POSTED: Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 11:20pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 11:21pm
JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS (KETK) — The Chamber of Commerce in Jacksonville was turned into a showroom for the first Festival of Quilts 2013.
The festival showcased quilts from the past and present.
Aisles of pipes and draping hanged more than 100 quilts.
Anita Johnston, Organizer and shop owner of 'Heart & Home' in Jacksonville tell us, there's a story behind each quilt.
"They carry with them such tradition and such value, in peoples lives, in their homes and in their families," says Johnston.
These quilts were created by the hands of East Texans throughout the years.
Johnston says, the quilter community is growing.
Karen Thorton had a beautiful quilt on display, we're told Thorton traveled 16,000 miles with this particular work in progress.
Out of all the quilts on display, one was created by a man who had a great eye for color, Terry Hughes of Bullard.
"He owns a plant farm, so he's used to seeing the beauty of flowers."
Deborah Burkett, Author of "Quilts and Their Stories" features quilts and histories.
Several people told Burkett that she needed to travel throughout East Texas because there are quilts that she needs to see and document.
Through research, Burkett learned about East Texas pioneers who has a passion for quilting.
"The Cedar Street Methodist Church in Tyler, they have been quilting continuously for over 100 years," says Burkett.
Burkett showed KETK quilts of East Texas history.
"When we were mostly farmers in rural communities, each little square of the quilt is made from a feed sack from the 1930's," says Burkett.