Quilts are going up all over.

Bonham Quilt Hop quilt hangings have begun all over Bonham. The Bonham Visitor Center is overflowing with color and textures of all kinds. Many local and Grayson County residents have offered quilts to be displayed at the Bonham Visitor Center this year. Twenty-seven quilts were hung for display there yesterday.  The quilt entries have grown over the years and it should be easy for anyone to find a favorite.

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For your viewing will be T-shirt quilts and “quilts made by men for men” as well as “Art in a different way” quilts. The colors are different because they are for men or of memories of a college or of high school activities.

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The main purpose of this display is to show all visitors that quilts of today are not the quilts of your grandmother. They can be about a hobby or about any subject that you are passionate about. You will see different techniques used as well as different materials in construction. The purpose of the Bonham Visitor Center exhibit is to show that quilting can be fun for anyone and to inspire and encourage young people into the art of quilting. Quilting could become a dying art and we would like to show the visitors to this exhibit that whatever your interest, it is possible to share it with someone else in a very useful as well as artistic way.

Please use the hashtag #BonhamQuiltHop when posting photos or blogging about our Quilt Hop, that way everyone can enjoy them also!

Quilt Hop Happenings

By Emily Porter

Each of the ten locations that will be hosting the Quilt Hop are working hard to come up with the best of the best for you to enjoy. They have three weeks until the Hop on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th.

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The Creative Arts Center will be featuring quilts made by the very talented Leo Ransom. Leo designs and constructs his quilts to be portraits of famous people that have a special meaning to him. His use of different shades of material cut and pieced to achieve the effect that he is looking for makes the finished product very unique. When you walk into the exhibit you will immediately recognize the faces of these very famous people. Leo’s demonstration of his method of creating these wonderful quilts was the most popular of the demonstrations that were presented last year. So you will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this Bonham man’s talent.

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The Bonham Public Library will be showing baby quilts. What could be more special than a quilt made for a child, grandchild or a gift for a wonderful friend’s new baby? Come and enjoy the different ways people chose to celebrate that very special child.

 

file28The Fannin County Museum of History will have a display of Redwork quilts. Redwork is a form of embroidery that uses red floss to trace simple line drawings. Traditionally, the maker used animal themes, children’s themes and kitchen themes to embroider a muslin square that was then incorporated into a quilt. Redwork can be done in other colors, usually green or blue. It is accentually embroidery squares done in one color. This became popular during the Victorian era as women looked for new ways to decorate their homes. Redwork was also used to embellish tea towels, aprons and pillow covers.

file7The Quilt Hop will begin on Friday, July 29th at 1:00 pm and close at 4:30 pm. A reception will be held at the Sam Rayburn Library from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum will feature quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection. The Hop continues Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am. to 4:00pm. Join us as we hop to all ten locations.

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