Dallas Quilt Show 2017
"It's a Charmed Life"
Dallas Market Hall, March 10-12, 2017
Friday & Saturday, 10 - 5 PM
Sunday, 12 - 5 PM
Special Exhibits - North Hall
The Quilter's Guild of Dallas is proud to bring a wide range of quilts for your enjoyment and viewing in our 2017 Special Exhibits. There is something for everyone!
In the Beginning
Throughout the 38 years the Guild has been in existence, there has been one constant: a number of members who have been there since the beginning. These members, charter members and those who joined in the first decade of the Guild's existence, have continued to support the Guild. This exhibit honors all our early members, and showcases quilts made by some of these quilters.
The Quilter's Guild of Dallas was founded by Helena Hibbs in 1979 at the urging of her students. The group of over 60 charter members "wanted a Guild to preserve the heritage of quilting, to be a source of information and inspiration, and to perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting:' The Guild's activities have benefited not only those who are members, but reached individuals far removed. This can be seen from the many Covers for Kids made and donated by the Guild over the years and the many organizations that have benefited from the mini quilt auctions at our show.
Since its founding 38 years ago, thousands of quilters have joined the Guild. Some remained members only for short periods of time, others were members for longer periods, some left and then returned. Our current membership stands at just over 400 and we are fortunate to still have among us a few charter members and numerous individuals who joined during that first decade. They have witnessed the growth and changes the guild has gone through and have been steadfast in their support.
Each quilter whose work is on display has chosen a quilt to share with you. Some of these represent early works, either for them, or dating from the early years of the Guild. Several are past Dallas Quilt Show ribbon winners. Other quilts were made recently, showing their continued love of quilting. Some of these members only occasionally have the chance to quilt, others now have a career in quilting. What they all have in common is that they were made by someone with a passion for quilting and who has supported the Guild for over 25 years.
Thank you to ALL the individuals who have supported our Guild for so long!
In addition to using geometric shapes in quilting, quilters often look to the world around them for inspiration: flowers, trees, birds, animals, houses, etc. We live in Texas, and things very typically "Texan" are found everywhere. So there are of course, among all the other quilts patterns designed, those that are very Texan!
This exhibit features Texas Quilts. Some of these would immediately be recognized by anyone as being Texas quilts. Others are more subtly Texan, and perhaps if you weren't from here, you wouldn't recognize them as such. Some are made using commercial patterns, others are variations of these, and there are those that are original designs. Enjoy them all!
We hope these inspire and give you ideas to make your own Texas quilt!
Karen K. Stone - Featured Guild Member
A quilter since 1986, Karen joined the Quilters' Guild of Dallas at the Dallas Quilt Show in 1987 and began entering quilts in the show the following year and continues to enter her new works in our shows on a regular basis. Karen's inspiration manifests equally of innovation and tradition. Her quilts have won numerous awards, including top prizes in international competitions, and her designs appear frequently in exhibition. Her Clam Session quilt received the Master of Innovative Artistry award at IQA in 2009, and her Indian Orange Peel Quilt was People's Choice at Quilt National '95. Having enjoyed success in design, publication and teaching, she finds no greater satisfaction than in hand-stitching binding onto a newly quilted piece, with the possible exception of students returning to report they're having a lot more fun quilting since taking her color class. Karen holds degrees in Piano from Baylor University and Indiana University, has two beautiful daughters, the perfect dog, three horrible cats, and lives in Southlake on her brother's horse farm. Enjoy the beautiful and iconic works Karen is generously sharing with us this weekend.