Alice Wilhoit, the 2018 Bonham Quilt Hop featured speaker.

Alice Wilthoit (http://alicewilhoit.com)

Alice Wilthoit (http://alicewilhoit.com)

Alice Wilhoit’s adventure in quilting began some thirty years ago when she took a class at a local quilt shop and found herself immersed in a world of infinite possibilities with fabric.  Alice has never looked back.  She has produced over 250 quilts, many of her own design. Now she teaches in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, travels across the U.S. and Canada, as well as teaching on many cruises. She designs and publishes piecing, applique and embroidery patterns, has won many competitions with these patterns and celebrated with students and customers as they win ribbons with those patterns. Her patterns are sold in quilt shops around the country.  The American Quilter’s Society published her book, Crazy Patchwork, in 2009.

In 2016 (American Quilter’s Society) released a video class, Lily’s Flowers.  This class covers many time-saving tips and techniques and includes Crazy Patchwork, applique, and embroidery stitches. Alice Wilhoit teaches a wide range of quilting techniques from Beginner’s through Expert, with a special focus on a dozen different applique techniques.  Check out her website: alicewilhoit.com.

Alice is married to Bill, has six daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. She and Bill live in McKinney, Texas along with their Scottish Terrier Mix, Lucy, who is the queen of the household.

At Quilt Hop, you will be able to watch Alice Wilhoit in action as she demonstrates Double Sided Binding, Friday, July 27 at 3:00 pm. in the Bonham Civic Center and again at the Quilt Hop Reception in the Creative Art Center beginning Friday at 5:00 pm.  Alice’s beautiful quilts will be on display at the Creative Arts Center and she will be speaking to you about “Her Journey through the Wonderful World of Quilting”.

Join us for two full, free days of quilting at the Quilt Hop, which opens at 9:00 am on Friday, July 27 and closes at 4:30 followed with the reception at the Creative Arts Center at 5:00 pmSaturday July 28th, the Hop opens at 9:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm.  The Barn Quilt Trail will be marked with red flags so you can easily find the barns adorned with quilts.  Take the trail from Bonham to Honey Grove and enjoy the quilts displayed there at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

Come Hop With Us and enjoy all the beautiful quilts.

 

The ninth year of Quilt Hop is rapidly approaching.

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Friday, July 27th, and Saturday, July 28th are the dates to remember for this year’s event. Our United States has been celebrating 100 years since World War I all of this year. The Sam Rayburn House will be continuing this celebration with quilts that were made or thought to have been made during the World War I Era. These quilts are on loan from the University of Texas, Winedale collection. They will be on display in the climate-controlled building south of the caretaker’s cottage, which is by the garden at the Rayburn House. An added attraction at this location is one that the men visitors will enjoy. Some of the vehicles that belonged to the Rayburn family will also be displayed in the same building.

IMG_3123The Bonham Public Library will display quilts that are smaller than a twin sized bed. These could include wall hangings, baby quilts, lap quilts, table runners and other items. If you have items that you believe could be part of their displays and you would like to display that item please call the Bonham Library, 903-583-3128.

Saint Mark’s church in Honey Grove will be displaying family quilts with a story. This historic church is worth the drive and the beautiful quilts are a wonderful addition. When you finish looking and enjoying these quilts, please feel free to drive around town and see the Barn Quilt Squares that are on the backs of most of the downtown buildings. Maps of the Barn Quilt Trail will be available at the church and at several other locations in Bonham.

file81Again, there will be ten different locations for you to visit and see the over 300 quilts that will be displayed. The Quilt Hop will open Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th at 9:00 am. On Friday the attractions will close at 4:30 and the reception at the Creative Arts Center will open at 5:00 pm. Please do not miss this opportunity to meet and visit with this quilt artist. She takes applique to a new level. On Saturday the event will close at 4:00 to allow all quilts to be taken down and readied for pick-up at 4:30. Come Hop Along With Us!

QUILT HOP IS COMING

Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th is Quilt Hop time in Bonham and Honey Grove. This year quilts will be on display at nine locations for two whole days.  Eight of these locations will open at 9:00 am. Friday and Saturday.  The Senior Center will be serving lunch on Friday and requires a 1:00 pm. opening.  Please plan your schedule to view their quilts on Friday after 1:00 pm. or all day Saturday.

This year the Quilt Hop Reception will be held at the Creative Art Center.  Venues will close at 4:30 pm. and the reception will start at 5:00 pm.  This is an event you will not want to miss. Alice Wilhoit will be the speaker. She is a well -known writer, quilter, teacher, and pattern-maker from McKinney, Texas.  Her quilts will be on display at the Creative Art Center for the entire show.

If you have quilts you would like to display we would love to have them. On our website at  visitbonham.com go to the 2018 Quilt Hop page and you can find the  Quilt Display Form. The forms are also available at the Visitor Center, 327 N. Main, Bonham.  Of call us at 903-583-9830 to have a forms sent to you.  We will be receiving quilts on Monday, July 23rd  9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Thank you for your past participation!  We are looking forward to seeing you again this year.  Make plans to spend the day with us because with over 300 quilts to see it takes the full day.  See you on July 27th and July 28th.

Red River Valley Tourism Comes to Bonham – April 4th 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the City of Bonham Tourism Committee hosted the Red River Valley Tourism Association at the Fannin CountHistorical Commission office in the depot building. The Red River Valley Tourism Association is composed of cities along the Red River from New Boston on the east to Childress on the west.

Attending the meeting were members from Nocona, two from Paris, Detroit, two from Clarksville, Denison, Burkburnett, and as well as members from Oklahoma, two from Duncan, and one from Broken Bow. Red River Valley Tourism is the only tourism association in the U.S. that has members from two states. Because of this relationship, RRVTA is able to place brochures in the state travel information centers in both Texas and Oklahoma and in both state’s travel shows.

The information that was discussed at the meeting included: Discussion of whether or not to purchase pop-up booth displays for travel shows. Report on website development and what was needed from each city. Discussion of the 2018 Hwy. 82/287 Yard Sale, the first weekend in June. Stroll and Roll event in September. Wrap-up discussion of the travel show in Wichita Falls and discussion of cities to be in charge of taking Red River Valley Tourism Association brochure/maps to the Texas State Travel Information Centers in May during Texas recognition of tourism month.

Following the meeting and lunch, the group was lead on a tour of the Fannin County Museum by members of the museum board and members of the Historical Commission. They also toured the caboose in front of the History Museum. Bonham Tourism committee was happy to host this tourism group and to have the opportunity to show off the “Best Small Town Museum in Texas”

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2018 Black History Will Celebrate Black Athletes Of Fannin County

Saturday, February 24 Black History will celebrate the achievements of Black Athletes from Fannin County. The last Saturday of February Black History supporters will gather in the Bailey Inglish cafeteria to hear from a panel of black athletics. The event starts at 2:00 pm.

In Texas, athletics are a rallying point for communities. Fannin County has been blessed with many very talented young black athletics. Confirmed at this time for a panel of athletes are: Michelle Johnson Williams, Lonell Phea, and Lonnie Bennett. Others will be added later. If you are a fan of Fannin County sports you will not want to miss an opportunity to remember the stories of these great athletics and to bring the young athletes of today to hear and see them. So, make plans to join us at this Black History Celebration on February 24 at 2 pm.

Bonham Heritage Day

12th Bonham Heritage Day Festival is May 5th, 2018

Plans are underway for the largest annual celebration in one of the oldest towns in Texas. 12th Bonham Heritage Day Festival is a free, family friendly event in downtown Bonham, Texas.

Reenactments of the Wild West, Car and Truck show, Tractor Pull, many vendors and a lot more local entertainment during the day. This is great day for the whole family to come out and enjoy! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 5, 2018.

For more info visit the Heritage Day page.

Autumn In Bonham Bike Race is Returning

autumn-in-bonham-2010A full day of fun is planned by the Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce on October 22. The morning will be family and individuals riding the scenic countryside of Bonham and Fannin County. The afternoon will be entertainment for all with the Festival of Flight at the Jones Field Airport.

Autumn In Bonham kicks off with registration, or pre-registration pick-up beginning at the Visitor Center/ Chamber Office at 6 am. On line registration is available at www.fannincountytexas.com/2016-autumn-in-bonham.html. If you would like a T-shirt you may order it on line at the above address. Cost of the T-shirt is $10 each and must be ordered before October 15, 2016.   The cost for riding in the bike ride is $25 if you enter by October 21, 2016. The cost of entering the day of the ride is $30.

All Riders will line up at the Bonham Court House and start their routes from the courthouse square at 8:30 am. The four routes will include a 10mile (family fun ride to and around the Bonham State Park), as well as 28, 59, and 73 mile rides with great rest stops along the way. Those daring enough to challenge the ‘Leonard Hills’ will want to take the 59 and 73 mile rides.

Pre-registration for the ride may be found at HERE at the Chamber of Commerce website. Information and maps for the routes may also be found there. The official Facebook page is HERE!

So get out those bikes and start planning to join us on the morning of October 22 for the Autumn In Bonham Bike Rally.

 

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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