Quilt Show Draws Crowds

From Staff Reports

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Desiree Johnson of Texarkana, Ark. captured the coveted Best of Show award with “Spring Flowers” entry

“Quilts on the Bayou,” the annual Jefferson Quilt Show attracted more than 1,400 visitors, topping last year’s number. Desiree Johnson of Texarkana, Ark. captured the coveted Best of Show award with “Spring Flowers” entry and Jefferson’s own Imogene Bass won the Media Choice award with her “Border Blast” entry.

Pictures of the aforementioned quilts can be found on page 8 and a full list of winners are published on www.JeffersonQuiltShow.com. The show was open only Friday and Saturday in the Jeffersonian Institute building on East Austin.

Organizers found the half-day on Sunday was not cost effective. “We had 23 different vendors as well,” Donna Waterstraat, president of Jefferson Regional Quilt Alliance said.

“Quilters come to see the vendors as well as the quilts.”

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Jefferson’s own Imogene Bass won the Media Choice award with her “Border Blast” entry.

“The purpose of The Jefferson Regional Quilt Alliance is the recognition of quilters for their talent, craftsmanship, and creativity with the goal of educating and perpetuating present and future generations in the traditions, history, and art of quilt making,”  Waterstraat explained.

This year’s show included a raffled off quilt and sewing machine. New for this year was a sewing machine center where visitors could experience different chairs and sewing machines themselves.

The Hoffman Fabrics Traveling Art Quilt Exhibit, a travel trunk show, was also featured at the show.

Plans are already underway for the 2020, which is currently slated for January 24 and 25.

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