Monday, June 22, 2015

QuiltCon Registration Opens June 25th!

Hey, hey guild friends!

Don't forget that QuiltCon registration opens June 25th - just three days away! You've probably received an email from the Modern Quilt Guild about this, but in case you missed it, here is the information:

Members will receive their registration link via email at 7 a.m. PDT, 10 a.m. EDT on June 25,* and the link will also be on the MQG Community site.

Things to note:
  • To get your member discount, you MUST use the email address that is associated with your MQG account. Conveniently, that’s this one that you received this newsletter at! If you want to change it, email us.
  • We’ve had some scheduling changes since the course catalog was released. Download the most recent version here.
  • An instructional video on how to use the registration system is available to help you preview and understand the registration process.
  • Four-day show passes are only available during member registration. Four-day show passes are free to members with pre-registration until November 30. No additional purchase is required to get your free four-day show pass, but you must pre-register by November 30 to receive it. Single-day show passes will be available starting in late 2015 and are not eligible for member discounts.
  • Hotels go quickly once registration starts! Beat the rush and reserve your room before registration opens.
* Approximately. We’ll push “send” at 7 a.m. PDT, but our system sends emails in batches spaced slightly apart. The time you receive the registration link could vary, but the link will also be available on Community.

Inspiration of the Week!

Happy Inspiration day friends!!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elizabeth Hartman Workshop Sign Up!

Hi, guild members!

Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson is going to be our speaker for our September meeting. She will also be teaching two workshops. Normally, our workshops are on Friday and Saturday, but Elizabeth's workshops will be on Wednesday and Thursday since she is traveling to St. Louis to speak at their Modern Quilt Guild. We are holding this workshop in the room where we have our meetings, so we have quite a few (25) spots to fill. Therefore, we are opening this up to the public next week. Details about each workshop are below and as well as images of the projects that Elizabeth has provided. If you have any questions, let us know.




Workshop 1: Fox and Hedgehog 

Description: In this workshop, students will learn how to make the Fancy Fox and Hazel Hedgehog quilt blocks, which feature conventional piecing using rotary-cut fabric pieces and simple diagonal seams. The blocks will be combined to make a 16" x 26" pillow cover or mini quilt. Students can add optional glasses appliques, and the workshop will cover Elizabeth's favorite method for making these appliques.

Date: Wednesday, September 9th.

Time: 5-9 pm

Location: Roeland Park Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Cost: $85 members, $95 non-members

Details: A copy of Elizabeth's Fancy Fox and Hazel Hedgehog patterns are required and need to be purchased before the workshop. Elizabeth will not have copies of the patterns to be purchased. The patterns are the original Fancy Fox and Hazel Hedgehog, not Fancy Fox II and Hazel Hedgehog II, which are for making much larger versions of the blocks. Patterns are available in both print and pdf formats. Elizabeth will provide supplemental handouts, including the glasses applique patterns and fusible web for making the appliques.

Supplies: Fancy Fox pattern; Hazel Hedgehog pattern; 2 pieces at least 5" x 9" each of fabrics for the fox faces; 1/4 yd or several large scraps white or similar light fabrics for fox muzzles; 3 pieces at least 10" x 10" each of fabrics for hedgehog (hedgehog will be most effective if made from 3 fabrics with graduating values; from light (the face) to dark (the spines); 1/4 yd or several large scraps of a darkest solid fabric for eyes, noses, and optional glasses; neutral solid background fabric in a medium tone that is darker than the fox muzzle fabric and lighter than the eye and nose fabric (students should bring 1 yd for the pillow and 1/2 yd for the mini quilt); thread for piecing and optional thread to match darkest solid fabric for applique; pencil with eraser; paper-friendly scissors; rotary cutter; small ruler (4" x 14" or similar); small cutting mat (12" x 18" or similar); water soluble fabric marker or chalk liner; seam ripper; thread snips; sewing machine; iron (if not included in the classroom)



Workshop 2: Patchwork City

Description: In this workshop, students will learn some of Elizabeth's favorite tips and tricks for fabric selection and precision piecing as you make 3 blocks from her new sampler book, Patchwork City. The blocks can be combined to make a mini sampler, or they can become the start of one of the larger projects described in the book. Each student is asked to bring a favorite fat quarter and a coordinating bag of scrap fabric that will serve as the starting point for his or her project. Students will also bring a second bag of scraps to share. These second bag of scraps will create a pool of fabric from which students can draw scraps to add to/enhance their own fabric selections. Elizabeth will also bring fabric to share.

Date: Thursday, September 10th

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Roeland Park Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Cost: $90 members, $100 non-members

Details: A copy of Elizabeth's book, Patchwork City, is required and needs to be purchased before the workshop. Elizabeth will not have books available to be purchased. 

Supplies: Patchwork City book; 1 fat quarter of favorite print fabric*; 1 quart-sized bag of coordinating scraps**; 1 quart-sized bag of scraps to share with the rest of the class**; thread for piecing; pencil with eraser; paper-friendly scissors; rotary cutter; small ruler (4" x 14" or similar); small cutting mat (12" x 18" or similar); water soluble fabric marker such as Dritz Mark-B-Gone; seam ripper; thread snips; sewing machine; iron (if not included in the classroom)

*This fabric will be the start of your project, so pick something that you really enjoy. Large prints, prints with fussy-cut-able elements, and prints with strong graphic elements are encouraged here.

**Scraps can be of print and/or solid fabrics and should be no smaller than 2" at the smallest dimension. Scraps to share do not need to coordinate with your other fabrics or with each other, but please bring fabric you think others might light to work with. Leftover precut pieces or scraps from other quilts are perfect for this. If you don't have scraps, 3-4 fat eighths can be substituted.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Meeting ReCap

Hello KCMQG members!



Our latest guild meeting was held on June 11, 2015 at the Roeland Park Community Center.  Angela Pingel was our guest speaker.  She spoke about her sewing story & shared a plethora of quilts.  If you missed the meeting or would like to see the quilts again, you can find them on our flickr page.

KCRQF
The quilt show committee is still looking for a few volunteers to work at the guild's booth at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  Shifts will be 2 hours long and we will have 2 members working for each shift.  The quilt festival hours are:


  • Friday, June 19, 2015: 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015: 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, June 21, 2015: 10am - 3pm

We also need help setting up the booth, tearing it down, and transporting the 4'x8' panels that make up the walls. 


If you are interested in working in the booth, contact Mary Hunt to sign up. Email her at Marymh4@yahoo.com or call 816.835.8122.  


FRACTAL RADIANCE CHALLENGE PICK-UP
If you participated in the Fractal Radiance challenge and the guild is using your project in the booth at the KCRQF, you have 3 options for picking up your project.
  1. Pick it up at the KCRQF on Sunday, June 21 after the festival is over at 3pm.  You'll need to bring ID.
  2. Pick it up at CPS at 11870 W. 91st Street, Overland Park, KS 66214 between June 22nd and July 2nd.  This is Deneen Slack's workplace near I-35 & 95th Street, close to Oak Park Mall.  She's available 8:30 - 4:30, Monday-Friday.  Her phone number is (913) 307-9250.
  3. Pick it up at the August KCMQG meeting.

JULY MEETING AT THE T-BONES GAME

We won't be holding a normal July meeting.  Instead, we'll be heading to the T-Bones game on Sunday, July 19th.  Bring a quilt & your famiy and join us on the lawn for the 5:05 game.  The tickets to get into the game are $6.50 per person ahead of time or $7.50 per person at the gate.  Visit here to purchase your general admission tickets.


INVENTORY
If you are in possession of any guild purchased items, please let us know.  We are missing some hooks and other items that have been used at past quilt shows.  We'd like to gather all of the guild belongings and do a proper inventory.  We are looking at storage and location options and this would be helpful in making an informed decision.

CHARITY PROJECTS
Harvesters:
Members of the guild will be volunteering at Harvesters on Tuesday, June 30th.  If you're interested in participating, please let Kristin Marciniak know you'll be coming by sending her an email at kristinbuel@gmail.com by Saturday, June 27.  Plan to be at Harvesters (3801 Topping Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64129) by 5:30 for a brief meeting.  The volunteering will take place from 6:00 - 8:00.  More specific instructions will come through email.  

Quilt Con Charity Quilt:
The theme of this year's charity quilt project for QuiltCon 2016 is "Improv with Intent."  If you're interested in contributing to this project, make a strata to turn in at the October guild meeting.  The rules are:


  1. Pick one color as your focus.  Color choices are: white, off-white, sunflower, tomato red, light teal, grey, and black.  
  2. Create an improv strata with solids and prints.
  3. Make sure prints and accent colors only include colors in our palette.
  4. Strata should be at least 12"x12", but can be bigger.
AUGUST MEETING - LONGARM SHOWCASE

If you own a longarm business and are interested in participating in our showcase, please email the guild at: kcmodernquiltguild@gmail.com.  We have room for two more participants at this time.  If you've already contacted us about being a part of this, we're still working on the details and you'll be hearing from us soon.  This meeting will take place at the Roeland Park Community Center.



UPCOMING
6/19-6/21: Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  Visit the KCRQF website for more information.


6/28: Sew Day (10-4) at Bernina (7251 W 97th St, Overland Park, KS 66212).  


7/19: T-Bones game with the guild. Game starts at 5:05.


8/2: Sew Day (10-4) at Bernina (7251 W 97th St, Overland Park, KS 66212).  

8/13: August's Guild Meeting at RPCC.  This meeting will be the longarmer showcase.  

8/23: Sew Day (10-4) at Modern Makers (new location: 3707 Summit Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.)


9/9: Fox and Hedgehog Workshop with Elizabeth Hartman.5-9pm in the auditorium at the Roeland Park Community Center.  Sign ups will go out soon.

9/10: Patchwork City Workshop with Elizabeth Hartman. 10am-4pm in the auditorium at the Roeland Park Community Center.  Sign ups will go out soon.


9/10: September's Guild Meeting: Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson! will be our guest speaker.  Location to be determined.