Stitching on display at annual quilt show

Mary Boucher’s mother taught her to sew when she was a young, and it soon became one of her passions.

Boucher’s mother specialized in making quilts for children born into the family, but when she died, it became Boucher’s responsibility to sew the baby blankets. All that stitching has turned into an addiction.

“You get hooked,” Boucher said. “I don’t know any people who just make one quilt and quit.”

Other habitual quilters like Boucher will feature their works Saturday and Sunday at “Art from the Heart of Quilting,” the 27th annual Kaw Valley Quilters Guild show. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lawrence Community Building, 115 W. 11th St. Suggested donation is $2.

The show will include more than 100 quilts created by the guild, which boasts more than 200 members. The quilts will not be for sale, but there will be an auction featuring more than 80 quilts and quilted objects donated by members. Proceeds will support local charities. In addition, eight vendors will offer sewing machines, hand-quilting supplies, fabrics, patterns, jewelry and more.

Boucher said about 1,500 people attended last year’s show. She expects about the same number this year.

Lawrence resident Barbara Brackman will be the featured artist at this year’s show. Though Brackman has always been part of the show, this will be her first year as the headliner. Brackman has been a member of the guild for about 25 years and is a nationally-known quilt historian.

“If you ask almost any quilter in the United States, they will know who Barbara Brackman is,” Boucher said.

Brackman will be at the show from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days. She will give 45-minute talks at 11 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. In addition, Brackman will show items from her collection of antique quilts and her new book on quilting, “America’s Printed Fabrics 1770-1890.” Brackman wrote her previous book, “Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns,” in 1993.