Quilting: Ancient art form still thriving in East Texas | Arts & Culture
Quilting has been around for centuries, with some of the oldest remnants dating back to the 12th century. Bits of ancient quilts are safely archived in various museums around the world, with the oldest-known fragment in existence being owned by the Russian Academy of Sciences, The piece is from a quilted linen carpet, found in a Mongolian cave.
We Americans love quilts, cherishing those our grandmothers and great-grandmothers made years before we were born. We search for them in antique shops, flea markets and estate sales. Quilts are valued for their artistic qualities, but also for the comfort they bring to our lives, not only physically, but also figuratively. A quilt, somehow, looks like home.
Quilters are still creating these useful pieces of art in East Texas to pass down to future generations, too. One group of quilters in Mineola meets regularly, offers classes to the public, and has a yearly judged quilt show: The Mineola League of the Arts Quilt Guild. Read more about the quilt guild (as well as other guilds in Mineola, such as a photography guild and sculpting guild) at the Mineola League of the Arts website.
There is also a quilt guild in Cherokee County, and the have a friendly group on Facebook to share pictures of their latest creations and to ask questions and encourage each other. You can see their page here.
You can also take a roadtrip to visit the Texas quilt museum. It's located in La Grange and has amazing displays as well as a gift shop. Visit their website here.
I hope that you are inspired to try quilting yourself, or perhaps to search out vintage quilts and learn how to properly display and care for them. The quilters at either guild would surely be happy to assist you as you learn about the art and heritage of quilts.
Mineola League of the Arts
200 West Blair Street
Mineola, Texas 75773
Tyler's quilt guild is called the Quilters Guild of East Texas. Find out more about this active group here.
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