Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What We're Working On

Snapshots from the June meeting
Kathy is appliqueing a birds and fruit tile quilt block.

Deb R has pieced an improvisational top
 inspired by the work of Anna Williams

Sheryl did some machine quilting using a form of shadow trapunto
 in which she layered bright colored felt under the quilt top.

Ruth has entered her Long Horn Splashdown in the Houston quilt contest.

See a better photo of the quilt at Ruth's blog

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Eagles & Eccentricities

The National Archives-Central Plains Region is hosting a show of antique quilts. Partisan Pieces: Quilts of Political and Patriotic Persuasion, curated by Kathy Moore, is from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

They have asked Barbara Brackman to give a talk on Thursday July 1st. The event begins at 6 and the program begins at 6:30. The plan is a Powerpoint lecture on the eagle image in quilts with a small trunk show of reproduction eagle quilts from the Sunflower Pattern Co-operative.

The National Archives is near Union Station at 400 West Pershing Rd.

See more about the show below.

Friday, June 25, 2010

June Program

Sonie Joi Ruffin was our June speaker

She talked about quilts from her books:
Opening Day
The Soulful Art of African-American Quilts

See more about the books by clicking here:

Kathy G is parading a quilt inspired by an antique in the collection of Scott Hefley and Maude Wahlman.

You may have seen the original on display at the Kansas City Museum a few years ago.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Marla Jackson mask workshop info

A mask workshop by Marla Jackson is being offered in Lawrence on two consecutive Saturdays, July 31 and Aug 7, 9:30 to ???. It will be taught at the club house where Marla lives, directions will be supplied at registration. Class fee is $75, class size is limited so sign up soon.

Marla will provide: all embellishments, batting, precut shapes of fabric for eyes, mouth, nose, etc. and patterns to choose from. She will also have fabric paint available. A supply list (sewing machine, etc) will be supplied when you register.

To sign up or for more information, contact  Jean Ayres,

Jean is also president of the Blue Valley Guild, which will host a lecture and trunk show by Marla at their August 3 meeting. There is no charge for that lecture that day at 10 a.m. at 148th and Antioch, Stanley Presbyterian Church, in Overland Park.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Partisan Pieces in Kansas City

The National Archives-Central Plains Region is hosting a quilt show this summer. Partisan Pieces: Quilts of Political and Patriotic Persuasion will be up until August 21st. The show of antique quilts is curated by Kathy Moore and is from the collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The National Archives building is now located next to the old Union Station at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City,Missouri. They say:

Visitors to the National Archives should park in front of the building, parking is free. Additional parking is available in the Union Station parking garage just east of the Archives, parking is free for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes a fee of $2 per hour is implemented.

Click here for a map and more information:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sonie's Workshop

Here are a few quilts in progress at Sonie Ruffin's workshop Tuesday:

Surprise! Sammie finished hers quickly. Here's Sonie with her friend Nedra Bonds, Sara Chappell and Kris Barlow.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2009 2010 Block of the month

Robots in Space
Linda Frost

Thanks to Linda for volunteering to design a pattern that provided a lot of fun.

Betsy brought her version to the June meeting

Lori had just quilted it

Adding all sorts of machine embroidery too

It was a great collaboration.
Below the quiltmaker on the left, the quilter in the center and the designer on the right.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Apple Fest

Apple Fest by the Sewhatevers

The Sewhatevers meet annually at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in  Nebraska City for several days of sewing and good food. Wendy T and Sarah F organized a group project, a wall quilt on the Lodge's apple theme. The group donated it to the Lodge in thanks for their hospitality. The paper-pieced Apple Fest pattern was from Quilters Newsletter.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Spencer Museum Quilt Show

Quilting Time & Space

Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas campus

June 8 through August 29

From the Museum website:

"This summer, the Spencer Museum of Art will explore cross-cultural connections through the art of quilting. Quilts representing confluences of tradition and place will be on display in the museum’s Central Court, where their juxtaposition will underscore the disparate ideas, customs, and materials that were stitched together both by historic and by contemporary quilters.

This exhibition is organized and curated by the Spencer Museum advanced level student interns from 2009-2010: Chassica Kirchhoff, Sooa Im, Natalie Svacina, Rachel Voorhies, Olena Chervonik, Robin Bang, Rachel Harris and Jennifer Scheer."

Kaw Valley Quilters Guild volunteers helped with the exhibit, preparing the quilts for show by stitching on sleeves.

For more:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Antique Quilts in Manhattan

ARTIST UNKNOWN, Appliqu├ęd cotton, hand-quilted, 105" x 104". Historic Costume and Textile Museum Department of Apparel, Textile, and Interior Design College of Human Ecology Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. 1992.13.1, gift of Catherine Gardner.

Pieces of Time: Quilts from K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum will be on display through the summer at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

For more information about the exhibit featuring 17 quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries click here:

The flag quilt above was found in an old trunk purchased at an auction by Robert Weir around 1940. Weir gave the quilt top to his sister, Mary Catherine Weir Gardner, of Topeka. She then had it quilted. Enola Gish, the Quilt Lady, discovered it and showed it at the Maple Leaf Festival. It was then featured on the cover of Quilters Newsletter in July/August, 1985.  Gardner’s estate donated the quilt to K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum in 1992. The Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum recently funded the conservation of the quilt.

Curator Marla Day said that the quilt might have been started in Maryland as its eagle motifs bear a strong resemblance to examples produced in Baltimore between 1840-1850.

Karla Menaugh interpreted the antique quilt for a wall quilt called Liberty's Eagle.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bonnie Hunter Workshop

May's Texas Braid workshop was quite a success.
We can look forward to the June meeting's Show & Tell.
Meeting dates: June 14 & 15.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Odd Aviary

Linda Frost has a show of a few of her bird quilts at the Community Mercantile in June and July.

Have a cup of coffee in the dining room of the grocery store at 9th and Iowa in Lawrence and admire her Odd Aviary.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Spencer Museum Show Preview

This summer, there will be a quilt exhibit at the Spencer Museum. It opens Tuesday. Today, Jerrye, Betsey, and I helped by sewing on a couple of sleeves. While we were working in the center court, the staff began hanging the quilts. Below are photos (and closeups) of two of the quilts. The exhibit may include 2 or 3 quilts by Yoshiko Jinsenji, a favorite of mine.

Here's Jerrye, hard at work. There will be a mixture of new and vintage quilts. See you there...Kathe

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ruth Powers

Ruth Powers's portraits were a favorite of the viewers at the April quilt show

See more of her work at her website


Ruth Powers
Just Dandy