Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Almost Time for a New Year

Here's wishing that everyone had a wonderful Holiday.  Are you getting ready for the New Year?  Making any resolutions for 2012?  Quilters always seem to make the same ones every least those that I know.  What's #1 on your list?  Here are a couple that I've made almost every year:

1.  Finish some UFO's  (my preference is PHD's, you know, "working on my phd")
     Some guilds actually offer prizes for those finished projects!  I make my list for the year, but have yet to get a prize for finishing something.  Maybe we should just purge some of those 10 year projects with the really ugly fabric that we wouldn't put in a doggie bed now!  Fess up, you know you have some of those!  I'm not sure who actually said this first, (maybe Bonnie Hunter?): "If it's still ugly you haven't cut it small enough".

2.  Go on a fabric diet.  (Not)

     This one really takes some a lot of will power.  We've all tried to work just from our stash, but for some reason we just don't have the right shade of blue or green off we go to the fabric store.   Actually, I blame the fabric companies.  They just keep producing all that new, colorful, happy, gotta have fabric which makes our stash look outdated on a monthly basis.  And of course, a friend calls and tells you a new fabric store just opened so off you go.....even if it's in another state!  Yes, it has happened to me.  What about vacation?  First thing we do is look up quilt shops, right?!

Whatever your goal or resolution is for this year, don't feel guilty when it gets broken.  Notice I said "when" not "if".  Quilters as a group are kind, friendly, and giving, no matter where you live.  So, for 2012, have fun with your friends and fabric, let the artist in you show in your work, and get those PHD's out of your sewing room.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Missing Quilt

Help Find Sharon’s Missing Quilt

Really 'Wild' Flowers! Season Two!, 62" x 64.5", by Sharon Schlozhauer

Sharon Schlotzhauer needs your help locating her 1st place quilt Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Season Two! The quilt did not make it back home from the recent Houston Quilt Festival. Each of the seven flowers depicted is three-dimensional. The quilt went missing on November 7, 2011 somewhere between the show floor and the mailing area. If you have any information that might help in finding Sharon’s quilt, her email address:
Let’s bring Sharon’s quilt home!

Please share this information with everyone you know.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Candlelight Christmas & Quilt Show

at This is the Place – Heritage Park
(NOVEMBER 25 - 26 & DECEMBER 2, 3, 8 through 27, 2011 excluding Sundays and December 24)
6 pm - 9 pm (Mon-Thurs) 6 pm - 10 pm (Fri-Sat)
$10 Adults, $7 Seniors (55 and over), $7 Children (11 and under),
FREE Admission to the Quilt Show to all Utah Quilt Guild Members (to see the rest of the exhibits you will need to pay the entrance fee.)
It’s hard to describe the magic of Candlelight Christmas. We'd like you to experience it! The Village is decorated like a Currier & Ives card, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time when you join us for this enchanting event.
You’ll also enjoy a Christmas Quilt Show by our own Utah Quilt Guild members. In addition, this year we have a special make-n-take Christmas project for all guild members TWO DAYS ONLY, on December 5 & 6 brought to us by Donna Moyer. This free event will be at the Quilt Museum from 12 – 4 PM. Show your Utah Quilt Guild membership card to enter the park, see the quilts, participate in the make-n-take and make a memory that will last a lifetime - Start your family tradition this year at Candlelight Christmas. (Come early in the month as over 1000 people will be there each night the week before Christmas).
If you would like to help staff the Quilt Show any of the nights please call Lisa Wegener at 801-870-8050

Thanks to Josephine Keasler for sending out this information.  This Is The Place and the UQG are planning to have a variety of quilts on display throughout the year, so watch for upcoming events here or in your newsletter.  Utah is very fortunate to have so many talented quilters, designers, and teachers.  Show your support by having a fun road trip to "This Is The Place".

AIDS Memorial Quilt at USU

AIDS Memorial Quilt
The AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in 1987, is the largest ongoing community arts project in the world, with more than 40,000 panels, each memorializing a life lost to AIDS. USU is excited to announce that a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Taggart Student Center Stevenson Ballrom November 28 to December 1, 2011. A host of events will accompany the memorial display to foster remembrance, awareness, and hope.

For more information and activities calendar, go to

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

COPS Quilt

Members of the Orr family accepted this quilt from the Grayson Country Quilters Oct. 19.  It will be used in a fund raiser auction sponsored by COPS at the COPS Parents Retreat in Little Rock, Arkansas. (L-R
Gene Orr, Damon Orr, Claudia Orr, Jolyn Orr, Julie Lucero)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Grayson Country Quilters

At the Oct. 19 meeting of the Grayson Country Quilters we learned how to make coiled  fabric baskets on the sewing machine.  Sidney Christensen, President Elect for 2012, was the instructor.  Gail Glover also showed other types of fabric baskets.
We also had a great show and tell evening with members bringing finished quilts.  Debbie Bayles who spearheaded the Hospital Sampler quilt, brought the completed wall art.  It will be officially donated to the hospital at some future date.

Sept 1 photo shows Ila Starks who taught us how to do raw edge applique in September.

Grayson Country Quilters

Quilt of Valor Presented to Workman Family

Over the past month, hundreds of friends, family and comrades have paid tribute to hometown hero Jason Workman, who gave the ultimate price in his personal fight against terrorism.  Standing behind him all the way in his dangerous assignments, were his parents, wife, son, brothers, and their wives and children.  In recognition of their great and sorrowful loss, local quilters joined together to piece a Quilt of Valor for his parents, and a Patriotic wall hanging for his wife and son.  These were presented to the Workman family on Sept. 15 at their home.
   “We hope the comforting symbol of this quilt will remind them always of Jason’s love of his country and his family, as well as their love for him.  Its country stars symbolize his roots in the rural west, and Blanding’s respect and love for him and their whole family.  We also want Staci and Jax to remember there is a whole town here who will never forget Jason, and are praying for them, and all the Workmans.” – Grayson Country Quilters

In 2003, Catherine Roberts of Seaford, DE, started the Quilts of Valor Foundation when her son and his 630th MP Company were being deployed from Germany to Iraq for one year. She was thrown into a group of other Americans who send their loved one into harm’s way.   The Grayson Country Quilters are only one of hundreds of organizations who have since joined the effort to make quilts to comfort the wounded and the families who have lost their loved one in this war on terror.  Special thanks to Holly Walker for her help and insight in this effort.

Those who still wish to make a donation in Jason's memory either to the Navy Seals or his wife  can donate to Naval Special Warfare Foundation 
( or the Workman family at: Towne Bank, 297 Constitution Drive, Virginia 
Beach, VA 23462. Checks payable to: Workman Family Fund.

Houston Winner!

Houston  International Quilt Show news:
“Harmony Within,” by Sue McCarty from Roy, Utah took the Best of Show award, which comes with a $10,000 prize. 

DRAGON AND FISHERMAN: Sue McCarty says her design for the best of show quilt, Harmony Within, features Asian motifs. Her quilt and the other prize winners can be seen at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2011 Houston Chronicle
"I'm just shaking," said a breathless McCarty after accepting the award and requisite giant check. "The quilt is about relationships. It's about a right-brained dragon and a left-brained fisherman. I don't think about (traditional or art styles) when I'm designing, it just comes from within."
McCarty is awarded the International Quilt Association's top prize a year after winning the $10,000 Best of Show honors at the American Quilter's Society show in Paducah, Ky., in April 2010 for her Tribute to Tolkien quilt.
McCarty's predominately red, blue and gold quilt for the IQA show features Asian motifs.
In the center, structures and birds on the water are framed in a bordered circle.
In the top right corner a dragon clutches calligraphy tools, a key and a book. On the bottom left side of the quilt, a figure with a fishing pole leans against a tree.
McCarty plays with the viewer, by overlapping the tree branches into the framed, aquatic scene and the quilt is finished with a three-sided, patterned black and gold border.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quilt Fest "Block of the Day"


Attached is the picture of the finished, Block of the Day project from QuiltFest. It was designed as a little wall-hainging for your sewing room--a place to put all those pins we've been collecting (QuiltFest, Shop Hop, etc.) so we can get them off our lanyards and give our necks a rest! We do have surplus kits available. If anyone would like to purchase a kit, they are $10 and can be ordered from me (Paula Dalby, 801-856-5573, or your local area rep.
Click on the photo for a closer look.  There's a pincushion, spool of thread, and scissors all in a cute basket.  Ric-rac for the handle and prairie points on the rim of the basket.  Thank you Paula, for putting these kits together.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Theme for Quilt Fest 2012

"Catch the Quilting Bug" is the theme for the UQG's 2012 Quilt Fest.  There are pictures of the actual "Quilt Bug" (A quilt covered yellow VW beetle/bug) in the previous post.  It is so darn cute! Quilt Fest 2012 will be held in St. George, UT at the convention center from Sept. 18 - 22.  Special rates for this event are being offered at the Hilton Garden Inn (next to the convention center - 1-877-782-9444) for $99.00 per night, and at the Fairfield Inn - Marriott (across the street from Convention Center -1-888236-2427) for $89.00 per night.  More information will be available during the up-coming year.

Thank you to Crystal, all the board members, volunteers and members that helped make Quilt Fest 2011 a success.  There is a tremendous amount of work and planning in order to put this fun event together.  Please let those involved know they are appreciated for all of their hard work by leaving a comment on this post.  Just click on the dark red "comments" at the bottom of this post.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Quilt Bug

After the luncheon at Quilt Fest last Saturday, we were treated to a fun surprise!  The "Quilt Bug" was parked outside the conference center!  I've seen photos of the "Bug", but they don't do justice to the creativity that went into this project. 

The ladies that designed and quilted this even used velcro for the door flaps!  "Catch the Quilting Bug" is UQG's theme for the 2012 Quilt Fest which will be held in St. George, UT.  More on this later.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

More Quilt Fest photos

Sorry for the delay with Quilt Fest issues.  Anyway, the four days at Quilt Fest just seemed to fly by, and now it is all over.  There were so many activities going on from early morning until late evening it would be impossible to do it all, although some quilters tried. 

Here are just a few pictures from the vendors mall.  There were lots of new fabrics and tools, patterns and kits, plus some luscious wool for socks.

One booth we tried to avoid but couldn't was the candy booth!! 

Each year our guilds as well as individuals put together and donate these "art auction" baskets to raise money for next year.  These have evolved over the years from small table centerpieces to some really large baskets filled to overflowing with goodies.  Most are for the silent auction and the more elaborate ones go to the live auction.

 Then we have the "Quilts for the Cure".  All proceeds from these quilts and quilted items go to the Susan G Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.  There is another whole display next to this one.  Each year fat quarters are sold during the year, then completed blocks are turned in and displayed for voting.  Then volunteers put the blocks together to make bags, clocks and quilts for the next year.  Tickets are sold during quilt fest for an opportunity to win one of these items.

To see more pictures check out our facebook page.  There are 30+ pictures to see.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Quilt Fest 2011

It's here!  And it's already day two of the UQG Quilt Fest!!  Time really does fly when you are having fun.  Tuesday night was "Meet the Teachers" and a wonderful trunk show by Jill Finley of Jillilly Studio.  We met Sally Collins, George and Virginia Siciliano, and David Taylor, our National Teachers for this year.....and about 45 local teachers.  They all had samples of what they would be teaching.  Seeing all of these quilts, bags, and everything in-between really whets the appetite to be creative.
Then they open the vendors mall....need I say more?

These are just some of the Mini Quilts that will be won by some lucky attendees.  This is one of the guilds fund raisers and all of the quilts this year are wonderful!  The winners will be drawn on Saturday before the luncheon, so there is still time to buy some tickets.

Check back for more pictures tomorrow.  If you are here, I know you are having fun.  If you are not here this year, plan to join the fun next year in St. George, UT.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

African American Quilt Show (and Quilt Fest)

  1.  This is an article written by Barbara Walsh for the Sept. Beeline:

    The Museum of Art at Brigham Young University in Provo is hosting a display of African- American quilts, featuring the work of Yvonne Wells, which will continue through November 19, 2011. Some of the quilts are very primitive, but many are quite sophisticated. I was especially in- trigued by several of Yvonne Wells’ quilts which spoke to her experiences living in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. This is not the kind of show where you look at a quilt, take a picture and move on. Many of these quilts deserve the kind of attention you would give a painting, trying to dis-cern the artist’s motivation and or message.

BYU has offered a special event for the Utah Quilt Guild during Quilt Festival. On Thursday, September 22, the museum will host the UGQ from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Docents will be available, and they will serve light refreshments. For those of you who are attending Quilt Fest, there will be a brochure for the show in your welcome packet. A sign-up sheet will be available at the Welcome Desk, and we would like you to sign up before 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, so that we have a rough estimate of how many will be attending. This will help the museum to be ready for us. If you are unable to attend Quilt Festival, come along anyway. There is no charge, and it is a good time to get together with your quilting friends. 

Thanks Barbara, for keeping us up to date on fun happenings.  If you can't make it on Thursday, the museum is open 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday; on Thursday and Friday they stay open until 9:00 P.M. The quilts will be on display until November.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Star from Utah

Yes!!  We have another wonderful quilt designer in our midst!  Give a cheer for Emily Bailey, who is also on the UQG board, in charge of one of our charitable projects this year (and maybe longer), "Happy Chemo" quilts. 

Emily's quilt, "Playing It Retro", is on the cover of the current issue of McCall's Quick Quilts.  I don't have a photo of it yet, but you can see it on-line at the McCall's website, or you can pick up a copy at various stores right now.  Here's a little tid-bit that is included on the website: "Emily Bailey is a quilt designer, proud mom, and the creative force behind Aunt Em’s Quilts."  Visit her website at, and keep up with her blog at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Busy Blanding Quilters

  Aztec Sr. Citizen winning blue/honorable mention at fair  by Janet Wilcox

                                                                                                                       Gail Glovers Jungle quilt --Best of Show at county fair for applique

Kaitlyn Montella's Blue Ribbon quilt which she did at the guild sponsored quilt camp. 

 Aug 20ll  Kathleen Guymon shares a story about a quilt made many years ago by her mother, out of dresses she wore.

 Aug 20ll Mitty Brice shows the last quilt her mother made before passing.  She finally finished quilting it ..

Fair Winners “Wrap up”

Many quilters from Blanding were successful garnering blue ribbons at the San Juan County fair in August. There are about 8 different categories for quilts. The guild was especially happy to see so many of their quilt camp youth quilters enter the fair and win ribbons. In addition to 1st place finishes, the following quilters were also awarded additional rosettes:

Best of Show Awards --cash prize of $40
Jeri Montella -- 9 patch Batik
Gail Glover --  Jungle Quilt
Tyler Barton  -- 4-H camp quilt

Honorable Mention Awards:
Janet Wilcox --  Aztec Sr. Citizen
Nancy Kimmerle  --Why I love San Juan
Gail Glover --  Games Quilt
Janet Wilcox -- Eagle Scout Quilt
Jerri Montella -- Quilt
Kaitlyn Montella  4-H Camp quilt  

4-H youth quilters going to State in quilt division:
Tyler Barton, Cole Barton, Kaitlyn Montella

Summer Social and Show and Tell

   Blanding quilters had their annual summer social Aug. 17 with 23 quilters attending.  A Café Rio buffet was the main fare.  Deb Bayles gave an update on the hospital quilt service project.  All blocks are done and it is being set together.  Packets were distributed for the Fallen Police Officer quilt which will also be finished in September.
    The highlight of the evening was the sharing of quilts and stories about quilters. Kathleen shared about a special quilt her mother, Beth Guymon, had made for her when she was in high school.  She took it with her to nursing school, and used its through lots of years to snuggle up in.  Recently she found it again, at a time when she needed its comforting feel and reminder of Mom.  Mitty Brice showed the quilt her mother had on frames to quilt, when she died, and showed how she had finally finished it, as a tribute to her mother.

 Kathy Hurst shared some special stories about her mother, Delpha Zentner who passed away July 19.  She made over 20,000 humanitarian receiving blankets in her lifetime for the LDS church relief efforts. One year the Blanding quilt also tied quilts to help her.  As a tribute to Delpha her ward relief society planned a special “finish the blankets” day July 19, the very morning she passed away.  They competed 63 blankets that day with another 40 plus coming in later.  In addition, the Relief Society did a final push for Grandma “Z’s: pet project, collecting Campbell Soup labels for schools.  Just prior to her death they brought over 1000 labels as a tribute to her tireless efforts reminding others to help out schools.  The Blanding Elementary will be the beneficiary of these labels.  Thanks for your inspiring life, Delpha.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fall Fun!

Can you believe it's already Labor Day weekend?  Where did the summer go?  If you missed some of the wonderful quilt shows and exhibits that were held the past few months, don't worry, there are lots of fall shows coming up soon!

The Utah State Fair starts on Sept. 8th and runs through the 18th.  Along with the regular quilt show will be the challenge quilts using the challenge fabric.  Challenge shows are always fun to see.  It's always amazing to see the designs and different ways the fabric is used in the quilts.  Of course, the whole fair is fun!

The Utah Quilt Festival will begin Sept. 20th through the 24th in Provo, UT.  If you haven't signed up for classes yet, there are still spots available in some of the classes.  Check the UQG web site for class listings and availability.  Don't want to take a class?  Come for the day....see a wonderful quilt show, mini quilts, Quilts for the Cure, and check out the vendors mall. There are still some luncheon/lecture tickets available, too. Check with the registration desk for more information during Quilt Fest, or the UQG website anytime.

October 1st is the Heber Valley Civil War Weekend Quilt Show at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah.  More information can be found at: 

That's all for the moment, but check back for new or updated information.  Have a great September!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Springville Museum Quilt Show

There's still time to see the wonderful array of quilts at the Springville Museum of Art.  This is one of the best quilt shows I've seen.  There was one gallery after another of outstanding work, from traditional patterns and hand quilting to art quilts and machine thread painting, along with everything in-between.

Helen Butler won "Best of Show" with her stunning "Turkish Delight".  Photos do not do this quilt justice.  This one really has the "wow" factor....that was the word you heard from everyone who looked at it.

This quilt, by Marilyn Toone, won the "Visual Impact" award for Cinco de Mayo.  The color choices in the center of the quilt makes it sparkle, while the appliqued border contains riot of color.

Can you believe that this quilt began as one piece of hand dyed, batiked piece of fabric?  Anne Munoz captured a look into space through the Hubble Telescope in her fabric and quilting.  She won the "Artistic Impression" award for "The Perfect Storm.

Okay, just a few teaser photos to whet your appetite for more.  The show will continue through out the month of August, so you still have a couple of weeks to see it.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quilt Fest 2011

Time to check your e-mails!  The random draw was last week and classes assigned.  It's always exciting to see if you got the classes you wanted.  There is still time to get those registrations in, as well as your luncheon reservations.  Check online or your brochure for class supply lists and if you have any questions there is contact information for each teacher.

Can you believe there are only four and a half weeks before all the fun begins? 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Winning Show In Blanding

111 Quilts and New Venue Pair Up for a Winning Show

         There were a lot of pluses at the 2011 Quilt Show: More room, better light, air conditioning, convenience to other activities, frames, rest rooms, seating, movie room, and increased numbers attending and best of all 111 beautiful quilts to view.

         At the end of the show a short awards program was held, before the quilts were taken down.  Holly Walker was presented with a new Quilt of Valor to be utilized as needs arise for the local National Guard unit.  She was happy to announce that the unit was on their way back to the United States, after having serving a year in Afghanistan.

          Roberta Bond from Bluff was drawn out as the winner of the Country Stars Raffle quilt.  “She was pretty excited when she got the phone call July 4th, as she had never won anything before” stated President Janet Wilcox.  “We so appreciate everyone who made donations to the guild on this project.  It helps to fund all the projects we do each year.” 
         A special recognition award of 4th of July fabrics, went to Robin and Kay Jones for their service on the raffle project.  Each of them donated over 50 hours at Clarkes tending the quilt and booth.  Toni Lacy's creative "Children's Parade" display added a welcoming sparkle to this year's show.  "We  want to thank the quilters who came up on Saturday and Sunday, and helped man the booth, and take down on Monday," stated the officers.  Lots of good husbands, sons, son-in-laws, and friends showed on to help put up the frames, and shuttle them up and down the stairs.  Special thanks to Brian Sherman and Sherie Eldridge who pitched in when we really needed help."

        Winners in the “Viewer’s Choice” categories
   About 170 people filled out ballots for the "Viewers Choice" Awards. 
Patriotic -- 1st place Bobbie Holt—Red/white/ blue Griddle Cake
   2nd Sidney Christensen—flag wall hanging
   3rd  Dorinne Eberhard--State birds quilt.  This quilt has an interesting history, as the top was hand painted by Dena Eberhard who passed away a few years ago.  It was later finished by Dorinne.       
Traditional quilts There were over 50 quilts in this category, with many receiving votes.  But the top winner was
    1st  Nancy Kimmerle -- Why I Love San Juan
    2nd   Janet Wilcox--Eagle Scout Quilt
    3rd    Eve Lyn Perkins --Maroon stack N' whack 

Youth – There was a great showing of quilts in the youth category, most made by 1st time quilters from the recently held 4-H/Guild quilt camp.  “It was wonderful seeing how enthused and motivated the girls were to finish their quilts,” stated Gail Glover, secretary of the guild.  Ann Pugh one of the 1st timer quilters actually made a second quilt, a beautiful blue star pattern which was shown with the patriotic quilts.
    1st     Kaitlyn Montella  made her blue and cream “mini”  Turning Twenty for her 5th grade teacher, Billie Sue Nielson   
    2nd    Tyler Barton’s   “First Quilt” was done at 4-H/quilt guild camp in June
    3rd     Skye Jeppson...Twin size, yellow/ green/ red quilt with sunflower quilting was also begun at quilt camp this summer. 

Small Quilts  included wall hangings, table runners, tree skirts. baby quilts.
   1st   -- Gail Glover, Grace’s Garden  was a layered ragged edge flannel quilt with bright appliqués.
   2nd   -- Gail Glover, Jungle Baby featured three-dimensional animals on a baby blanket.
    3rd --   Ila Starks,  Back on the Farm, was a labor of loving layering and raw edge appliqué.  The pattern she used came from Quiltin’ Chicks of Cortez, Colo.

Blanding quilters are encouraged to enter their quilts in the San Juan County Fair in August.  The next meeting of the guild will be Wednesday August 17.

 Back drop photo shows Bobbie's quilt, as well as 2nd place flag, and 3rd place state birds quilt, and also shows Ann Pugh's star quilt as well as Toni's display.

 2nd place Where Eagles Fly by Janet Wilcox (Patriotic and Traditional)

1st place Traditional quilts large/ Nancy Kimmerle  "Why I Love San Juan County

 1st place small quilt "Grace's Garden by Gail Glover     Sidney Christensen photo

Winner of Raffle quilt which raised over $2000--Roberta Bond (star quilt held with husband by covered wagon)

Bobbie Holt holding her 1st place quilt

1st place Youth quilt Blue Turning 20. Kaitlyn Montella   Sidney Christensen photo

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Up In The Valley"

Piece of Mind Quilt Guild will be holding a free Quilt Show in conjunction with the Heritage Festival.

It will be held in the beautiful Ogden Valley at the Hearthside Reception Center on Saturday, August 20th from 10 am until 7 pm.

The address of the Hearthside is 5612 E 2200 N in Eden.  Come and join us “Up in the Valley”!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Colonial House

Tuesday, the 26th is "Quilt Day" at Colonial House in SLC.  Only two more quilt days after this, so come on in to help finish up these gorgeous quilts for the Holiday Quilt Show and Auction in October.  The date for August is the 23rd and Sept. 27th.  You don't have to be an expert in hand quilting to help, either.  There is also applique (yes, the "A" word), along with hand piecing.  Someone is always willing to help you get started so don't be shy or afraid that your work isn't good enough.

To read more about Colonial House, go to the Quilting at Colonial House  post from Feb. 23, 2011.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Missing Quilts

C&T Publishing missing quilt alert!  If anyone has any information please contact C&T at the email address link at the end of this post.

i heart fiber art newsletter

Dear Readers,

As many of you know every year we look forward to displaying our authors quilts in our booth at Quilt Market. At Salt Lake City's Spring Market the booth looked fantastic with so many stunning quilts. We know how important our authors quilts are—the expertise, time, and love that goes into each and every stitch, and for that reason, we take great responsibility for them while they're in our care. So it is with a heavy heart that we regret to inform you that at the close of Salt Lake City's Spring Quilt Market, four quilts went missing. The quilts that are unaccounted for are 3 cover quilts and a table runner. They include:
Allie Aller's cover quilt, Crazy in the Garden, from Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting (46" x 46")   Joyce Becker's cover quilt, Dryer Lint, Etc., from Quick Little Landscape Quilts (18" x 18")

• click quilt image to enlarge •
Deborah Kemball's cover quilt, Floral Sampler, from Beautiful Botanicals (28" x 42.5")   Sweetwater's, Gathered Table Runner, from Fresh Fabric Treats (42.5" x 16")
When the crate came back from Quilt Market and was unpacked, it became apparent that these quilts were missing. We went on high alert. We searched high and low, going through every box, drape, tube, you name it we checked it (twice) and to our deep regret the quilts were no where to be found.

Our entire company is mortified by this situation. We have racked our brains and tried to figure out what could have happened to these quilts, to no avail. We are reaching out to you, our readers, for help. We wanted to make you aware of the situation so that you too could keep your eyes and ears open in the hopes of finding these missing works of art. We are offering a reward of $4,000.00—no questions asked—for the return of the quilts. If one quilt is returned, the reward will be based upon the appraised value of the quilt. Information or inquiries can be sent to

Amy Marson
C&T Publishing

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A Symphony of Colors

Can you believe there's only 9 1/2 weeks before quilt fest?!  Deadlines are rapidly approaching, so get your brochures out or check the UQG website for classes you may want to take.  August 5th is the deadline for the "random computer selection" for classes.  Some classes fill up very fast, so this way everyone has an equal chance to get the class you want.

August 15th is the deadline to order your Quilt Fest Denim Shirt.  These are really nice, soft, good quality denim that can be worn as a shirt or an added layer if it's a little cool.

Do you have your quilt ready for the show?  Without quilts there is no show.  Last year there were a lot of quilts to oh-h-h and ah-h-h over along with some special exhibits.  Each year the show gets better and better because more of you are showing your work.  For those of you who don't want your quilt judged, the will be a special exhibit this year for "non-judged" quilts. 

Don't forget to sign up to volunteer during Quilt Fest.  Volunteering is a great way to meet other quilters too.

Again, check out the UQG website for lots more information.

On-line Class Update

The on-line class presented by Annie Smith has indeed been extended through the month of July........however.......the Utah Quilt Guild didn't realize that there would be an additional expense to extend the class.  Consequently, there is a $10.00 fee on Annie's site if you want to take or finish the class during July.  That's still a deal for the amount of information available in this class.

We're all still in the "learning mode" of all that is involved in providing programs for all of our members, which encompasses a very large geographical area. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Annie Smith class extended

Good news for Utah Quilt Guild members!  The new online education program for members has been extended through July!!  "Exploring Fabric Choices" by Annie Smith is a "go at your own pace" class comprised of 14 Workshop episodes and 14 Quilt Project episodes.  You will have access to all the episodes until the end of June, and during that time you can watch any episode at any time.

There has been a lot of positive feedback from our members who have watched these videos.  This class is not just for beginners.  Annie gives some great tips and advice for choosing color and value, and shows how and why some colors work together and some not so well.  So, if you've ever looked at a fabric and wondered if it was a dark, medium or light, or the right value for your project, take a look at her class videos.

Some of us had a little trouble registering which must be done in order to gain access.  So, here are the steps: log onto the UQG website, click on "Membership", then click on "Online Class".  This will take you to the UQG page on Annie's site.  On the right sidebar is a place that says "Click to Register".  Once there complete the information required and submit.  Now comes the hard part.  Waiting for verification that you are a UQG member and an email that will give you your password.  Make sure that you save that password!!  The easiest way is to copy and paste.  Once you have access to the class, you can have your computer "remember" you.

 This class is great for beginners and a nice refresher for every level.  Hope you all enjoy the program.

Fun visits

This came in from Becky Smith last week. (Sorry for the delay...had trouble converting it to my Mac).  Becky decided to visit some of our guilds just to see what they are doing over the summer.  Sure sounds like a fun thing to do.  Maybe more of us should do this once in a while.

"It was great being able to visit my friends at different Guild Meetings in the last month.  Many of them I hadn’t seen in years, except passing in the hall at Quilt Fest.
I have been reading what their Guilds were doing and I just happened to visit some of their meetings when my favorite thing was happening.  A trunk show!  Kayie Powers was sharing her quilts and stories to go with them at the Ogden Guild on Wednesday, June 8th.  And then I stopped into Roy Pioneer Quilters on Thursday, June 9th and Ruth Gordy was doing a trunk show.  Ruth has done many quilts that have been featured in Quilt Magazines thru the years.  We even got a glimpse of some things to come. 
Thursday Evening, June 9th I went to Piece of Mind Quilt Guild in the Ogden Valley. They were learning a fun Buggy Barn Technique and Janae Tanner showed a fast way of making pieces for doll arms or legs.  It would even work for heads.
Tuesday, June 14th I happened to be in the Syracuse Area and stopped in at their meeting.  Suzanne Roach showed some techniques for painting on fabric and then showed some of her beautiful quilts.
Thursday, June 16th caught me swinging by Layton Quilters.  They had lots of great finished things to show and projects they were working on.  Denise Thalman was “Mary Poppins”.   Someone would show a quilt and explain the ruler they used and Denise would pull it out of her bag and say,” like this? “
Of course all the groups I visited had Show & Tell, my second favorite thing!  I know that they next place I will see most of these quilters will be at Quilt Fest."

Thanks for the report, Becky.  If any one else out there has visited any of the quilt shows, or fun guild activities, send me the news at Utah Quilters so more folks can see what our Utah quilters are doing.  Photos are more than welcome, too.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Community Spirit

The Salt Lake Tribune recently had an article in it about Jackie Bulloch and how she got her community involved in making quilts for their deployed soldiers.  It all started because of a news story about a woman in Wisconsin who started "Camo Quilts.  Jackie decided that she could make four of these camouflage-fabric quilts for her "boys".  By the time this group got finished, they made 474 quilts!!  That meant that each member of the 222nd Field Artillery Battalion, also known as the "Triple Deuce", received a "camo quilt". 

The entire article can be read at Camo Quilts .  It's amazing what can be accomplished when people work together.

2011 Quilt Invitational Exhibition

Mark your calendars for the Brigham City Museum-Gallery Exhibit beginning July 1st through August 17th.  This exhibit will feature Lenore Crawford along with quilters from Utah.  Go to to see some of her wonderful art quilts.  Lenore will be presenting her workshops at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show July 4 through July 8th this year.  She uses color and realism in her quilts, along with impressionistic fabric blending and sometimes even paint to achieve just the right colors.

For those of you who haven't been to the museum, the address is 24 North 300 West.  Admission is free.  The museum is closed on Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 -5 p.m.

While you are in Brigham City be sure to stop at Village Dry Goods for some fun ideas and, of course, fabric.  There are some good, local restaurants when it's time for an energy boost. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Peteetneet Quilt Show

 Lots of quilt shows and exhibits are held during the summer months here in Utah, and yes it is almost officially summer even though spring never really happened this year.

If you are planning a road trip, head to Payson, UT and the Peteetneet Quilt Show being held at the Museum.  The show started Wed. June 15th and runs through Thurs. June 30th.  There will be free demos and other activities on Fri. and Sat., June 24th and June 25th.  For more information check out their schedule of events at Peteetneet Quilt Show .

Have you been "Hopping"?

The Wasatch Front Shop Hop is underway.  This fabulous hop ends tomorrow at 6:00 p.m., so get your passports and visit the participating shops for some great fun.  The theme this year is "The Greatest Quilt I Ever Read" with blocks based on favorite books.  The "hop" goes from Brigham City all the way down to Springville.  There are some wonderful prizes to be won, as well.  Have fun...don't forget the credit card!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

At the April 20 meeting, past president Deb Bayles did a workshop on how to make tubular table runners.  They went together quickly, and many ladies come home and made many more. (See attached photo).  Two tourists from Vancouver British Columbia came to our meeting at the invitation of Norma Madden, who works in the Visitors Center.  They participated in show and tell, with projects they had brought.

PHotos:  Deb's tubular table runners, 
Sallee and Norma's Table Runners brought to Show and Tell:

Upcoming Events for Grayson Country Quilters in Blanding

 May 18 – Quilt guild—Ila Starks will teach us how to make a small raw edge appliqué; Kits are made up, and we'll create a small project at the meeting.

 May 19-20  County Farm Days at Lyman Farm.  Guild volunteers will help teach and demonstrate quilting to county school children.

June 1-2  (Wed-Thurs) 4-H/ Guild Quilt Camp for kids 10 and up. This will be done in cooperation with the USU Extension 4-H program.  We'll furnish the teachers with each working with 2 students.  Gayle Marian is chairman of this project.  We hope to engender interest in quilting among the youth of the community. 

 July 4--Annual Quilt Show as part of the 4th of July Celebration.  To be held at the new Blanding Wellness Center.  This is the 5th and(we hope) final location of the quilt show.  The City of Blanding has also allowed us to store our quilt frames at the center, which will simplify set up for us.