Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!

We are taking a couple weeks off the Inspiration of the Week posts to enjoy the holidays. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Happy Holidays!
from the KCMQG Team

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Log Cabin Scrap Quilt

For those of you with scrap stashes (and isn't that all of us??), here's some inspiration for you. Melody of Fibermania created this scrappy log cabin quilt. Isn't it awesome? This colors definitely brighten up the winter day!

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We love her subconscious inspiration too: that cute broom and dustpan!

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Thanks for sharing, Melody! You can see more on Melody's post here.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Member Spotlight: Nikki M.

Who are you, and what do you do for a living?
My name is Nikki and I'm a former 1st grade and ESL teacher who stays at home with her two sons, Wyatt (age 4) and Owen (age 3). I do some education advocacy consulting part time for families by helping them obtain services through the school district for children with special needs. I have been married to the best man I know for 8 1/2 years. I'm originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and I went to college in Fayetteville.


When did you first start sewing or quilting? How did you learn?
My mother has always been very handy with a sewing machine, but my early attempts at sewing failed miserably. I made a pillow for my sister and an apron for my barbie doll in junior high school, but that's about it. I've always loved quilts & had a fondness for my great grandmother's antique quilts. After she passed away, I started to realize that the art of quilting wasn't beyond me. I was in my mid 20's and I took some quilting classes. My mom and my mother-in-law have taught me a few things along the way. When I started quilting, I didn't even have a sewing machine. My sister gave me some wool swatches that I sewed together by hand. My mother took pity on me & gave me her sewing machine after she bought a nicer one for herself. I've owned 4 or 5 machines since that first one. I continue to take classes when I can, but I have found that I learn most by sewing alongside other people. I regularly get together with my quilting friends to work on Quilts of Valor. During these sewing sessions, I pick up tricks of the trade & fun new notions that I never new existed. I am also stretched to try new things in quilting bees. I've participated in 3 quilting bees, two of which were online (Bee Vintage and the Lovely Linen Bee) as well as the face-to-face bee that we have in our guild (the KC Scrappy Bee).


What is your favorite part of quilting, or favorite type of work to do? (handwork, machine quilting, designing, etc.)
My favorite types of quilts are scrappy. I enjoy piecing much more than quilting. I love to play with fabric & tend to dive right in, rather than plan. I work very quickly because I have a limited amount of time in which to sew. I seldom have a plan for fabric before I buy it. Part of the fun of quilting is making it up as you go.

What do you consider to be your quilting “style”?
I don't really like to be boxed in with one particular style. I love traditional quilts (antique ones are my very favorites) but modern quilts appeal to me, as well. I love both the freedom of improvisation & the structure of a pattern. I'm drawn more and more to solids lately & have vowed to use my stash as much as possible. I also enjoy upcycling clothes & other textiles that I come across. Vintage linens are a recent obsession of mine, too.


How would you define “Modern Quilting”?
Modern quilting is whatever you want it to be. No rules. No preconceptions. No right or wrong. It's art.


What is the thing you’ve made that you’re most proud of?
My grandfather's Quilt of Valor. He served in WW II and is almost 92. I gave it to him at his 90th birthday party and he keeps it neatly folded in his room, showing it off to whoever comes to visit.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from quilting?
Quilting nurtures my soul. It's more than a creative outlet for me. I could spend days on end without leaving my sewing room & be completely content. It heals my spirit.

Finish this phrase ... Quilting makes me feel alive.


Thank you Nikki! We love your Quilts of Valor commitment and your interest in upcycling. We can't wait to see what you come up with next. You can follow Nikki here if you'd like to see what she does too!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Quilts for Twinsies

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This week we have a double dose of inspiration that comes from Audrie of Blue is Bleu. Audrie was asked to make quilts for twin girls. She was given the colors that were in the girls' nursery, and asked that the quilts not be identical. Audrie created a churn dash quilt and a star quilt for these lucky baby girls.

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

We love the colors that are in these quilts and how it ties them together even though they are different designs. They are just gorgeous! To read more about Audrie's quilts, go here.
Thanks, Audrie!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Log Cabin Pouch

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This week we are looking at log cabin blocks again, in the form of a pretty little pouch. Krista of Spotted Stones made this adorable pouch for a Flickr swap group she participated in, aptly named the Pretty {little} Pouch swap.

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We love how she used simple hand-stitched X's to add a little spice to it. And the Owl zipper is so cute! For more detail pictures of Krista's pouch, go here.

Thanks for sharing Krista!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The International Quilt Festival is Going Modern

You know modern quilting has taken the world by storm when the International Quilt Festival plans a special exhibit called The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase! This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 26–November 4, 2012. A Call for Entries has been released and members of Modern Quilt Guilds around the world are invited to enter. Quilters may submit up to two (2) quilts for consideration. Quilts must be at least 36" on each side. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 2, 2012. For additional guidelines and submission information, refer to the Call for Entries instructions.

Now, Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild members — we know you have skills! You showed all your tremendous talent in the Habitat Challenge Reveal. We definitely hope that many of you will enter submissions for consideration. Just think, your quilt could travel the world!

photo by KCMQG

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Fact or Fiction

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So what do indian corn, a lovely print fabric and a kona color card have to do with each other, you ask?  Put them together and you have the inspiration for this quilt!!
So begins the story of Karen of Blooming Poppies as she starts her process in making this gorgeous quilt, titled 'Fact or Fiction.' We love her strips of wonky improv blocks and her colors are astounding. This is her first all solid quilt too! Read more details on Karen's quilt here.

Thanks, Karen, for sharing!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - celebrate {Fall} colors

This week's Inspiration is a gorgeous example of a Fall color palette and using circles in a quilt. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches did this wall quilt as an entry in Rachel's Celebrate Color series.

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We love the circular quilting on this! And can you believe Jolene only used scraps? Incredible! See closeup photos of the wall quilt here. Thanks, Jolene, for sharing!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Habitat Challenge : {revealed}

On Thursday evening, the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild had its November meeting. The focus? The Habitat Challenge Reveal!

Overview of challenge
Each member that wanted to participate received a bundle of 8 fat eighths of Jay McCarroll's Habitat fabric in the earth colorway. A quilt was to be made using these fabrics. More habitat fabric (in any colorway) could be added, or solids, but no other prints.

Over half our guild participated! Here are group pictures of the quilts we had to show:

Our guild also voted for a Viewer's Choice winner of the night. Our winner was Tracy Lewien who produced this gorgeous quilt:

Each quilt was photographed and can be seen on the KCMQG Flickr stream.


KCMQG Habitat Reveal member blog posts
As our members blog about their own entries, we'll add their links here!



Nikki's Quilting Projects


Forty-Two Quilts

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Finn's Quilt

Do you like half-square triangles? Take a look at this lovely quilt made entirely in HSTs! It's so gorgeous in it's modern simplicity. We love how the colors work together! This is Finn's Quilt, made by Candace of Sparkle Power.

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You can see more pictures of this quilt here, some of them with Finn on it! How cute is he?!? Thanks, Candace, for providing our Inspiration this week!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - + & X Blocks Quilt

This quilt caught our eye with its wonderful use of colors and fabrics! Participating in a Japanese + and X quilt along on Flickr, Leila of Where the Orchids Grow made this quilt her own.

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You can see Leila's blog post here, and alllllll the other photos she took of her darling quilt here! Thanks for sharing, Leila!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Hash Marks

This week we are sharing one of the fabulous entries for Project Modern: Challenge 4. Hash Marks is the entry by Taya of The Type B Crafter. Taya says, "Each of the 300+ blocks (including the back) is one mark and together they are a representation of me counting the days while my husband finishes graduate school."

We think that is a wonderful reason to put a quilt together!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

You can read more about Taya's quilt and her process here. Thanks for sharing, Taya!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - That Special Friend Pillow

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This week's inspiration comes from Tamiko of Patchwork Notes. Tamiko created this pillow, courthouse steps log cabin style! We also love all her delicious fabric choices. In Tamiko's words, this pillow is for "that special friend who is so proud to show off anything that you make her/him. She's worth the extra time and effort (or maybe that person is you!)."

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Do you want to make your own pillow for your special friend? Well, you're in luck! Because Tamiko created a tutorial for this pillow! You can check it out here.

Thanks for sharing, Tamiko!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspiration of the Week - Housewarming Quilt

This week's inspiration comes from Eva Marie of Bijoux Baby Crafts. This summer, she made an incredible housewarming quilt, improvisational style. It was so incredible, she had a really hard time parting with it. We can sure see why!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

You can read more about Eva Marie's process as she created this quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Eva Marie!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Beautiful Day at Quilts on the Quad

Quilts on the Quad was held at the UMKC campus in the quad area on Saturday, October 1st. It was a great success! Lots of people came to see the quilts in particular, and quite a few people stumbled into the display while just walking around campus. Here's some tons of photos to feast your eyes on!

our quilt show signs

sand art on the quad sidewalks

sand art on the quad sidewalks

If that wasn't enough for you, there are more photos to look at on our flickr stream.

KCMQG would like to thank everyone who helped make this show such a success. We heart you.