MAY 2021

Quilting festival coming to Kansas City area in June

Classes, vendors, competitions will inspire your quilting creativity

By Corbin Crable

Kansas City has always been known for its lip-smacking barbecue and the jazz scene that developed there during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, but for several decades, it’s been a haven for quilters, too.

Onlookers at the 2019 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival admire a piece on display. The festival returns this year to the Overland Park (KS) Convention Center, June 17-19. (image courtesy of the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival)

Quilters from around the country will descend on the Kansas City metro area for the 2021 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. This year’s festival takes place June 17-19 at the Overland Park (KS) Convention Center and is sponsored by quilting guilds on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line.

“Kansas City is home to dozens of quilt guilds and sewing groups, rooted within a strong history of quilting in the area. Quilts from the legendary Kansas City Star blocks have been made worldwide, and for the past 80-plus years, ‘Kansas City’ has been a familiar name to quilters across the globe,” according to the festival’s website. “This festival provides the perfect opportunity to get inspired for your next project, be it traditional or contemporary.”

The website adds: “Kansas City is nicknamed the “City of Fountains, but (during the festival), it will become the “City of Quilts!”

Classes for the festival will actually kick off on June 16, the day before its official opening, with more than a dozen courses offered throughout the day. Class topics are diverse, ranging from repurposing your fabric to coloring tools, from stacking and cutting fabric repeats to gel paint printing on fabric. All classes are led and taught by a variety of quilting professionals; the classes are sponsored by Quilters HQ and The Missouri Sewing Machine Co.

Separate fees are being charged for each class, and pre-registration is required. Attendees may not be refunded for a class once paying for registration, though they are encouraged to sell their spot in the class to a friend or other attendee.

General admission for June 17-19 is $17 for a one-day adult ticket and $10 for a one-day child’s ticket for children ages 4-12. A three-day ticket, which covers the entire festival, may be purchased online for $30 in advance on the festival website, but they may not be purchased at the door.
Once through the doors, attendees can expect three full days packed with a variety of activities to inspire their work, gain new ideas, and network with quilting professionals:

Susan Cleveland will be one of the many quilting professionals leading classes at the 2021 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. (image courtesy of the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival)

Judged quilts: Anyone can submit a quilt to be judged by experts in the field; though open submissions ended on April 15, all quilt entries will be on display for the duration of the festival. Ribbons will be given to the top three quilts, and all will be entered in a Judged Show Overall competition, in which they will vie for cash prizes.

Special collections: Pride in Missouri’s history will be on full display with a large Missouri Bicentennial Quilt. The quilt was created and sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Star Quilt Co., and Missouri State Quilters Guild. “With one quilt block to represent every Missouri county and the independent City of St. Louis, the Missouri Bicentennial Quilt showcases the unique characteristics of Missouri culture and style,” according to the festival’s website. Other special pieces on display will include a quilt featuring notable men and women throughout Missouri’s history, as well as quilts commemorating the suffragette movement of the early 20th century.

Additional classes: Classes on a variety of topics will be offered throughout the three days of the festival. Topics to be covered include quilt bindings, border designs, starting a collage, continuous line custom quilting, and sewing accessories. Again, classes require pre-registration, and enrollment fees are non-refundable.

Many festival favorites are returning to sell their wares, but according to festival organizers, nearly 50 new vendors will be on site as well. The festival’s site offers a complete listing of new and returning vendors, along with links to the vendor’s social media pages.

According to festival organizers, face masks will be required throughout all public areas of the festival; portable hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the festival’s high-traffic areas, and social distancing will be encouraged, among other health and safety protocols.

For more information on the 2021 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival, or to register for classes, visit, or visit the festival’s Facebook or Instagram pages.

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