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Jonesboough: Hoffman Quilt Challenge
July 1 - July 31
International Quilt Challenge Visits Jonesborough in July
The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and Old Town Emporium will host the premiere traveling art exhibition known as the Hoffman Challenge in July featuring a collection of 40 quilts.
Hoffman California Fabrics was founded by Rube Hoffman in 1928. Rube was a New York textile jobber and a veteran in the garmet district. Since that time, Hoffman California Fabrics has been designing and manufacturing premium screenprinted and hand-dyed fabrics for independent retailers.
In 1988 the company began the Hoffman Challenge, which has grown to be a unique traveling quilt, and home decor collection. Currently, twelve collections travel coast-to-coast within the USA and to several Canadian locations. This year the Hoffman Challenge Traveling Exhibit is celebrating its 30th year.
The Challenge started with 94 enthusiastic quilters, and the number of entries has grown to more than 700. While the majority of the entries come from the United States, a wide variety of international entries are also received.
Each year, the top entries are grouped into traveling collections and visit quilt and fiber shows, seminars, quilt shops and quilt-and doll-makers guilds nationwide and in Canada. All entries must include a designated fabric each year and the 2018 selection that will be showcased is Fabric Q4429-633-Prism from the Shine On! Collection and celebrates the Diamond Anniversary of the Hoffman Challenge. The 2019-2020 Challenge will feature the Hoffman’s First Stitch collection, with fabrics such as Vintage and Antique, and will require the use of 6 mandatory fabrics in each piece.
The exhibition will be on display at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center & Old Town Emporium Gift Shop July 1 through 28. The Center’s normal operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the Hoffman Challenge, visit hoffmanchallenge.com or call 423.753.1010.
Tourism & Main Street Director