The 15th annual quilt show is expected to attract more vendors and visitors than in years past.

There will be over 100 quilts on display at the garden party-themed event held at the Midlothian Convention Center on July 20 and 21.

“It’s a judged show, so people enter [quilts] for ribbons,” explained president Cindy Garris, of the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County. Judy Townes piggybacked, “It’s showing off your best work, and there is a judging segment of it.”

Ribbons are awarded for Best of Show, Hand quilting, best single person quilt, best two-person quilt, and so on. The show is also comprised of three divisions: Master, Artisan, student, and first-timers.

For the first time, there will be a textile display with a variety of pieces on exhibit. Items are not limited to quilts; for instance, purses and clothing will be showcased, as well.

“We have a mini group within the guild that does art quilts, and that will be our first time displaying those,” Garris elaborated.

There will also be over 20 vendors at the show. Instead of traveling around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the shops are coming to a central location. Vendors vary from the Scissor Man, Suzzette’s Fabric from Italy, Arlington Sewing Machine Company, Sherrie Fogg with APQS and the Ellis County Master Gardener Association.

A boutique will also be on-site with hand-made items and items that members have donated. Other quilt-related magazines and books will be eligible for purchase as well and a silent auction will be conducted. All of the profits from the auction will be donated to Reclaim 611, which focuses on helping human trafficking victims in Ellis County and Texas.

“They have programs where they have a safe house, teach health clinics how to recognize a victim of human trafficking and help them get extracted without putting them in jeopardy,” Garris clarified.

Last year, a $250 scholarship was awarded to a graduating Ellis County senior who aspires to pursue a degree in the textile field. Last year’s winner was from Ennis High School. The same amount will be granted and announced at the quilt show.

With a combined effort from the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County, a special donated quilt was crafted — a queen size quilt, called “Coastal Lilies,” that will help fund speakers for the organization throughout the year. The quilt size is precisely 95 inches by 95 inches and will be raffled off on Saturday from 1—2 p.m. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event. One ticket costs $1 or 6 tickets for $5.

“We are open to anybody but Ellis County specifically,” Garris advocated. Membership is $20 a year and meets the fourth Monday of the month at the Waxahachie Bible Church, located at 621 N. Grand Ave. Welcome and refreshments are at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Each session offers a demonstration and a guest speaker. The funds raised by the donation quilt help pay for guest speakers throughout the year.

Year-round, members of the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County quilts for veterans at Veterans Affairs, baby blankets and diaper bags for Hope Clinic and carry bags for child protective service. When Hurricane Harvey hit, the quilters stepped up to help.

The show price is $8, and men and children are free of charge.

The event is open to the public Friday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. —5 p.m. and on Saturday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m.—4 p.m. at the Midlothian Conference Center, located at 1 Community Drive in Midlothian.

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