Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Guild ready for third annual quilt show

July 12, 2007

Last year when the doors opened, it couldn't have been more perfect for quilter Kim Stanley.

It was the first year she and other members of the Eudora Quilting Bees moved their annual quilt show to the Eudora Middle School gym.

"I was so thrilled when we opened the doors. It was our first year being there, and suddenly all these people came walking in. When we looked down all the people were walking around," Stanley said. "It was so exciting because we pulled it off. It was just like I imagined it would be."

Stanley said she watched the crowd mill through the colorful quilts and it felt like the national quilt shows she had attended.

"I just visualized how beautiful they were, and how you were just awestruck when you walked in. That's what we were going for," Stanley said.

The quilt show gave people the opportunity to meet artists and share their passion, Stanley said.

That's exactly what the Eudora Quilting Bees are looking to do again this weekend.

The group will have its third annual quilt show from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the middle school, 2635 Church St.

The group decided to move the two-day event up a day this year to bring in more people.

The show's first year drew about 100 people, Stanley said. After moving to the middle school last year, the show drew five times as many.

"We're anxious to see what happens from there," she said.

This year, it might not be hard to patch together a good time.

The show will feature an open exhibition, meaning any quilters who wish to showcase their work can enter. Other quilt shows require a jury process, Stanley said. Organizers hope to draw more than 100 quilts for the show.

"A lot of people don't have the opportunity to show their work," Stanley said.

This year's show will offer an opportunity to learn a variety of new techniques covering piecing and design strategies, machine embroidery and the care and conservation of antique textiles.

The show also will include hands-on activities. A "Make It and Take It" station will teach people how to create a fabric postcard that can be sent through the mail. The pieces can be made from different fabrics and covered with different embellishments.

"It's something you can do and learn and expose yourself to working with textile arts," Stanley said.

In between learning new techniques and viewing the talents of local quilters, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with several quilting vendors. The show also will feature a silent auction and guild-member garage sale.

There are several pieces in the auction, including quilts made by the 20-plus guild members. All proceeds from the auction will go to local charities and into a scholarship fund for students pursuing either art or family and consumer science in college, Stanley said.

Guild members also will be selling chances to win the 2007 Opportunity Quilt. Proceeds from the chances will fund the guild's activities throughout the year. The opportunity quilt is an ongoing collaborative project by the guild members.

This year's entry is a black Amish-style queen-sized quilt featuring an applique vine around the border.

Sarah's Circle from Eudora United Methodist Church and Madame Hatter's Tea Room will supply Saturday's lunch.

Admission to the show is $3 for adults.

For more information, visit www.eudoraquiltingbees.com.

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