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Last updated: 28 January 2020

Dancing Stars

The 2020 Quilt Show Judges

Sandy Gard, is a self-taught seamstress and quilter.  At the age of six, she was cutting and sewing clothes for her dolls by hand.  At the age of eight she had her first experience at hand quilting.  At her grandmother’s farm house in Sulphur Springs, Texas, all the neighbors gathered and they lowered the quilting frame from the living room ceiling. They all sat around the quilt, quilting and visiting.  The love of quilting began.  It has been a lifelong love affair. 

Sandy has had a homebased sewing business for 21 years.  In 2007, Sandy purchased a Gammill long arm quilting machine. She has been successfully quilting for customers since then. Sandy has quilted over 1000 customer quilts.

In 2014, Sandy entered the NQA Judging program. She has spent four years working with certified judges and judging quilt shows. She received her NACQJ certification in 2019. She holds positions on four local quilt guild boards and is judging coordinator for one.

My philosophy as a judge is to use the knowledge I have to teach and encourage quilters to improve their quilting skills and take their quilting to the next level.

Her personal statement: Quilting is a time-honored tradition. I love the history and future of quilting and I love promoting the tradition to new quilters of any age.

The Quilters' Guild of East Texas produces a quilt show every spring during the Azalea Trail. The show features over 200 quilts on display plus over 25 vendors, numerous demonstrations, an old-fashioned bed-turning, door prizes, scissor sharpening, silent auction, and a raffle quilt.  Proceeds benefit local charities that serve women and children.


Co-Chairs - Melanie Dossey, Karen Walters

Admissions/Quilt Take Around - Rhonda Chapman

Bed Turning - Corey Starkey

Challenge Blocks - Corey Starkey, Marily V'Soske

Country Store - Cathy Woodson

Demos & Lectures - Jan Copas

Hospitality - Teri Bamert

Judging - Mary Ann Eckert, Margaret Cotten

Kitchen - Sheryl Moore, Rose Willson

Layout - Tana Doss

Preview Party - Claire Leifer

Publicity - Karen Walter, Melanie Dossey, Cheryl Pontious

Purse Security - Cheryl Pontious

Quilt Distribution - Cheryl Fillion

Quilt In-Take - Ceil Nolley

Quilt Shipping -Marilyn Hardy

Raffle Tickets - Carolyn Franklin

Set Up, Hanging & Takedown - Susan Webber

Show Pin Sales- Sandy McClenny, Patti Pickhard

Show Program - Robin Kinley

Show Program Ads - Nancy Glass

Silent Auction - Lynne Trigleth

Vendors/ Vendor  Door Prizes & Relief - Mendy Brittian

Volunteer Coordinator - Mary Lou Douglas

White Gloves - Susie Brusie

Mark Scirto, KLTV Chief Meteorologist, was selected as our Rose City Judge. He has earned awards for Favorite Local TV Personality, Best Weather Forecast, Best Weather Reporter and the Lonestar Emmy Award – Best Weathercast in Texas.

Mark is an involved member of the Tyler community. He is a musician and shares his talent singing and playing guitar at his Church. He becomes “Santa Scirto” to help with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Other passions are fishing, hockey and golf. The Quilters Guild of East Texas thanks Mark for choosing the Rose City Ribbon winner.

9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Admission:  $8 adults, Kids under 7 Free

​​​​Contact our  Quilt Show Chairman for vending opportunities, volunteering and questions.

Dancing Stars!


2000 West Front Street, Tyler, TX

2020 Raffle Quilt,A Flock of Feathered Stars

​March 27 - 28, 2020

The  39th Annual  Guild  Quilt  Show

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