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Burnet Hosts Biennial Quilt Show February 14-15

The Donation Quilt at this year’s Highland Lakes Quilt Festival was made by members of the Highland Lakes Quilt Guild using donated fabrics. It will be on display at the festival, which is February 14-15 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. Courtesy photo

The Highland Lakes Quilt Festival happens only once every two years, so be sure to put it on your calendar.

It takes place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. February 14-15 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

The Highland Lakes Quilt Guild lovingly pieces together the festival, which includes shops, vendors, a quilt giveaway, a silent auction, and the heart of the event, the quilt display.

“We have 120 quilts on show this year,” said Vicki Adcock, the 2020 festival chair. “It takes a couple of years to prepare for each show.”

Along with the quilts on display, the festival features a boutique of handmade items, including quilts and antique quilt tops. Bits and Pieces, another shop area, includes fabric remnants, sewing machine parts, magazines, books, and other odds and ends for sale.

Vendors also will be selling threads, quilting tools, patterns, sewing notions, small gifts, a variety of fabrics, pre-cut panels, and handpainted wooden quilt blocks.

The silent auction has so many items on which to bid that organizers had to break it up into a two-day event with different items available each day.

“I’m going to be surprised when I get there,” Adcock said. “We have so much in the silent auction we couldn’t fit it all in one space.”

A highlight of the event is the quilt giveaway. Guild members participate in making the quilt, which this year is a flower theme sewn from donated fabrics.

“The quilting on it is pretty fabulous,” Adcock said. “We showed it to one of the premiere quilters in the nation, and they thought it was spectacular. It’s custom quilted, and it’s beautiful.”

A community service booth tells the story of the 20-year-old guild’s efforts to give back, which includes sewing ouch-pouches for the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Texas and cryotherapy mitts for cancer patients affected by hand-foot syndrome due to treatment.

The guild also gives scholarships to help students earn bachelor's degrees and teaching certificates. Other educational programs include The Library Quilts, Readers are Leaders and Learning with Quilts, geared toward increasing interest in quilting and its traditions as well as promoting the love of reading.

A Habitat for Humanity project provides quilts for every family member who participates in the building of their new Habitat home in Burnet County. One family a year is chosen.

While there is much for sale at the quilt show, the quilts on display are not available for purchase.

“A lot of people don’t understand what a quilt show is,” Adcock said “The quilts are pieces of art. We have a lot of talent in the Highland Lakes, and this is an opportunity to showcase that talent.”

The Highland Lakes Quilt Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls.

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