The Horry County Museum hosted the first annual quilt gala in 1994 on the lawn of the old County Courthouse with 40 beautiful quilts waving in the breeze. The event has grown into a two day show exhibiting nearly 200 quilts and quilted items. The show also has a Merchant Marketplace with lots of quilting notions, fabrics and supplies for sale. The gala is held in the 17,000 sq. ft. Ocean Lakes Family Campground Recreation Center on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
22nd Annual Quilt Gala
February 26th and 27th, 2016
Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Anyone may participate in the Gala by entering a quilt. This is not a judged or jury show, however, viewer’s choice voting will take place. If you have any questions please let us know.
The Horry County Museum recently held its 21st Annual Quilt Gala Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th. The Gala featured over 200 pieces on display.
The categories this year were large quilts, medium quilts, and small quilts, wearables, and the challenge quilt entries. The challenge quilt category is based on preset restrictions such as colors, fabric, and themes. The challenge this year was themed “Not Lincoln’s Log Cabin”. This meant applicants designed a piece with a recognizable log cabin pattern in it. Wearables are garments, usually hand sewn, using a variety of quilting techniques.
Vendors were available for visitor’s sewing and quilting needs, including patterns, fabric, thread, baskets, clothing, wall hangings, aprons, and much more.
The featured Quilter this year was Karen Kirkland. Karen is an award winning quilter who enjoys working with a variety of styles and techniques. She is a member of several local quilt guilds and has only recently begun showing her work and participating in challenges. Karen also gave a talk at this year’s gala called “Quilting Memories”.
The Gala’s other highlights were discussions of antique quilts by Walter Hill, “Log Cabin Quilts” by Xenia Cord, “Where did it go? How to Make Disappearing Blacks Reappear” by Sandy Jacobs; and “Cut Away Quilts: Learn How to Make Small Quilts from Large Ones” by Joanne Shropshire.
The public was invited to vote on their favorite quilts. Ribbons were given in each category for third, second and first place. The first place ribbon winners and the ribbon winners in the challenge category will have their items displayed at the Horry County Museum throughout the month of March. The Best of Show item is the quilt that received the most votes overall.