Hello KCMQG members!   Our meeting this month is just a week away!  We will be meeting next Thursday, December 10th at 7pm at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Please note this is not the Kauffman Performing Arts Center.  The meeting is at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center which is located at 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110.   This month’s meeting will feature our holiday party, a swap-a-rama, and the 1-hour basket gift exchange if you chose to participate.  The proposed changes to the bylaws will be presented as well.    

KCK Police Department Donations: This year we’ll be creating stuffed animals to donate to the KCK Police Department.  These stuffed animals we will be donating will be taken by police officers and given to children who are in scary situations.  This could be domestic violence, car accidents, or any other situation where receiving something special could help a child cope with something that could be very frightening.  Kristin Marciniak has started two pinterest boards where you can find patterns or tutorials for projects that would be appropriate for this charity program.  KCMQG Plushie Patterns (FREE) and KCMQG Plushie Patterns (Paid)

If you are working on a project and need some stuffing, contact Kristin Marciniak.  Also, please do not use buttons for eyes.  Use safety eyes, embroider them, or leave them off completely.  The collection for this project is at the December meeting.  

In addition to the stuffed animals projects, the community service committee has decided to also make and donate some quilts to the KCK police department.  These will go to the victim’s advocate service, which will pair people who have been through trauma with a quilt.  Quilts should be throw-sized: big enough to wrap around yourself when you are cold/scared, but not big enough to cover a bed.  These will be going to people of all ages.  If you have a quilt all ready to go, please contact Jacquie Gering.    

Community Service Sew Day
The Community Service Committee is holding a sewing day on Sunday, December 13th from 11-5 in Room 6 at the Roeland Park Community Center.  All guild members are invited to work on stuffed animals and quilts for the KCK police department, as well as drawstring bags and little pads for Africa.    

OFFICER TEAM & COMMITTEE CHAIRS There will be opportunities to become a committee chair or a member of the board in 2016.  If you are interested in becoming a leader within the guild, please let us know!  Please reach out to us at the guild email account ([email protected]) for more information.    

KANSAS CITY REGIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL The results of the survey were posted to the MQG Community site recently.  If you’d like to see them, visit this link.   If we participate as a guild, we need someone to represent the guild at KCRQF meetings.  If you’re interested in being this person, please send an email to the guild account ([email protected]).     

CHALLENGES One Hour-Basket Holiday Swap

  • Participants will be asked to make a One Hour Basket using a given fat quarter as the lining.
  • They can make the outside and handles out of coordinating fabric(s).  It may be pieced, appliquéd, embellished, or left plain.
  • Pattern for the “1 Hour Basket” can be found here: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/sewing/home-decor/1-hour-basket-tutorial/136408
  • If you missed swapping fat quarters at the October meeting, bring your fat quarter in a brown paper bag and we’ll swap again this month.  
  • December meeting: Bring back finished basket filled with a small gift ($10.00ish).  Wrap the whole thing up and include a tag wihich includes To: and From: information.

Swap-a-Rama Have fabric that you’d like to trade?  Bring it to the December guild meeting for Swap-a-rama!  Bring your scraps in a Ziploc bag (quart to gallon size) & check them in before the meeting.  You’ll be given a ticket that will correspond to one of the tables set up within the room.  When it’s time to swap, go to the table your ticket corresponds with & the moderator will announce that the swap is open.  You’ll be broken into groups alphabetically by last name and given 3 minutes to find the Ziploc bag you’d like to take.  

RETREATS Winter Retreat January 22-24 at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop in Brunswick, MO.   Arrive: January 22, 2016 @ 10 am Depart: January 24, 2016 @ 12  pm Price: $105 without dinners or $135 with dinners (for 1/22 and 1/23).  Breakfasts on 1/23 and 1/24 are included for either option.  Lunches are on your own.     Details and sign ups went out on November 16th.  The retreat is full, but if you’d like to sign up for the waiting list you can do sohere.    

Spring Retreat April 8-10, 2016 at Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri.  Details and sign-ups to come in January.    

UPCOMING 12/10: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  This will be our holiday party and swap-a-rama.  Proposed bylaw changes to be presented. Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110  

12/13: Community Service Sew day from 11-5 in room 6 at the Roeland Park Community Center.  

1/14: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Changes to the bylaws will be voted on at this meeting. Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110  

1/22-1/24: Winter retreat at Sew Sweet Quilt Shop in Brunswick, MO.  

2/11: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.  Elections will be held this night. Location: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110  

2/20: Quilt Non.  Details to come soon.  

3/10: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.   

4/8-4/10: Spring retreat at Missouri Star Quilt Co.    

4/14: Monthly KCMQG meeting at 7pm.      

Check out the online calendar of events for more upcoming activities.   Hope to see you all next week at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center!