Quilt lovers are in for a treat, as the 2019 Festival of Quilts opens at 9 a.m. Friday at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville.

The judged show, which first began in 2013, is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, features more than 100 quilts from participants throughout the region.

According to www.heartandhomequilts.com, the official website for the Festival of Quilts 2019, the festival “offers the public a glimpse of the talent and art practiced by quilters in Texas and particularly here in East Texas, and recognition for quilters for their technical skills of piecing and quilting, as well as for the overall beauty of their quilts.”

The site notes that “anticipation was high for a great showing of our local and area quilts,” with numerous quilts displayed during the inaugural event.

“Many were new and many were historical pieces of life gone by. We had entries from beginners and advanced quilters alike, and all were beautiful and held the attention of over 500 people attending the show (which has been) supported and made possible by the helping hands of the Cherokee County Quilt Guild and the Floating Scrap Gang of Frankston, as well as many friends and donors,” according to the site.

More than 20 categories comprise the show – categorized as bed-sized quilts, small quilts less than 120 inches in total and quilts – no size limitations), with ribbons and prizes awarded in each. An overall “Best of Show” is awarded by the event judge, with a “Viewers' Choice” selected by the public.

Contact Anita Johnston, 903-586-2892, to learn more.

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