Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!

One day during International Quilt Festival 2008 I was sitting alone at a lunch table. Several Texas quilters joined me and we started to chat. That meeting led to an invitation from four guilds in the Houston vicinity: would Quiltmaker be interested in coming to Texas to present guild programs there? You bet we would!

So I spent a week recently in Texas, telling guilds about the process behind Quiltmaker magazine and sharing an extensive trunk show of quilts from our pages. It was a ball!

The week started out with an introduction to Sam Houston, and wow, Sam is a very large man indeed.

samhouston Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!

I learned a few things on this trip.

1. What’s considered cold in south Texas is, well, balmy and pleasant.

cold weather concrete 2919 Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!

2. South Texas is not the place to try and have fluffy, puffy hair. Way too humid.

badHairDay Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!

3. Things are big in Texas. It started with Sam Houston and got bigger as the week progressed. Their hearts are huge, their meals are ginormous. Their food is to die for: think Bob Luby’s Seafood Grill (not the same as Luby’s Cafeteria, which is also pretty good) and Guadalajara and Black Walnut Cafe.

 Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!
It was interesting to attend quilt guild meetings back to back. Each one has a distinct personality. The Texas guilds do some things differently than I’d heard of before.
For instance, their fund-raising quilts are called “donation quilts,” because apparently Texas law won’t let you sell tickets to a”raffle.” And they drive long distances with their donation quilts, taking them to other guilds’ meetings in order to sell tickets. Great idea.
The quilt auction is a popular event in Texas. Several guilds have auctions coming up, and auction quilts were often shown during Show & Tell. Tall Pines Quilt Guild in Huntsville will have an auction of small quilts during its annual Airing of the Quilts (that’s a blog post for another day) the first Saturday in May.
Kingwood Area Quilt Guild has named its 2010 auction Art by the Yard. One of their recent auctions earned about $17,000 dollars for guild operations and scholarships! Here’s a blurb about the online portion of the auction:

The online portion of Art By The Yard is now open. The auction will run from February 15, 2010 to March 25, 2010, with the live event taking place on March 26, 2010. Proceeds go to Kingwood Area Quilt Guild to support community outreach, scholarship, and educational programs. Talented members of the guild produced the beautiful quilts you are bidding on.  So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

Check out the online auction.

If you live anywhere near Houston, check out one of these guilds. They’re fun and friendly, and you’ll be warmly welcomed. There is nothing like fellow quilters to get you going, sewing, inspired!
Many thanks to my hostesses–you all made the week a delight!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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5 Responses to Texas Quilt Guilds Rock!

  1. Debbie says:

    you bet we rock down here in Texas! We really enjoyed you at the Bay Area Guild meeting!

  2. Linda Hord says:

    The ladies at Tall Pines Quilt Guild loved your quilts and hearing about your magazine. Come to the Airing of the Quilts held the first Saturday of May each year. We would love having you there.

  3. fabricgirl says:

    We loved having you! Come back to The Woodlands anytime!

  4. Glad you had a great time, though I’m not surprised! I lived in the Woodlands for over 7 years before I moved back to MN…for the most part I was just a wanna be at that time so just browsed & bought from shops without joining a guild.

  5. jaybird says:

    great post! there is also the houston modern quilt guild… their site is http://houston-mqg.ning.com/

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