MIDLOTHIAN – Quilt enthusiasts from all over the state converged on Midlothian’s Conference Center for the Texas Quilt Round-Up over the weekend. The event attracted many exhibitors and vendors to display their crafts during the Friday and Saturday exhibition.

Peggy Terrell, President of the Quilting Guild of Ellis County said 117 quilts were entered in this year’s competition. The quilters competed in one or several of the 15 classes. The competition classes ranges from Master Large Pieced one-person to First Time Quilts.   

When people think of quilts, many think of the traditional bed quilt. There is much more to a quilt, they tell a history and many are made as an artwork,” show chairman Ragia Marino said.  

One of the artwork exhibitors was Drena Cromaz with an entry named Chroma No. 3. “A good friend of my son was getting married and he wanted to give her a special gift. The quilt was an adaptation of an original artwork commissioned by Michael Cromaz and presented as a wedding gift,” Cromaz said. The quilt won second place in the open art quilts class.

Cromaz was assisted by Gloria Densmore in creating the quilt.

Besides showing and displaying the quilts, there were many vendors and a quilt appraiser, Denise Bartosh for Garland. Bartosh is a one of only 90 appraisers certified by the American Quilters Society.

“Getting certified was harder than getting my master’s degree, but is a true passion if have. I get to touch and feel the fabrics of many fine old and new quilts,” Bartosh said.

“People get quilts appraised for generally three reasons: to get the value for insurance purposes, to find a fair market value or for donation value purposes. Mostly they are looking for the insurance value,” Bartosh said.

“When appraising a quilt, I look for the newest piece of cloth and base the age on that piece,” she said. Describing how early quilts were made, “Back when quilts were hand made, grandmaw kept a bag of scrap pieces of cloth from sewing clothes or even old worn out clothes to make the quilt patterns. In the late 1800s and early 1900s the material from feed sacks was used, but paw had to make sure the patterns matched,” Bartosh said.

She went on to say many others bringing quilts are trying to find something about the history of the quilt.

“It is very important that any knowledge about the quilt be written down and kept with the quilt. For the bolder quilts, once the people that had any knowledge pass on that history is lost. I can tell the age and many things about how it was put together, but the history is basically lost.”

Some of the quilts displayed told a family history. Kathy Ivanovskis’ quilt titled “Texas Treasures” was made from a pattern she found at the Dallas Quilt show. The patterns have many symbols representing the state as well as meaningful to Ivanovskis. Pointing to the horned toad symbol, “I like this one because my daughter went to TCU,” Ivanonskis said.

The Best of Show quilt winner was Deborah Ray of Waxahachie with her Open Mixed Class quilt titled, “ Grandma’s Ruffled roses.” Ray’s entry was quilted by Sabrina Thompson. The quilt was also recognized for Machine Quilted Merit by the show’s judges.

There were 20 vendors that came to the show offering various patterns, threads, sewing accessories and even a scissor sharpening service. Jerry Cheatham and his wife, Sheila, came up from Spring, Texas bringing over 200 threads, notions and embroidery designs.

Myra Hall from Weatherford brought several of the patterns she designed to sell to quilters. “I’ve loved quilting since I was a little girls. I remember watching my grandmother quilting on an old quilting frame. I knew I had try it,” Hall said.

The show is also a fundraiser for an Ellis County charity each year. This year the group is raising funds for CASA. They have raffles and a silent auction for the fundraiser.   

This is the ninth year for the show that is held the third week in July by the Texas Quilting Guild.