Thursday, Nov. 01 2012 4:11PM
Quilters’ Guild show this weekend
By Russ Pulley
Quilts aren’t merely blankets or bed spreads made from squares of scrap cloth tacked together. They’re also heirlooms or an art form.
You can get a taste of that rich heritage this week the Lee’s Summit Quilters’ Guild annual show which will have 198 quilts on display.
This year the featured quilter will be Jane Kennedy, a guild member who has published a quilting book “Winter Trees”, and developed the “trees” quilt, a technique she uses to create depth in scenes depicting landscapes.
“It’s a landscape, more on the art quilt side, not your traditional bed quilt,” Kennedy said.
To give depth to the scenes, Kennedy said she chooses different shades and forms, sews them together, and then slices through them to sew in a strip of fabric about an inch wide to make tree trunks.
She’s traveled Missouri, Kansas, Florida and Arkansas to give workshops on her technique.
To see her work: www.treequilts.com.
The show also will feature a bed turning, where antique quilts are laid in a layer on a bed and they’re turned down one at a time and the story behind the quilt is told, said Sharon Neuer, a member.
The guild has about 160 members who meet monthly and have four workshops a year and invite national speakers, Neuer said. The show is a fundraiser to support its activities.
The Lee’s Summit show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Woods Chapel Methodist Church, 4725 NE Lakewood Way.
Neuer said this year the show is unusual in that the guild is partnering with another show to make it a joint quilt Hop, with passports available.
The show will feature demonstrations, boutiques, silent auctions and door prizes.
Admission is $3.