Archive for Thursday, October 19, 2006

Quilt show is ready for its 33rd run

October 19, 2006

Quilts will again take center stage in the Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center for the 33rd Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show, one of the longest standing shows in the state.

"We welcome quilts of all techniques, sizes and ages," said Judy Masur, who is in charge of this year's show. "It is not a juried or judged show, simply an opportunity to share the richness and history of a truly American art form.

"We always try to have something special at the quilt show," said Masur. "This year is no exception as we will have on display two quilts from the Old Castle Museum collection. One is dated 1838 in the quilting."

Quilt show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. But, there's more than just the show, as usual.

"On Sunday, the quilt show will be preceded by a free lecture by our featured guest, Helen Ericson, at the Owens Music Hall on the Baker University campus," she said. "Ericson has been making quilts for more than 50 years, making her first for her two sons' cribs, followed by early pieced patterns based on those her grandmother had made in the 1930s using scraps.

"In 1966, she received a stack of old blocks made about 1900 by her husband's Swedish ancestors and began to look for the name of the pattern," said Masur. "She began to collect old patterns and books from auctions and friends."

Ericson even went as far as to purchase a quilt pattern business in El Dorado that was started in 1930. She added 100 more patterns and two catalogs to the business and gave shows and programs to Quilt Guilds and church groups in many states. She also has strong ties to the Maple Leaf show.

"In 1973, Ericson helped Enola Gish establish the annual Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show and participated in more than 13 shows in the ensuing years," she said. "At this year's show, Ericson will show 24 of her most recently completed large quilts. She will show additional quilts at her Sunday morning lecture entitled, "Quilt Patterns from the Newspapers 1915-1940."

After the lecture, the quilt show will be open exclusively to those who attend the presentation until 10 a.m., when it is open to the public. For more information on the lecture or submitting quilts to the show, contact Masur at (785) 979-8346 or visit the Maple Leaf Festival Web site at

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