The Guild will offer a chance for you to become motivated and stimulated in the art of quilting. It is also an opportunity twice a month to meet, make new friends, and to socialize with others as excited and interested in this craft as you are. The first meeting of each month is devoted to a special program. Sometimes we are able to bring in a nationally known quilter. During the second meeting of the month we are holding mini-universities. New techniques or tips are presented in workshop presentations by fellow guild members or local quilt experts. We invite you to bring a project you are working on and visit while you sew. Or, just visit and look around at what everyone is working on.
Did you know that the Guild offers other opportunities?
Block of the Month - - -
A member of the Guild plans a project from blocks that are presented each month, typically for one year. At the end of the year, they can put the blocks together for a quilt.
Show and Tell - - -
You will enjoy Show and Tell at each meeting. We invite you to bring your old quilts, new quilts, or projects that you have just begun, to share with us at Show and Tell. If you have had an experience with quilting while traveling or just have something interesting to tell us about, please share this at Show and Tell.
Challenge Quilts - - -
Each year a person volunteers an idea to “challenge” our creativity. Details and rules are announced in February and the project is due at the second meeting in June. Members vote on the projects and a ribbon is awarded to the top three.
Library - - -
Are you looking for a certain quilt pattern or a book by a special author? Try looking in our library. The library is available to all members to check out books, rulers, templates, and CDs, at each meeting. There is a notebook available on the library cart with a list of all books by title, author and method. The only requirements are that you be a Guild member and return the book within 30 days.
Mystery Quilt - - -
A member of the Guild selects a pattern for the mystery quilt, which is then purchased by Guild members who wish to participate in the project. The coordinator then mails instructions to participating members each month so they can create their mystery quilt.
Workshops - - -
What about learning new techniques? The Guild offers mini-workshops at various times of the year. The workshops are usually free but may involve a nominal fee. We have learned everything from basic quilting to design. And, these workshops are usually taught by members. If you have a special technique to share at a workshop, please contact the program chairperson. We would be glad to have you help out.
We also have workshops with the Program Speakers available several times during the year. These workshops are planned by the Program Chair on a variety of interesting topics. These are a hands-on approach to learn with the best teachers/speakers available.
University Programs - - -
At the second meeting of the month, two or three Guild members volunteer to demonstrate about some aspect of quilting. We have the best teachers and a lot of expertise in our Guild.
Service Projects - - -
The Kansas Capital Quilters Guild participates in many service projects throughout the year that benefit our community. We have donated baby quilts to local hospitals, made mini quilts for the Midland Hospice organization and lap quilts for the VA hospital.
Quilt Shows - - -
The Kansas Capital Quilters Guild hosts an annual quilt show. The show is our one big fund raising project for the year. The proceeds raised from the show allow the guild to bring in guest speakers and special programs throughout the year. The show consists of the quilt displays, Viewers’ Choice judging, the Mini Quilt Silent auction, the Guild Boutique and many local vendor booths. There are many ways to be involved in the show, displaying a quilt, donating items to the boutique shop, or volunteering during the show.
Library Quilt - - -
Each year a member volunteers to make a wall-size or lap-size quilt. This quilt is raffled off at the Christmas Party in December and the proceeds are used to fund our Guild Library with new books and templates.
Name Tags - - -
Members are encouraged to make a name tag that is visible for all members to see and wear it at all meetings. Members who wear a name tag are eligible for door prizes. If your name is drawn, you can pick a prize and share a sewing tip.
Parties - - -
Did someone say Party? Yes, we have two parties a year. One is our big birthday party the first meeting in July. The other is our Christmas party the first meeting in December. Both are pot-luck and we are very lucky to have so many good cooks! There are crazy games, socializing, and lots of prizes. These are parties the devoted quilter should never miss.
Grapevine Groups - - -
Grapevine Groups are smaller groups of guild members that meet during the month at various locations throughout Topeka. Grapevine groups provide an opportunity to meet and get to know other guild members that are in your area, visit or work on special projects in a smaller setting. Contact the Vice President for groups that are taking members.