Quilt show founder chosen to be honored as parade grand marshal
In 1973, having seen only one quilt show and in the midst of taking her first quilting class, Enola Gish made her contribution to the Maple Leaf Festival by starting the Maple Leaf Quilt Show.
This year, she’s being recognized for her contribution by reigning over the Maple Leaf Festival Parade as grand marshal.
Forty years later, the Maple Leaf Quilt Show lives on, thanks to Gish’s passion and love for quilting.
Gish’s mother, grandmother and great aunt were quilters, too. Gish went on to be an area quilter, designer, teacher and historian. Many local quilters learned to quilt from her, and she facilitated what she called Meet the Quilters. During Meet the Quilters, Gish would bring together quilters to share quilting with residents throughout Kansas.
Gish also wrote a column for the Baldwin Ledger until 1995, which included information about quilting as well as coverage of quilt shows.