Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 30, 2013

Kiwanis Club learns about the upcoming 'Festival of Quilts'

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Anita Johnston, owner of Jacksonville's Heart and Home Quilt Shop & Sewing Center on Commerce Street discussed the upcoming “Festival of Quilts — 2013” with local Kiwanis Club members Thursday.

Running from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, the event is slated to be held in conjunction with the Nov. 16 “Christmas on Commerce” event.

The expressive and likable Johnston told members that this event taking place at the Norman Activity Center, has all the earmarks of “the new best thing.”

“We want to put the word out, so tell everyone you know,” she said. “It's the first time this has ever happened in Jacksonville and we need volunteers for, during and after.”

Johnston was introduced to the group by Janis Adams, the Kiwanis program chairwoman this week.

More than 20 Kiwanis members attended the lunch at Lupe's Mexican Food Restaurant.

During her remarks, Johnston said she believes the Festival of Quilts will be a  fantastic event. None of the quilts involved in the show will be insured but security will be provided for the vent, she said.

Also, donations for the event will be gratefully accepted, she said.

“I'm a one-man show with my shop, but  lots of help will be needed,” she said.

As many as 100 bed-size quilts as well as some  miniatures will be housed on the premises of the show, according to Johnston's  web page.

Quilt applicants have the option of submitting their work to be judged or not judged. Organizers expect a large amount of people to apply.

Johnston's Jacksonville shop opened its doors in January 2012. Prior to that, the a retired Jacksonville Independent School District educator, had another shop, “All Those Quilts” in Bullard, which opened in November 2009.

Much like she was in Bullard, the retired educator is known around Jacksonville as a passionate quilter.

However, quilting has changed dramatically since she started and so has her way of doing it, she told  her lunchtime audience.

“I don't hand out quilts to the public anymore,” she said with a laugh. “I still have to finish up the four or five that I've started.”

The audience enthusiastically applauded her presentation.

Incidentally, the quilt show event motto on Johnston's webpage is, “Greatest Show on Earth! Not a circus — much better than that!”

Online: http://www.heartandhomequiltshop.com