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McALLEN — The Annual Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild Quilt Show will be the biggest in the Guild’s history, according to Carol Hover, show registration chairman. Titled “Stars Highlight the 30s,” the event is to be held Feb. 24-25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center in Exhibit Hall B. Tickets are $5 each day at the door. Janet Major is this year’s show chairman

At the recent registration held in Weslaco, 352 items overall were entered: 294 from Guild members and 58 from non-members. This year’s event includes 99 bed quilts, 104 wall hangings, 23 items in the mixed media “innovative” category, 23 items of wearable art, 52 miscellaneous items such as table runners and baby quilts, and 26 items made for the annual challenge. For the challenge, participants are given certain fabrics and then allowed to create their own designs with them.

A drawing will be held on Saturday for the Opportunity Quilt, a miniature quilt, a table runner, and a wall hanging. There will also be a silent auction for 51 miniature quilts. All items have been made by Guild members. Opportunity Basket filled with books, quilting and sewing supplies donated by the members and vendors at the show will be given in drawings held each day.

Thirty-nine vendors have signed up offering everything from furniture and fabric to scissor sharpening and sewing machines.

Quilting demonstrations by Guild members will be ongoing both days. Shoppers can find quilted items such as quilts, purses, and table runners created by the Guild membership at the Quilted Gallery and Boutique booths.

Proceeds support the Guild’s projects. Each year two $2,000 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who plan to go into a textile career. The scholarships are available to graduating seniors from any Rio Grande Valley high school. Scholarships are also given to Guild members to attend accredited international quilt shows to take classes for ongoing education. They then return to the Guild to teach the membership the techniques they learn.

For information about the show or the Quilt Guild, call Hover at 616-460-5705 or 956-787-7899 or Major at 616-902-1363.

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