MARBLE FALLS — There’s something almost hypnotic about the way several pieces of cloth squares stitched together can appear. A swirl of colors dancing around a geometric pattern becomes more than a blanket; it becomes a quilt.
“Some of the quilts are works of art,” said Debbie Gallagher, the publicity chairwoman for the Marble Falls Quilt Club.
And she’s right. You can find quilts hanging in museums as reflections of American history and artwork.
On Feb. 14-15, you can explore the world of quilting during the Stars of Texas 2014 Quilt Show at Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive. The doors are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6, but children 10 and younger are admitted for free.
The Marble Falls Quilt Club sponsors the event, which occurs every other year. Gallagher said the show serves as a fundraiser for the club, which supports various community projects.
Organizers anticipate more than 100 quilts will grace the pavilion. For many quilts, this event is akin to a coming out party because it’s the first time they’ll be displayed in public.
In January, club members unveiled many of the quilts during a regular meeting. As they unfolded the quilts, the crafters told the stories behind many of them. And while the quilts are easily pieces of art, several quilters shared that they didn’t want theirs just hanging on a wall to be admired.
No, they wanted somebody, usually a family member, grabbing the quilt, wrapping it around them and snuggling down deep. The quilts are meant to be used, not just displayed.
Gallagher said the show isn’t just a chance to view the quilts but to learn and even get involved in the craft.
“There will be vendors on hand selling fabric and many other things,” she said. “We’ll also have a club boutique where there will be items club members made on sale. They’ll be very high-quality items.”
The event will feature a silent auction. People also can buy chances to win the Stars of Texas quilt.
“It takes a lot of work to put this on, which is one of the reasons we do it only every two years,” Gallagher said. “It’s a chance to see some incredible and beautiful quilts.”
Go to www.marblefallsquiltclub.blogspot.com for more information.