Thursday, March 31, 2016

KC hosts Heather Jones! Sign ups open to the public for workshops today!

For April, Heather Jones will be our guest speaker and she'll be holding two workshops while she is here; one on Friday and one on Saturday, April 15th and 16th.
 
Today, we are opening the workshop to the public with continued special pricing for members. Members invite your friends for this special opportunity with Heather!



Workshop 1: Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing
Looking for a project to showcase your favorite prints?  This is it.  In this workshop, you'll use Heather's Marrakech quilt to learn the technique of creating "stitch and flip" components to build large scale sections of the pattern that are the perfect place to focus on large prints.  You will also learn how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and pattern pieces, in addition to tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner.  A discussion of the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements, and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt will also be included.  Note: This project works beautifully with solid fabrics as wells as prints.  

Students will learn how to increase the scale of quilt blocks using graph paper and simple math, how to manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and cutting and construction methods for working in this manner.  

Workshop will be held Friday, April 15th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6.  Cost is $85 for Guild Members, Non-Members $95. Students will need to purchase the pattern separately from Heather for $10.  

Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric 1: 1/2 yard (navy floral)
  • Fabric 2: 1/4 yard (coral floral)
  • Fabric 3: 1 yard (lavender floral)
  • Fabric 4: 1 yard (aqua print)
  • Fabric 5: 3/4 yard (blue geometric)
  • Fabric 6: 1/2 yard (blue floral)
  • Fabric 7: 5 yards (for background and borders)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • To finish the quilt (outside of class) you will need: 5 yards of backing fabric, 5/8 yards of binding fabric, full sized batting
 
 
 

Workshop 2: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters
In this workshop, learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you'd like.  Using Heather's West Chester pattern from her book, "Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday," and the supplemental letters only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals.  We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.  

Students will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing, to create precisely pieced strips, and how to work with negative spaces as a design element.  

Workshop will be held Saturday, April 16th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6. Cost is $85 for Guild Members, Non-Members $95. Students will need to purchase Heather's book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and there will also be a $5 fee (paid to Heather at the workshop) for a supplemental pattern.  The guild will provide information closer to the meeting date if the book will available to sell at the meeting.  
Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric for letters: 1 yard (solid, print, or a combination of the two)
  • Fabric for the background: 2 yards (solids)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • Note: More of both fabrics may be needed to finish the quilt after class.

 
Not a member but want to join? Please join on our Membership page!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March Meeting Review

In case you missed Kate's meeting minutes email on the March meeting, here it is again! Hope the rest of everyone's March has treated you well.
 
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Our last guild meeting was on March 10 at the Roeland Park Community Center. Using giant sticky notes, we learned that our group has a corner on the sewing machine market, has over a thousand years of sewing experience, and really likes rotary cutters. We also had a changing of the guard, as Jaime and the 2015 board handed the reigns to Laura and the 2016 board.
 
Renewals are coming!
Our membership year runs from April to March! A renewal email has been sent, and you can renew on our Membership page. Please fill out the form and then click the orange PayPal "Pay Now" button to pay your dues. You must pay your dues by May 1, and volunteer for a committee.

Here's a recap of Jaime's "State of the (Quilting) Union Address":
Alternative Venue
The fantastic thing about the Kauffman Conference Center is it is free! Unfortunately, we need to book it 6 months in advance (and be approved), and we can absolutely not sell anything (or allow speakers to sell anything) in order to honor their nonprofit regulations. So, when available we will be at Kauffman, and when we have a speaker with wares to share, we will maneuver to hold the meetings at Roeland Park Community Center.
 
Workshops
Workshops have been tricky – ya’ll really love retreats, but not so much the workshops. 
  • To ensure space for everyone who is interested, we’re going to implement a two week lead time to pay workshop invoices, so we don’t end up with reserved, unpaid for spots!
  • Please alert the board via email if you are unable to use your spot, most of the time we have a waitlist to honor.
Retreats
  • Similarly, we will also implement the two week lead time for retreat invoices! 
  • And again, please let us honor the waitlist if you are unable to keep your reserved spot.
  • We are going to try to add more retreats to the calendar, since they are such a hit! 
Facebook
Wednesday is our designated Facebook share day. 
  • This is to give our community members who own quilty businesses a chance to share classes and sales without subjecting the group to spammy posts. 
  • Important questions about retreats and workshops are best handled via email (like if you need to give up a coveted spot). 
Scholarships 2016
We are issuing two $500 scholarships to regional students who are studying textiles! Hopefully, these students will speak at our guild and share how these scholarships impacted their education. 
 
Special Guests for 2016
In no particular order or date (so don’t start planning yet) we will have:
  • Heather Jones
  • Kelsey Pike
  • Heidi Parkes
  • Mary Fons
  • Melissa Averinos
  • Kristen Shuler
 
KCRQF
We will not participate in KCRQF 2017 as a guild. The KCRQF requires that they have access to our roster of guild members and their emails. Because of the bylaws of our guild, which do not allow us to share that information outside the guild, we were unable to give them that list. We tried to reach a suitable compromise, but were unable to before their deadline, so our application was denied, and we will not participate in 2017.
 
Upcoming Meetings/Events
Our April meeting will be at Kauffman Conference Center on April 14th at 7pm. Heather Jones will be our guest speaker. At this meeting, we will also share our KC Arts Venue quilts. Measurements must be: Height 24-60:, Width 24-45. If you have any questions, email kcmodernquiltguild@gmail.com and we will direct you to the organizers.
  • April 15th Heather Jones will host a workshop at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6 from 10am – 4:30pm. Workshoppers will learn Marrakeck – large scale piecing. The cost is $85 PLUS supplies. $95 for non-members.
  • April 16th Heather Jones will teach Speak Easy – Building Patchwork Letters in Room 6 of the Roeland Park Community Center. The class will run from 10am  - 4:30pm and costs $85 PLUS supplies. $95 for non-members.
  • In May we will meet at the Kauffman Center on May 12th at 7 pm and Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul! will speak. 
Thanks again, 2015 Officer Team!
Jaime David – President
Laura Capello  - Vice President
Lesley Latham – Treasurer
Jessica Toye – Secretary
Betsy Blodgett – Tech Coordinator
 
And 2015 Committee Chairs!
Maggie Aisenbrey – logistics/greeters
Paula Leber – programs
Melody Baker – quilt show
Deneen Slack – swaps and challenges
Kristin Marciniak – Community Serice
Merrie Ford/Sammie Messick - retreats
 
Thank you so much for your time, energy, ideas, and dedication to making the guild a hub of creativity and learning!
 
And welcome 2016 Officer Team:
Laura Capello – President
Denise Bane – Vice President
Lesley Latham – Treasurer
Kate Walz – Secretary
Laura Heron – Technology Coordinator
 
KC ARTS CHALLENGE
The details of this challenge are:
  • Create a quilt inspired by one of the following KC arts venues: 
    • Union Station
    • 18th & Vine/Jazz Museum
    • WWI Museum/Liberty Memorial
    • Nelson Atkins /Kemper Art Museums
    • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 
    • Bartle Hall
  • There is a maximum of 10 people allowed per venue.  
  • Measurements of the finished quilt must be:
    • Height: 24" - 60"
    • Width: 24" - 45"
  • Deadline for the challenge is the April guild meeting.  
  • If you have questions or would like to sign up for the KC Arts Challenge, Karen Hansen or Mary Kay Fosnacht are your gals. Email us at kcmodernquiltguild@gmail.com for their contact information.
WORKSHOPS
An email went out regarding our next upcoming workshops.  In April, Heather Jones will be our guest speaker and she'll be holding two workshops; one on Friday and one on Saturday.  (All information coming in post tomorrow, 3.31.)
 
RETREATS
Spring Retreat
April 8-10, 2016 at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri.  
Cost is $180 for a twin bed or $225 for a queen bed.  Queen beds will not be shared this year.  
Breakfast and Friday night dinner are included.  Lunches and Saturday night dinner are on your own.  
This retreat is currently full.  To get on the wait list, fill out the form here.
 
UPCOMING
4/8-4/10: Spring retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  

4/14: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Heather Jones will be our guest speaker.  
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
4/15:  Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6 from 10 - 4:30.
4/16: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6 from 10 - 4:30.
5/12: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Guest speaker is Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul Studios is our guest speaker.  
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110
Check out the online calendar of events for more upcoming activities.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Inspiration of the Week!


How beautiful is this patchwork style needlepoint rug? Just gorgeous. I love the idea of making quilts and needlepoint as rugs, but would have to instill a no-shoe rule in the house.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Inspiration of the Week!


Is the tile inspiration for a quilt, or a quilt inspiration for the tile? Either way, I wish it were my bathroom!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Inspiration of the Week!


If you need color inspiration, look no further than the movies by director Wes Anderson. Not only are they great movies, but the costume, set and color design are out of this world 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March Meeting Reminder- at Roeland Park Community Center

Quick reminder for tomorrow's meeting!

Back to the old stomping grounds this month!

We will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday, March 10 - 7pm at the Roeland Park Community Center.
We will have a look back at our incredible membership year, have show and tell and work in small groups to be inspired by each other's passions, learn more about our members and set some goals and aspirations for the coming year and beyond.
 
The new officer team will be jumping into our roles as this years' guild leaders!

There will be updates on our Kansas City Arts Challenge, turning in any I-70 swap blocks and another chance to sign up for the Heather Jones workshops next month! (See Meeting Reminder sent via KCMQG email last week for more information)

Hope to see you there! (In ROELAND PARK) :)
 
Bring your I-70 Swap Block!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Heather Jones Workshops - Sign up today!

We are lucky to have Heather Jones teaching two workshops after our guild meeting in April!


The first workshop is Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing

Friday, April 15th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6.  Cost is $85.  Students will need to purchase the pattern separately from Heather for $10.  

Looking for a project to showcase your favorite prints?  This is it.  In this workshop, you'll use Heather's Marrakech quilt to learn the technique of creating "stitch and flip" components to build large scale sections of the pattern that are the perfect place to focus on large prints.  You will also learn how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and pattern pieces, in addition to tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner.  A discussion of the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements, and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt will also be included.  Note: This project works beautifully with solid fabrics as wells as prints.  

Students will learn how to increase the scale of quilt blocks using graph paper and simple math, how to manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and cutting and construction methods for working in this manner.  

Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric 1: 1/2 yard (navy floral)
  • Fabric 2: 1/4 yard (coral floral)
  • Fabric 3: 1 yard (lavender floral)
  • Fabric 4: 1 yard (aqua print)
  • Fabric 5: 3/4 yard (blue geometric)
  • Fabric 6: 1/2 yard (blue floral)
  • Fabric 7: 5 yards (for background and borders)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thrad, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • To finish the quilt (outside of class) you will need: 5 yards of backing fabric, 5/8 yards of binding fabric, full sized batting



The Second Workshop is 
Workshop 2: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters 
Saturday, April 16th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6.  Cost is $85.  Students will need to purchase Heather's book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and there will also be a $5 fee (paid to Heather at the workshop) for a supplemental pattern.  The guild will provide information closer to the meeting date if the book will available to sell at the meeting.  

In this workshop, learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you'd like.  Using Heather's West Chester pattern from her book, "Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday," and the supplemental letters only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals.  We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.  

Students will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing, to create precisely pieced strips, and how to work with negative spaces as a design element.  

Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric for letters: 1 yard (solid, print, or a combination of the two)
  • Fabric for the background: 2 yards (solids)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thrad, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • Note: More of both fabrics may be needed to finish the quilt after class.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Inspiration of the Week!


Southwestern influence style seems to be back in a big way. And why not? How gorgeous are these blankets?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Meeting Recap!

OFFICER TEAM
Congratulations to our newly elected officer team!  The officers were unanimously approved by the guild members present at the meeting.  Maggie Aisenbrey motioned to approve them and Nikki McDonald seconded.  You can look forward to the following people serving as our guild leaders for the next year starting in March:
  • Laura Capello, President
  • Denise Bane, Vice President
  • Lesley Latham, Treasurer
  • Kate Walz, Secretary
  • Laura Herron, Tech Coordinator
CHALLENGES
The Kansas City Arts Challenge was announced at Thursday's meeting.  The details of this challenge are:
  • Create a quilt inspired by one of the following KC arts venues (there is a PDF with photographs of each venue attached to this email): 
    • Union Station
    • 18th & Vine/Jazz Museum
    • WWI Museum/Liberty Memorial
    • Nelson Atkins /Kemper Art Museums
    • Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts 
    • Bartle Hall
  • There is a maximum of 10 people allowed per venue.  
  • Measurements of the finished quilt must be:
    • Height: 24" - 60"
    • Width: 24" - 45"
  • Deadline for the challenge is the April guild meeting.  
  • If you have questions or would like to sign up for the KC Arts Challenge, you can email Karen Hansen at hansenkm@kcrr.com or Mary Kay Fosnacht at mfosnacht@mac.com.  
SWAPS
I-70 Swap
The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild is partnering with members of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild to create the I-70 swap.  Each participant is to create one quilt block to turn in at the March 10th KCMQG meeting.  Blocks should be between 8: - 12" and should contain some of your favorite fabrics and style.  The block you supply will be shipped to the STLMQG for one of the members there to create your finished project.  You will receive your partner's block during the April 14th KCMQG meeting.  Your finished project will be collected at the June guild meeting and the project reveal will occur at the August meeting.  

After receiving your partner's block in April, you'll use it one of the following complete projects that will be collected at the June guild meeting:
  • Tote
  • Pillow Cover
  • Table Topper / Table Runner
  • Wall Hanging / Mini Quilt
  • Tablet Cover / Book Cover
  • Surprise Me
If you'd like to participate in this swap, you'll need to complete and/or bring these things to the March guild meeting:
Contact Nicole Moore with questions at mrs_nicole_moore@yahoo.com.

WORKSHOPS
An email went out on Friday regarding our next upcoming workshops.  In April, Heather Jones will be our guest speaker and she'll be holding two workshops; one on Friday and one on Saturday.  

Workshop 1: Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing
Looking for a project to showcase your favorite prints?  This is it.  In this workshop, you'll use Heather's Marrakech quilt to learn the technique of creating "stitch and flip" components to build large scale sections of the pattern that are the perfect place to focus on large prints.  You will also learn how to successfully manage large cuts of fabric and pattern pieces, in addition to tips and tricks on fabric selection, cutting, and construction methods for working in this manner.  A discussion of the roots of large scale piecing, the effect of reducing design elements, and the simplification of the overall design of a quilt will also be included.  Note: This project works beautifully with solid fabrics as wells as prints.  

Students will learn how to increase the scale of quilt blocks using graph paper and simple math, how to manage large cuts of fabric and large pattern pieces, how to work with large areas of negative space, and cutting and construction methods for working in this manner.  

Workshop will be held Friday, April 15th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6.  Cost is $85.  Students will need to purchase the pattern separately from Heather for $10.  

Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric 1: 1/2 yard (navy floral)
  • Fabric 2: 1/4 yard (coral floral)
  • Fabric 3: 1 yard (lavender floral)
  • Fabric 4: 1 yard (aqua print)
  • Fabric 5: 3/4 yard (blue geometric)
  • Fabric 6: 1/2 yard (blue floral)
  • Fabric 7: 5 yards (for background and borders)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thrad, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • To finish the quilt (outside of class) you will need: 5 yards of backing fabric, 5/8 yards of binding fabric, full sized batting

Workshop 2: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters
In this workshop, learn how to create patchwork letters to spell out anything you'd like.  Using Heather's West Chester pattern form bok, "Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday," and the supplemental letters only available in this class, you will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing to create an entire alphabet and set of numerals.  We will also discuss how to incorporate negative space in your design to create a finished quilt top.  

Students will learn how to work with small pieces of fabric without the need for foundation piecing, to create precisely pieced strips, and how to work with negative spaces as a design element.  

Workshop will be held Saturday, April 16th, 10am - 4:30pm (with 30 minutes for lunch) at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6.  Cost is $85.  Students will need to purchase Heather's book Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday and there will also be a $5 fee (paid to Heather at the workshop) for a supplemental pattern.  The guild will provide information closer to the meeting date if the book will available to sell at the meeting.  

Supplies needed are:
  • Fabric for letters: 1 yard (solid, print, or a combination of the two)
  • Fabric for the background: 2 yards (solids)
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thrad, pins, basic sewing supplies, 6" x 24"  quilting ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, marking tool, blue painters tape or masking tape, permanent marker
  • Note: More of both fabrics may be needed to finish the quilt after class.


RETREATS
Quilt Non
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9am - 5:30pm at Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS.  
This retreat is currently full.  To get on the wait list, fill out the form here.

Spring Retreat
April 8-10, 2016 at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri.  
Cost is $180 for a twin bed or $225 for a queen bed.  Queen beds will not be shared this year.  
Breakfast and Friday night dinner are included.  Lunches and Saturday night dinner are on your own.  
This retreat is currently full.  To get on the wait list, fill out the form here.


CAMP COURAGE
Some of our guild  members worked together to create a charity quilt prior to the QuiltCon in 2015.  One of our guild members, Janet Woodward, is the director of a summer camp for adults with special needs called Camp Courage.  They'll be using the quilt as part of their fundraiser to be held on March  5th (6-8pm at the Community of Christ Building, 7842 Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS 66208) to help fund this year's camp.  Janet spoke a little bit about her organization and the wonderful things they do with the campers for 4 days and 3 nights in June at our meeting, but if you'd like to read more about Camp Courage and the things they offer, visit their website.


UPCOMING
2/20: Quilt Non at Sarah's in Lawrence.  9am - 5:30pm.

3/10: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Program is "Get to Know Your Guild".  
Location: Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Roseland Drive, Roeland Park, KS 66205

4/8-4/10: Spring retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  

4/14: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Heather Jones will be our guest speaker.  
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

4/15:  Marrakech: Large Scale Piecing at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6 from 10 - 4:30.

4/16: Speak Easy: Building Patchwork Letters at Roeland Park Community Center, Room 6 from 10 - 4:30.

5/12: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Guest speaker is Kristen Shuler of Hey Paul Studios is our guest speaker.  
Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110

Check out the online calendar of events for more upcoming activities.


For those of our members heading to Pasadena next week for QuiltCon, we hope you have a fabulous time.  Be sure to make note of our meeting location changing back to Roeland Park Community Center in March.  Because we'll be back in Roeland Park next month, treats can be shared.  There won't be any sign-ups sent out for treats, but if you'd like to bring something to share, feel free!