Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's the Party Season!

Kalico Kut-ups held their Christmas Party last week.  Nothing better than good food with good friends having a wonderful time!  Laughter is soothing to the soul!

 Waiting for everyone to arrive.
 Enjoying dinner.
 Presents galore!  Who will choose what?  Who will steal it away?
A fun little wall hanging.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How True!

This note arrived in my email today:

Sometimes it's easy to miss the impact of the little things we do. We know the goal of the UQG is to preserve and promote the art of quilt-making, but we forget that we do that just by doing what we do. We don't need to wear a sign around all the time or hand out flyers for the guild at every opportunity. Although these activities are appreciated, some of us just aren't comfortable with that--and it's ok. We can just do what we love--make things, and give them away or show them off!

My niece's school does a little Santa Shoppe each year where they sell donated, handmade items as a fundraiser. The kids and their families come and shop for themselves and gifts and the school gets all the profit since all of the items are donated. I always send at least a few items to help out. This year, my sister sent me back this little note...

"I was there when someone bought the music notes hanging and the other one in the frame (not the same person). The guy who bought the music notes hanging was there with his pre-school son, and they selected it for his piano teacher. He was talking to me about all the craft items he was getting, and saying how he liked to get these lovely, handmade things instead of "plastic junk." He picked up the quilt and said, "See, now here's something that someone sat and did by hand. That someone cared about what she was doing..." I said, "Yes, it was my sister, actually." He said, "All the better!" 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tomorrow marks the start of our "Holiday Season".   It is a time of reflection on all we have to be thankful for in our lives.  As we gather family and friends around our tables, thank each person for being part of your family and friends.  It is a time of sharing and a time to embrace the positive.  Let the negative feelings go for this season of celebration. 

As quilters, most of us have several things in common, no matter what part of the world we live in.  That is the sharing of our talents and the friendships that develop just by being a part of this wonderful community!  If you are a "wanna be" quilter, or just like quilts, visit a chapter in your area, or leave a message here on the blog and someone will be happy to help you get started.

Have a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving from the Utah Quilt Guild!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Membership Registrar Needed

"The Utah Quilt Guild is seeking volunteers for the position of Membership Registrar.  The Membership Registrar receives membership application/renewal forms and dues.  S/he makes timely bank deposits and turns in deposit receipts to the Treasurer.  S/he updates the database, online directory and login data for members.  S/he provides current mailing addresses for newsletter mailings (both postal and electronic) and other computer data as requested by officers for use in guild matters.  S/he is vital in keeping accurate membership records, which are especially important as we move into a time of more and more online access.
     This position will be open beginning January 2014. The reason we are advertising early for this opening is to allow interested people to talk to and/or meet with the current registrar and get a feel for the duties and responsibilities of the position.  If you are comfortable with email and computer work and are interested in this position, contact Paula Dalby at"

Friday, October 19, 2012

Quilt Days at Colonial House

This request came in from Becky Smith.....

In October we would like to do something different for Quilt Days at the Colonial House.
Many of you have asked for a sewing machine project, so with that in mind, we will be working on a Foundation paper-pieced project along with hand piecing, hand appliqueing, and hand quilting.  We will have both frame and lap quilting.
If you would like to be a part of this Foundation piecing project, contact Becky Smith  We only have ten spots available.
The next Quilt Days will be October 23rd from 9 am until 3 pm.  Look for the big white Colonial House on the corner of 7th Ave and B Street in the Avenues area of Salt Lake City.  A ramp on the northeast side of the house for easy access and parking is available in the Hospital Parking Ramp.  There is something for everyone, and a great lunch will be provided.

Okay, Ladies!  Let's find some help for Becky for next Tuesday!

Layton Quilt Guild

A few pictures from the Layton meeting for October.

Roy Pioneer Quilters

The mystery is revealed!  Patsy Shelton is helping display the quilts.  Amazing how much they change when different colors are used.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Third Round Finalist!

Donna Moyer, one of our UQG board members, is a finalist in the third round of McCall's Design Star 2012 competition!  Voting began Oct. 2nd and will continue through Oct. 23rd.  She is in the amateur division and her new design is called The Long and Short of It. Read the story behind the quilt, too. While you are at the website check out all of the entries....they are all quite unique.

Click on the picture of Donna's quilt in the sidebar.  This will take you right to the voting site.  We need another winner from Utah, and Donna is the only finalist representing the western states!

Wouldn't it be great to have a UQG member win this contest?  Utah sure has a lot of talented quilters and designers.  Good luck, Donna.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Surface Design Fun at Quilt Fest

There were several surface design classes offered this year and from what the students had to say, it sounded like everyone enjoyed all of them!  Painting, stenciling, dying and embellishing were some of the techniques taught by Lisa Chin and Ann Munos.  Kaye Evans presented a class on Art Quilts but I don't have any photos of her class, but I did see some of the results and they were all wonderful and different.

 There is a Surface Design group who meet in SLC bi-monthly.  If you are interested or would like more information, click HERE.  This is a very diversified group which includes quilters, fiber artists, weavers, dyers and more.

Some "Save the Boo-bies" photos

Valerie Burton has done it again this year!  What a cute theme (Save the Boo-bies) and darling pink ladybugs!  The blocks from last year have all gone into some wonderful quilts and fun quilted items!  The blocks all seem to get better and more creative each year as well.  You can view one of Valerie's Quilt Fest 2012 albums HERE.

 Just a few teaser photos!  All of the funds raised will go to the Garfield Memorial Hospital Mobile Mammography Services.  The mobile unit provides mammograms to women who live in outlying areas where mammography screenings may not be readily available.  More screenings mean fewer deaths due to breast cancer!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quilt Fest Festivities

Lots of ladies (and a few guys) have certainly caught the "Quilting Bug"!!!  The Ugly Bugs have been out having a ball!  There were four of these creatures bugging anyone and everyone. 

 Luncheons have been well attended and as always a lot of fun. 

Congratulations to Virginia Lee for winning the Silver Thimble award for all of her years of service and promoting quilting.

A few wonderful quilts from Flavin Glover's trunk show at the Wednesday luncheon.

Three dimensional cubes created from diamond shaped log cabin blocks by Flavin Glover.

Just one of Claudia Myers Clark's beautiful quilts presented at the Thursday's luncheon.

One tired quilter!!  After only two days!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

News Flash for Quilt Fest

Only 12 days until the fun begins!  If you haven't signed up for a Lecture/Luncheon yet, there are still tickets available.  We just found out that there will be a BIG prize drawn each day.......(drum roll please) for a SEWING MACHINE!  Yes!  There are FOUR machines that have been donated by some of our wonderful supporters, along with lots of other fun prizes.

Flavin Glover will be presenting "Patch by Patch" as our guest speaker at the Wednesday luncheon.  She creates amazing patterns using the traditional log cabin block, but her designs are anything but traditional.   Her "Row Houses" quilt was selected as one of the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century.

Claudia Clark Myers will talk about "The Pitfalls of Prize Winning Quilts" at Thursdays luncheon.  She was chosen as Minnesota Quilter of the year in 2006 and has won numerous awards for her quilts.  Claudia also collaborates with her good friend, Marilyn Badger, who is a well known long-arm quilter. They make a great team!

Ann Fahl  is the guest speaker on Friday, presenting "Quilts and Inspiration".  She has authored two books, "Coloring With Thread" and "Dancing With Thread".  She is well known for her free-spirited approach to free motion quilting using many different types of thread and very little marking.

Karen Combs will be our final speaker on Saturday with a talk on "Quilts of Illusion".  Karen has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in 1995, 2000, and 2005 by Professional Quilter Journal.  She is well known for her ability to take a traditional block and turn it into an optical illusion.

There may be an opening in some of the classes these talented ladies are teaching.  Check at the registration desk if you are interested in any of the classes being offered, or if you would like to attend one of the luncheon lectures. 

Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quilt Fest 2012

Only 26 more days until our annual Quilt Show!!  When I began the countdown clock, there was 100+ days!!  There is still time to register for classes and/or the lecture/luncheons.  If you need to change a class, Sept. 3rd is the deadline for a refund.  Changes must be made by email or regular mail.   If you try to add a class online, the computer will charge you another registration fee.

Entry forms for the quilt show must be in by Sept. 1st, so there is still time to enter your quilt.  Do you have an "Ugly Quilt"?  One that you haven't shown to anyone because it is so bad?  A "what was I thinking" project?  If you do, bring it to Quilt Fest for our Ugly Quilt contest!  There will be an Ugly Quilt Ball Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.  So come help choose an "Ugly Bug Ball Queen" and have a fun time.

If you are in the St. George area Sept. 18 - 22, stop in to see us.  Admission to the quilt show is $3.00 if you are not registered for classes or luncheons.

Quilt Show in Brigham City

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the quilt show at the Brigham City Art Museum closed ten days early....Aug. 18th.....instead of the 28th.
The Springville Quilt Show will end Aug. 28th, so if you haven't seen it yet, now is the time to go!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Point Quilt Show

Add this to your list of summer fun!

Saturday, July 28th, can be a day of creative recharging for you and your quilting friends. After you have attended the morning lecture at the Heritage Park, head down I-15 for a bit to spend a relaxing afternoon at the quilt show in the beautiful Thanksgiving Point gardens. Rent a golf cart or walk the three and a half miles of trails. Six renowned quilters will have their best quilts on display in the gardens and will be there, IN PERSON, to meet and answer questions. You are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or any outside food you wish and enjoy a beautiful day in the gardens. Food is also available for purchase in the gardens. The show will be open from 10:00 until 5:00. With your membership card, you will be able to enter the gardens for HALF of the $10 entry fee. To get to the garden entrance, follow the signs to the golf course. Pass the clubhouse and continue to the end of the road. The beautiful quilts will just draw you in the right direction from there.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Upcoming July Events

It's the middle of a HOT, HOT, HOT, July, but there are lots of fun quilty things coming up during the next couple of weeks. 

Now through August 28th:
2012 National Quilt Invitational Exhibition at the Brigham City Museum/Gallery.  Their shows are always inspiring and fun to see.  The Museum is open Tues. - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat. 1 - 5 p.m.  The featured artist is Dianna Grundhauser of Makawao, HI.  She will present a workshop on Aug. 11 at the Museum.  Check the website HERE for full detail.

July 14th - August 28th:
It's time for the annual quilt show at the Springville Art Museum.  This is a "must see" show, so get your friends together and plan a road trip to Springville, Ut.  The Museum is closed on Mondays and has extended hours on Wednesdays.

July 18th:
Utah Valley Quilt Guild will host their annual July Fair at the Springville Art Museum from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30p.m.  This is always a fun day!  Free classes, vendor's mall, and much more.  For more information go to their website at: UVQG .

The Summer Lecture Series at This Is The Place continues with Sandra Starley on July 28th.  Sandra is an expert on antique quilts and history as well as a certified quilt appraiser.  Check the UQG website for more information.  Remember, UQG members get free admission to the lectures, but you must present your membership card.

Quilt Days at Colonial House will be July 31st this month.  Date change due to Pioneer Days celebrations throughout the state.

Hope everyone is staying cool and enjoying their summer!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quilt Fest Update

 Time really flies once the warm really hot weather arrives.  There are only 75 days until the fun begins at Quilt Fest in St. George!  Class registrations are coming in daily so don't delay too long or you may not get in the class you really want.  So far, seven classes are full, but don't despair, someone may add/drop so keep checking the website for updates.  If you aren't familiar with our site, once you are on the homepage, click the button on the left sidebar that says 'Events', drop down to 'Quilt Fest', click, and there you are.
Remember, the last day to register for classes or lecture luncheons is 8:00 p.m. Sept. 7th, and the last day to get a refund is at 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 3rd.

Have you sent in your quilt show entry form?  Paperwork must be in by Sept. 1st.  We all really enjoy seeing everyone's quilts and without quilts there is no show!  One of my earlier posts (June 1st) talked about having a quilt judged.  So, here is another question for you:  do you want to improve your skills as a quilter?  If the answer is yes, the best way is to enter a quilt.  You will get unbiased comments on what you have mastered and what may need improvement.  Usually there are minor flaws that just require paying attention to detail.  The area that most people need improvement on is the binding.  It's the last thing we do to finish our quilt and by the time we reach this point we just want to 'get it done'!  Right?  Judges check to make sure the binding is filled to the edge with batting, stitches are close together so there are no (toe catcher) gaps, and it doesn't ripple or wrinkle from being stretched as it is sewn.  More next time.....

Thursday, June 7, 2012

That Pesky 1/4" Seam

The one thing that is stressed consistently in the quilting community is the 1/4" seam allowance.  Not only that, but a "scant 1/4".  Many books, patterns and teachers mention it, but don't always explain what it entails.  While there are quite a few patterns/techniques that don't require accuracy, there are many more that require more precise piecing in order to have the pieces fit together like puzzle pieces.  Yes, you can "fudge" small errors, but small errors evolve into really big errors as the number and size of the blocks increase in the quilt. 

The reason for the "scant" 1/4" is to allow for the thickness of the fabric and the thickness of the thread when you press that seam open.  The June Newsletter from Superior Threads has a wonderful explanation of how thread is made, the different types of thread and how thread choices impact your project.  The newsletters are archived and it is worth the time to read some of them for tips and good information.

So, here is an easy way to find your 1/4" seam for your machine.  Cut three 6"x 1 1/2" strips of fabric.  Sew them together lengthwise and press the strip set open.  Measure the middle strip (on the right side).  It should measure 1".  If it is too small, take a bit narrower seam and if it is too wide, take a wider seam allowance.  Remember that your 1/4" foot may measure an exact 1/4", but it doesn't take into account the fabric or thread that you are using.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Quilt Fest Registration

On-line registration began last evening at 6:00 pm and was very easy to complete!  Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this happen!  I've added a countdown gadget to the sidebar....109 days seems like a long time to wait, doesn't it?  Not really, since time seems to fly once summer arrives.  It does give you time to make a quilt for the show!  We have plenty of space to hang lots of wonderful quilts this year, so let's make it our biggest show ever.

Too many quilters say that their quilt isn't good enough to enter into a competition or they are beginners, or they are afraid to have it judged, or......Most of us have said something similar, right?  Here's a question for you.  Do you take your quilts to guild meetings for "show & tell?  If you answered "yes", that means that you've already shown your quilts and in theory had them judged by all of your friends.  It's very scary to have real judges critique your work, especially the first time.  Most judges will give you very positive feedback as well as let you know which areas may need improvement.  Their comments are not meant as a criticism for your work, but more as a tool to help you improve your skill as a quilter.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Quilt Fest 2012 in St. George, UT

Woo Hoo!!  The brochures have been mailed and received (hopefully), or you can go to the Utah Quilt Guild website to check out the classes.  On-line registration opens May 31st at 6:00 p.m,  and classes will be filled on a first come, first in basis.  Mail in registrations will be processed as they arrive, so get them mailed in early. 

Hotel Reservations are being accepted at the discounted rate at the Hilton until Sept. 1st. and at the Fairfield until Aug. 22nd, so don't delay too long.

Stay tuned for more information on the National Teachers that will be at Quilt Fest this year, along with all the festivities. 

HMQS Success!

Have you recovered from the HMQS show?  It was fantastic!  There were almost 700 quilts displayed from all over the world including 49 of our 50 USA states, and over a dozen special exhibits.  Then there was the Vendors Mall.....200 booths to shop at and drool over.....114 classes, plus all the free demos, etc. on the main stage.

If you'd like to see and read more about this show, go to their website at: HMQS Hope to see you all there next year.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's Almost Here!!

HMQS begins this week at the South Towne Exhibition Center in Sandy, UT.  Are you ready?  Sources say that there are a LOT of quilts this year.  If you haven't been to this show, this is the year to attend.  There really is something for everyone.....judged quilts, display quilts, the Riley Blake Challenge, Center Stage talks, trunk shows and demos.  One of the special exhibits this year is the monthly Kaffe (Fassett) Club's "Museum Quilt".  These quilts have been in the making for the past two years and are stunning.

There may still be a few classes available, so check at the registration desk. Then there is the Vendors Mall, with machines, fabric, tools, and "just can't do without" things.  So, put on your comfortable shoes, get a friend or two, and come to the show Thursday - Friday, May 10-12th.  Stop at the UQG booth while you are there to see what fun things are happening this year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Yesterday, a memorial service was held in SLC to honor Officer Francom who was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 4, 2012 in Ogden, UT.
Five other officers were also wounded at that time.  The Utah Quilt Guild decided to make quilts for the families of these officers.  Each child received a quilt and each family received a "family" quilt to snuggle under. We feel so honored to have been a part of this and our thanks go out to all the Guild members who participated in making these quilts.

There was also a private ceremony in Ogden to unveil a memorial outside of the city's Public Safety Building for the six officers involved in the shooting.

One big bundle of quilts for each family.