Archive for Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Quilt show enters its 31st year as Maple Leaf staple

October 14, 2003

It's a staple of the Maple Leaf Festival.

This year will mark the 31st consecutive year for the Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show.

"It's the longest running annual show in the state," Judy Masur, quilt show coordinator, said. "It's a tradition we try really hard to keep going."

Masur said each year around 80 to 100 quilts are displayed at the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, 700 Chapel St., and this year should be no different.

"There's always something exciting that comes in the door," she said.

On display during the Maple Leaf Festival Saturday and Sunday will be a quilt commemorating Lewis and Clark. She said a traveling cancer survivor quilt will also be on display. Cancer survivors will have an opportunity to sign the traveling quilt.

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 throughout the show.

To accompany the many quilts, Masur said, a sampling of antique quilting tools will also be on display.

"We try to provide a lot of interesting things people don't see every day at quilt shows," she said.

One quilt show tradition that will continue this year is the annual featured speaker. This year, Gwen Marsten, a professional quilt maker, teacher and author, will be leading the 19th Century Tulip and Rose Quilts lecture at 8 a.m. Sunday at Owens Music Hall, Eighth and Dearborn streets. Marsten, who has had 19 solo exhibits and is a columnist for Ladies Circle Patchwork Quilts, will be speaking about the tradition of floral applique quilts that use roses and tulips.

Marsten will also lead a workshop based on 19th century folk art applique quilts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Hall, 803 High St.

Because it's a community quilt show, Masur said she encouraged quilters to display their own quilts. Those interested in displaying their quilts need to leave them this week at Quilter's Paradise, 713 Eighth St., or between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday at the elementary school.

More information about the quilt show and workshop can be found at or by calling Masur at (785) 979-8346.

Masur encouraged festival goers to spend some time at the free quilt show.

"There are a lot of things to look at, see and do," she said. "It's not just for quilters."

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