Quilters a patch of EudoraFest participants
In its second year of EudoraFest participation, the Eudora quilting guild is expecting an increased crowd and entries in this year's quilt show.
The Eudora Quilting Bees Quilt Guild will hold a quilt show Saturday during the annual EudoraFest. Eula Lang, guild president, said she expects an increased interest this year because of the guild's one-year anniversary. She said interest has also funneled from customers walking into the Quilting Bits and Pieces shop in downtown Eudora, viewing what is offered through quilting.
"I think even people that aren't interested in quilting, they'll be interested because it's another form of art," Lang said. "I think a lot of people have an appreciation of quilting though they've never quilted themselves."
The guild will be set up this year in the Eudora Middle School gymnasium. There will be quilting demonstrations and displays of vintage sewing machines. The guild will also display quilts from locals, both members and non-members alike.
Guild member Arlene Lawson said she expects the number of quilts on display to be greater than last year.
"Last year we had almost 200," Lawson said.
Two quilts made by guild members will be on display, which will be given to Eudora police. Police will give them to children in need. Though the guild has only made two, Lang said, more might be made in the future.
"I imagine we would give them more if they find them useful," Lang said.
The guild will hold a drawing for an "opportunity quilt" and also will hold silent auctions for some quilts on display. The winner of the quilt will be drawn at 5 p.m. at the bandstand in Eudora City Park across from the middle school. Silent auction winners and Best of Show Quilts and award certificates will also be announced at that time. The silent auction will close at 4:30 p.m.
Lang said this would present an opportunity for those who have come to the quilt shop but have been unable to purchase a finished quilt.
"They will actually be able to come in and bid to purchase them," she said. "It would be a great place to go shopping for Christmas."
Anyone wanting more information on the guild or the quilt show may call the quilt shop at 542-2080. The guild meets monthly ever second Tuesday at 7 p.m., St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 314 east 8th Street.