2401 Fourth Ave., Canyon (79016), has more than 150 quilts and quilt tops from the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes one of the oldest quilts in Texas (1809), and a satin autograph quilt that has the signatures of former cowboys from the XIT Ranch. Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5 (Memorial Day-Labor Day, open until 6), Sun 1-6. Admission: Free. Wheelchair accessible. Call 806/651-2244.
Two museums at Round Top house more than 30 quilts, some dating to the early 19th Century. Some quilts are on permanent display. The Henkel Square museum village, an assemblage of restored 19th-Century buildings, houses one collection. Hours: Thu-Sun noon-5. Admission: \$3 (escorted tour, \$4), \$1 ages 8-18 (escorted tour, \$1.50), free age 7 and younger. Not wheelchair accessible Write to Box 82, Round Top 78954; 409/249-3308. A few miles away, the Winedale Historical Center holds the other collection. Hours: Sat-Sun noon-5. Quilts may also be viewed weekdays by appt. Admission: \$3, \$1 students any age, free age 4 and younger. Some buildings are wheelchair accessible. Write to Box 11, Round Top 78954; 409/278-3530.
Look in your library or bookstore for Folk Art in Texas, ed. by Francis E. Abernethy (Southern Methodist Univ. Press, 1985); Quilts in America by Patsy and Myron Orlofsky (Abbeville Press, Inc., 1992); Texas Quilts, Texas Women by Suzanne Yabsley (Tex-as A&M Univ. Press, 1984); Quilters: Women and Domestic Art by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Buferd (Doubleday and Co., 1977); and the two-volume Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes (Univ. of Texas Press, 1986 and 1990). To order Lone Stars (\$27.95 per volume, plus \$4 shipping and handling), call 800/252-3206.
Membership in the International Quilt Association is open to anyone, anywhere, who loves quilts. Write to 7660 Woodway, Ste. 550, Houston 77063; 713/781-6864. Web site: http://www.quilts.org/ .