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Nitetime Needlers Quilt Guild

Kansas City north of the river quiltmakers

Nitetime Needlers Quilt Guild

As with every other group, the pandemic has impacted the meetings and activities of the Nitetime Needlers Quilt Guild for a year.  After a period of Zoom meetings, we are back to in-person meetings.  If this changes again, you will be notified by the newsletter.

Our monthly meeting takes place the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Hillside Christian Church at 900 NE Vivion Road in Kansas City.   Guests are welcome!

Nitetime Needlers supports the Biannual Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. Our guild participation is usually vendor check in and check out. All guilds who contribute share in the proceeds from the show. At our September meeting, Jackie Kiernan-Hale accepted a check from Jan Maxfield.

One guild activity helped by our extra time at home has been our ongoing service project known as Quilts in Force.

As of September, we have donated over 120 quilts to Public Safety Departments and four Northland agencies:  Project Linus, Hillcrest Platte County, North Care Hospice, and Hillcrest Clay County.

Co-chair Carol Sparks shows off a recent donation for Quilts in Force.

After canceling the 2020 Quilt Show due to COVID-19, we successfully held our 2021 Quilt Show again September 17 and 18. Organized nearly every year by the Nitetime Needlers and Northland Quilt Guilds, we were thrilled to have many quilt lovers return for the viewing of 120 quilts, our Special Exhibit, and the Silent Auction which benefitted the Veterans Community Project this year. Attendees could shop in our fabric and quilting supplies Bargain Boutique, and with nine quilting vendors.

We’d like to thank our Gold Sponsors: Desperate Quilters, Steve Conway, State Farm, Jane Bromberg Quilts, Li'l Red Hen Quilt Shop, SONIC Northland Restaurants and Silver Sponsor: Quilter's Station.

Viewers' Choice Awards:

First Place: Lovely Ladies by Debbie Davidson

Second Place: Winter Campfire by Pam Palmer

Third Place Tie: Petal Power by Joann Borchelt AND Family Linens by Marci Hainkel

Pastor's Choice: Book Nerd by Jan Kramme

First Place:  Lovely Ladies by Debbie Davidson

Above:  Quilts on display

Right:  Silent Auction

Above:  Special Exhibit

Left: Bazaar

October Program

At our October meeting, Barbara Elkmeier showed us beautiful made from solid fabrics, dating from the late 1800s to present.

September Program

In September, Vicky Beasley gave an amazing presentation on making scrap quilts.

August Meeting

Our program for August was a Trunk Show by Kathy Delaney.

Right:  As part of the countdown to the Northland Needlers Quilt Show, we voted on favorite Silent Auction submissions at our August meeting.

  • 1st Place - Jackie Keirnan-Hale
  • 2nd Place - Lisa Morrow-Welsh
  • 3rd Place - Doris Falcone

June Meeting

Nitetime Needlers held a traditional in-person meeting on June 10. The program presented by Kelly Ashton on Fussy and Fabulous—Let the Fabric Work for You was WONDERFUL! She showed many examples of how centering isolated motifs and matching stripes and patterns can take simple blocks to the next level. Her specialty is working with diamonds, triangles and hexagons, but even the square blocks were striking.

Right:  Elements of print fabric are enhanced when centered in hexagons, also creating a more unified design.

Kelly Ashton opened the program showing a quilt her grandmother made before she was born. The carefully cut flower petals inspired her body of work.

Matching stripes carefully on triangles set into squares creates a visually stunning quilt.

Show and Tell:  Mary Ann Heston shows us her latest quilt made from tiny hexagons, paper pieced and quilted by hand.

May Program

Our May meeting featured a substitute speaker, but there was nothing substitute about Jackie Keirnan-Hale’s body of artwork. Our guild president artfully combines printed fabrics, colored pencil strokes, hand embroidery and embellishments into wonderful landscapes and nature themed art. There is a reason her beautifully colored and textured work is accepted at many shows. If you missed this, visit her website at

Image at right:

An explosion of color and texture

 in this underwater scene!

One of Jackie’s sublimely rendered sunsets.

Art quilt accepted into the Houston International Quilt Festival Landscapes section.

April Program

The April program was a show of slides and quilts by Quilt Designer Reeze Hanson on Color Confidence.


Upcoming Events

Thursday, Oct 28 at 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday, Nov 11 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday, Dec 9 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM