Quilters and sewing nerds are all around you.
Sometimes, they look like the grandmothers and mothers who might have taught you to sew a long time ago, but increasingly, they look like men and young people and punk rockers and people who also run marathons on the weekend.
I’m one of those quilt fans who looks forward to the annual shows that bring together the country’s best quilters. (You should have seen how excited I was to see the Houston International Quilt Show a few years ago.) Austin has hosted a number of large quilt shows in the past few years, including several Modern Quilt Guild’s international QuiltCon shows, but the Capital of Texas QuiltFest is the longest-running quilt show in Austin.
Hosted by the Austin Area Quilt Guild, the show has taken place every other year since 1980, and the event returns to the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, on Sept. 28-30.
The theme this year is “World of Color,” and you can see the more than 350 quilts on display — and the quilting, fabric and sewing vendor booths, as well as live demonstrations — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
This year, they also have a special exhibit featuring 46 miniature quilts that are also competing for prizes. Tickets cost $10 online and $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
From a release:
Through the Capital of Texas QuiltFest, AAQG is able to share its mission (preserving the art form and heritage of quilting and promoting excellence and education in quilt-making) with the greater community around us. Through the show, we share our art medium with others and widen their horizons to appreciate quilts in new and unexpected ways.
By displaying these quilts for the public to view and enjoy as well as conducting live demonstrations of various quilting techniques, the AAQG is fostering growth and appreciation of this art form. Visitors will find that quilts aren’t just something made for the bed anymore. They find themselves astonished by the artistry of these quilts. Our members come from diverse cultural backgrounds, and those themes can be seen in their displayed quilts. There is truly something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy at the QuiltFest.
Here are some of the quilts that will be on display this year. You can find out more about the show at captxquiltfest.org.