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.
23rd Annual Quilt Gala
February 24th and 25th, 2017
Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
It includes Door Prizes, Hand Quilting Demonstrations, Museum Challenge Quilts, Lectures, Raffle Drawing, Special Exhibit by Fiber Fanatics (a local fiber arts guild), Merchant Marketplace.
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’s Gala features over 200 pieces on display.
The categories generally include large quilts, medium quilts, medium wall quilts, small wall quilts, wearables, and the challenge quilt entries. The challenge quilt category is based on preset restrictions such as colors, fabric, and themes. The challenge has an annual theme, such as the past theme “Goin’ in Circles”. This meant applicants designed a piece with a recognizable circle somewhere in the quilt. 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 Gala’s past highlights included discussions of antique quilts by Walter Hill, “Embellishments Etcetera” by Jerry Reese, “Cuttin’ up Quilts” by Jeff Woodward; and “Zany Zentangles” by DJ Stultz.
The public is invited to vote on their favorite quilts. Ribbons are given in each category for third, second and first place. The Best of Show quilt receives the most votes overall.
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.