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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Landmark Inn Hosts Medina County Texas Quilters

The Friends of the Landmark Inn hosted a book signing at Landmark Inn State Historic Site on September 15th. Medina County Texas Quilters is the work of Bonnie Keller and Madelyn Van De Walle. Their self-published book features over 200 color photos of locally crafted quilts, and includes stories about the quilts and quilters. Keller and Van De Walle spent several months gathering leads, stories, and photographing the quilts for this Medina County collection.

Eleven of the quilts were on display the day of the book signing. The following photo is of Adele Mozek standing in front of her quilt titled “Fiesta.”

The Castroville Quilters and Stitchers, along with Keller and Van De Walle, will participate in the Landmark Inn’s Pioneer Day on October 6th.

Landmark Inn State Historic Site is located in Castroville, approximately 20 miles west of San Antonio, in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Maxey House Quilts Displayed at the Sam Rayburn House Museum

By Anne Ruppert, Sam Rayburn House Museum

On a sweltering hot Saturday in late July, quilters and Quilt Hop enthusiasts stayed cool in the air-conditioned respite of the Sam Rayburn House Museum. The museum, in its third year of participation in the Bonham Quilt Hop, showcased quilts from the collection of the Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site.

The event included several locations in Bonham in addition to “Mr. Sam’s” home. Quilt Hop sites included the Bonham Public Library, Bonham Visitor Center, Bonham Civic Center (Armory), Creative Arts Center, Fannin County Historical Commission, Fannin County Museum of History, and the Sam Rayburn Museum. Each location provided various types of quilting demonstrations and displays.

Visitors to the Rayburn house enjoyed historic and modern quilts, quilt tours, and a presentation. Staff from the Sam Bell Maxey House attended the event and provided a presentation on the “Diversity of Quilt Making.” The presentation was given by Maxey House Site Manager Kaitlin Ammon and Tour Guide Janie Moses. Children enjoyed quilt crafts, and everyone enjoyed popcorn and cool drinks. The Fannin County 4-H Club displayed a modern quilt made by members. The quilt was entered into the 4-H Quilt Challenge, a contest in which 4-Hers used their sewing skills to create a baby quilt using provided fabric. The group donated their quilt to the Fannin Pregnancy Care Center.

Quilt-themed tours were provided by museum staff, and volunteers assisted with tours, refreshments, and activities. Each of the beds on the second floor of the house was covered with two quilts: one quilt from the Rayburn collection and one from the Sam Bell Maxey House. The tour guides first discussed the Maxey quilt, and then turned one corner of the quilt to reveal the second quilt from the Rayburn house. Visitors learned about the quilt’s age, construction, pattern, fabric, and style.

Textiles on loan from the Sam Bell Maxey House included the quilt patterns: Double Wedding Ring, Turkey Track, and Grandmother’s Flower Garden, among others. While little is known about the maker and exact date of construction for these quilts, it is known they were Maxey family heirlooms.

The next major event scheduled at the Sam Rayburn House Museum is Farming Heritage Day. The annual event, held on the grounds of the site, is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event explores the history of farming at Sam Rayburn’s home by providing hands-on demonstrations and activities to visitors. Plan now to attend this free, family-friendly event.

The Sam Rayburn House Museum tells the real story of Sam Rayburn, one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the 20th century, in his authentic 1916 home. Preserved as a period time capsule, the two-story home contains all original Rayburn furnishings. The home is located at 890 W. State Hwy. 56, two miles west of Bonham, in the Texas Lakes Trail Region, and is open for tours Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.