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

photo used with permission

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.

photo used with permission

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!



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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.

photo used with permission

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.

photo used with permission

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