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April 2014 - Prairie Quilt Guild

Volume 36 Issue 4
In This Issue
Kansas City Star Patterns
President’s Column
April 2014
Kansas City Star
April 8, 2014, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
By Edie McGinnis
4. Library Lines, Cares and
Concerns, Announcements
5. Block of the Month
6-7 Common Threads Quilt
Program Schedule
8-10 Advertising
11. Outside Events, Door Prize
Edie McGinnis, Kansas City Star author and editor, began her career with
The Kansas City Star in 1987. She retired after nearly 21 years with the
company, but continues to work on a part-time basis as a consultant, editor and
author. She contributes as a columnist on The Star's Website,,
and has had several single patterns published. She has written (and had
published) 17 quilt books.
Edie gives lectures and trunk shows on The Kansas City Star quilt patterns,
their history, and the designers who worked at The Star in the early years: Feed
Sacks, Scrap quilts, and using precuts. She has taught quilting at Primitives of
the Midwest in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and various workshops using her own
original patterns. She has been quilting for over 35 years and is a member of the
American Quilting Society.
Edie does a blog for the Star every Friday. The link for that website is http://
Visit our Web
site at
Wednesday, April 9
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sedgwick County Extension Center
7001 W. 21st St. N.
Rosalia Flower Garden
(a Kansas City Star Block)
Edie McGinnis
President’s Notes
by John Madia
Downton Abbey Quilts
Are you one of those people
who have gone looney over a TV
show? What is the attraction of the
story about people with whom we
Kansans from the prairie of North
America have absolutely nothing
in common? With our fascinating
heritage of courageous immigrants
scratching out an existence in sod
houses on a great and beautiful
plain, how could we find anything
interesting about the lives of privileged aristocrats making
do in the opulent inherited estate of Lord Grantham? But
so we are! Absolutely “bonkers,” to borrow a British
phrase, about the TV miniseries Downton Abbey.
My journey along the Downton Abbey brook began
in smooth waters. For three seasons, I was able to stay in
the shallow still waters avoiding the Downton Abbey
flood. My lovely wife was content to record the
miniseries and allow me to own the TV to watch NCAA
basketball (Go Shocks). With all the hype and media
coverage, along with the sharing of plot lines between my
wife and daughters, I couldn’t help feeling the quickening
current caused by the Countess of Grantham and the
various characters living in and around Highclere Castle.
But then someone opened a floodgate called the
Downton Abbey line of fabrics. Before I realized it, I was
being scooped into this huge net cast by the marketers of
the hugely popular miniseries.
It started with a small swirling eddy caused by a
poster at the entrance at one of Wichita’s quilt shops
advising customers that Downton Abbey fabric had been
ordered and arrival was imminent. “Did you see that
John? I want to look at that fabric when it arrives.” This
little eddy progressed to a rapid current caused by a
display of actual fabric in the center of another of our
quilt shops. Having noticed the display as we entered, I
began to successfully steer Susan away from the center of
the store to look for fat quarters of red and white fabrics.
(We were there looking for material to finish a red and
white friendship quilt I was making.) Since she was
talking with a friend all was well, UNTIL another friend
picked up one of the Downton Abbey fabrics. ARGH!
“Oh John look at that fabric! Would you make a set of
pillowcases for Christina? She loves that show! It will be
a great gift.” I was now swimming in a raging river. I
fell over the cascading waterfall when I stepped into a
third quilt store. There on the wall hung a gorgeous quilt
designed and pieced by a young Wichita woman. “John,
John, John we must make that quilt for our guest
bedroom! It would fit so well with the bedroom furniture
your mother gave us.” “But the Giverny quilt looks so
good in that bedroom.” “But that quilt is for summer. A
Downton Abbey quilt would be perfect for winter.”
“Sweetness, forgive me but I thought we were dressing a
bed, not a set.” It was at that moment that the marketer
lifted his net to put me in his catch basket.
So I am now going to
be sewing a Downton
Abbey quilt for my lovely
wife. And I have never
seen one episode of the
show! Argh…
Well, how many of
you are planning to make a
Downton Abbey quilt? Since it looks like I too shall be
one of Robert Crawley’s humble servants, what say we
charge our glasses (and our needles) and toast the show in
Prairie Quilt Guild style? Let’s show our Downton Abbey
quilting (full size, wall hanging, table runner/top, pillows,
etc.) at the last Guild meeting under my presidency
(September 9, 2014). A bonny Downton Abbey Show
and Share? We could even make it a Fancy Dress affair
(period costumes)! I’ll bring a prize for everyone that
Prairie Quilt Guild
Upcoming Workshops
Workshops cost $40.00 for a one-day workshop. They are usually held at the Sedgwick County Extension Office
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Wednesday following guild meeting day. Please check the class description for details about
the cost and materials needed for each class. Sign up for these classes at Guild meetings or by contacting Rita Ashley 686-1067
Wednesday, April 9
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sedgwick County
Extension Center
7001 W. 21st St. N.
Wednesday, June
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sedgwick County
Extension Center
7001 W. 21st St. N.
Rosalia Flower Garden
(a Kansas City Star
Edie McGinnis
So, You Want to
be a Star?
Patti Hempen
This is a Kansas City Star Block called Rosalia Flower
Garden (or Jack's Chain), which appeared in the paper on
Dec. 13, 1939. It has been redesigned to not include Yseams. Come join the fun in making this quilt!
Saturday, May 24
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sedgwick County
Extension Center
7001 W. 21st St. N.
Would you like to
be the "STAR" of your own show? Using this easy,
breezy symmetry technique, you can "see your name in
lights" when you create this "star-studded" delightfully
colorful and eye-catching art piece showcasing YOU! Use
it as a wall piece and it is bound to get everyone's
Workshop Registration & Policies
Fibonacci Sequence Quilts
Teresa Duwe
Teresa Duwe will be conducting
a workshop based off of Fibonacci Sequence Quilts.
Please read the Guild Workshop Policies first before
registering for one of our speakers’ workshops. The
workshop location is the Sedgwick County Extension
Office, 21st & Ridge Road, Wichita, Kansas, hours 9:00
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This is for all workshops unless
otherwise noted. Supply lists are available at http:// Please be sure to bring
and wear your name-tag at workshops so the speaker will
know who you are! Contact Rita Ashley, Workshop
Chairman, at 316-686-1067 or [email protected] if you
have any questions.
Next Meeting April 8
Prairie Quilt Guild
Library Lines
By Olivia Jacobs
It will come as no surprise to you that we (Tami
Carlson and I) love books. We like working in the library
because we get to peruse the books as they come and go.
More importantly, what we want you to realize is that we
count visiting with you (book borrowers) as one of the
best rewards of working in the library. We love to see the
quilts you’ve been working on, pictures of your
grandkids, and hear about your recent endeavors. Each
month we enjoy helping you find books and learning from
At the March meeting, one member asked about the
book Kansas Spirit. We appreciate the blocks that are
depicted in that book as reflecting life in Kansas. As we
were talking though, we wondered why no one that we
know of has designed a quilt that commemorates Wichita.
Wichita has such a rich history; from a cattle-drive town
to an aircraft design/manufacturing site. There must be a
wealth of images to be created in fabric and thread that
would be unique to Wichita. What would you include in
a quilt about Wichita?
The library has quite a few books that focus on
designing your own quilts. Perhaps some of you may
want to investigate them, and see if you can create for us
(Wichitans) a design that we would like to recreate in
quilts and/or wall hangings of our own. Just an idea; an
idea that came to us after visiting with you in the library.
Come by and check us out!
Cares and Concerns
Contact Kathy Huebert at [email protected] or
call 316-721-5160 if you know of any members who need
to be added to this list.
Judy Turner
Jenny Brown
Bonnie Armstrong
Connie Creekmore
Linda Fiegel
Karen Pennington
Siriporn Hollar
Car Accident
Father Passed Away
Passed Away
Brother-in-Law Passed Away
Sister Passed Away
Father Passed Away
If we have missed anyone experiencing health or
bereavement difficulties, please know that we are
concerned, and forgive us the oversight.
Some “Men Quilters” in KU attire!
PQG Network:
We are looking for a member with computer skills to
set up a home network for the PQG computers. Please
call any PQG Board member if you can help us.
Our Guild wishes a warm goodbye to Janeen and Jim
Miller of Sunflower Quilts. We members appreciated the
friendly atmosphere you created for meeting our fabric
and pattern needs, as well as the wonderful classes you
conducted. We already miss you.
We Need You:
Take a look at page 4 of the new Prairie Quilt Guild
Membership Directory. On that page we have identified
the numerous members who are currently leading our
efforts to conduct the business of the Guild on your
behalf. I am asking you to look at your own skills,
talents, and interests; please be ready to volunteer when
you receive the membership survey in the near future.
Prairie Quilt Guild
Prairie Quilt Guild Block of the Month 2013-2014
My Life is a Bouncing Rubber Ball by Janet Ghilino Bates
BLOCK 7 (all seam allowances Вѕ-inch)
FABRIC: For the background, cut a long 1ВЅ-inch strip into one 6ВЅ-inch,
one 5½-inch, one 4½-inch, one 3½ –inch, and one 2-inch strips. Cut four 1inch, four 1½-inch, and four 1¾-inch squares. Then cut one 4½-inch by 6½
-inch, one 4ВЅ-inch by 3ВЅ-inch, one 4ВЅ-inch by 2-inch pieces, and one 2inch square.
BALLS: Using four scraps of different colors, cut one 2-inch square, one
2ВЅ-inch square, and one 3ВЅ-inch square. Out of the fourth scrap, cut one
3ВЅ-inch by 5ВЅ-inch piece, one 2ВЅ-inch by 2Вѕ-inch piece, one 2ВЅ-inch by
1Вј-inch piece, and three 1-inch squares.
TO ASSEMBLE BALLS: Sew the 1-inch squares of the background
fabric diagonally onto each corner of the 2-inch square of ball fabric, and
sew 1Вј-inch squares onto each corner of the 3ВЅ-inch square. Turn and
Press. The easy part is done. Now, for the third and fourth balls, sew three
1-inch squares of ball fabric onto three corners of the 2ВЅ-inch ball (topright, top-left, and bottom-left). Sew the 2ВЅ-inch by 2Вѕ-inch ball fabric
onto the top and the 2ВЅ-inch by 1Вј-inch ball fabric onto the bottom. Sew
this section onto right-hand side of the 2ВЅ-inch by 5ВЅ-inch ball fabric.
Sew four 1Вѕ-inch squares of background fabric onto each corner of this 5ВЅ
-inch two-in-one ball square. (See Section 1 drawing.)
TO ASSEMBLE BLOCK: On top of Section 1, sew 1ВЅ-inch by 5ВЅ-inch
background onto the top of the 5ВЅ-inch ball, sew 1ВЅ-inch by 6ВЅ-inch
background onto left side, and sew the 4ВЅ-inch by 6ВЅ-inch background
onto right side.
Section 2: Sew 1ВЅ-inch by 2-inch background fabric onto top of the 2-inch
ball, add 2-inch square background fabric to bottom, sew 2-inch by 4ВЅ-inch
background to left side, and the 3ВЅ-inch by 4ВЅ-inch background fabric to
left side. Sew 3ВЅ-inch by 4ВЅ-inch background to right side. Sew 3ВЅ-inch
by 1ВЅ-inch background to the bottom of the 3ВЅ-inch ball and add 4ВЅ-inch
by 1ВЅ-inch background to right side. Add this piece to right side of Section
2. Then, sew Section 1 onto the top of Section 2.
Prairie Quilt Guild
It’s time to Volunteer!!!!!
At the April Guild meetings we will begin signing up
volunteers to work at the June 24-25 Quilt Show. Check
out the job descriptions for the Quilt Show (below) to see
what interests you most.
Ticket Takers –Take tickets at the entrance to the
show, which entails handing out show books and gloves.
This is mostly a sit-down job, but there are two stand-up
positions per shift.
Bag Check – Store and provide security for personal
belongings while guests enjoy the show. This is mostly a
sit-down job.
Set-up & Tear-down – Hang quilts before the show
and take them down after it closes. This position is
physically challenging and includes some ladder
climbing. Husbands and teens are welcome to help.
Afternoon set-up – Afternoon set-up is less
physically challenging and includes hanging the number
tags, and “preening” the show with last minute tidying,
tweaking, and straightening of the quilts.
Processing In and Out –This position involves
receiving quilts, arranging them in hanging order (for
distribution to the floor), and loading carts. When the
show closes, the process reverses, with volunteers
arranging quilts from the floor for distribution to their
owners. This is moderately physically challenging and
involves standing, lifting, and carrying quilts, as well as
squatting, stooping, and quick action.
Judging – Judging occurs on Monday and Tuesday,
June 23 and 24, at a yet-to-be determined location.
Volunteers are required to arrange quilts by judging
category and stack and display quilts for judge’s viewing.
This also involves taking notes for evaluation forms. This
also requires standing and lifting the quilts.
Hospitality Room – Check in volunteers and
distribute volunteer name badges, host aprons, and gloves.
Greet and chat with vendors and volunteer workers. This
is a sit down job.
Show Host – Walk among the quilts in an assigned
area of the show. Talk with guests and answer any
questions they may have. Maintain show etiquette among
guests; no touching, etc. This requires walking and
standing for the shift lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Mini-Quilt Auction – There are multiple jobs open
on Saturday, some of which are sit-down, and none are
physically challenging.
Opportunity Quilt – Sell tickets for the Guild’s
Opportunity Quilt. This is a sit-down job requiring
handling of money.
Viewer’s Choice – Distribute and collate ballots for
the Viewer’s Choice awards. This requires walking.
Guild Information Booth – Answer questions,
provide directions, and sell souvenirs from the centrallylocated Information Booth. This is a sit down job.
Bring your calendar to the April meeting, and sign up
for one or several volunteer opportunities.
Visit our Web site at
Prairie Quilt Guild
Tickets for the 2014 Common Threads Quilt Show
may be purchased before the days of the show. All ticket
sales are coordinated through WichitaTIX, and your
Prairie Quilt Guild will have tickets available for
purchase before the show, so members and guests can
avoid standing in a ticket line.
If you wish, you may purchase tickets at the
WichitaTIX Box Office (on the east side of Century II)
during their business hours of 10 a.m. through 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday after April 1, or at the ticket
office next to the Exhibition Hall the days of the show.
Every person who attends the show must have a
ticket; yes, even our hard working Guild volunteers and
your Quilt Show Committee. Ticket prices are $10 for a
one-day pass and $15 for a three-day pass.
Those who volunteer for the show should buy a oneday ticket. You will exchange your ticket stub for a 2014
Common Threads Show name tag; that name tag is your
admission for the other days of the show.
Please consider buying tickets as a treat for your
family members who do not belong to Prairie Quilt
Guild. Introduce your neighbors to your quilting hobby
by sharing our show with them.
You will have an opportunity to win this beautiful
Measures 87"x90".
Designed by Kim McLean with adaptations by Lisa
Quilted by award-winning quilter, Kim Hull.
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be available
at the show, as well as local quilt shops or from any
Prairie Quilt Guild member.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the April,
May, and June meetings, both afternoon and evening.
By Roma Thomas
When buying from a quilter, you're buying more than just a quilt. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and
experimentation. You are buying days, weeks, and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren't just
buying a thing; you're buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, and moments of someone’s life. Most importantly, you're
buying the quilter more time to do something they are passionate about!
Prairie Quilt Guild
Program Schedule for 2014
April 8, 2014
Edie McGinnis, Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City Star Patterns
May 13, 2014
Sonya Nash, Elkhart, Indiana
Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail
2014-2015 Programs
Our next calendar year beginning October 2014 will be an
exciting year for programs and workshops.
Nationally known speakers include:
Karl Hentsch of 3 Dog Design Co. – author of Stars and
Strips Forever
Cynthia Stary Drajna of Iowa Star Quilts author of many
Brenda Esslinger – author of Fabulous Fractures
June 10, 2014
Patti Hempen, Canon Lake, Texas
Serendipity Sampler, An Evening with Patti
July 8, 2014
Victoria Findlay Wolfe, NY, NY
15 Minutes of Play
Mary and Barbara of 4 and 6 designs – authors of
StrataVarious Quilts
Marti Michell – known for her Perfect Patchwork
Templates and author of many books
Paula Nadelstern – author of Kaleidoscope Quilts
Jan Krentz – author of Lone Star Quilts and Beyond
Flavin Glover – author of A New Look at Log Cabin
August 12, 2014
Lynda Hall
To Be Announced
September 9, 2014
Lenore Crawford, Midland, Michigan
To Be Announced
Angela Walters – Machine Quilter and Author
Sandy Klop of American Jane – author of A Bakers
Jan Hutchinson of our Prairie Quilt Guild – Recently
published in “On Track” magazine for her award winning
quilt. She will be teaching a Trapunto workshop
We are taking sign-ups if you are interested. We will
contact you closer to workshop time. Sign ups at the
workshop table.
Prairie Quilt Guild
Downtown Location
111 S. Pattie
Wichita, KS 67211
Mon – Fri 8:30 – 5:30
Sat 9:00 – 4:00
Prairie Quilt Guild
Serving Kansas Since 1955
Authorized Dealer for
Bernina Babylock Janome
Happy Handi Quilter
West Location
7130 W. Maple, Suite 260
Wichita, KS 67209
Mon – Fri 10:00 – 5:30
Sat 9:00 – 4:00
I have a sewing cabinet I want to get rid of.
Anyone who will pick it up can have it for FREE.
It looks like a 70s credenza.
Mary Goevert
11229 Creed
Wichita, KS 67210
316 684-4746
For Sale $30
Sewing Machine Travel Carrier/Suitcase
Call Leslie Lane 316-650-7618
or e-mail at [email protected]
Prairie Quilt Guild
Outside Activities
May 33-June 30
January 17 – August 21, 2014
Kansas Flint Hills Barn Quilt Trail
Road to Oklahoma
Statewide Shop Hop
April 22-24, 2014
Paducah AQS Quilt Show
Paducah, Kentucky
April 24-26, 2014
43rdt Annual Kalona Quilt Show and Sale
Kalona Community Center, 6th & D Ave.
Kalona, Iowa
June 26-28, 2014
Common Threads Quilt Show
Century II Wichita, Kansas
June 19-21, 2014
Omaha Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show
La Vista Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy
La Vista, Nebraska
A-1 Singer
Karen Moore
A-1 Singer
Mary Ann Severin
Charlotte's Sew Natural
Linda Shaver
Charlotte's Sew Natural
Carma Sheffler
Charlotte's Bargain Fabric
Lillian Bridges
Charlotte's Bargain Fabric
Kristie Patton
Cottonwood Quilts
J. Conover
Cottonwood Quilts
Sylvia Steinshouer
Ceative Stitch
Evening Only
Ceative Stitch
Irene White
Demelia's Quilt Co
Dorothy Kaiser
Demelia's Quilt Co
Dila Brown
Hen Feathers
Sharon Kilgore
Hen Feathers
Lisa Conner
Itchin to Stitch
Olivia Jacobs
Itchin to Stitch
Gail Hand
Material Girls
Joan Ott
Material Girls
Mitzi Sullivan
Midwest Sewing/Vacuum
Merilyn Austin
Midwest Sewing/Vacuum
Victoria Venskus
Midwest West
Annette Bernard
Midwest West
Mary Wolfe
Picket Fence
Margret Gaeddert
Picket Fence
Jeanne Shoecraft
Weeks Ringle (Speaker)
Cindy Rippe
Weeks Ringle (Speaker)
Kae Decker
Visit our Web site at
Prairie Quilt Guild
Prairie Quilt Guild, Inc.
P.O. Box 48813
Wichita KS 67201-8813
1/8 Page (2” x 1 Column) $12.50, $137.50
1/4 Page (4” x 1 Column or
2” x 2 Column) $25.00, $275.00
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1/2 Page (8” x 1 Column or
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2 lines rummage $5.00
Next Meeting April 8
Next Guild Meeting—April 8
Newsletter Deadline—April 11
Leslie Lane, Newsletter Editor
[email protected]
Cathy Brausa, Advertising Chair,
[email protected] use subject PQG
Send Address Corrections to
Heidi Iwig, Membership Chair
[email protected] use subject PQG
About Our Guild
The Prairie Quilt Guild meets on the second Tuesday of each
month at the Wichita Downtown Senior Center,
200 S. Walnut, 316-267-0302.
Guild meetings are scheduled from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and
7:00-9:00 p.m. unless otherwise announced.
Annual dues are $25.00 for the period October through
September: after April 11 a first-time member will pay
For further information, please contact
President John Madia, 316-634-1528 or
Past President Evelyn Gernaat 316-440-4920
To check on possible cancellations of Prairie Quilt Guild meetings due to weather:
Listen to Radio Station KFDI 101 FM / 1070 AM
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