By Krista M. Madkins

Killeen Daily Herald

Bell County groups are working together to promote tourism in the area by hosting a quilt exhibit called "The Great Bell County Quilt Crawl."

"Some of our quilts are historical," said Connie Kuehl, director of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. "They date back to about a hundred years ago and some are deteriorating because of the dyes they used for colors back then."

The quilts are on display at the center. The exhibit is open Saturdays until Feb. 18.

Kuehl said there was no requirement about the quilts' themes or patterns, though the majority of the pieces are historical in some way such as pattern design, color or age.

The exhibit shows the process of quilting through old, intricate patterns, which depict the skills required to make handmade quilts.

Bell County's display is one of several at local museums and community centers including the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center in Temple, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Museum in Belton and the Bell County Museum in Belton.

People who visit the exhibits can buy a magnet at each location as a collectible and build their own quilt with red, white and blue magnets.

Contact Krista M. Madkins at or (254) 501-7468.

If you go

What: "The Great Bell County Quilt Crawl"

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Feb. 4, 11 and 18

Where: Killeen Arts & Activities Center (formerly the First Baptist Church), 802 Second St.

More information: (254) 526-6940 or go to

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