Special Exhibits


Friendships are stitched together in Prairie Quilt Guild with a common love of this art form. With the quilts in this display, we honor the memory of our Prairie Quilt Guild members who have passed away since June 2014. We valued their friendship, their contributions to our guild, and their artistry. This year we remember:

  • Mary Ann Esch
  • Eletha Lyon
  • Dolores Herrman
  • Allene Boston Aylward
  • Carolyn Evans
  • Carol Lininger
  • Frances Dennison
  • Bessie Letourneau
  • Martha Morlan
  • Constance Leavitt
  • Gail Hand
  • Rosemary Ray



Myriad opportunities are available for today’s quilters. Traditional patterns and fabric designs, contemporary adaptations of old designs, art quilts, bed quilts, quilts of all sizes and for a multitude of purposes…the lists and variations are practically endless!

In addition to the many quilts of the guild members, we are pleased to be sharing three Special Exhibits in the 2016 Common Threads Quilt Show.

Hoffman Challenge
In several previous shows PQG has presented 20 quilts of the Hoffman Collection.  This year, we have the pleasure of sharing Collection D, 40 quilts using the 2015 challenge fabric named “Pomegranate Gold”.  International quilters have been enticed to stir their imaginations and create a stunning piece using the selected focus fabric, and additional fabrics of their choice.  Quilt categories include pieced, applique, and mixed technique.

The Hoffman Company has sponsored this competitive challenge for 25 years.  In addition to the quilt categories, there are categories for clothing, accessories, and dolls.  After submission all the works are judged by an expert in each of the categories and awards designated.  Selections are made from all entries for the multiple travelling trunks, and those collections will be loaned to requesting shows, shops, seminars, and guilds for a full year before being returned to their artists.  Their contest is open to all, and more information and history may be found at www.HoffmanChallenge.com.

Nancy Hornback
“Nancy Hornback grew up on the desert of southern California, where quiltmaking was not a part of the warm-weather environment.  However, when she was a child, she would sometimes visit the grandmother of a neighbor family that had moved to California from the Ozarks.  While sitting in a rocking chair, she would ask the elderly woman questions about her life.  At the same time she could peer past her into a room that always had a beautiful quilt on a bed.  When Nancy moved to Kansas, she had never actually seen a quilt being made until she started one of her own in 1973, learning from library books.”   (Author’s biography, Red, Green and Beyond)

From those beginnings Nancy went on to make additional quilts, with a preference for applique, and also developed a penchant for the historical aspects of the craft.  Her researching of individual quilts and interviewing quilters, included the study of fabrics, patterns, techniques and genealogy.  Mid-19th century red and green quilts were a particular favorite, as was evident in her collection, and the chapter written on the topic for Kansas Quilts and Quilters.  She co-authored two books on red and green quilts with Terry Clothier Thompson, Quilts in Red and Green and the Women Who Made Them, and Red, Green and Beyond.  Her leadership and expertise was seen in her involvement with Prairie Quilt Guild as a charter member and president (1984-1985), Kansas Quilt Project, and the American Quilt Study Group.

We think that you will enjoy a glimpse of some of her work.

Lois Stoltenberger
LoisStoltenbergerLike many of us, Lois became a quilter as the result of being invited to join a small group in Oregon, and was quickly hooked.  After a pattern drafting and hand piecing class from Jenny Beyer, she said her life changed and new doors were opened.  In a 13 year period in Adna, Washington she hand quilted for other people, completing over 150 quilts while continuing to hand-piece for herself.

The destruction of a big flood in 2007 and later vision problems set her back, but also changed her focus to working on her own quilts.  Her attraction to things vintage is apparent in the exhibit–a collection of   feed sack fabrics and old linens in one quilt, adaptations of old patterns in others, and a beautiful use of reproduction fabrics. Her drafting skill is seen in some which were drafted from sources as different as photos and floor tiles!

She has had special exhibits and presentations for quilt shows in Dallas, TX and Concordia, WA, and we are delighted that she has agreed to share her work with us.  We are also glad that she has moved to South Central Kansas!