Need something new to spiff up your walls? The Kaw Valley Quilters Guild may have the answer miniature quilts.
Less expensive than full-size quilts or original works of art but eye-catching and artistic in their own way, more than 30 small quilts will be sold by the guild during its 13th annual Quilt Show at the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum, 1047 Mass.
The show runs from Aug. 15 through Aug. 23.
Cherie Ralston, a member of the guild and show organizer, said they decided to sell miniature quilts this year as a way to raise funds for local charities. Beneficiaries of the fundraiser will be Watkins Museum, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, the Hannah's House Foundation for unwed mothers, and The Shelter Inc., a local service organization that helps troubled youth.
IN THE PAST, the guild has made and donated quilts for babies who have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and last year one of several groups associated with the guild, Thursday Quilters, made a queen-size quilt for The Shelter's Festival of Trees auction.
The miniature quilts that will be sold next week, beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 15, measure anywhere from 12 inches by 18 inches to 30 inches by 45 inches. Some are completely handmade; others have both hand and machine work on them.
Designs vary widely. Among those being prepared for sale earlier this week were quilts with such traditional quilting patterns as the "Amish basket," others with flower and heart motifs, and still others featuring fanciful felines, Jayhawkers, Santas and Nutcracker-style soldiers. There was even a storyteller in a Southwestern motif.
EACH QUILT'S maker will price her piece and, if she choses, designate a charity, guild members said. If no charity is named, the buyer may pick one or more charities from among the five to receive that quilt's proceeds.
Checks for the quilts will be made out directly to the charities.
"It's really something that's never been done before," said Joyce Cotton, another guild member. Dorothy Wheeler, also a member, added that people who attend the annual shows often ask whether any of the quilts on display are for sale, so the miniatures may fill that demand.
In addition to the miniatures, which buyers may take home at purchase time, various works of guild members that are not for sale will be exhibited, as well as some antique quilts.
Ralston said guild members would display finished pieces of their own choosing that had not been displayed in any of the previous annual shows. Those quilts will be on the museum's second floor, she said, and the priced miniature quilts will be downstairs, where the Sports Hall of Fame was formerly located.
AMONG THE antique quilts scheduled for display is one that was made in 1900 by Mrs. Wheeler's great-grandmother from scraps of material used to make childhood shirts for Mrs. Wheeler's father, who was born in 1891.
Another feature of this year's show will be demonstrations of quilt basting, which Mrs. Cotton described as the "sandwiching" process of getting the pieced top ready to quilt to the inner batting and the backing.
Mrs. Ralston said the demonstrations will be staged by guild members Aug. 20 and Aug. 22 at the museum.
At the same time as the Watkins show is up, she added, the guild also will have another batch of quilts on display at the Riverfront Plaza, where information also will be available about the show.
People who attend the show will be invited to vote on which display quilts receive the "Viewers' Choice" awards, which are $10 cash prizes. Two will be awarded, for a large and a small quilt. And, Mrs. Cotton said, an "opportunity" quilt also will be given away.
Hours at the museum during the quilt show will be: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for Thursday, when the hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.