MQG Guild Spotlight: Kansas City!

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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.

Barbara made this quilt with Jacquie's fabric at a class in Rogers Arkansas

Quilt by Barbra of the Kansas City MQG
Photo by Jan Durham

How do you educate your members?

 A lot of education comes from being around other quilters and learning through their experiences. In addition to our monthly meetings, we try to organize at least one weekend sewing day per month at a retail location in the area so members can get together between meetings to sew and chat. We also have a weekend retreat once per year and a few day retreats throughout the year. Our Facebook page is very active with members asking each other advice and our website has forums that allow members to ask and answer questions. At each meeting, we have a program which includes a guest speaker, a challenge reveal, a special swap, or a tutorial. When we have a guest speaker, we try (usually successfully) to offer a couple of classes or workshops to our members with that speaker. For example, Penny from sewtakeahike recently spoke at a meeting and then offered a Friday and Saturday paper piecing class. In between sewing days, meetings, retreats, and classes, we try to set up additional classes or workshops that our members have expressed interest in. Finally, we participate in the MQG fabric challenges, create our own challenges, and coordinate at least one swap per year.
Toni's "Love in the Mist" - quilted with a cat

Quilt by Toni of the Kansas City MQG
Photo by Jan Durham

Mary Kay's Log Cabin - Shattered by Hurricane

Quilt by Mary Kay of the Kansas City MQG
Photo by Jan Durham

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.

Kandinsky

Kandinsky Challenge-Kansas City MQG

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.

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

KCMQG Madrona Road Reveal

Kansas City MQG Madrona Road Reveal
Photo by Jan Durham

Stay up to date with the Kansas City MQG.

Blog: www.kcmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com
Members Page: www.webs.kcmodernquiltguild.com
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kcmodernquiltguild/

Current officers

  • 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!

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