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.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Robyn Orchard presented a wonderful trunk show at the Ogden Quilt Guild meeting this afternoon. Ogden's theme for this year is how to use your scraps to make beautiful quilts. One of the best web sites for patterns and ideas for using scraps is Bonnie Hunter's site at . There is a lot of information and tips for cutting and storing strips, bricks, and squares of various sizes which Bonnie calls her "scrap savers system". Robyn showed us just how beautiful quilts made from scraps can be. Organizing all those bins and boxes of fabric can be daunting if you try to do it all at once. Instead, Robyn suggests limiting your cutting and sorting time to 15 minute segments. When the timer goes off, walk away and do someting else unless you are on a roll, then set the timer for another 15 minutes. It really is amazing how many strips, bricks and squares you can cut in what seems like a short amount of time.

Here are a few more beauties!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quilts for Cars

Oh, yes!  Quilters love their craft and they really love to let everyone know just how much they love it!  Quilts were originally intended as bed coverings to keep you warm.  Most of them were made with scraps that were from old clothing or traded with other quilters.  Fast forward 100+ years and we make "lap" quilts to snuggle under while watching TV or reading, wall quilts (hangings) to help insulate our homes, art quilts, and more.  There are quilt blocks painted on barns and even tours to see this wonderful artwork.  What else are quilters doing with orphan blocks?  Click on the link below to see just how creative we quilters are!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Quilting Truckers

I'm still catching up on my email and just read this interesting, eye-opening article that was in the Wall Street Journal.  Thanks for sending me the link, Paula.  Click on the link for a fun read.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Knots have a Star

Brenda Sommers, a member of the Knotts group in Utah County, has recently been awarded celebrity status. She is mentioned in an article, "55 Rad Blogs for Quilters", in the April-May issue of the national Home Quilters magazine. Here is what they had to say, "Brenda's blog is heavy on the family chat, but she also offers many glimpses into her quilting life. Her life is like ours - lots of people to see and places to go, but still determined to get to the quilting! We relate, sister."
Brenda has been quilting for 5 years and is also past president of the Knotts Group. If you hear laughs and giggles you’ll know Brenda is nearby. She is tons of fun and we are lucky to have all her talents spill over into our group. Check out her blog at

 How great is that!!  I (Bev) read that article while flying home yesterday (yes, that's why there have not been any postings for the past two weeks) .  Way to go Brenda!!

Southridge Quilters

The Southridge Quilters Guild had an evening of fun!! We are working towards our basket for the UQG auction at QuiltFest.  This basket will be full of friends that you won't want to miss!! Can you guess who the friends are by the pictures? If not, you won't want to miss this basket!
We want to thank Kehl Homes for allowing us to use their office space. And a big THANKS goes to all the ladies who donated some of their time to produce these cute friends.
The Southridge Quilters meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lutheran Church on 2700 West 5100 South at 7pm. We would love to have you come and visit! Interested in what is happening in our guild? Check out our website...