Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival puts a complicated take on a selected art form

June 14, 2015 - garden totes

We were giggling like a garland of schoolgirls, a festival organizers and I, as we stood before Yu Chang’s “Accept or Reject” sculpture during a Overland Park Arboretum one morning.

We had delicately draped one of Mary Langenberg’s quilts over a unclothed breasts of a argumentative work of art so Star photographer John Sleezer could take a rational design of a quilt. A dilemma of a cover lonesome a statue’s unclothed nether regions.

Langenberg, of Overland Park, had remembered only a notation before that a handmade cover was in a bottom of her receptacle bag.

It was perfect: A cover called “Texting,” comprising blocks emblazoned with LOL, OMG, TTYL and other messaging acronyms, anticipating a approach to a “sexting” statue. It was also mystic of only how distant a old-fashioned qualification of piecing together fabric has developed over a years.

Today’s quilting isn’t your grandma’s quilting. That fact will be on arrangement Friday by Jun 21 during a initial Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival during a Overland Park Convention Center.

The festival, that organizers wish will turn a biannual event, will underline 700 quilts from opposite a country, including 150 designs combined from a book “Inspired by a Beatles: An Art Quilt Challenge,” a 18 best from a Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon 2015 and 15 creations from Kansas City Star cover patterns.

Fifteen informal cover guilds have come together to horde a event. “A integrate of years ago we satisfied that any guild was carrying their possess show, and we got together and motionless to put on one big, illusory show,” pronounced Lynn Droege, co-chair of a event.

In further to quilts, a festival will embody some-more than 30 workshops and lectures and some-more than 100 businessman booths.

The shows go distant over a normal patchwork and paper-pieced quilts from a early 20th century and before.

Today, other renouned forms of quilting embody art quilts, that are mostly free-form designs and illustrations combined by a quilter, and complicated quilts, that ring opposite styles and aesthetics though always include, according to a Modern Quilt Guild website, a brew of rarely resisting and confidant colors, striking areas of plain color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expanded disastrous space and swap grid work.

Some quilts are detailed with embellished images, embroidery, lead threads, felt, fringy yarn, crystals, sequins and buttons. They operation in distance from singular blocks for displaying to king-size bed covers.

“When we pronounce about normal quilting, in a good aged days it was for bedding,” pronounced Janette Sheldon, co-chair of a cover fest. “Now we see a whole lot of wall quilts that are smaller in size.”

Sheldon’s colorful cover shown covering Lu Zengkang’s Michael Jackson sculpture during a nursery is a paper-pieced cover combined from a New York Beauty pattern.

“I took a category in paper piecing and that was a pattern. we misunderstood a instructor and instead of creation one retard a week, we did it all in 3 days. It was my really initial quilt,” Sheldon said.

You could call it a complicated cover regulating a normal technique, she said.

Quilting has grown in new years, and a demographics have altered dramatically. In 2014, a Quilting in America consult found that some-more than 16 million quilters in a United States spend $3.76 billion a year on reserve and machinery.

The consult also found that a many dedicated quilters, those who spend some-more than $500 a year on a craft, are female, about 64, well-educated (79 percent attended college) and have a domicile income over $100,000. On average, she owns about $13,000 value of collection and reserve and always has a accumulate of fabrics value about $6,000 that she keeps in a dedicated room or studio.

“I know women who censor fabric in a trunks of their cars and hide it into their residence so their husbands don’t see it,” Droege said.

And it isn’t only boomers who are quilting. Young people like it too, that bodes good for a future.

“You see a lot of students quilting now during a Kansas City Art Institute and a Johnson County Community College weave humanities programs. And 4-H clubs are still utterly active in quilting,” Droege said.

A lot of today’s quilters don’t indeed quilt: They square together a tip covering and afterwards sinecure someone else to do a sandwiching.

And business is solid adequate that, a integrate of years ago, Stephanie Dodson of Olathe took a jump and invested several thousand dollars in a hand-guided long-arm quilting appurtenance and non-stop Summerwind Studio. It stitches together a cover layers in patterns. There are long-arm machines with computerized stitching patterns, Dodson noted, that cost adult to $35,000.

She and her associate organizers aren’t putting on a festival for profit, she said. “We are doing it since we wish to share a adore of quilting.”

Quilters still accumulate for quilting bees (with names like Prince’s Harem, Quilty Girls and Thread Heads) and attend in challenges, that need them to make a cover with a specific thesis or elements. A lot of them are sponsored by fabric companies or cover shops to foster use of their products.

Then there are turn robins, in that several quilters make a retard for a core of a cover following discipline for size, tone and theme. The pieced-together blocks are afterwards upheld to a member of a group, who adds a limit afterwards passes it on to another member to emanate a second border, and so on.

That’s how Sheldon got started. She had been training sewing to 4-H clubs and was a appurtenance knitter and spinner when she concluded to do a turn robin 18 years ago. She was bending now and took a category where she done a cover in one week.

“People like to unplug from technology, and quilting allows them to step divided from it and work with their hands,” Dodson said.

“If a grandmas did it for unsentimental purposes,” Droege added, “we do it for decrease and recreation.”

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jun 21

Where: Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd.

Price: $10 in advance; $12 during a doorway for single-day pass. Three day passes are $25 in advance. Workshops are additional.

For some-more info: KCRQF.com.

Star quilts

The National World War we Museum and Memorial will vaunt some-more than 20 variations of a 2014 Kansas City Star Quilt, “Where Poppies Grow … Remembering Almo” in a J.C. Nichols Auditorium.

The giveaway vaunt subsequent weekend will illustrate how quilters put their possess spin on a same settlement by regulating opposite fabrics.

Quilters from around a nation finished a 2014 pattern, that commemorated a 100th anniversary of a Great War in Jul 1914. Patterns for any Star cover retard run monthly in a House+Home section.

The cover was designed by Denniele O’Kell Bohannon of Louanna Mary Quilt Design in Harrisonville, Mo., and Janice Britz of Bee Merry Farms in Peculiar as a reverence to Bohannon’s great-grandfather Almo Ebenezer O’Kell, who died Jan. 12, 1919, during age 30 while portion his nation in Koblenz, Germany.

O’Kell’s association and photos have been recorded by his family and yield a abounding story of Almo’s avocation as a medic with Field Hospital No. 3 and a First Division underneath Gen. John J. Pershing, a Missouri native.

Bohannon and Britz will pronounce during a museum during 1 p.m. Saturday, and pointer copies of their book, “Where Poppies Grow: Quilts and Projects Honoring Those Who Served in World War I.”

The vaunt will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jun 21 during a National World War we Museum and Memorial, 100 W. 26th St.

Look for Block 6 of The 2015 Star Quilt, “Hazel’s Diary,” subsequent Sunday in H+H.

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