TDA asks Texas quilters to celebrate Texas sunsets for 2020 quilt competition

Calling all Texas quilters, the biennial Texas Department of Agriculture's 2020 Quilt Block Competition will open for submissions soon!

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is asking quilters from across the Lone Star State to submit quilt blocks celebrating Texas sunsets.

“Each year we host this quilt competition, the submissions continue to amaze me,” Miller said in a release. “These folks spend countless hours hand-crafting beautiful quilt blocks showcasing Texas agriculture and just when you think the designs can’t get any better- they do! I look forward to this year’s presentation and the stunning Texas sunsets our talented quilters will create.”

Participating quilters will create patterns from a selection of natural fibers provided by TDA and up to three additional cotton fabrics. TDA wants quilters to include one special piece of cotton fabric that personally represents family, history or heritage. 

Entries are due by June 30.

TDA will start accepting applications and mailing the fabric packets in February. To receive information when this opportunity becomes available, quilters can contact Emily Miller at 512-463-7425 or

All entries will be judged by a panel of independent, outside individuals who will select the winning blocks to be pieced together into a quilt and unveiled at the Family Land Heritage ceremony this fall at the State Capitol in Austin. 

TDA’s Family Land Heritage program honors Texas families who have kept their land in continuous agricultural operation for 100 years or more. This celebration of Texas agriculture has been taking place since 1974, and 2020 will mark the combination of two TDA traditions — Family Land Heritage and the Quilt Block Competition. 

For more information on the competition and to see past winners, visit the TDA website.