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41.3 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2017 Part 1

September 30, 2017

Much like the long stretch of time that a quilt (of mine) is made, I have stretched out the time between the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (#KCRQF) and the writing about it. The festival is held in June and I am just now writing about it, after organizing, flipping the pictures the correct way, and deleting all the extras close to a month ago. You might say this post in and of itself is it’s own UFO.

I got the current camera that I use just prior to the same festival held in 2015, and after the 2015 show, I learned – “hey, I need to slow down taking all these pictures” because ever so many of the pictures are blurry. Since then, as a general practice, I take 2 or 3 of the same shot. Usually one of the pictures are not blurry. But SO MANY PICTURES!

During the show, I don’t curate only the quilts I like, and always undertake the personal challenge to get one picture at least of each quilt. In addition to trying to take pictures of the quilt tags too! This is a lot of pictures, and as a result, coming back from a big show, I tend to procrastinate the task of picture sorting.

A lot!

I had 1600 pictures to sort through to remove the blurries and duplicates. Originally. Now I have 1250 from the show. Still a lot. I took a second full picture stroll the pictures to highlight and organize pictures to show off to you, because I don’t have space to put 1250 pictures online.

I have organized a virtual quilt show for you. Part 1 will be the generic show itself, and other parts will highlight specific “types” of quilts. Other parts will come later, hopefully not as much later as this post was.

Let’s get started!

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Living in the “greater Kansas City area”, we have a multitude of guilds in the area. This is the 2nd ever show run by the guilds, for the guilds, and for the surrounding (or other) public.

This year 16 different guilds participated in the show. Each guild has an allotment of space for viewer’s choice quilts, each guild provides general volunteers to help with the show, each guild brings an opportunity quilt to, and each guild has a different responsibility from hanging quilts, to hospitality room, to attendance etc.

Our guild is small and we normally are assigned bag check. This year, we got a great space for it. I spent some good quality hours visiting not only with members of my guild during the bag check time, but also members of the public, picking up, or dropping off purchases. Lovely!

I even saw someone I didn’t expect to see that I knew and sat next to at a retreat, and she came from Oklahoma. I forgot a picture, but it was totally a highlight to see her because she and I are quiet quilting buddies (sorta), and I won’t get to see her this November.

In the picture above, you can see the shuttlecock in the quilt in the background. For those not aware, the shuttlecock is a Kansas City icon, there is a large statue or two in front of the Nelson Atkins art museum, shown below.

By Americasroof at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

A quilt with the icon is a really nice call-back to the uniqueness of Kansas City to welcome everyone into the regional quilt show. This quilt is done with the Regional Quilt Festival colors, and presented as part of the challenge given to all members of all the guilds.

 

And someone from my guild (she is in two guilds at least, and the other guild got the honor of the tag on the quilt), got the honor of being the back facing quilt at the front of the show! These two quilts under glass are a lovely entry and exit point for the main show.

Some of the area in front of the show. This is the guild hallway just on the way to entering the main quilt show! The past show they had full booths and we sold handmade stuff, this year, we were selling chances for our opportunity quilts. A few guilds rented space inside the vendor area of the show.

And on my first afternoon, look who I ran into and we were able to talk to briefly!

Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts who last time quilted one of my quilts for me. I do wish this picture was a little bit better, but I only do selfies well if I take like 10 of them and pick the best, but I was not going to do that with Jackie. We did get some time wandering the halls. Originally, it had looked like we were going to miss each other for scheduling reasons. Lucky for me, it was the first half/hour I was there at the show.

It was great to see her on the first day and then again briefly on Saturday – near the end! A lovely person to bookend my show with!

My quilt was on a corner, easy to spot.

And something made me laugh because I didn’t pay attention to the word count limit and so my explanation was cut off. My quilt story is meta, because I am always getting cut off and not knowing when to stop talking (writing especially). I thought I was keeping it short, but not enough. Obviously. So me.

I was going to say I took it as a lesson in humility. So, there I go, being shown humility again, it shows exactly how I think, but is also embarrassingly funny.

The last part of my first day, I found Reeze from Morning Glory Quilts, and we took a selfie as well in her booth.

Reeze has been the one who opened up my eyes to the world of swapping and retreating outside of the state of Kansas. I attend one of two retreats held in Arkansas with Reeze, and we both drive down from Kansas. This will be happening for me this year in just under 2 months! My favorite retreat!

Anyway, Reeze has been working toward her business Morning Glory Designs and has been at many shows and at guilds in our central “midwest” area, and boy can she put some good designs together. She likes doing things that seem hard but are actually easy, in addition to all the “fiddly” (my word) fused applique that just looks great. I’ve known her in the quilting world since about the time I started blogging here in 2009. She also teaches EQ7!

One of our California Twilter quilter entered our show and didn’t get a chance to make it here to see the quilt in person. She made this beautiful art quilt about her grand dog!  Good job Sue & glad to see the quilt in person!

One of the days was my turn to sit in front of our own guild’s opportunity quilt! This was done by members with their own stash except the green borders and grey sashing. The cornerstones are just slightly darker grey and that’s a nice touch! This quilt still hasn’t been drawn for (yet, but soon), but one of my local friends from a different guild said she already had the winning ticket already and wasn’t it nice that I was sitting there watching her quilt? 😉

This year the space for the show was all on one level. Last time, there was a beatles exhibit and a modern exhibit in one of the downstairs rooms. This time, we opened up the ballroom and had a whole separate vendor and quilt area. This picture is getting back to the main floor from the middle between the two rooms, guild quilts are along the far far wall from this picture below.

This is the Gwen Marsden exhibit behind which is the judged portion of the quilts, and to the left are the rest of the quilts considered for the guild challenge of the “quilt in the glass”.

Vendors next to the judged section of the quilts in the newly opened area of the show.

This alphabet quilt was deemed best in show by the judges! So many details!

Some of my favorite quilts for the featured quilts are found below. These were submitted to be put behind glass, but not chosen. Many of these quilts were amazing.

The KCRQF quilts that I liked enough for space on this post are below.

My favorite is the one above with the simple lines of black framing the simple blocks turned at angles. Each color is differently quilted.

And the obilgatory “get a picture with me in front of my quilt” that Jackie took of me.

Right across from Sue’s quilt were some chairs and it was nice getting lots of people looking at these great art quilts while I was getting a rest off my feet and charging my battery (literally and metaphorically both).

 

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36.3 You can take quilts outside?

October 21, 2014

I was able to visit a new experience for me last weekend – an outside quilt show at the arboretum.

It was labeled as a Quilt Walk, which was a show without vendors or quilt boutique/garage sale.

There were two sections of the park which quilts were tied to fences by zip ties and binder clips. It was a lovely fall day, with fall splendor colors splaying out for all to see.

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The smaller quilts, which seemed more like me than the larger quilts, I found a quilt artist I contacted who is local who has a style of quilting that I admire.

I kept seeing Trisch Price’s quilts (author of Accentuate the Negative) and thinking how much I really liked her quilts.

Fibonacci!

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And she did this technique that I am trying to decide if it is double applique or “magic binding” around the applique pieces, where the applique pieces is slightly outlined by another color pop, which I really admire and will show up in one of my quilts one day.

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I like hats, as you may have noticed before if you have seen a picture of me lately. Cool hat quilt. – Mary Strege

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And the larger quilts were also impressive.

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Sometimes flapping in the wind.

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Or hung over the rocks – these quilts were like the featured quilters’ quilts – very impressive!

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And I saw 4 bed turnings! The first one was someone I have followed on flickr for a few years, that saw me at the only one meeting of the modern quilt guild meeting I’ve ever attended, and had the courage to talk to me, and I had the courage to talk to her at the show just before she did her own bed turning.

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Bed turning was a table, layered with several quilts. We got the story of each quilt, an abbreviated story, like a mini trunk show. Which was so fantastic!

It was nice to see each artist and what they chose to display & talk about!

The quilts were even nice from a distance.

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I wonder how many people who were there to visit the Monet garden got to see similar colors in the quilts!

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31.5 My quilts that I put up in the show specifically

July 26, 2013

If you are a normal reader of my blog, you may recognize one, two, or even three of these quilts. Here they are.

Most were in the “smallest” quilt category, competing against themselves for viewer’s choice. And they’re pretty much all wallhangings.

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First the most obscure quilt I’ve done. I called it “irregular ice” and it’s pretty much a table runner with a strange shape. But I think it’s the shape that makes this quilt cool. 

Ice to remind me of cold.

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I was so glad they put the two Fibonacci quilts next to each other so they could be buddies. 

The only comment I got was on the feathers the one quilter who always wins awards and stuff said she liked my feathers.

I like the juxtaposition of the two differences together, one with lots of quilting one with a lot less, and the change of the borders to see how different that is with the same center fabrics.

These quilts make me feel like an “artist”.

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I have a small story to show and share later about this quilt, but here it is as it was hanging in the show (it’s changed since then a week or two ago).

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Third quilt I ever done. I love this quilt, this baltimore album quilt (Mimi Dietrich) that is the first headlong plunge directly into the world of hand applique.  Whee.

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I think that the Dancing Ribbons quilt has been talked about and shared a lot on this blog, but then again, a large portion of it was done during last spring & summer (2012). The hanger fell off my door and so currently need to rehang this quilt.

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I figured out a lot of things that I hid in this quilt.  I made a list and asked the questions on the description page to the quilt viewers.  This was placed a tiny bit high so I don’t know if a lot of people read this description or tried to find all the things.

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I loved getting a chance to see the back of my Exothermic Wonders quilt. Love the freeform piecing of this section with the quilt leftovers.

And of course, you gotta see the front side too which is now the center picture on my ipod.

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Which is the largest quilt to date I’ve ever ever done.  And LOTS of work.

Well I hope you enjoyed the quilt show that we had.  Feel free to pin back to the posts about the show.

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31.4 From the quilt show’s featured quilter

July 25, 2013

Many many decades of work went into these quilts and the skill of the woman who made these quilts.

She shows up at a lot of guild meetings, has had cancer, has been looking very good lately, and was glad to be able to feature her quilts in our show.

I personally may not be the most likely pairing of our featured quilter, but I admire all she’s done for the guild in the past and it’s just so nice to see her and talk to her at times.

In all these years she still volunteers to work on other people’s bindings, and she still excels at embroidery, does hand quilting, and last year had the best folded fabric quilts.

Her love of fabric and quilts is amazing and she had 20 quilts in the show, and I’ll show you some of her range.

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This was the most “Darla like” quilt of any she has done. You have the bargello and the applique, and this is just nice.

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This one she was telling someone is her favorite quilt.

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Some nice stitching and embroidery here. Bluework.

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Soft embroidery here.

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Love these baskets. Beautiful!

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Cute pumpkins for something different.

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Simple, small piecing.

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Super sized center with alternating on point and normal set embroidery blocks. Done in beautiful redwork.

It’s been amazing getting to know Arlene over the years and I am glad to see what she does and brings to all of us! Smiles all the time. 🙂

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31.3 Some of the Larger Quilts

July 24, 2013

There were less quilts in this section, so I will show you a larger portion of these quilts.

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This was a LOT of piecing, a LOT of applique, and I saw it at several retreats and up on the wall a lot while the quilter was working toward finishing this quilt.

 

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A cute little fall quilt.

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And cute little winter quilt.

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Night flight. I sat across from the quilter who was making this during the retreat where she was piecing these. She had every 10 blocks finished safety pinned together and that is still a lot of safety pins!

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Minglewood done in Christmas colors.

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Minglewood in ‘light brights’.

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This is a cute little quilt. Look at all the pretty sashing, in addition to all the piecing!

Next, I should show you the featured quilters applique quilts, and then finally my quilts.  Stay tuned. Lots in this virtual quilt show.

 

 

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31.2 Smaller Quilts from the 2013 show part B

July 23, 2013

Keeping on showing the smaller quilts from the local quilt show.

 

218Look at all these feathered stars! 🙂

 

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The lady who made this quilt was sad that this was her only entry into the show.  But I like all the tiny pieces that she does really well!  And again applique on the top!

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There’s something zen about these japanese fabrics and birds, and sashing and lanterns. Very cool.

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Another one of those quilts that shows self expression! Love this cute little quilt and what it represents!

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This quilt is a nice clean looking quilt in some of my favorite colors!

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Lots of patriotic applique here.

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Whole cloth style twilling embroidery.

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Lovely little birds and quilt shape. Looks like it could fit above a door or desk or other area and just bring a simle to your face from an unexpected place.

Next post I am going to hit you with will show a few of the larger quilts that were put on the edges of the show.

 

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31.1 Quilt Show 2013 smaller sized quilts took over

July 22, 2013

The tiny quilts really took over the show with twice as many as any other quilts.  Size of small quilts went up to 57″ so my tiny ones were right up there next to some larger lap sized quilts.

These are some of the other members’ quilts that I liked.

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Beautiful whole cloth quilt and you can see what looks to me like ruler work in the center blocks.  And they sashed it, and added feathers.

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This quilt is part of a quilt kit that highlights twilling, the knotted embroidery stitch that is so popular here. Love this quilter’s work, that takes a lot of time to twill that much.  And the gradation fabric!

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Funky jewely applique. How cute.

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Now I know who’s quilt this is. I love the addition of some photographed blocks. On instinct I knew it was important when posting originally (this is a little bit edited a few days later), but the impact of this quilt fort he recipient and for the quilter is amazing. I wish I had time to really look at this quilt in person at the show.  Luckily the quilter who made this has a blog, and I would love to direct you to read her story about this quiltThis is the latest about this quilt, a little bit sad (3rd paragraph in).

What a memory!

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Actually, this is an older picture of our featured quilter. This little wallhanging is framed and embroidered celebrating a very special anniversary, done by her daughter who is part owner of the local quilt shop.

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Because I’ve seen this a lot, I keep thinking this quilt is older than it really is. This quilt is whole-cloth-style but is actually twilling and the quilting is amazing on it too. There is a subtle “low volume-ness” to this quilt.

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I think this was a round robin quilt with the applique society. We saw it come together at a retreat I believe. So Cute!

Well I do have other small quilts, but I am breaking them up into another blog post. Hope you’ve enjoyed the virtual quilt show so far. Stay tuned.