JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and Old Town Emporium will host the premiere traveling art exhibition known as the 30th annual Hoffman Challenge July 3-28 featuring a collection of approximately 40 quilts and 15 home décor items.
Hoffman California Fabrics was founded by Rube Hoffman, a New York textile jobber and a veteran in the garment district, in 1924. Since that time, Hoffman California Fabrics designs and manufactures premium screen-printed 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, 12 collections travel coast-to-coast within the U.S. and to several Canadian locations. The 2018 challenge fabric is from the Shine On! collection and will celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Hoffman Challenge.
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 U.S., 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.
The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center & Old Town Emporium Gift Shop’s normal operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information on the Hoffman Challenge, visit www.hoffmanchallenge.com or call 423-753-1010.