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 CafĂ© 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!