ABOUT COMMON THREADS REGIONAL QUILT SHOW
Prairie Quilt Guild was founded in June 1982 and quickly established a public quilt show as its premier event. The show has continued every even-numbered year since then. The 2018 Common Threads will be the 18th show.
In 2016, wishing to grow the event into a nationally acclaimed show, organizers decided to rename it to “Common Threads Regional Quilt Show” and opened participation to other guilds in the area.
2016 Participating guilds included:
Prairie Quilt Guild – Wichita
Country Rose Quilt Guild – Rose Hill
Heart of Kansas Quilt Guild – Hutchinson
Evening Star Quilt Guild – Hutchinson
Crazy Quilters Guild – El Dorado
Emma Creek Quilt Guild – Hesston
Kansas Longarm Quilters – Wichita
Wichita Modern Quilt Guild – Wichita
McPherson Quilt Guild – McPherson
Common Threads takes a large committee 18 to 24 months to plan displays, arrange for vendors, secure special exhibits, and ensure everything is in place for the comfort of visitors and the protection of the quilts – in short, every conceivable need such a show might have.
ABOUT PRAIRIE GUILT GUILD
Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita, KS, is a very active organization of women and men interested in all things quilting. Membership often exceeds 600, making PQG one of the largest guilds in the United States. About 60 percent of the members come from Wichita and the remainder from over 50 towns surrounding Wichita and throughout south-central Kansas.
Among PQG members are many nationally known quilters, designers, speakers, writers, and long-arm quilters who have been featured in magazines and books and who have won regional and national prizes at quilt shows, including the Houston and Paducah shows.
Monthly meetings feature a “show and share” segment and a program by regional and national quilters. The speakers often teach workshops during their stay in Wichita, at greatly reduced rates for PQG members.
In addition to workshops, members can take advantage of a well-stocked library of books, magazines, and media; block-of-the-month projects; quilt challenges; two six-day retreats each year; and, in odd-numbered years, tours of other members’ quilt rooms. A guild “beekeeper” helps new members find small groups, or “bees,” to join, and provides ideas for organizing new ones.
The guild has a keen interest in quilt education. Quilt Camps are conducted for members to teach sewing and quilting to children and adults. Also, education grants are available to schools and other groups and organizations wanting to learn about quilting or to continue quilting projects. Ages of participants in these grants range from elementary school to senior citizens. Funds for grants are raised through an auction of miniature quilts at the guild’s premier event, the Common Threads Regional Quilt Show held in even-numbered years.