Thursday, December 19, 2013

2014 Program Schedule

Kaw Valley Quilters Guild
Programs for 2014


January 20th & 21st

“Embroidered Quilts”
Eula Lang & Of One Mind


February 17th & 18th
“Maker, Quilter, Artist…a Journey”
Workshop: “Piecing Hexagons by Machine”
Jacquie Gering


March 17th & 18th
“Winning Stitches”
(hand quilting)
Elsie Campbell

KVQG Annual Quilt Show
April 5th & 6th 
Crown Toyota  3430 Iowa


April 14th & 15th
Kansas Troubles:
Layered Patchwork Technique”
Lynne Hagmeier


May 19th & 20th
“Crazy Quilts”
Julie Craig


June 16th & 17th
“Layer Cakes, Turnovers & Jelly Rolls! Oh My!”
 Workshop: “Sliced Layer Cake”
Kelly Ashton


July 14th & 15th 
“15 Minutes of Play”
Workshop: “15 Minutes of Play”
Victoria Findlay Wolfe


August 18th & 19th
“Yikes!  How Should I
Quilt This?”
Betty New

September 15th 
KVQG Mini-Retreat
2:00-8:00 pm
Douglas County Fairgrounds


October 20th & 21st
“My Passion for Miniature Quilts”
Workshop: “Paper Piecing Miniature Blocks”
Lorraine Olsen

November 17th & 18th
Country Store

December 15th & 16th
Happy Holidays Fun!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

Several quilt guilds in the KC area are planning for a collaborative quilt festival in June, 2015. Kaw Valley is one of the sponsoring guilds.

Dates and location have been chosen:

June 19-21 2015
Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas

The group has a website on which they describe the event, the sponsors and the guilds involved:

"The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival will allow you to see showcased quilts from area guilds, shop with a variety of vendors and learn from some of the area’s top quilters. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity – make your plans now to attend the 2015 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival."

The planners are thinking of something on the scale of the Road to California exhibit or the AQS show in Des Moines with many national and local vendors, workshops and demonstrations and a regional exhibit to show our quilts to a wider audience.

Isn't that last years opportunity quilt
in their publicity photo?

See our guild page at their website:

The organization's officers include Nancy Wakefield, president; Lynn Droege and Janette Sheldon, vice presidents and co-chairs; Cheryl Williams, treasurer; and Sarah Rathgen, secretary.

It's still 18 months away so the website is in its first stages. But check it often. Notice the KCRQF logo over on the right. You can click on that for the next year and a half and see what's new in the planning.

It's not too early to think about renting a vendor's booth, however:

You get a discount if you rent by January 1, 2014.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Original Sewing and Quilt Expo November 21-23

Priscilla Kibbee
If Leaves Were Blue
From the SAQA exhibit

The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo is scheduled for Overland Park

November 21, 22 & 23, 2013
Overland Park Convention Center 
6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66211

Check their webpage:

Priscilla Kibbee
If Leaves Could Choose

One of the exhibits will be SAQA's  (Studio Art Quilters Association) traveling show:

Deux-US: Two Ideas, Two Inspirations, Two Complementary Quilts 

Juror: Katie Pasquini Masopust;

"Artists create their works to help them answer questions. Deux, is a visual conversation that expresses the questions and ideas important to each artist.  Two works show side by side, inviting the viewer to find the connections between them, and see how the artists handle the challenges of composition and technique."

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Your Do List

Jerrye reminds us that we need to add these items to our Do-Lists for Early November.

  • Renew 2014 KVQG Membership  
  • Attend the Country Store Nov.18 & 19
  • Bring three 10" x 10" pieces of fall color fabrics to the Nov. meeting.
  • Tell your families you would like to receive a gift certificate for a 2014 KVQG Workshop.
  • Join in the FUN and offer your help when you are asked.
  • Bring friends to the Nov. meeting.

Friday, November 8, 2013

2014 Opportunity Quilt

Half-Square Triangles

Sammie has finished her donation
for our 2014 fund raiser.
It's 95 x 107".

Thanks to Sammie for a dramatic contribution to the guild.

Tickets for sale at meetings.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kid's Quilts

Deb recently posted that the Pieces for Pediatrics project, which gives a quilt to every child admitted to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, has logged in their 612th gift.

We help by donating quilts of any size (the kid's go up to 18 years old.) Zach above is very pleased with his space ship quilt. Dinosaurs, robots, superheroes and pink princesses are always welcome.

As are donations of fabric, kid-themed or otherwise.

See Marla's blog post about Zach here:

Deb's here:

And a newspaper story about the first donation in 2010 here:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Edge 4.0 Exhibit

Majesty by Ruth Powers

Guild members Janet Perkins and Ruth Powers have pieces in a juried exhibit in Merriam this month.
Edge 4.0 Down to Earth will be up until November 2 at the Tim Murphy Gallery:

The Last of the Wetlands by Janet Perkins

A list of artists:
  • Dora Agbas - Kansas City
  • Dianne V. Dockery - Kutztown, PA
  • Patty Hawkins - Estes Park
  • Debi Kibbee - Omaha
  • Janet Perkins - Lawrence
  • Ruth Powers - Carbondale, KS
  • Karen Stiehl Osborn - Omaha
  • Judith Trager - Boulder
  • Carol Watkins - Lafayette, CO
  • Charlotte Ziebarth - Boulder

Ruth has two pieces: Longhorn Splashdown and Majesty

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Carol Jones Exhibit in Manhattan

January, February and March
by Carol Gilham Jones

Carol Jones's series of twelve calendar quilts is at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan.

The Gallery has two floors and her work is hung on the street level, their Pop-Up Gallery.
Upstairs is a painting exhibit: Flint Hills Masters

See more about the Gallery here:

And here's a link the the Gallery's Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yarn Bomb on Mass

While strolling down Massachusetts Street the other day Roseanne came across a yarn bombed tree.

Not surprisingly in front of the Yarn Barn.

Nearby was a tape bombed parking meter.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Roseanne's Hoffman Challenge

Roseanne Smith
Gilded Wald
2013 Hoffman Challenge Entry

Our Roseanne Smith has been notified that her entry in the 2013 Hoffman Challenge contest has been juried in to the traveling exhibit. Her wall quilt will be on the road until October, 2014.

For 25 years Hoffman Fabrics have been asking quilters to use a,
 shall we say, challenging piece of fabric in innovative ways. 
The 2013 print is above.

Roseanne fussy-cut the leaves to frame her diamond star
and machine quilted details.

Take a bow, Roseanne!

Read more about the 2014 Hoffman Challenge here:

See all the quilters who got in to the traveling show here:

Ronnie Elmore from Manhattan who spoke at our guild a few months ago also had his quilt juried in.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Material Conversations: Topeka

Ruth Powers, Bignonia

The Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
is hosting an exhibit until September 22. Two of our members have quilts in the show, Ruth and Janet.

"Material Conversations is a juried competition showcasing 19 works by 10 artists. This selection of contemporary explorations in fiber arts comes from the Kansas-based group, EDGE, an organization with regional to international membership consisting of fiber artists, art quilters, and mixed media artists."

Janet L. Perkins
Twister Paths

Jo Fitsell, Challenges

Dora Agbas, Water

Louise Kent, Log Cabin detail, 1940
There's a separate small exhibit of quilt watercolors from
the 1940 Index of American Design, a WPA project.

They also had a workstation with a Community Quilt Project.

The results were colorful
and they are adding to it everyday.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August 19th & 20th: Deb Rowden, Improvised Quilts

Housetop by Deb Rowden

Improvised Quilts by our own Deb Rowden

Deb's quilt passion is working by improvisation. She's made improvised quilts, collected them, studied them and edited books on the topic for years.

Log Cabin by Deb Rowden
There is nothing new or modern about improvised quilts. They have been with us as long as there have been quilts, sometimes with other labels: rogue, maverick, utilitarian or thrift shop quilts.

Deb will talk about the definition of improvisation, the quilters of Gee’s Bend, Anna Williams, Lucille Young, and more. She will also explode a few popular myths about who makes improvised quilts. We’ll examine quilts from Deb’s wacky collection, along with historic samples of improvisation.

Feel free to bring along your own improvised quilts to show and tell.

Deb works from her home in Lawrence writing and editing quilt books for the Kansas City Star and C&T Publishing. She is in her 10th year working as a freelance quilt editor. In that time, she has written 5 quilt books and edited 75.
Log Cabin by Deb

Check out her blog Thrift Shop Quilts here:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Suburban Wildlife BOM Finished

Suburban Wildlife
Our Block of the Month
from Linda Frost

It was fun!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Spotlight on Kathy P.

Dinosaur Land by Kathy
Our newsletter editors have been introducing us to members each month with Meet the Members interview feature. You might want to see their quilts too. Kathy had at least two at the April quilt show

She also did a demo on 3-D stars for us there: "Fabric Folding-Origami Style"

Bullfrog Boogie

Here's a little of the interview from the May newsletter:

"I LOVE building the quilt top….the actual sewing of all the pieces to create the top. When you asked when did I learn to sew, I laughed. I remember reading Kelly Cline’s spotlight last month and thinking she and I grew up in the same household (even though I didn’t meet her until joining guild). My mom taught me how to sew. She was always making matching outfits…especially at Christmas…and usually in paisley!

 My mom enrolled me in a sewing and etiquette class back in the late 60’s. I remember making a tennis outfit in that class. From there, I was hooked! I loved to sew. I made a lot of my clothes growing up. After college, I got in to doing craft shows with my parents. I usually made fabric items while my mother had long quit sewing, leaving that part to me, and she turned to her love of painting. I tried my hand at quilting in 1985 by enrolling in a local quilting class."