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.