Stitchers’ event grows with 500 quilts at show

Chances to win a 2019 Scrappy Paws King Size Opportunity Quilt will be available this weekend during the Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show.

Quilts of all shapes, sizes and styles will be on display this weekend as the Stitchers Quilt Guild hosts its annual Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show.

Organizer Patty Pruitt said the event has grown in its 20 years.

“We started out with hanging a few quilts and one or two vendors set up at the Hardin County Extension Office,” she said.

Now the show almost has outgrown its current home at Pritchard Community Center. This year it features about 500 quilts and 22 vendors, she said.

An internationally published Northern Kentucky artist, Larry McKenney, is the featured quilter. His art quilts will be on display, she said.

When people think of quilts, Pruitt said they probably think about a heritage piece their grandmother made.

“The quilting world had taken off in so many different directions,” she said.

Quilts today still can be made with very traditional patterns, she said. But some quilters are doing their own designs that are more modern or abstract art pieces, she said.

Quilts used to be very utilitarian, she said, but now so many are decorative art or carry personal meaning for the crafter.

Products will be demonstrated throughout the day and door prizes are offered. The event features a traditional bed turning with quilt displays and narration, Pruitt said.

“There will be something there for everyone to see,” she said.

Admission is $6. The quilt show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pritchard Community Center is at 404 S. Mulberry St. in Elizabethtown.

A cafe also will be open with $5 lunches, Pruitt said.

For more information, call 270-766-9732 or email

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or

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