The 32nd Annual Tyler Quilt show begins Friday, and it will feature two hundred quilts on display, plus twenty five vendors and plenty of demonstrations.
The show will be at the Harvey Hall Convention Center and is put on by The Quilters Guild of East Texas.
Rhonda Reuter, a member of The Quilters Guild of East Texas, hand sews quilts out of clothing to help keep the memories alive.
She enjoys making quilts for those people who are alive, but also for those that are deceased.
Reuter describes one of her quilts for a mother who lost her son who was 19-years-old.
"She started to tell me about her son, I could just tell this was one of the most important decisions she had made about cutting up his clothing. She said, 'I don't care what you design, just design something with his clothes'," says Reuter.
Rhonda Reuter took 36 pairs of blue jeans that the son would wear, and created a masterpiece of memories.
"I think it's so important to have something done with some of those clothes and it keeps that memory alive," says Reuter.
"Don't you know that the mother, when she's sitting on a cold night covered up with this quilt and her hand touches the pockets, the memories that she touches of her son," says one of Reuter's client, Linda Highley.
Reuter began quilting when she was 9-years-old, and even though she has a nursing and an accounting degree, she stuck with her passion.
"I like to take, especially clothing, from loved ones that are alive, loved ones that are deceased and create a wonderful quilted memory of that person," says Reuter.
Making about a dozen quilts a month, Reuter finds herself consulting with each client to get a sense of their memories and style.
"When she invests her heart and her time in it, and turns it around and hands it back, that's making a bond," says Highley.
A bond that is soothing for those keeping the quilted memories alive.
Rhonda, along with dozens of other quilters, will be at the quilt show Friday and Saturday showing their quilts.
The show begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. on both days.
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