The city of Bonham wants people to take a look at history through quilts. The city will host its eighth quilt hop from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
There are 10 locations for the quilt hop starting in Honey Grove. In Bonham, the hop will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with a reception following at the Sam Rayburn Library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. On July 29, the quilt hop will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“We do not want quilting to become a dying art,” Bonham Tourism Director Emily Porter said. “We want to show how appealing quilting is and show people that there is a modern way to do things. You do not have to have a big quilting frame. It can be done simply. We will also be showing how quilting techniques in the past were used to make things like aprons.”
The ten locations that are a part of the quilting hop are the Sam Rayburn House, which will have historic quilts from the Eisenhower Birthplace and Rayburn family collection; Bonham Civic Center, which will be filled with vendors, Fat Quarter Bingo, quilting technique demonstrations, many stack and whack quilts, along with community quilts; the Sam Rayburn Library, which will showcase Hawaiian Quilts from the Winedale quilt collection, Briscoe Center, and the University of Texas at Austin; Creative Arts Center of Bonham will feature scrap quilts; the Bonham Visitor Center, which will show memory quilts and community quilts; the Fannin County Museum of History is showing hand-decorated items; the Fannin County Historical Commission will have quilts from the Black community; the Bonham Public Library will have quilts on a small scale; the Bonham Senior Center will have quilts made by the Bonham Snap Quilters and their clients; and in Honey Grove at St. Marks Church there will be community quilts that tell a story.
There will be at least 300 quilts at the quilt hop.
“It’s history because many quilts were done in the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s,” Porter said. “Some were works of art and some were just covers for the bed. This quilt hop is not just about showing what was done in the past, it is about showing what can be done now. Some people do not have hours and hours and hours to make a quilt. Now, quilts can be done quickly.”
There will also be children’s activities and tours of the historic sites on the quilt hop.
“A lot of the settings we have chosen give people an opportunity to see other parts of the city,” Porter said. “There may be people that have not visited the library in a while or people that may have never been to the museum here. This gives them the opportunity to do that while they take a look at some interesting quilts.”
Maps for the barn quilt trail will be available at several locations. The trail from Bonham to Honey Grove will be marked with red flags. Locations of barn quilts in both towns will have flags as well.
“Designs have changed,” Porter said. “When it comes to quilts, you can incorporate your shirts, jerseys, and other items from around the house. When people say quilting, most people think of the ones done in homes by families.”
Punch cards can be picked up at the first location hoppers visit. This card has a map and a list of the demonstration times in the Civic Center. The punch card can be turned in at the last stop to be entered into a drawing for a gift basket. It will also be Bonham Tourism’s way of determining how many people attended the event.
“The event is a whole year’s worth of work,” Porter said. “Every place has different types of quilts and things you can learn from them. You may see that at a big show in Plano or Dallas at a convention center, but this is not like that. This is a true hop where people can drive from place to place and learn about quilts.”
Quilts for the quilt hop are still being collected. To have a quilt displayed, bring it to the Bonham Visitor Center at the corner of Highway 56 and Main Street.