Another big crowd expected for quilts
For 30 years, people have admired the patches and scraps and pieces and stitches that have made up the thousands of quilts displayed at the annual Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show.
This year will be no different.
Judy Masur, chair of the Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show, said she expects around 100 quilts to be displayed at Saturday and Sunday's show, which will be at Baldwin Elementary School, 700 Chapel St. She also expects thousands of people to view the quilts.
"Since it's been around a long time, it's a pretty well-known event," Masur said. "People come from out of town just for this."
Some of the quilts that will be on display were made by local quilter Enola Gish, who started the festival quilt show 30 years ago. Gish will be on hand to talk about her quilts from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Also on display will be a variety of vintage sewing machines dating back to the 1800s.
Another feature of the quilt show is the annual workshop. This year, Bryan Grove, a former school teacher and relative newcomer to the art of quilting, will be leading the Kansas Landscape as Design workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The workshop is $25 and each participant will create a small wall hanging depicting Kansas.
Grove will also give a lecture from 8 to 9 a.m. Sunday at Owens Hall, Eighth and Dearborn streets, about surface design. There will be a free-will donation at the lecture.
Something new this year at the quilt show, Masur said, will be the presence of a couple of vendors. One will be a Lawrence pattern company and the other will be quilted clothing.
"That's not something we've had in the past," she said. "We hope to expand it in the future."
The Maple Leaf Quilters Guild's annual Opportunity Quilt will be given away at the end of the festival. Chances to win the quilt can be purchased at the show.
Masur said she encouraged everyone to visit the quilt show during the festival.
"We've tried to present something to the community that was educational," she said. "We try to share our knowledge in what we do.
"This is a great opportunity to view other people's work."
The quilt show is free. Donations will be accepted to help with expenses.
Those interested in displaying quilts at the show need to drop them off this week at Quilter's Paradise, 713 Eighth St., or between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday at the elementary school. To drop a quilt off in Lawrence or for more information about the workshop, contact Masur at (785) 979-8346.