2013 Galaxy of Stars Quilt Show to be featured at Lone Star Convention Center

Ranging from simple and practical to elegant and luxurious, handcrafted quilted bedcovers and throws have been cherished throughout history. The art of quilting can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China when layers of various fabrics were sewn together to meet the basic need for warmth.

Yet, when quilting was rediscovered in early America, the results were not just homespun necessities pieced together from bits and pieces of discarded fabrics. Quite the contrary, the materials were elegant and stylishly plush, and generally crafted by well-to-do ladies from expensive, often imported fabrics.

Twenty-first century quilting in Montgomery County takes yet another path under the guidance of Golden Needles Quilt Guild, which is reviving this lost art.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Friday, September 20, the Guild will exhibit more than 200 beautiful quilts during its 2013 Galaxy of Stars Quilt Show & Live Auction at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe. The Live Auction, featuring auctioneer Frances Peoples, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, and will include beautiful quilts of all sizes. There will also be a Miniature Quilt Silent Auction, Boutique, Door Prizes, Basket Raffle, Special Exhibits and Grab Bag Surprises.

Circle of StarsThe Donation Quilt Drawing, featuring the “Circle of Stars” quilt will take place Saturday. This 108 inch square quilt was made by Gladys Keith and quilted by Norma Lewis, based on Judy Martin’s “Capistrano” design found in her book Stellar Quilts. Tickets for the drawing cost $1 each, or six for $5, and may be purchased from a Guild member or at the Quilt Show.

Show general admission is $7, and $5 for seniors.

The Guild was established as a charitable organization, and today, supports CPS, Women’s Shelter, Dolly Mamas with Safe Harbor, Fairway House/Bridgeway, and Quilts of Valor with quilts, monetary donations, foods, and other items.

If you are interested in helping your community, or spending time with fellow quilters, additional information is available at www.goldenneedles.org