Quilts were on display all around Bonham on Friday and Saturday as part of the city’s eighth quilt hop.
There were about 300 quilts on display throughout 10 locations around Bonham and Honey Grove. The locations were the Bonham Visitor’s Center, Fannin County Museum of History, Fannin County Historical Commission, Sam Rayburn Library Museum, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Bonham Senior Center, the Creative Arts Center of Bonham, Bonham Public Library, the Sam Rayburn House and the Bonham Civic Center.
“We have so many different varieties of quilts,” Bonham Tourism Director Emily Porter said. “They are art. There are modern ones and ones like grandmother used to make.”
Porter said that she finds quilts interesting because they are memory builders and the way that they are made is always changing.
“People are always trying to find different things to do so they are not what you normally think of,” she said. “The thing about hanging them up is that they are not all the same size. They are all so unique.”
Porter said that making a quilt is as simple as gathering 50 T-shirts.
“My goal is for this not to be a dying art,” she said. “I would like for young people to take an interest in this. I made one last year in about three weeks.”
Leo Ransom is a quilt maker that makes portraits. He said that his signature design in his quilts is the look of dripping paint.
“I learned to sew when I was in high school and that is kind of where I learned to quilt,” he said. “When I got older, I did not do anything with it. I was going to a family reunion and needed a project, so I decided to do it again. Traditional got kind of boring, so I joined the Sherman Quilt Guild. There was a lady there that did art quilts. I fell in love with it and that is what I do now.”
Ransom said that his passion is beauty and art quilting helps him bring that passion to life.
“Whatever comes to mind, I want to do it in cloth,” he said. “I look at a lot of paintings and watercolor arts, and I want to do or at least pull out the same technique that they are doing. What I have found particularly interesting is that two people can look at the same pattern and come up with completely different quilts. I love the fact that you can go crazy with color.”
Dana Pena traveled from Forney Saturday in order to bring her mother to the quilt hop stops.
“I have never had an interest in quilting, but I find quilts interesting,” she said. “My aunt entered five of my grandmother’s quilts at the church in Honey Grove. It was interesting for me to go in there and see these quilts that I slept on as a child displayed.”