Kingsland quilt show celebrates the stories behind each piece
KINGSLAND — When Barbara Selby talks about quilting, it’s a matter of cloth and thread. She’ll mention those things, but, for Selby, it goes well beyond the materials.
“Quilting is like the threads of life,” she said. “There’s always a story behind the quilt.” And during the sixth annual Kingsland Quilt Show, Jan. 18-19 at the Kingsland Convention and Community Center, people can take in hundreds of similar stories.
PHOTO: Barbara Selby of Barb’s Quilt Nook shows off some quilts that will be at the Kingsland Quilt Show on Jan. 18-19 at the Kingsland Convention and Community Center, 3451 Rosehill Drive in Kingsland. People can view more than a 150 handmade quilts during the event, which is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton
The center, located at 3451 Rosehill Drive, is hosting more than 150 quilts during the exhibition, which will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
“Quilt shows are for pure enjoyment,” Selby said. “You get to see all different types of styles and patterns. When somebody who has never been to a quilt show walks into one for the first time, it really just takes their breath away.”
The quilts, all hanging up, greet visitors with a wonderland of colors and designs — each one holding and sharing a story left by the hands that made it.
Selby, who owns Barb’s Quilt Nook in Kingsland with her husband, Jon, said this particular quilt show is different from others in that she welcomes unfinished pieces as well. That way, visitors can see how the crafters put the quilts together.
The show includes quilting demonstrations (10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day), scissor and knife-sharpening demonstrations and sewing machine displays. There also will be vendors on hand representing several areas of quilting.
While quilts look like blankets, they are very different. It’s something most people recognize but might not be able to explain.
“Quilts give peace,” she said. “They bring comfort to people. And that’s something we all seek at times. To see all those quilts hanging (in the show) is a little bit of heaven.”
Tickets for the event are $5 each. The event benefits the Kingsland Convention and Community Center.
For more, call Selby at (325) 388-5225.
Selby’s store is also hosting a three-day in-house quilting retreat Feb. 6-8. For more on it, call Selby or visit www.barbsquilts.com.