With the opening of membership for the MQG we thought it would be fun to get to know some of the new “official” Modern Quilt Guilds.
The Kansas City MQG was formed in January of 2010. They are one of the largest MQGs with 134 members and are continuing to grow. Every month they meet at the Roeland Park Community Center where they have some amazing programs and share their talents. We asked them a few questions.
What makes your guild awesome?
Let me count the ways…Our members are insanely talented, generous, diverse, helpful, positive, dedicated, welcoming, and friendly. Also, we have A TON of members and some travel hours to make it to our meetings. Everybody is welcome to our guild whether they have been quilting for most of their life, just a little while, or are just thinking about quilting. Whenever somebody shows their first quilt at Show and Tell, they get a standing ovation.
How do you educate your members?
Have you participated in any quilt shows as a guild?
Yes, we held our own quilt show in October of 2011 at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) quad. It was called “Quilts on the Quad.” The Quilt Show committee is working on a show for 2013. Our Kandinsky Challenge quilts were showcased at the Machine Quilters Showcase in May 2012.
How do you give back-any charity projects or events?
Our ongoing charity project has been the Pouch Project. A guild member brought the need for fetal demise pouches to our attention. 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. Another member designed the pouch and created a tutorial. Westminster Fabrics donated hospital-approved Anna Maria Horner fabrics. Since the project started, the guild has donated over 150 pouches to eight Kansas City area hospitals.
Besides the Pouch Project, the guild has participated in To Boston With Love and has just recently begun participating in the Birthday Blessings program where we work together to finish a quilt to give to a child under one year of age.
We also participated in the Madrona Road Challenge hosted by the MQG. We received seven fat eighths of Madrona Road by Violet Craft for Michael Miller Fabrics. Our challenge was to create a modern quilt based on or inspired by a traditional block. The traditional block had to appear somewhere in the quilt, even if it was on the back. The quilt had to be at least 18” x 18” and we could purchase additional Madrona Road fabric and pair it with any solid fabric. Here is the reveal.
Stay up to date with the Kansas City MQG.
- Melissa Lytle, President
- Lesley Latham, Vice President
- Marilyn Butler, Secretary
- Denise Best, Treasurer
- Sarah Mosher, Tech Coordinator
Thank you so much Kansas City for sharing a little about your guild your members are truly talented. We are glad to have you part of the community!