Saturday, January 29, 2011

Another First Step quilt

Here is Quilt #8 for January, created by Linda Frost.

Linda said she found this fabric in a sale bin and couldn't pass it up. This could be a fine new excuse for NOT passing up sale fabric. You can always exclaim: "Why, I can make a quilt for the kids at First Step."
This quilt measures 50" x 41". Both sides are cotton.

p.s. Remember, you can donate tops only! The easily distracted Deb Rowden has made 2 tops so far. She's had no luck getting them to the machine to quilt but guess what? That is not a problem! We have several quilters who have volunteered to quilt these quilts. Keep that in mind, you can bring tops to the February meeting to pass on to one of those volunteers.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Barn Quilt

Sheryl L sent these photos of a barn quilt her husband painted and hung on their barn near Topeka. She chose the Carpenter's Wheel pattern.

He painted it on a board and then called in all his favors to get it up there using a pulley.

Quilters Newsletter maintains a registry of barn quilts here:
But they don't list any for Kansas.

Barn in Ohio
Here's a blog about photographing barn quilts.

Barn in Ohio, where there are many of these.

Is Sheryl's the only Kansas example???
See it 4328 NE Meriden Road.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

KVQG Slide Show

If you do a web search for Kaw Valley Quilters Guild you will come across photos that the Lawrence Journal World has posted.

Over the past decade they've done some publicity photos
 for the meetings and the annual quilt show.

They've posted a slide show of a Show and Tell a while ago.
Click here:

It seems to be in conjunction with a quilt we gave to CASA

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

First Step Quilts donated in January

Donating quilts for children with mothers in the DCCCA First Step program is a new KVQG project.

The requirements for these quilts are simple: size can vary as they are for preschool kids of all ages, and they should include batting. Here are our latest donations so you can see that different sizes and fabrics are just fine:

Sara Chappell donated this quilt made of leftover blocks from another quilt. 
The pieced side is flannels, the backing is cotton. It measures 36" x 42".

Betty Wright donated this one - both sides are cotton. 
She machine quilt it with decorative stitches. It measures 37" x 42".

 Betty donated this quilt too, again made with all cotton fabric. It measures 34" x 34".
 Barbara Brackman donated this top, Georgann Eglinski donated the flannel backing, 
quilted and bound it. It measures 33" x 48".
Barbara and Georgann teamed up to finish this one too - it measures 41" x 41".

Some lucky little child will sleep with these Rocky Road to Kansas blocks, 
also made by Barbara and Georgann. It is smaller, measuring 31" x 31".

What kid wouldn't love to nap with this quilt with tiny Chicago Cubs logos in the middle? 
It's another by Barbara and Georgann, and measures 43" x 43".

Remember - you can donate just a top too. Several machine quilters have volunteered to quilt these quilts. We distributed donated fabric from Lorene Mosser and Barb Lynch at the January meeting too, and we'll have that fabric at upcoming meetings also.

Thanks to everyone for helping - giving your time to give comfort to these kids. There are 7 quilts above, our goal is to complete 10 per month. If you have a quilt or other skills to donate to this effort, contact Deb Rowden,

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thanks to Mary

Mary is now our Past Co-President and we thank her for her work in 2010.

Here's a photo of Mary and Joyce
with a quilt they made in 2004 to celebrate Lawrence's 150th anniversary.
It's an amazingly complex design.
 Barbara B drafted the blocks but Mary and Joyce figured out that set.

She's been an active KVQG member for years, taking on many offices and committees.
For a list of the 2011 officers see this page on our webpage:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Thanks to Kathe

From a Kaffe Fassett design.
It's hanging at Sarah's Fabrics.

Kathe served as our President last year. Here are a few of her quilts and postcards.

Tile Quilt

Twin Nine Patch
See Directions for making this Twin Nine Patch at the Moda Bakeshop

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Program

The program for the for January 17-18 meetings is our own Linda Frost. Linda will share
how her quilts are inspired by current events and her travels to Guatemala, New Zealand, and Australia in "Inspirations from Down South."

Here's some of what she's written about herself:

Linda Frost has lived in Kansas her entire life and has resided in Lawrence for over 30 years. Looking for a creative outlet that would simultaneously fill her need to be both famous and reclusive, Linda decided that the world of quilting was for her.

Her work as been exhibited in galleries and quilt shows through out the country; including Houston’s Quilts, Inc. Festival, Paducah’s AQS show, and the Ontario Museum of History and Art. It has also been shown locally at the Alice C. Sabitini Art Gallery, the 1109 Gallery and the Lawrence Arts Center.

 “Patchwork Jayhawk”, a commission piece, was part of the “Jayhawks on Parade” in Lawrence, KS during 2003. In 2007, Linda was honored with the Phoenix Award for her work as an independent curator of textile exhibits and promotion of art quilts. Linda is currently working on a quilt book about a Kansas sampler quilt for the Kansas City Star Books to celebrate Kansas’s Sesquicentennial.

You may remember when she did this quilt featuring tornados, buffalos, sunflowers, etc as a block of the month for the KVQG several years ago. Click here to see the cover of Happy Birthday, Kansas!

See more of her work by clicking here:
KVQG blog post:
Her blog:

Here she is cracking up Deb, a frequent event.