Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mini Quilts

1. Anyone can make a mini quilt. This is your opportunity to make a small version of a "you've been wanting to make but didn't have time.

2. Many quilts have a perimeter of no more than 80 inches.

3.  Use any technique; please do your best work. 

4. Attach a label to the back of your quilt.

5.  Many quilts should be turned into your area representative or to Sandra John by September 20, 2016. Contact Sandra at 801-775-0504.

6.  Make a mini quilt and your name will be entered in a drawing for a prize. The drawing will be September 24 at 11:45 AM.

7. You can volunteer to be a hostess at the mini quilt table. Check at the registration desk or check with Bev DeMaria to volunteer at 801-645-2938.

8. Buy tickets to win one of these beautiful quilts for your very own. 

9. Winners will be drawn Saturday, September 24 at 11:45 AM in the mini quilt area. You can check anytime after that to see who has one each quilt.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Carpe Diem

How many of you are thinking that summer is going by way too fast?!  Summer is time for family, friends, adventures, and of course preparing for the annual quilt festival.  Only two more months!!! While I was reviewing some member/local group blogs - it seems everyone is keeping busy but I did find a few updates (some of them display a little better pictures of classes available for quilt fest):

Just a few reminders of upcoming deadlines while you are sewing away to your hearts desires or while you're spending time at local swimming pools...

Quilt Show Entries Due.... August 15 for paperwork, August 29 for the quilt
Final Mailing Deadline.... August 22
Last Day to Get a Refund.... August 22
Last Day to Make Luncheon Table Reservations.... August 22
Last Day to Reserve Discounted Hotel Room Rate.... August 28

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Quilt Fest Registration Opens Monday, June 6 at 6pm

Today is Sunday, June 5, 2016, and that means TOMORROW evening Quilt Fest REGISTRATION opens at 6:00pm!!!

Quilt Fest Registration Form:

Quilt Fest 2016:

2016 Opportunity Quilt

The Blessing Quilt...

The blessing of family and the blessings of friends. The blessings of shelter and comfort and prosperous times. The blessings of occupation and enterprise and adventures. The blessings of neighborhood and country. The blessings of health and happiness. The blessings of a spirit of giving and sharing and goodwill and cheer. The blessings of past, present, and future. I am blessed.

Don't Forget - Ugly Christmas Sweaters!!!

It's not too late to start looking or making your Ugly Christmas Sweater for Quilt Fest! 

Come enjoy the first and best Christmas Party of the year!  Wednesday, September 21st 5:30-7:30pm in the vendors mall.  Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest combined with Black Wednesday sale at the vendors mall including music, demos, games, and of course sales.  Show off your worst Christmas sweat.  Winner will receive a gift certificate to use in the vendors mall.  Hopefully for fabric to make better clothes!  Register and receive your number before 5pm at the registration desk.  Mystery Judges will find you in the vendors mall Wednesday night and the winner will be announced at 6:30pm.

Here are a few ideas...…

‪#‎hidious‬ ‪#‎ugly‬ ‪#‎itsbeautiful‬ ‪#‎quiltfest‬ ‪#‎uqg‬

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quilt Festival 2016

"A Quilted Christmas" will be held September 20-24, 2016, at the Davis Conference Center featuring National Teachers Laura Heine of Fiberworks Quilt Shop, Jacqueline de Jonge of BeColourful, Fiber Artist Deb Karasik, Linda M. Poole of The Magic of Applique.  

Registration opens June 6th at 6pm. Questions with registration should be sent to #UQG

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sewing Classes & Workshops Available

Attention All Wool and Applique Lovers!  Debbie Busby from Wooden Spoon Designs will be teaching two workshops at Quilter's Attic this month.

Monday, May 23rd
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wool Project: Pincushion & Needle Keep, Trunk Show, Light Supper, $80 and includes wool kit.

Tuesday, May 24th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wool Project: Autumn Table Mat, Yummy Lunch, Fun & Inspiration, $150 and includes wool kit.

Actual projects are a surprise, but if you like Debbie's "folksy" style, you'll love what you're making!

Call the shop to sign-up ASAP at 801-292-1710 (space is limited).

Quilter's Attic
2155 S. Orchard Dr., Bountiful, UT

Summer Sewing Camp - Wimmer's is offering sewing classes for kids ages 8 to 88! Every Wednesday June 8th through August 10th (10 weeks).

8 - 10 year olds... 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
11 - 14 year olds... 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
15 - 88 year olds... 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sign-up today while space is available.

Call 801-546-4909!

Cost is $45 per week, includes project kits, and a free Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118 sewing machine!

94 N. Fort Lane, Layton, UT

Quilting 2-day Workshop - Beginning or Advanced classes available for only $25.  Includes lunch and afternoon snack.

June 10 - 11 & June 15 - 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm both days

Bring your own fabric or purchase a fabric kit for $25

Beginning classes will be making a disappearing 9-patch block purse.

Advanced classes will be making a sunflower block purse.

Don't miss out on the Fat Quarter Exchange & Quilt Show!

Sign-up at or
call 801-546-4906.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Linda Poole

We're excited to announce that one of our featured teachers at Quilt Fest 2016 will be LINDA M. POOLE - National and International Instructor and Speaker, fabric designer, and author of 5 books.

Change the way you think of applique with this new approach by Linda.  Rather than using individual fabric pieces for applique, Linda shows how to use one piece of fabric and paints to achieve beautiful, artistic, appliqued quilts.  Painted applique in fun, easy, and makes your quilts sing.  Linda also shows her pattern quilted in various ways and with a variety of embellishments and extra-special finishing touches.  Even if you have never painted before or feel you are not an artist, you will be creating lovely painted applique quilts of your own in no time with Linda's encouraging and instruction.

Author of "Turkish Delights to Applique, Blended Bias Applique, Quilted Fairie Tales, and Painted Applique: A New Approach" her life revolves around photography, writing, painting, and sewing.  Linda says "let things you see in my books be a springboard for your imagination.  Each pattern gives you choices - use commercial fabrics, paint your fabric, or do both!"  You'll find her at or check out her blog at

Monday, April 11, 2016

Spring Cleaning!

spring clean·ing
  1. 1.
    a thorough cleaning of a house or room, typically undertaken in spring.
  1. 1.
    clean (a home or room) thoroughly.

It's that time of year when people peak their heads out from the cold winter and start spring cleaning. I thought I'd share some articles from other sites that give you a few pointers on how to clean up your sewing rooms.

How blogger "I'm Feelin' Crafty" organized her sewing room

Sharon Cuming's Pinterest board has lots of pinned items

FabricMakesMeHappy's Sewing Room Tour Part 2 on YouTube

How to fold your fabric

What other options are out there if you wanted to donate items

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

5 Bad Quilting Habits to Break

1.  Not Ironing/Pressing Your Seams

Although this “seams” tedious, ironing your seams open makes a huge difference in how your quilt lays or hangs as well as how it fits together.  Why measure and cut with the correct math if you aren’t going to bother pressing your seams correctly?  You will notice your quality of work is significantly higher if you do this.

2.  Cutting on the Same Spot of Your Mat

We all are tempted to lay and cut our fabric on a certain corner or area of our mat every time (we are creatures of habit), but when doing this over and over, we are ruining our cutting mats and shortening their lifespan.  Be sure to treat your mats to a drink every once in a while.

3.  Putting Pins in Your Mouth

I’ve done it and actually I caught myself – just now – doing it again.  I’m not your mother and don’t need to roll my eyes at anyone but take a second to read this story.

4.  Having Bad Posture While Sewing

One of my nicknames growing up was “jay bird” because I sat on my legs all of the time (and still do even at a computer and at the dinner table) so you can only image my posture when I’m sewing for hours upon hours.  Sewing Ergonomics

5.  Cutting Paper With Your Fabric Scissors

Using your fabric scissors on anything other than fabric will dull them quickly.  Quilters most likely already know this but family members need the reminder.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Year = New Quilters

Whether you are just beginning to quilt or wanting to master your basic quilting skills.  This blog post will help.

Supplies:  You might think a needle, some thread, and fabric are all that you need but these days - there are many more gadgets and tools you could use to help!  Below are some of the basics supplies that really won't cost much, especially if you take advantage of chain store coupons, and quilting app e-coupons available on your phone .

Cutting Mat - these mats have grid lines on them to assist you in cutting accurately when you're measuring your pieces.  They also protect the surface you are cutting on and and help keep your blade sharp.  Make sure to get a mat that's self-healing (i.e. it'll "come back to life" in your bath tub with a little TLC when it's used for many years or on several projects).  We recommend an average 18"x 24" mat for beginners.

Cutting Table - you'll need space to lay out your fabrics and blocks.  Many quilters to this day take over their dining table for cutting and sewing on and they even use their floor to see their progress if they don't have a design wall.

Fabric - beginners will likely choose fabrics from a stash or some already selected for a project they have in mind.  If your fabric is cheap, the woven threads will eventually come undone along with all of your hard work.  Keep in mind the general rule is 100% cotton.  Understanding Fabric Grains

Iron (and board or mat) - your basic everyday iron and board is fine but if you are able to, dedicate your own ironing board and iron to quilting and even splurge on a wider-quilting one if you can for approximately $25.  Pressing The Proper Way

Pins - most prefer long straight pins with flat plastic heads as they are easiest to grab and pull out or move while sewing.

Rotary Cutter - known for sharp blades and if you aren't paying attention will slice off part of your thumb or index finger.  Cuts your fabric quickly and accurately.  If you visit local quilt shops, they'll let you test drive some cutters so you can choose the one that fits your hand.  They are available in different sizes but we recommend a regular/medium-sized one.  Rotary Cutting Safety Tips

Rulers - not your average 12" school room ruler.  We're talking about those plastic rulers with grid markings on them to assist you in alignment.  Most suggest a longer ruler 5" or 6" x 24" to help you cut your fabric on your cutting mat and then a shorter ruler 5" or 6" x 12" for those smaller pieces/blocks.

Scissors - since you'll mostly be using your rotary cutter for larger pieces, get some fabric cutting only scissors for your quilting projects.  When you cut paper with scissors it dulls the blade.  So keep a pair just for quilting and another pair for cutting paper (patterns).  You'll want to trim threads or small pieces of fabric and it's nice to keep them next to your sewing machine.

Seam Ripper - the more the merrier!  We all make mistakes and you're always looking for your seam ripper so get more than one.

Sewing Machine  - you don't need an expensive machine to get started but you do need it to sew a 1/4" seam allowance with a straight stitch and a walking foot is pretty awesome.

Thread - 100% cotton is the general rule again.  If the thread is cheap, it'll most likely break and clog your machine with lint.  Good idea to get basic colors along with a lot of white, beige, and grey.

Easy Beginner Quilt Projects
Quilting on a Budget

Terms:  "I successfully finished my WOW BOM UFOs in 2015!"  Better known as jibber-jabber.  Here are some links to terms, definitions, and abbreviations used in the quilting world.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tearing Through Salt Lake City, the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar


·         Quilt Magazine Designer Spotlight

President Elect Kathy Porter as Ricky's Special Assistant
Volunteers:  Early to Rise, Late to Bed.  From dawn to well… past dusk, volunteers helped their well-oiled operation by both Cyndy and Justin.  Unloading and loading the trailer, setting up and taking down the store and quilt show, had daily job assignments and shifts including designated "white gloves" for the quilt show, ushers for seminar entry and awarding of prizes, store shop-keeps, registration, and helpers.  Believe me we earned our keep And Our 60% Off, Whoo Hoo!!!  FabricBooksDVDsPatternsMusic

President Cindy Hutchinson showing the back of Dad's Lone Star
Linda Rowberry assisting John with memberships

Seminar:  You might have previously read these and thought, yeah that's just "marketing"... well I said it as did many others in attendance.

"Never in my twenty years of quilting have I had such a mind-opening experience as the Ricky Tims Quilt Seminar."  

"This is the best seminar I've EVER taken!" 

"This was the best class I've had in years and well worth it!" 
- From SLC

"Ricky and Alex explain things like no one else does and they definitely were not boring speakers!" - From SLC

What we learned....

ü  Quilting Caveman Style
ü  An improvisational approach to piecing without templates, measuring, or sewing quarter-inch seams.
ü  Convergence Quilts
ü  Magical, mysterious, easy, and fun art quilts.
ü  Out of Your Mind?
ü  Learn the design elements of art and create your own original quilts. This study applies to both traditional quilters and art quilters.
ü  Rhapsody Quilts
ü  Create your own formal, multi-technique, innovative and original quilt, with flowing curves that are mirrored and reversed to create perfectly balanced symmetry.
ü  No Pins Curves; That’s right, no pins!
ü  Setting-in Corners and Circles
ü  Imagine sewing a circle into a hole!  Not appliquéd
ü  Magical Marking Techniques; This will change your life!
ü  Heirloom Machine Quilting Secrets
ü  What batting? What is the best design?
ü  How can you manage a large quilt?
ü  Award-winning Machine Applique
ü  Learn to Outline Appliqué for finesse and Scribble Applique to create wonderful landscape expressions
ü  Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts
ü  A Kaleidoscope quilt that is easy and accessible for all quilters
ü  Spectacular Piped Bindings These time-saving and breathtaking bindings are put on entirely by machine
ü  Bobbinwork Basics


Want to See More:

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Do You Know Kaffe Fassett?

Recently, fellow quilters had the opportunity to learn from designer extraordinaires, Messers Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mabley in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Quilters in this workshop were educated from a spectacular artistic eye on design, theory, placement, and textile.  “In 2013, Fassett followed up his 1988 exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum with ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Color’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.  The exhibit featured over 100 works including nine foot nine wide knitwear and throws, patchwork quilts, as well as items never before seen in the public eye.  Fassett even designed a tactile installation for visitors to touch so that they would get a better understanding of the structure behind his work.”- Wikipedia

Inspiration happening...

Feeling purple

Feeling green

Measure twice

Cut once
Shar, our cutting savior
The man himself
Kaffe Fasset studio

Kaffe Fassett quilt kits

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quilt Fest 2016 - "A Quilted Christmas"

Mr. & Mrs. Clause and several of Santa's helpers announced the 2016 theme "A Quilted Christmas" after reading off a few names from his Naughty List.  You might want to be on your best behavior for next year, because Santa Knows and is Always Watching...  Many things are being planned including an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  I know that sweater, vest, sweatshirt, cover-up, suspenders in the back of your closet will come to good use.  If you've already cleaned out your closets of your holiday attire, you might want to start shopping soon.

Santa also announced our National Teachers for next year.  Survey results said you wanted more challenging classes.  Review their work and let Quilt Fest Chair, Cindy Hutchison know which patterns/classes you would like taught.  The ones with the  most votes will be selected.  Decision to be made before the end of February 2016.

Jacquelyn De Jong

Dutch quilt artist, Jacquelyn De Jong, of Be Colourful Quilts. Jacqueline is a lady of color, pattern designer, teacher, and fabric designer. You can follow Jacqueline's blog at

Linda Poole

Linda Poole is a quilter, artist, fabric designer and lecturer.  Linda does beautiful painted appliqué. She has taught all over the world. - Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey and the United States or follow her blog at

Laura Heine

Laura Heine is our third national teacher.  Many of you met Laura at the 2014 Quilt Fest.  She is an international quilt educator, a fabric designer for Kings Road, an educator for YLI Thread Company, Pattern Designer and teacher.  Laura owns the quilt shop in Montana called Fiberworks and can be located at

Our final national teacher will be Deb Karasik, she is a fiber artist, designer, teacher and author. Go to Deb's site and click on her FREE STUFF.  There are several free patterns you can print.  If you are not acquainted with paper piecing, print a few of these and start practicing so you will feel comfortable taking some of these classes. You can find Deb at

"A Quilted Christmas" Quilt Fest 2016 is September 20 - 24, 2016 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT.

Happenings - Ruby Jubilee

The Beeline is out.  Check your inboxes!  A few highlighted events from the Happenings section are below:

  • UQG is turning 40!  Announcing the big Ruby Jubilee
  • Family Promise Quilt Show, Oct. 24, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E 3300 S, SLC, UT.
  • 11th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup, Oct. 9-10-11, 2015, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Payson, AZ
  • Holiday Quilt Show & Auction Events Nov. 13, 2015, Opening Reception, Nov. 14-19, 2015, Quilt Show, Nov. 20, 2015, Dinner & Auction.
  • Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar, Nov. 19-21, 2015, Sheraton Salt Lake (Downtown), SLC, UT.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Josephine Keasler.
  • Cedar Chest Quilters Winter Quilt Retreat, Jan. 27-30, 2016, Crystal Inn, Cedar City, UT.
  • HMQS, May 5 - 7, 2016, South Towne Exposition Center, Sandy, UT.

Badges Awarded

A few photos taken at Quilt Fest 2015 are posted to the UQG Facebook page

Krisanne Watkins thanked her wonderful committee for all of their hard work at Quilt Fest 2015.

Cindy Hutchison went above and beyond in searching out financial support and in kind donations.

Kathy Porter came up with the Merit Badge idea and spent untold hours creating them.  She also helped me out with the Tuesday night orientation and Meet the Teachers.

Marie Haws again did a wonderful job on the Art Auction.  And she once again made wonderful theme related lanyards for the quilt fest committee.

Brenda Bell is the most amazingly well organized Secretary ever.

Crystal North created a wonderful Vendor’s Mall and really looked out for the vendors.  The Jamboree was a huge success.  Not to mention all of the problems encountered with the website this year. She was helping us out from Paris when the website went down early on.

Marian Gallian took care of the finances and kept me on the straight and narrow when I came up with new ways to spend guild money.

Lanise Thompson and Carrolee Howell essentially did not receive any official training, but took on the Registrar position.

Barb Walsh did an excellent job in teacher selection and is a worthy Silver Thimble winner.

Carole Lifferth did an amazing job with the Quilt Show.

Bev DeMaria aptly filled the slots with volunteers ready to fill in as needed.

Marsha Chappell did a wonderful job with our Teacher’s Pets.

I heard such positive feedback on the table favors done by Shelli Stephenson, as well as the door prizes collected and distributed by Sue Tubbs and Lorri Bashein.

Brenda Richardson, Margaret Gray, Valerie Burton, and Kaye Evans each accepted responsibilities for Mini Quilts, Save the Boobies, Challenge Quilts, and Hand Quilting.

Allison Babcock yet again did a wonderful job with luncheon reservations.

Shantelle Cox created the amazing brochure.

Jill Cox did a great job with Publicity and T-shirts.

Elise Larsen pitched in whenever and wherever needed as our floater.

Mary Evans directed our Camp Retreat, sewing machine storage, and Mystery Quilt.

Helen Meeks and Sylvia Lewis watched over our Open Sew.

Geralyn Powers came up with a wonderful Make and Take idea, and then carried it out.

Elaine Carlson took over the lunchroom mini quilt shows.

Nina Cooke helped out with the welcome bags.

Karen Olsen was in charge of property -loading it all up and setting it up in the conference center. She and Margaret Gray were still involved in taking it all down and returning it to the storage unit up until 9:30pm.

Finally, thanks to all of you who volunteered.  Your contributions were greatly appreciated.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Quilt Camp in Less Than 2 Days!

Camper's Packing List: Altered Quilter's Camp List:
Sleeping Bag
Hotel Room
Campfire Games
Hobo Dinners
Registration Paperwork
Convenience Store
Vendors Mall
A Nice View
Quilt Show
Bug Spray
Best Press Spray
Tin Foil
Fabric Bolts
Fishing Poles
Toilet Paper
Indoor Plumbing
Hand Sanitizer
Gloves in a Bottle
Beverage of your choice
Measuring Tape
Backup Generator
Sewing Machine
Ot Light
Spools of Thread
Rain Gear
Silly Quilter's Attire

2015 Quilt Festival September 15-19 
Lodging available at Hilton Garden Inn or Home2 Suites
See which classes are still available Class Registration
Don’t forget to make your Luncheon Reservations
and gather your Finished Class Homework

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Call for Quilt Fest Volunteers and Quilt Show Entries!!!

It is hard to believe the summer is almost over and it's even harder to believe that we are just a few weeks away from Quilt Fest.  If you would like to volunteer some of your time and help us this year, we sure could use you even if for a couple of hours.  Come see old friend and make some new ones.   Some of the needs include help at the registration desk, white glove "Vanna's" at the quilt show, mini quilt ticket sales and challenge quilts, and of course at the art auction baskets.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Bev DeMaria.  Members can obtain her contact information from the UQG website.   Thank you in advance.

If you’ve never entered a quilt in a competition before, it is where you can learn and improve so much.  We can’t have a quilt show without your beautiful quilts.  Don’t forget to sew a label and a proper sleeve on your quilt.  A proper sleeve ensures that your quilt can be hung on our quilt hanging system.  Step by step instructions for adding a sleeve to your quilt can be found at UQG website under the Events tab.  I have even searching for a few videos for you.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Deadlines are Approaching for Quilt Festival

Don't worry, there's still time!!!  

You can still register for classes/lunches/lectures, finish that quilt, enter your quilt into the show, and volunteer at

Quilt Festival Timeline Registration Opened:  June 1, 2015
Final Mailing Deadline:  August 22, 2015
Last Day to Get a Refund:  August 22, 2015 - 5:00 pm MST
Last Day to Reserve Hotel at UQG Discounted Rate:  September 1, 2015

Quilt Show Entries Due: 
August 22, 2015 - for Paperwork 
August 31, 2015 - for the Quilt Festival  

National Teacher Luncheons
Wednesday……… Lisa Bongean 
Thursday………..  Marsha McCloskey 
Friday…………… Cynthia England 
Saturday………… drawings, auctions, prizes, etc.

Questions about Registration?  For questions or problems with registration, please email:  If you do not have email, you may call 435-850-9389.  Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, a good time to return your call, and the reason.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Utah Arts Festival - Last Day

The Utah Arts Festival is an annual event held at Library Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can see live events, eat fantastic food, view and even purchase art from all sorts of artists.  Just to highlight a few quilt-related artists that are at this year's event, see below (ends tonight):

Lisa Kattenbraker works with batiks on cotton fabric.  Her visual stories of life in the south (where she lived prior to Olympia) influenced her creativity.
Yan Inlow first prints an image on silk backing then embroiders with silk these amazing works of art.