Quilt Gala

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.

24th Annual Quilt Gala

February 23rd, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
February 24th, 2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Gala is open to the public.
Admission is $5 per person, children 12 and under free.

Anyone may participate in the Gala by entering a quilt. This is not a judged or juried show, however, viewer’s choice voting will take place. If you have any questions please let us know.

Ribbon Winning Quilts Exhibited at the Horry County Museum

The Horry County Museum recently held its 23rd Annual Quilt Gala on February 24th and 25th at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. This year’s Gala featured over 200 quilted pieces on display and had a record attendance. Categories included large quilts, medium bed and wall quilts, small wall quilts, wearables, and the challenge quilt entries. Each year the challenge quilt category is based on preset restrictions such as colors, fabric, and themes. The challenge this year was themed “Beatlemania”. Quilters were required to choose an iconic Beatles song or album title for their inspiration and create a wall hanging that depicted that title. 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 Sandra Jacobs. Sandra displayed several of her quilts and gave talks on her experiences and various techniques that she has learned. The public was invited to vote on their favorite entries. Ribbons were given in each category for third, second and first place. The Best of Show quilt received 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.

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 Kathleen Stuart. Kathy displayed several of her quilts and gave talks on Whole-cloth quilts.

The Gala’s other 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 was invited to vote on their favorite quilts. Ribbons were given in each category for third, second and first place. The Best of Show quilt received 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.

 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.

Large Quilt

Medium Bed Quilt

Medium Wall Quilt

Small Quilt

Wearables

Challenge Quilt

Best of Show