Thursday, March 29, 2012

Inspiration of the Week - Stained Glass Windows

This week our inspiration is an absolutely stunning mini quilt meant to look like a stained glass window. Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt! made this mini for a flickr group.

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She pieced together the color wheel sections of the quilt all from scraps! Her great selection of fabric for the center helps accentuate her color choices so well. And this is her first time sewing circles, unbelievably! We love this mini and think Katie did a gorgeous job on it.

Visit Katie's post to read more about her mini quilt. Thanks, Katie!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inspiration of the Week - Solid Science

How can you make a square out of a circle?

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That's the idea behind the Solid Science quilt that Jo of Bearpaw made. Jo was watching the Royal Institute's science show one day and that particular line stuck in her head. "That would be a great quilt...." she thought.

So, when she chose to make a mini quilt for a flickr swap, that's what she decided to do!

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This quilt, requiring some serious curved piecing, is a work of scientific art! And then, to top it off, she went and hand-quilted the entire thing in tiny concentric circles.

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It's simply astounding. We hope her swap partner loves it, because we sure do!

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You can see more about Jo's finished quilt here, and read about her process work on it here. Thanks for sharing, Jo!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weeks Ringle is coming in May

The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild is very pleased to announce a special guest speaker in May: Weeks Ringle! Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr run Modern Quilt Studio (formerly Fun Quilts). Their most recent book is called Transparency Quilts, available as of January 2012. They are also known for Quilts Made Modern, published in 2010.

Weeks and Bill create one-of-a-kind and limited edition contemporary quilts, design fabrics, write books, write for magazines and design for manufacturers. They both have graduate degrees in design and lead workshops on design for quiltmakers nationally and internationally. You can see some of the quilts on their Facebook page.

In May, Weeks will give her talk, "Quilts Made Modern." This lecture and trunk show is based on her Quilts Made Modern book. Weeks will give an inside look at the process, explain the design thinking behind the process, and show some quilts in person.

Date: Monday, May 21, 2012
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Location: Centennial Hall, Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 [map it]

Free to members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Not a member? $5 to attend.

We also have a PDF flyer of the event available for you to download and print off.

Questions? Email us!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Inspiration of the Week - Sugar Mountain

This week we offer you some very colorful inspiration. Introducing Sugar Mountain by How to be Jenna!

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This appliqué work looks like candy mountains to us! How whimsical and innovative. Jenna says she was inspired by the Neil Young song, "Sugar Mountain." Check out the quilting too: clouds in the sky and fog along the bottom.

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View Jenna's complete post about this mini-quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Jenna!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Charity Pouch Project Update

It's been almost a year since the we started our long-term charity project, the Fetal Demise Pouches. We thought it was time for an update. This project, which is often hard to talk about, is very close to our hearts. If this is the first you've heard of it, here's a brief explanation:

A fetal demise pouch is a small fabric pouch used to hold the smallest infants that die prematurely and who are too small or too fragile for clothing. The pouch provides a place for these smallest of babies so that their parents can hold them and say goodbye. For additional background information, read our original post here.

This is an ongoing charity project for the guild, and every month members pick up fabric packs or drop off completed pouches that are ready for distribution.

As a guild, we have made close to 200 of these little pouches, all from the generously donated Anna Marie Horner fabrics from Westminster Fabrics. At first, we were donating all the pouches to St. Luke's hospital on the plaza. As word spread, we began to supply seven other area hospitals as well.

Immediately after we began the project last year, a nurse at the hospital let us know how much these pouches were appreciated: These units have been very appreciative of these pouches. People really love the design, the fabric, and how well-made they are. The guild did a great thing here – I hope all the members who have made pouches know they are really doing good work and making a positive difference in the lives of these moms and dads!

Since then, we have received additional comments from St. Luke's hospital:

From Saint Luke’s South

"On behalf of the maternity staff at St. Luke’s South I would like to thank you and all the people involved in making these wonderful 'pouches.' We have always struggled to find a suitable option for our smallest babies. These will work out perfectly!
As nurses, we work very closely with these special families. It is wonderful to know the story about all the love and care that goes into making them."

Lois Williams, RN

From Saint Luke’s East

"I received your mailing today with the fetal pouches, and I just wanted to thank you and your group for your thoughtfulness. It is indeed a tragedy when these poor families suffer the loss of an unborn child; but having caring people such as yourselves make thoughtful donations does make an impact on them."

Thanks once again,
Angelee True, RN
Coordinator, Infant Loss Committee
SLELS Hospital


Pouch Project Guidelines

We have had many requests from others on how to go about starting a charity project like this themselves. We've come up with a set of guidelines that will be helpful to you as you begin. The guidelines are a PDF download, you will need Acrobat Reader to view it. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. You can comment here, or email us a kcmodernquiltguild [at] Best of luck!

Fetal Demise Pouch Project Guidelines.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Inspiration of the Week - atmosphere.

This week our inspiration comes from Leanne at she can quilt. Her creation, called atmosphere., is made from little cotton scraps and Kona white. It's a mini quilt, and just lovely in it's modern simplicity.

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Check out Leanne's blog for more details on how she made and washed this mini. Thanks for sharing, Leanne!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Inspiration of the Week - Bento Bikes Baby Quilt

This week's inspiration comes to us from Kate of Needle and Spatula. Kat's gorgeous Bento Bikes Baby Quilt is made in blues, greens and greys. She started with log cabin/square in square blocks, then cut them into fourths and rearranged them into the bento block design.

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We bet the parents and baby just love this quilt! You can see Kate's full process behind the quilt here. Thanks for sharing, Kate!