The Guild Member Directors of Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2019 have voted to support two local non-profit organizations with these events:
Preview Night — On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 we will celebrate the opening of the Festival! This fun event will feature food, music and shopping!
Small Quilt Auction and Sale — Participating Guilds will be making special small quilts for silent auction and sale. Enthusiasm is high among our members for expressing their creativity in support of our chosen nonprofits. This event will kick off on Preview Night and continue throughout the Festival.
Now you’re asking: Who are these organizations dedicated to promoting sewing and quilting in our area?
What They Do:
- Teach job skills for sewing type occupations for employment or entrepreneurship, focusing on our local core
- Foster social capital across cultural relationships in ways to lift everyone up
- Develop & sustain community interest & involvement in social justice through our activities
- Provide learning opportunities that will create a legacy for new generations to the creative life
- Collaborate & cooperate with other non-profits with similar objectives
The Sewing Labs staff is committed to promoting sewing and quilting skills. Classes and programs are offered by volunteers and professionals, with scholarships available for those who need financial assistance.
What They Do:
Volunteers teach a nine-week beginning sewing class that touches the basics– sewing straight seams, cutting fabrics from patterns, using elastic, hemming and other skills–to folks, many of whom have never used a pair of scissors (not to mention an electric sewing machine!) and most of whom are not at all conversant in the English language.
At the end of nine weeks, if the assignments have been completed satisfactorily, each student will take home the machine they have learned on, a new pair of scissors, an iron, ironing board, thread, notions, and ten yards of fabric. They have completed five different sewing projects, the last of which is a quilt by each student that will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for transmission to refugee camps around the world.
Once We Were Refugees is working to make a difference in the life of others to benefit the community, while promoting the love of sewing and quilting.
Please join us in supporting the mission of these two non-profit organizations who are working to make a difference in the lives of so many!