Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Fun in Midway

A "Swiss Christmas" festival will be happening in Midway UT this weekend.  Midway is a small town, but they really know how to celebrate.  There will be a lot of fun things going on during the three day event, that you won't want to miss.

Interfaith Creche Exhibit and Quilt Display
December 3,4, and 5  11:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
165 N. Center Street
Midway, Utah

There will be at least 90 countries represented in the Creche Exhibit.

Also going on at the same time is:

Cottages for the Children(Gingerbread House Display). 
December 3rd and 4th 10:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Midway Community Center 135 W. Main Street
Midway, Utah

There will be a silent auction of the Gingerbread Houses to benefit the Wasatch/ Summit Counties Childrens Justice Center.

Swiss Christmas-Midway Town Hall (Gifts and Food)
Midway Town Hall
December 3rd and 4th
10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more info about the Swiss Christmas, go to their website at:

There is also a quilt exhibit in Park City.

11 Israeli artists quilt show at Temple Har Shalom until December 10, 2010. Park City, UT. Call 435-649-2276 for information. 

Quilt Fest 2011

Mark your calendars for Quilt Fest 2011!!  It's going to be held in Provo, UT, from Sept. 20th through Sept. 24th.  The theme for 2011 is "We Cut Corners", so start thinking about making a quilt for the theme category. 

It doesn't seem possible that today is already December 1st, which only gives us 24 days to finish our quilty gifts!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More Quilt Fest 2010

Quilt Fest 2010 ended yesterday after four fun filled days.  There was a lot of rain but no one seemed to mind because we were all busy with classes, buying goodies at the vendors mall, seeing old friends, and seeing the quilt show.  The level of talent at this show was outstanding!  It's just amazing to see some of the ideas and techniques quilters use to design their quilts.   I was so busy and excited to see everything that I forgot to take lots of pictures, but here are a few for you to ohh-h-h and ahh-h-h over.

The luncheons are always fun and this year was no exception. Lectures and slide shows / quilts were presented by Mary Stori, Nora McMeeking, John Flynn, Sue Nickels, and Susan McBride Gilgen.  Each one has a different style of quilt making so it was interesting to hear how each one began quilting and how they developed their individual style and different techniques.

Many thanks to the Quilt Fest Board and committee members for putting together our annual Quilt Fest!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Quilt Fest Has Begun!

Last evening was the beginning of Quilt Fest 2010!  Quilt Show winners were announced and the teachers were introduced.  Mary Stori was our opening night speaker and kept everyone in stitches (no pun intended) with her stories of how she comes up with ideas for design.

The lighting in the conference room was good for everything but a camera, so this photo of Mary Stori is pretty fuzzy.  Check out the jacket!  Yes, it's a crossword puzzle.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It's Almost Here!!

Quilt Fest starts in three days!!  This fall weather has been perfect and may be just a bit cooler next week so if you plan on attending make sure you take a sweater or jacket.  Midway, UT should be just gorgeous while we are there.  Lots of classes taught by some wonderful teachers, both local and national.  Our national teachers this year are John Flynn, Norah McMeeking, Sue Nickels, and Mary Stori.  There are still spots available in a few of the classes, so check out the Utah Quilt Guild website for the listings.  Classes not your thing this year?  There will be a wonderful quilt show, mini-quilt auction, Breast Cancer block challenge and auction, a pattern exchange, plus our famous auction of Festival Baskets (full of goodies) donated and made by various people/guilds.  We can't forget to mention what most of us look forward to.............the Vendors Mall!!!!

If all of this isn't enough to entice you, there will also be some special exhibits along with the quilt show.  One is the Alphabet Soup Challenge.  Twenty-six quilters each chose a letter of the alphabet and made a small 18"x 24" quilt depicting what that letter means to the quilter.
Another special exhibit will be the Heber Valley Row Quilts.  I've seen these quilts and they are wonderful.

There will be a lot more going on to, so plan on visiting the show in Midway, UT at the Zermott Resort, Tues. evening Oct. 5th, through Sat. Oct. 9th.  The show quilts will be taken down after lunch on Sat. but classes will continue until 5 p.m.

Hope to see you there.  I'd love to know how many of you read this blog, so don't be shy....say hello.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Contemporary Art Quilts

Contemporary Art Quilts

Who: Universe City
What: Contemporary Art Quilts by Judy Elsley and Julie Nelson
When: October 1-16, Fridays: 5:00-8:00 pm, Saturdays: 1:00-6:00 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 5:00-8:00 pm
Closing Night Art Talk and reception, Saturday, October 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden

In conjunction with First Friday Art Stroll, Universe City opens "Contemporary Art Quilts" by Judy Elsley and Julie Nelson, Friday, October 1 from 5:00-8:00 PM. The show continues until October 16th, Fridays: 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays: 1:00-6:00 pm or by appointment. For appointments, call Benjamin Jennings, 801 458-8959. The show will conclude with an art talk and reception on October 16h, 6:30-8:00 pm. Light refreshment are available opening and closing nights.

Julie Nelson and Judy Elsley are quilt makers living in the Ogden area.  Both artisists design and make their own quilts, and they meet regularly for "play dates" to talk about their individual work and try out new techniques together.

Nelson uses a mix of commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, incorporating wood, metal and gourd shells into her work. Elsley's quilts are made from her own hand-dyed fabrics. Nelson machine and hand quilts her work, while Elsley often takes hers to a professional machine quilter.

Elsley says of their work, "We draw inspiration from each other, learn from each other, and we play well together. I admire Julie's creativity, her sense of color, and her beautiful quilts. We feel fortunate to have found each other and we enjoy collaborating."

In addition to being a quilt artist, Elsley is well-known quilt historian, as a researcher and author on the topic of quilts and their place in culture. She has taught a course, "Text and Textile: Teaching the Literature of Quilting," at Weber State University, where she is a Professor of English and also the Director of the Honors Program. The course familiarizes students with texts about quilts and quilters, ranging from such non-fiction as history, biography, and critical articles to a variety of fiction, including poetry, short stories, a quilt detective novel, children's books, and a play. Quilt texts are often connected with the textiles that inspired them so as well as reading, discussing and writing about these texts, students are invited to bring in a family quilt to "show and tell." As a final project, students make a small autobiographical quilt which they display and explain to an audience of family and friends.

For more information about this show, contact:
Judy Elsley,
or Benjamin Jennings,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quilt Fest 2010

33 days until our annual Quilt Fest!!  Have you made your reservations? Special rates available until Sept. 5th. at the Zermott Resort.  Picked out your classes?  There are still some spots left in some really great classes.  There are only a few luncheon tickets available (Thur. is full).   There is a countdown widget on the sidebar to let us know how many days left until this fun filled event.  Please go to the website for full information on Quilt Fest.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Trunk Show in Ogden

The Ogden Quilt Guild enjoyed a wonderful trunk show with Lisa Brothman and Anne Munoz. There were a lot of o-o-oh's and ah-h-h-h's along with a lot of laughter.

Lisa has been very active in the UQG for a number of years, as well as teaching many of us her tricks of the trade. She started out making very traditional quilts and now makes wonderful art quilts.

Anne has never been what she considers a "traditional" quilter. She dyes her fabric using many different techniques, and often lets the fabric spark her imagination.

Both of these talented ladies love working with fabric, thread and "found objects" for embellishments. They use machine quilting to enhance and add dimension to their designs.

If you would like to see more pictures of the trunk show,

August 2010 Trunk Show - Ogden Quilt Guild - CLICK HERE

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Grayson Country Fun

Last Wednesday evening our guild met at the beautiful Canyonlands Resort for our end of summer social.  What a beautiful place and the view was amazing.  Janet Wilcox showed the project we will be working on in September for a fun “sew weekend”.  Sheri Guymon turned in her pink quilt for the cure block and it was adorable.  Karen Dufur made a cute kids quilt from a kit she purchased on our Montrose Quilt trip last month.  Kathy Hurst had a bright green and brown “Turning 20” quilt that she and her Mom made this summer.  Our Quilt of Valor is finished.  We also collected over 40 pillow cases that we will be giving to the school district’s Early Intervention program for needy children and families.  It was a “last call” for Helping Hands of Haiti blankets and our guild came through with flying colors.  Whew!  I think our projects are complete!

Deb Bayles
Grayson Country Quilters Guild

This looks like a wonderful place for a get-a-way of any kind!  Keep up the wonderful work, ladies.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Civil War Quilt Show

Come and participate in the only civil war era quilt show in the state!

The Heber Valley Civil War Quilt Show will be held on September 17th and 18th 2010 in the basement of AmBank at 620 West and 100 South in Heber City, Utah.  This quilt show is being held in conjunction with Heber Valley Civil War and Living History Weekend, a 1860s time period event hosted by the Utah Civil War Association and the Heber City Corporation.  Beautiful quilts were made by amazing women during a very turbulent time in our nation’s history.  Come see a reproduced sample of these civil war era quilts made by talented ladies throughout the state.

Only quilts that are faithful in color, material, pattern, and design to the time period will be allowed to enter this unique quilt show.  Pre-1870 reproduction fabrics and period specific patterns are a guide for quilts you may be considering to enter into the show.  Quilts made from kits are accepted as well as quilts made as replicas of original civil war era quilts.  Quilts made from your own imagination, as long as they are sensible to the era, will also be accepted.  Quilt types such as Dear Jane, utility quilts, samplers, medallion, and signature quilts are just a few of the possibilities.  Awards will be given.
Please see the event website at for rules and entry information.  The Heber Valley Civil War Quilt Show will be free to the public, along with a day full of civil war time period activities and demonstrations for the entire family.  Please direct your questions to Rachel Crane at (435) 654-7038 or

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Quilt Invitational

Ready for another road trip or day out with friends?  Brigham City Museum-Gallery is having another quilt show.  This one is titled "Quilt Invitational" and is featuring Patty Hawkins, an art quilter from Estes Park, Colorado.  There are also 14 quilters from Northern Utah who were invited to show their talents.  I don't have a list of the participating quilters yet, but I know that at least one of them belongs to UQG.

The show began on July 3rd and will continue until August 18th at the Brigham City Museum-Gallery.  The museum is open Tuesday - Friday 11-6 and Saturday 1-5, and is located at 24 N 300 W.  For more information call the museum at 435-723-6769.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grayson Country Quilters


Grayson Country Quilters held a quilt show on Saturday, July 3 rd during our towns Independence Day celebrations.  Over 50 quilts from our community were displayed and several hundred people strolled through the exhibit.  Five guild members made the quilt “Hearts and Apron Strings”.  Because of the color choices, they all are very different.  Many of us made the children’s quilt “Wiggles and Giggles” (we called it the worm quilt).   There are many talented quilters in our little town of Blanding! 

Deb Bayles from Blanding sent in all of these wonderful pictures.  I love seeing all the wonderful things other guilds are creating.  Once again the  Grayson Country Quilters have been busy.

Want to see your guild featured on this blog?  If your guild is chartered by the Utah Quilt Guild just send me an e-mail with a little blurb about the fun things happening in your group.  Oh, don't forget to attach pictures too!  Click HERE to contact me and please put Utah Quilters in the subject line.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Quilt Festival 2010 - "Sew Many Friends"

Have you received your catalog of classes for Quilt Fest 2010?  (If you are a UQG member you should have gotten it around June 1st.)  This year we are going to the Zermott Resort in Midway, UT.  The festivities will begin on Tues. evening, Oct. 6, with a lecture by Mary Stori followed by "Meet the Teachers".  It's always fun to see the actual project for each class AND to meet all the wonderful teachers....national and local.  The fun will continue through Sat. afternoon.

*DON'T FORGET .... 5 p.m. July 16th is the registration deadline to be included in the random computer drawing for classes*  Sept. 4th is the last day to cancel and get a refund.

For lots more information on Quilt Fest 2010, go to Utah Quilt Guild.  Class information, teachers, and activities are now online.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kimball Art Center Exhibit and Workshop

This info just arrived by e-mail from the Education Director of the Kimball Art Center, Jenny Diersen.  It sounds like a road trip is in my future. 

Don't Fence Me In
Contemporary Quilts
June 5 - July 25, 2010
Contemporary art quilts feature Western motifs for a wry look at the America West in fabric. Two quilting groups, the Piecemakers from Nothern Colorado and Denver based Quilt Explorations, combine forces for this exhibit.

Art Talk with Judith Trager, curator and exhibiting quilt artist
Thursday, June 17 6 - 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Artist Workshops:
Beyond Crazy: Contemparary Crazy Quilt Technique as Background
$100 (10% discount for members) + sewing machine
Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Exploring the Surface: An Integrated Approach
$150 (10% discount for members) some materials provided and $25 material fee
Saturday and Sunday, June 19 & 20 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time in passing this information along.

Best Regards,

Jenny Diersen
Education Director
Kimball Art Center
Park City, Utah
435.649.8882 ext 112

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kalico Cut-ups

The ladies have been busy again this month.  Along with some fun block of the month projects there are a lot of quilts being finished. Some fun show and tell at the last meeting.

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Charity Projects

Grayson Country Quilters have been working hard on many charity projects:  Quilts for the Cure blocks, One Million Pillow Case Drive, Helping Hands for Haiti quilts and infant blankets for our hospital.  We still have many more to do/make, but we have a great start!!

Looks like these ladies have been quite busy.  Send me your pictures and/or progress notes, especially if your chapter has a workshop or sew-in for any charity.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Grayson Country Quilters

Here is a picture of Delpha Zentner who is the mother of Kathy Hurst, one of our guild members.  When she heard that our guild was making light blankets for the “Helping Hands of Haiti” she gave us 25 that she made.  What a lady!  She often donates her light blankets to other organizations as well.

Deb Bayles
Grayson Country Quilters
Blanding, UT

Thanks for sending us this picture and information.  Many thanks to Delpha and Kathy for their contribution to our "Helping Hands for Haiti" project.  It won't take long to meet our goal of 1,000 blankets with this kind of response from our wonderful members (and non-members).  Aren't Mothers wonderful?!

For more information on type and size requirements for this project go to the UQG home page.  The first shipment of quilts went to Haiti last month, so keep them coming.  We have until Quilt Fest in October to reach our goal.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Colonial House Quilt Days - April 27, 2010

Marie working on applique       


We had 2 young visitors that are in the Virtual K-12 school and their
teacher join us for awhile.  They learned about quilting and even hand
pieced some rows together for a quilt that will be in the 2011 Holiday Quilt
Show and Auction.

Abbie and Taleen are basting a quilt that has been hand embroidered.

Working on the sashing of a donated quilt.

 This quilt has an oriental flare and curves!

Judie marking the outside border.

There are about 50 quilters who go to the Colonial House on the fourth Tuesday of each month to work on quilts for the Holiday Quilt Show and Auction.  The quilts are all hand quilted and finished during the year and then auctioned at the annual fundraiser for the Deseret Foundation.  If you'd like to meet some wonderful quilters, have lunch, and stitch a few stitches stop by the:

The Colonial House
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
259 East and 7th Avenue

Saturday, May 1, 2010


The HMQS starts in five days!!  Almost every quilting magazine I've looked at recently has either an ad or an article regarding this show.  The April/May issue of Quilter's Newsletter has a two page spread featuring the HQX that was held in Rhode Island two weeks ago and our show in SLC!  It's always exciting to find an article in a national publication that talks about people you actually know!

There will be a judged show with great prizes, quite a few special exhibits, and of course, all the vendors. There are over 100 classes being offered, many by national teachers.   Check the HMQS website for more information . There may still be some openings for classes if you haven't already signed up.

This is a show you really will enjoy.  If you've never been to a show like this, here are a few things to remember.  Wear comfortable shoes, lighten up your purse or better yet, bring an expandable tote bag instead, (for all the goodies you "just have to have"), rest your feet by watching some of the demos/lectures which are free, and don't forget cash, checkbook, or credit card!  Did I mention comfortable shoes? Oh! Don't forget your camera.  The quilts are always amazing.  Have fun.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

UQG's Oldest Member

 Note: click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.

UQG's Pres. Debbie Robertson and Pres. Elect, Crystal North had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Alice Sundquist, age 93.  Alice is quite a remarkable lady who still quilts most days.  I love her idea of threading a bunch of needles onto one spool of thread.

These two quilts were made for her great-grandaughters. Hand appliqued and embroidered.

                 Label for flower quilt

                                More stash 

  • Alice taught the “Notan” type of quilting and even won an award at the 1978 Springville quilt show with this quilt.  “Patterns in Nature” is the name of the quilt.

Miniature Quilts "Butterflies Fly Free" featured in Miniature Quilt Magazine, 1978.
 Another great mini of Sunbonnet Sue.  Hand appliqued and buttonhole stitch.

Check out the home page at for the rest of the story.  It sounds like Debbie and Crystal had a great day with one of our amazing quilters.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Best of Show - Paducah

Sue McCarty, of Roy, UT has been awarded the BEST OF SHOW at the AQS show going on in Paducah this week.  Wow!  Her quilt, Tribute to Tolkien, won best of show at the HMQS last year, and has also won awards in CA and TX. Sue is a true quilt artist.  If you'd like to see the award presentation, click on the following link to watch the news video of the award ceremony.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Grayson County Quilters

The pictures of the wedding ring are a project a few of us did one Saturday.  The picture of “Deb’s old blocks” is a project of mine.  A box of my mother-in-laws sewing projects was found (she passed away several years ago) and was given to me by a daughter as I am the only one who quilts.  She said to “do whatever” with them.  There was a stack of the little hexagon blocks (around 40, thank heavens they were already put together! ha) that I decided to make for wall hangings and table runners.  I have completed 12 projects and plan to give one to each of the 9 brothers and sisters.  The extras will be raffled off at the reunion in July.  I thought it was better for everyone to have a “piece” of their Mom’s quilt project.  I sewed fusible interfacing to the hexagons, turned them, then sewed them on different blocks adding sashing.  They are all different.  It was a “Long” process but one that I hope everyone will appreciate.  The 4th quilt project is a picture of the material we are using to make our July 4th quilt and the other picture is of a few members working on it.  We had already cut it out and then everyone grabbed a stack and made the blocks during our March meeting.  It is going to be a very striking quilt!  The picture of Janet’s eagle is what is she making for one of her sons.  An interesting take on the star pattern.