Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 Fall Day Retreat

2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
Members of the KCMQG had a getaway in November for a full day of sewing and socializing. We drove south of the city to Bucyrus, Kansas and enjoyed sewing in a big and bright space with lots of room to spread out our quilts and supplies. It was great to have tables and floor space to work on design, do some basting, and get feedback from other guild members.
2012 KCMQG Fall Retreat
Many of us arrived at 9:00 and quickly set up our stations. People got busy very quickly and it wasn't long before we had some finishes happening!
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
It was so interesting to walk around and see what everyone was working on. There were QuiltCon challenges, Christmas gifts, UFOs, projects from new books, online tutorials, pincushions, ruffle foot demonstrations, projects from the Denyse Schmidt workshops, clothes for kiddos, English Paper Piecing demonstrations and new notions. Lots of great blocks, patterns and beautiful fabric were all over the room.
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
We had a wonderful catered lunch and dinner so we didn't even have to leave the building. (A few of us did sneak away to the nearby Louisburg Cider Mill.)
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
One of the wonderful things about having a full day of sewing was that even though some of us had to leave early or come a bit later, there was still plenty of time to visit and sew.
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
The thing I loved most was getting to know some of the guild members a bit better and having a chance to catch up with friends.
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
I've said it before and I just have to say it again: We have such an incredible guild filled with such awesome, friendly, helpful, funny, talented people! It was a treat to be able to spend the day with everyone who could come and I hope the members that couldn't make it will get to come to the next one.
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
We are so lucky to have so many chances to get together at guild meetings, workshops, Sewing Sat/Sun, weekend retreats and this was just one more opportunity sew with friends. We had such a wonderful time and hope to offer this type of getaway again in the future!
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
Enjoy a few more pics of our day!
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
2012 KCMQG Fall Day Retreat
There are more chances to get together and sew in the new year so watch for those announcements at meetings, in email updates and right here on the blog!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Modern Quilt Relish and a pincushion swap

Our November 8 guild meeting will feature the Modern Quilt Relish ladies, Jill and Marny! If you aren't familiar with them, check out their website. You'll see their new modern quilting book, Picnic, as well as the patterns they sell in their shop. Jill and Marny will be speaking about design principles they use in modern quilts. They will also have patterns available for purchase.


Also happening at the November meeting: The Pincushion Swap! We are swapping with several other modern guilds in the nation. Because it's such a coordinated swap, we cannot accept late items. Please come prepared with your completed pincushion if you want to participate. The swap committee will have tags ready for you to fill out and pin to your item.

Including KCMQG, these guilds are participating in the swap: Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Indianapolis, North Virginia, Vancouver and Wichita. In December, you'll have a pincushion made by someone in these guilds!

Swap Rules:
  • Nothing can be breakable
  • Your pincushion should be made in a modern aesthetic
Look here and here for pincushion inspiration and tutorials.

We'll see you in November!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Did you get to see Denyse speak or take one of her workshops? Wasn't it SO MUCH FUN?? A huge thanks to Denyse for coming to visit our guild, and a huge thanks to all our fabulous members who made this event so special!

Photo by Under the Evening Star

Photo by Under the Evening Star
Photo by Shea Henderson

Photo by Shea Henderson

Group Shot
Photo by nikiblueeyes

Monday, September 10, 2012

Denyse Schmidt is coming in October!

The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild is excited to announce a special speaker coming in October: Denyse Schmidt! We hope you'll take the time to review the info below and purchase a ticket for the lecture.

The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild

An artist lecture by
Denyse Schmidt
Improvisational Patchwork
Thursday, October 11, 2012
7 p.m.
Hudson Auditorium (located inside the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art)
Johnson County Community College
12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210

Seating is limited. A ticket will be required to attend.
Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
Guild member tickets are free. If you are not a member, tickets are $10 each.

Purchase your tickets here. (link disabled)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

QuiltCon Block Challenge

KCMQG's August meeting was a QuiltCon Block Challenge. Members could make up to 3 blocks in accordance with QuiltCon's Block Challenge Guidelines. We had some fantastic blocks on display!

Two display boards were set up so the blocks could be on display for the entire meeting.
photo courtesy of Under the Evening Star/flickr

photo courtesy of Under the Evening Star/flickr

And here's a shot of all the members and their blocks:
photo courtesy of Under the Evening Star/flickr

All the members voted on their favorite block of the night and a winner was declared!
Lisa is the winner!
photo courtesy of Under the Evening Star/flickr

More photos from the August meeting are available for viewing on Flickr.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

KCMQG Picnic was a blast!

Thanks to all the members who made it out for the annual KCMQG Picnic! There was tons of food, lots of laughs, and great quilts to look at!

A few photos are shown here. To see them all, visit the KCMQG Flickr Gallery!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gold Needle Sponsor

By now we're sure all of you have heard of QuiltCon, the inaugural conference and show of The Modern Quilt Guild. If you haven't, go check it out now!

The lectures and workshops catalog is available for you to view now, and registration opens August 30! We're fairly certain the conference will sell out quickly, so if you plan to attend, start planning soon.

The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild is a Gold Needle Sponsor of QuiltCon. This means that our members who register to go will receive a 10% discount on workshop and conference costs. We'll pass that registration code on to our members when we receive it.

If you're not a member, and want to become one, visit our Membership page to sign up!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June guild meeting will feature Jacquie Gering!

Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio is an iconic figure in the modern quilting world and a much missed member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Though we lost her to Chicago last year, we are welcoming her back with open arms this Thursday, June 14th, as she travels back to visit us and speak at the guild!


Jacquie will talk about her recently published book, Quilting Modern, discuss the book journey from idea to publication and show the quilts from the book to demonstrate the philosophy behind the book. Jacquie will also show a few new pieces and talk about "beyond the book" and what comes next in her work.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Roeland Park Community Center

4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, KS


If that's not enough for you, Jacquie will be giving a Stitch and Flip improvisation class on Friday the 15th at the Bernina Sewing Center in Overland Park. Call Bernina's to reserve your spot in the class.

Friday, June 15, 2012

2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Stitch and Flip Improvisation class at Bernina Sewing Center

Class Limit 10 students
Contact Bernina at 913 341 6400 for more information


And if you're still dying for Jacquie time, come to Harper's on the 16th for two hours of socialization!

Saturday, June 16, 2012 

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Quilting Modern Friends and Family Celebration
Harper's Fabrics and Crafts 

7918 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Monday, June 4, 2012

Visiting with Weeks Ringle

As Spring Quilt Market closed down in Kansas City, the excitement remained high for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, as well as a few quilters who had the good fortune to stay an extra day, or miss a flight or two. Weeks Ringle stayed an extra day also, just to speak to us and show us some of her fabulous quilts! So, on May 21, a horde of quilters gathered to listen to Weeks.

Weeks Ringle talks to quilters in Kansas City

She talked about process work, fabric usage, and binding styles.

Weeks showing a quilt

She discussed some of the new quilts showing in the Transparency Quilts book that published in January.

Weeks showing a quilt

We got to touch her quilts!

Weeks allowed her quilts to be passed around!

Her mini quilts were just gorgeous.

Weeks shows a mini quilt

At the end, Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild members showed quilts that had been made from a pattern by Weeks and Bill. Weeks loved it and took photos to show Bill.

Weeks watching the show-n-tell quilt session

The show-n-tell session was videotaped:

Having Weeks visit and speak to the guild was fun, inspirational and educational. We loved having her!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Modern Meet Up - Part 2

First we thanked our sponsors and volunteers. Now we want to thank YOU! All the people who attended the Meet Up and enjoyed themselves! THANK YOU!

And, photos of our prize winners!
(we apologize, we could not match names to three of our winners. If you know who they are, please share!)

Stephanie Peterson wins Marmalade QuiltCon bundle

unknown wins Pink Chalk QuiltCon bundle

Kristin Marciniack wins fat quarter set of Michael Miller cotton couture

Unknown wins fat quarter set of Michael Miller cotton couture

Dora Augbas wins Modern Quilts Unlimited gift bag
Tammie Schaffer wins Missouri Star Quilt Co. gift bundle

Mary Anne Griffin wins Aurifil 12-spool pack

Stephanie Adams wins Rowan gift basket

Nedra Bonds wins FreeSpirit gift basket

Miriam Coffey wins Riley Blake gift bundle
Jesse Bartley (right) wins the Oakshott shot cotton bundle

Emily Herrick wins Sew Sweet Quilt Shop gift bundle

Jean Enwright wins Sew Sweet Quilt Shop gift bundle

unknown wins Accuquilt GO! Baby, flower die and cutting mat

Janice Zemechel wins Quilter's Dream batting

We hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves! Now for a vacation, eh? ;)