Special Exhibits - North Hall

The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to bring a wide range of quilts for in our special exhibits area. Here is a sample of what we've presented in past!

AQSG Quilt Study: 19th Century Basket Quilts

The American Quilt Study Group encourages sound research in quilt history and provides opportunities for sharing discoveries. AQSG was founded in 1980 by a group who believes that quilts hold unique stories and essential history. 

The biennial Quilt Studies have become a popular part of the American Quilt Study Group’s activities. Participation is a voluntary undertaking by AQSG members. Responding to a selected theme, a quilt is created which is copied from, or inspired by, an existing antique quilt. Each participant is asked to provide an image of their inspiration and write a statement about what was learned through the process of creating their own quilt.

The 2016 Quilt Study theme was 19th Century Basket Quilts. For the purpose of this quilt study, each inspiration quilt was required to be identifiable as a Basket Quilt. It was up to each participant to determine their own construction methods for their projects based upon information available about the original quilt. The Study Quilts were limited to a 160” perimeter.

The exhibit consists of 25 of the quilts. All the quilts made for the study are published in Baskets!: A Study of Nineteenth Century Basket Quilts by American Quilt Study Group  

Featured Member - Sally Ashbacher

A transplant from Chicago, Sally Ashbacher arrived in Dallas on July 4, 1982. Even as a new quilter she hit the ground running and found it hard to slow down. She joined the Quilter’s Guild of Dallas, two small groups, and has served the guild in many positions.

Husband Elmer was a great supporter of her
quilt making and encouraged her to teach and
start doing bus related quilt travel. In the
meantime, Elmer opened a transportation
company and enticed her to join him, under
one condition: that she always brought a basket of fabric scraps to keep beside her desk to work on when things got slow.

Elmer passed away five years ago and Sally closed the transportation company. However, she continues her quilt travel business, and numerous great trips have emerged; again she was off and running!

On December 25, 2015, Sally’s house was destroyed by the tornado that tore through Rowlett, leaving her and Daisy Dog among the 600 survivors. Happy Ending ... her quilts were all saved as well as the sewing machine, rulers, packs of thread, needles of every size, and other quilting tools, along with mountains of fabric all needing to be washed. A selection of those surviving quilts are on display.

Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch

Today’s Quilts: Art in Stitch showcases recent work by Texas members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, an international organization with over 3500 members.

This show encompasses all sorts of art quilts, from representational to abstract. There are examples of several types of surface design and embellishment with a broad range of subject matter. Twenty-nine works by nineteen Texas SAQA Regional members were selected for this exhibit.

All work was required to meet the SAQA definition of an art quilt: The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure. All work is original and completed by a single person.

Our show was juried by Brenda Wyatt of Keller, Texas, where she has served as chair of the Keller Public Arts Board since 2008. She has a degree from Illinois State University and taught art for 18 years. It was conceived of and curated by Gay Young of Sweetwater, Texas, and committee members include Carolyn Skei, Deborah Bright, and Janet Moran. The exhibit debuted at the Center for Contemporary Art in Abilene, Texas last fall.


Show Location

Dallas Market Hall:
NW corner of I-35E and Market Center Blvd.

Parking: 2000 spaces and large parking garage.

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Show Schedule

Thursday, March 7, 2019:
  • Member Preview Party and Awards Ceremony, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Friday, March 8, 2019:
  • Show open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Appraisals by appointment
  • Personal Quilt Tours: 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
  • Lectures & Demos
Saturday, March 9, 2019:
  • Show open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Appraisals by appointment
  • Personal Quilt Tours: 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
  • Live Miniature Quilt Auction: 1:30 PM in the demo area
  • Lectures & Demos
Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Show open 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM
  • Appraisals by appointment
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: 4:00 PM near front entrance
  • Winner of Raffle Quilt 2019: 4:00 PM near front entrance