We are pleased at announce our judge for the 2019 Quilt Show will be Laura Syler!
Laura Syler has been involved in the quilting industry since 1978 when she took her first quilting class while teaching first grade in Richardson, Texas. She is a charter member of the Quilters Guild of Dallas and has served as President, Show Chair (twice), Programs Chair, Membership and Guild Publicity. She also served as Publicity & Sponsor Chair for the Dallas Quilt Celebration.
She opened Texas Quilt Company in North Dallas in 1980. The shop immediately gained national recognition as one of the model quilt shops. She sold the business in 1985 to be a stay at home Mom, but still continued to teach traditional hand quilt making techniques, lecture on quilt history, appraise quilts, judge quilt shows and develop a professional quilt restoration business. Laura has been appraising quilts since 1980 and in 1998 she was certified by the American Quilter’s Society as an Appraiser of Quilted Textiles and joined the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles (PAAQT). She has been associated with many groups and organization during her quilting career. She is a former Board Member of the International Quilt Association, has served as Regional Director of the Quilt Restoration Society, Co-Founder of the Vintage Quilt and Textile Society, Member of the American Quilt Study Group, MOKA (Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas) Quilt Study Group, Charter Member of the American Quilters Society, Consultant to Naturally Texas (Texas Department of Agriculture), Consultant to Dallas’ Old City Park, and Textile/Quilt History Consultant to HGTV. She has had numerous articles published in Quilt Magazine and has worked as a photo stylist and contributing editor for Harris Publishing.
Laura recently moved from her native Texas to Durant, Oklahoma. When not quilting, Laura enjoys gardening, photography, traveling, visiting her grown daughters and grandchildren or following her husband Robby and his English Setters as they search for quail and pheasant in Texas, Kansas and Nebraska.