Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999


September 19, 1999


The annual Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild show will feature a quilt display and a silent auction of miniature quilts.

Longtime quilter Nola Pickett remembers the first quilt pieced together by the nimble fingers of the women who would eventually form the Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild.

"We wanted to make a quilt for the (nation's) bicentennial," she said, referring to the Douglas County Bicentennial quilt that hangs today in the Watkins Community Museum of History. The quilt depicts significant landmarks in Douglas County, such as Pioneer Cemetery in Lawrence and Constitution Hall in Lecompton.

The Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild was established in September 1977, three years after that first meeting.

Quilts by Pickett and other guild founders Marion Willey, Chris Wolf Edmonds and Ruth Harwood are currently on display at the museum as a pre-event for the Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild 22nd Annual Quilt Show.

Pickett, who has made about 80 full-sized quilts over the years, said she will display at least three quilts in the founders' show: a crazy quilt; a pieced star quilt she made for her grandson; and an appliqued quilt featuring flowers native to Hawaii.

The founders' quilts will be on display through Sept. 26, while the annual show of 90 to 100 wall hangings and quilts by current guild members begins Wednesday and runs through Sept. 26.

"Prairie Sun," a quilt made by guild members Jean Stanclift and Cherie Ralston, will be displayed and then given away in a drawing at the end of the show.

Nan Doljac, a member of the show's planning committee, said "Prairie Sun" is a reproduction of an antique appliqued quilt from Ohio: a traditional four-block with sun, stars, flowers, leaves and vines in red, green and gold on a beige background. The border is in a sawtooth pattern with appliqued stars.

Fifty to 60 miniature quilts made by guild members will be sold at a silent auction. Bidding ends at 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Proceeds will go to Watkins Museum, Hannah's House, CASA, The Shelter, Rape Victim Support Services and Habitat for Humanity.

A series of lectures and demonstrations also will be offered:

  • "Tips, Tools and Tricks for Easier and More Accurate Quiltmaking," by Jane Buckley, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • "Machine Quilting," by Kelley Norman, "Foundation Paper Piecing," by Carolyn Thurman, "Making Applique Stems," by Doljac, and "Freezer Paper Applique," by Ralston, all from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
  • "Beginning Quilting," by Karla Menaugh, 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Quilt workshop for 10- to 14-year-olds, by Susan Fangman, 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • "Emporia Rose," lecture by Barbara Brackman, 3 p.m. Saturday.

Doljac said about 1,000 people visit the quilt show each year.

-- Jan Biles' phone message number is 832-7146. Her e-mail address is

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