29th quilt show set to go
It's taken a number of patches, scraps, pieces and stitches to complete the variety of quilts that will be featured Saturday and Sunday at the 29th annual Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show.
The show is sponsored by the Maple Leaf Quilters Guild.
Sharon Vesecky, the show's coordinator, said she expects between 90 and 100 quilts to be displayed in the multi-purpose room at the Baldwin Elementary School, 700 Chapel St.
Vesecky said the Maple Leaf Quilt Show, which is the oldest quilt show in Kansas, draws a number of spectators a year.
"We have thousands of people come through," she said.
The quilts are not judged.
"They are just for display," she said. "Just to be enjoyed."
Along with the quilts, the show will feature some demonstrations.
Sherry Leftwich, McLouth, will be demonstrating "Scrappy Sculptures," which shows garment embellishment techniques, throughout the duration of the show.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Linda Potter, from Prairie Point quilt shop in Shawnee, will present a QuikStitch workshop, the technique that allows quilters to quilt quickly and embellish at the same time, Vesecky said. Those interested in the workshop should pre-register. There is a $25 registration fee.
Potter will also give a lecture and trunk presentation 3 p.m. Sunday at Owens Hall, Eighth and Dearborn streets. Vesecky said Potter will share the collection of quilts she has made and how she made them.
Baldwin resident Becky McMillen will be sharing the story, "The Quiltmaker's Gift," to children at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at BES.
The story is a fairy tale about a quilt maker and a greedy king who has everything but a quilt.
"The story itself is a wonderful story about generosity," Vesecky said. "And the artwork is just fantastic. It's one of the best children's books I've ever read."
The story accompanies the special exhibit of quilts from Prairie Star in Manhattan that were made to look like the ones featured in the story, she said.
The Maple Leaf Quilters Guild also made it's annual Opportunity Quilt to be won at the show.
"Every quilt we've done has had a maple leaf in it," Vesecky said.
This year's quilt will be given away 5 p.m. Sunday. Vesecky said more information about how to enter the drawing will be available at the quilt show.
Admission is free for the quilt show, the storytelling hour and the lecture and trunk presentation. Donations will be accepted to help with the Maple Leaf Quilters Guild expenses.
Anyone interested in more information about the workshop or how to submit a quilt for the show can call Quilter's Paradise at (785) 594-3477.