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20190213 RGV Quilt Guild BestOfShow Ben004The Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild has several new additions planned for this weekend’s 37th annual Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Show. The show will be held at the South Padre Island Convention Center Friday and Saturday, February 15-16.

This year’s theme is “This Land is Your Land.” Debi Warner, 2019 Quilt Show chairperson, said there were several new additions to the show that will add to the fun this year. In all there will be over 300 quilts on display. The usual categories will include hand-quilted and machine-quilted quilts, machine appliqued quilts, wall hangings, and wearable items. But this year several new categories have been added.

The challenge for 2019 with the theme “Love of Nature” requires three-dimensional items on the quilts. Warner stated she had already seen several of the quilts to be entered and they featured three-dimensional items such as turtles, butterflies and sea horses.

A style show will also be held where youth who participate in the guild will model the clothing they have made.

Other additions to this year’s show include a cup auction and a bag walk with materials representing different themes on display. Themes include lobsters, birds, chocolate, teapots and beaches. Quilters will place a ticket in a cup in front of the display of materials they would like to work with. The person whose name is drawn will win the materials to make into a quilt for the next show.

Warner said the Opportunity Quilt, made by the RGV Quilt Guild is based on sunsets in the Rio Grande Valley; it will be on display for persons wishing to enter the drawing. Warner added there would also be silent auctions for small quilts held daily.

In addition to these activities, there will be guest speakers and presentations. Cathy Geier, landscape quilter and author, will show one of her quilts and discuss how to make a landscape quilt. She will also sell her book that explains the process involved. Warner said one of Geier’s quilts was a winner in the National Quilt Museum’s challenge held in Paduca, Kentucky last year and is part of a display now being held at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum. Warner said the show ends Feb. 15 so anyone wanting to see Geier’s winning quilt needs to visit the museum this week.

There will be a new display of antique quilts during the quilt show. Warner said five of the quilts to be displayed are over 100 years old.

For those who want shop for quilting items, over 25 vendors plan to display their wares. Look for quilting machines, quilting fabrics, notions of all types and just about anything a quilter needs to create a gorgeous new quilt for next year’s show.

While the show has been held on the island for several years, for the first time this year discounted tickets will be available to visit the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and Sea Turtle, Inc.

The SPI Convention Center is located at 7355 Padre Blvd. The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both days.

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