This is a good time to be a quilt lover in Lawrence.
That's because the members of the Kaw Valley Quilters' Guild are getting ready to hold their 24th Annual Quilt Show.
Plenty of quilts and quilted wall hangings made by guild members during the last year will be displayed Saturday and Sept. 9 during the show at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th St., and vendors will be on hand to sell quilt supplies and other items.
The guild is also holding a special display of 50 to 60 antique quilts a few dating to the pre-Civil War era through Sept. 9 at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
The annual quilt show typically draws hundreds of people from northeast Kansas and beyond, according to Nan Doljac, guild vice president.
"The quilts on display are just beautiful," Doljac said. "We have very talented members, and it's a treat to see what they've been working on for the last year."
The guild has about 250 members, some of whom have made a name for themselves outside of Kansas.
"Lawrence is really a hub for quilters," Doljac said. "We have a number of nationally known authors and speakers (in the guild) who make their living by quilting, writing and lecturing around the country."
An important part of the annual show is the miniature quilts, made and donated by guild members, that are sold at silent auction during the event. Proceeds will benefit several Lawrence charities.
The miniquilts are on display at the Watkins Museum until Friday, when they will be moved to the Community Building for the show. More than 75 miniquilts should be available for bid, said Joyce Colton, who's in charge of the auction.
The miniature quilts have sold for anywhere from $10 to $100 apiece. They are suitable to use as table runners, wall hangings or other decorative items.
The silent auction will end at 4 p.m. Sept. 9, with the close of the quilt show.
"It's a wonderful way to do your Christmas shopping early, as well as support a wonderful charity," Colton said. "It's also a great way to get something that's handmade, and one of a kind, for yourself or as a gift at a reasonable price."
This is the first year the guild has held a special exhibit of antique quilts owned by guild members. The exhibition is called "Yesteryear's Treasures."
The quilts on display range in age from the pre-Civil War era up to 1976. Each quilt is accompanied by a short, typed story telling its history.
"We do have a rich history of quilting in America, and we all learn from that tradition," Doljac said.
The exhibition will give quilt lovers a rare peek at some beloved heirlooms.
"There are beautiful old quilts that are unique the fabrics, the designs," said Margene Ragle, who helped organize the exhibit. "Many of these quilts have been handed down a lot."