Archive for Thursday, October 13, 2011

Festival quilt show moving to BESIC

October 13, 2011

The Maple Leaf Quilt Guild is hoping to promote interest in quilting and carry on tradition during its 40th Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show.

“It’s really a lot of fun for those of us who’ve been involved and being able to treasure our heritage, things we learned from our grandmothers, things we’re able to teach our grandchildren. That continuity is pretty special,” said Cathy Miles, member of the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild.

This year’s Maple Leaf Festival parade grand marshal, Enola Gish, started the quilt show as a sideline for the festival. According to Miles, during that time quilting didn’t have as many people interested and Gish had to work hard to gather quilters and to produce a quality quilt show.

“Gish would take names at state fair entries and find quilters from all across Kansas,” Miles said. “ She really deserves a lot of credit for putting it together.”

Now, the show thrives with pieces made by both expert and amateur quilters, some quilters as young as 10 years old.

Last year about 120 pieces were showcased, and with the new venue of the Baldwin City Elementary School Intermediate Center gymnasium, the guild is hoping for even more quilts to fill the larger space. Anyone is eligible to submit a quilt to be showcased, and there is no limit to the number of quilts each person can display.

Miles said some pieces at the show are extra special. One is a tribute to Sept. 11 attack victims while another is a piece a woman’s grandmother started and the woman finished. Another quilt is a wedding gift from a great grandmother to her great granddaughter.

“It has some leftovers from making her mother’s wedding dress in it, so we have some really neat quilts people are trusting us with,” Miles said.

Vendors selling quilting materials, as well as a scissor sharpener from Ottawa, will also be present at the quilt show. It has a country store as well, which is basically a compilation of old and unfinished kits, blocks and quilting scraps to be sold.

“Some of us get tired of this or that and it’s not going to ever get finished at our house, so we put a garage-sale type price on it and it’s kind of that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Miles said.

Miles said the country store was good for those interested beginner quilters because of the low prices.

“You can pick up some inexpensive items to experiment with and if it works for you, then you’ve got a great start on a new hobby, and if it doesn’t, then you haven’t invested very much,” she said.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission to the show are free, however the guild will have a donation jar at the door.

If you are interested in displaying a quilt at the Maple Leaf Festival Quilt Show, contact the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild before Friday.

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