Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Coming To A Close

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  It doesn't seem possible that it is almost 2014!!  Almost everyone I have talked to, or blogs I have read, have had the same complaint (for lack of a better word)....the last 2-3 months of 2013 were a blur.  Was it because, as some have said, that Thanksgiving was late this year?  For me, I think that may have been a small part of it, but I think it was seeing businesses with Christmas decorations up before Halloween that made me feel like there was a lot of time left to get everything ready for the holidays.  What about you?  Did you get everything on your "make it" list finished?  Or are you going to say that you've already started projects for next year?!

Anyhow, it is time for us to make our annual resolutions for 2014.  Yes, as quilters, we all make the same ones.  You know which ones I'm talking about but I'm not ready to say them out loud.

Some quilt shops are having New Year's Day specials, so check out your local shops.  The closest one for me (that I'm aware of) is Village Dry Goods in Brigham City.  Any specials or fun activities in your area?  Let me know and I will post them.  For those of you who like mystery quilts,
Planet Patchwork is hosting their annual New Year's Day Mystery.  You can see previous mystery quilts on the website.

2014 will also have more retreats and quilt shows!  The first one is Quilt St. George, which will be held January 14-17, 2014.  Registration information is on the website.  There are a lot of great teachers as well as some fun activities.  It will be held at the Abbey Inn and Conference Center in St. George, UT.

Have a wonderful, safe New Year, from all of us on the UQG board!

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Rest of the Story

Here are a few more pictures and tidbits from Quilt Fest.  Friday, our luncheon speaker was Kim Diehl who is the author of the "Simple" quilting books...Simple Blessings, Simple Traditions, etc.  Her quilts are all about comfort and cozy, while her applique gives each one an artistic flair.  Kim also designs fabric for Henry Glass when she is not teaching or writing.  (Sorry there is no photo, bad lighting)

Friday evening we had a lecture with Elly Sienkiewicz, the Queen of Baltimore!  Ellie is the encyclopedia of Baltimore Album Quilts and has had a big impact on the revival of this style of quilting.  The applique in these quilts all have a meaning and the symbols can be found throughout history from all over the world.  Just a delightful learning experience.

Monday, October 14, 2013

More Quilt Fest Fun

My apologies for intermittent posts during Quilt Fest. Got the beginning and end.  Now for the middle. 

Thursday's luncheon speaker was Susan McBride Gilgen, who now resides in St. George, UT.  Sue has won many national awards for her beautiful landscape quilts.  She draws inspiration from trips to many countries and their culture, as well as the lush greens of NC, rural Wisconsin, and of course, southern Utah. 

Sue's quilts glow from within from her use of color and contrast.  She encourages students to really look around including up, to see nature's beauty.

Thursday evening everyone was treated to a young, contemporary band called "Six Short Words".  Any guesses on what those six words might be?  Leave a comment with your guess.  Here is a clue:  One of the band members is the son of our Quilt Fest Chair, Sharon Wright.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Last Day Already?

Internet connections have been a little sporadic the last few days, so I will post more happenings when I get home.  Hopefully this will post before all is lost again.

It is Saturday which means Quilt Fest is coming to a close.  A little sad to see everyone go, but very nice to think about what has occurred during the past few days.  A BIG thank you to Sharon Wright who put this event together, and a BIG thank you to everyone who helped organize the event, and a BIG thank you to all the teachers, and a BIG thank you to the participants who made all the hard work worthwhile.

The winners of the mini-quilts, pink quilts, art baskets and opportunity quilt will be announced at the luncheon today.  In case you haven't seen them here are a few pictures for now.

More photos to follow.....

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Day One Fun at Quilt Fest

Yesterday was the first full day of Quilt Fest and it was full of classes, fun and entertainment.  Anita Grossman Solomon was our noontime speaker and she had us in stitches!  No pun intended!  We all complain about the lack of space for our craft, but imagine living in a NYC apartment where space really is a premium.  Anita gave us some very innovative ideas!  She likes to starch her fabric because it makes it easier for her cutting methods, but where do you hang it to dry?  Wet starched fabric will stick to shower walls with no problem.  Just peel it off when it's dry!  Wait until everyone on your floor goes to work or school and use the hallway as your design wall...nice and big.  Her cutting and sewing methods also cut down time and waste, so visit her website at to see her patterns and methods.

It is really difficult to get good photos in a dim ballroom but these a few samples of Anita's work.

The  winner of the Silver Thimble Award is Bonnie Miles!  She has done a lot for the guild and has promoted quilting with many, many well attended classes.  Congratulations, Bonnie!

Our evening program was "Stitch and Swoon" with vocalist Scott Butler. What a wonderful voice Scott has! There was lots of stitching and soothing songs as the first day came to an end. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Opening Gala!

Quilt Fest has officially begun!  Quilt Show winners were announced, we met the teachers, had a make and take, and lots of fun demos!  Tomorrow will be filled with some great classes and the opening of the quilt show, so come and join the fun.  The weather has been perfect and the mountains are gorgeous.

Just a few pictures of this evenings activities.....

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Almost Time!

Quilt Fest 2013 begins in one week!  Registration will begin Tuesday afternoon and the opening Gala and meet the teachers will start off the festivities Tuesday evening.  The teachers will have examples of their class projects on display and there will be demos along with some light refreshments.  Tickets will be available at the door if you haven't gotten yours yet.  Quilt Fest is also a time to renew old friendships and make new friends.  Hope to see you next week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quilts for Comfort

The Utah Quilt Guild has been busy making small quilts for our police officers cars.  There has been an overwhelming response from all the areas in our state!!  Way to get the word out and quilts in....kudos to all of our area reps. and chapters!  Here is a link to one of the presentations in Holladay, UT.  Everyone needs to know that someone cares during an emergency and these little quilts will help provide some of that need.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Almost Time

Quilt Fest 2013 starts in three weeks!  The Board held their final meeting today at the Zermott Resort in Midway and the day was gorgeous!  Hope you will join us for this fun event which begins on Oct. 8th.  There is still time to register for classes, so check the UQG website's class listing for what is available.  Don't want to take a class?  Come spend a day with us, see a great quilt show, shop at the vendors mall, pick out a mini quilt or pink quilt you would like to win, and just enjoy being with fellow quilters.  Hope to see you there!

Holiday Quilt Show & Auction Quilt

This is just the cutest quilt!  Each person on the UQG Board made a Gingerbread Man/Girl block to put into a quilt for the Holiday Quilt Show & Auction.  The blocks are all different and very creative!

The binding is being finished and the quilt will be turned in at Colonial House.  There will be some gorgeous quilts at this year's auction so think about attending.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This is the Place

Still playing catch up with posts and updates.  We had a meeting at This Is The Place last month and what a treat!  All of the quilts are displayed in cases with a few hanging or on a bed, and there is a gorgeous display of antique lace as well.  The UQG library has been organized and inventoried and is also now at the museum.  A lot of hard work went into this endeavor and it is beautiful.  Wendy sent me this photo to show just a little of what was going on.....Many thanks to all who helped.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

38 Days Until.....

Quilt Fest!!!  (My apologies for lack of posts...sick computer)  That just doesn't seem possible!  The next time you see one of your UQG or Quilt Fest board members, thank them for making this fun event a reality.  There is so much planning and preparation that goes into an event like this, not to mention the bumps and detours along the way.  But, thanks to everyone working behind the scenes things are coming together to make this "Sew Lovely".  There is still time to register for classes and the noon lectures and you have until the 16th to make changes.  Fun surprises are in store for all attendees, so plan to come, have fun, see a great quilt show, and of course, visit the vendors mall.  Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes!  If you haven't been to Midway or the Zermott, October is a beautiful time to visit.  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Springville Museum Quilt Show

This year marks the 40th annual Quilt Show at the Springville Museum of Art.  The show ends on Sept 4th, so there is still time to see these wonderful quilts.  For a full list of the entrants and the winners, go to:  There will also be trunk shows on August 14th and 16th.  Here are a few pictures of what you will see this year.  These pictures were taken before the show officially opened, so there were no names or descriptions on any of them.  It was kind of fun to see if we could guess the quiltmaker, but I don't think we got many right.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Quilt Fest 2013 update

Happy July 1st!  The way this summer is flying by, Oct. will be here before we know it!  As of a few minutes ago, there are 12 classes that are full or have a wait-list.  On-line registration is so easy!  Just remember to log in if you are a UQG member in order to get the discounted rates for classes.

Classes with our National Teachers are filling up fast.  Elly Sienkiewicz has a few seats left, Kim Diehl and Anita Grossman Solomon have a few openings left for their Sat. classes.

Is your quilt show entry finished or almost finished?  We can't have a quilt show without quilts!  Worried about having your quilt judged?  If you have taken it to your guild meeting for show and tell, it has already been judged by your peers.  Judges are also your peers and as such, know that you, actually, are your toughest critic.  Knowing what you have done really well boosts your confidence and knowing what you may not have done quite as well allows you to improve your skills.  That is what I have learned by entering quilts and also by judging quilts.    So, with that said, get those quilts ready for the show!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ogden Quilt Guild June Meeting

The Ogden guild had some fun show and tell at their meeting this month.

Sue Baddley's 'Dear Jane Liberty Quilt'.

Kay's 'Farmer's Wife Quilt'

Kay's 'Wacky Quilt' - from Kaffe Club

Beautiful 'Stack n' Whack'
Beautiful Quilts!

Another National Quilt Day Celebration

Held at St John the Baptist sponsored by North and South Salt Lake Areas.  Looks like these ladies had a fun day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Peteetneet 11th Annual Quilt Show

 This was scheduled to post on June 13th so if it didn't come through, here it is again.  There is still time to check it out.

This show will be held at the Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center at 10 S 600 E, Payson, UT, from Friday, June 14th through June 25th, 2013.  This event sounds like a lot of fun!  Sharon Wright is the featured artist this year (she does outstanding work), and will also present a demonstration and trunk show on Sat. June 22nd.  For full information for this event go to their website HERE.  There will be free demonstrations and a few classes as well.  Sounds like a road trip with friends would add to the fun!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Donglettes and HMQS

Here are a couple of photos of some of the Donglettes and their quilt they made for HMQS - Quilting Treasures Quilts for Veterans Challenge.  


Undercover Quilters

On 25 May 2013, Undercover Quilters of Eagle Mountain, presented eight quilts to cancer survivors at the Eagle Mountain's "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night at their annual PRCA rodeo.

 Love, love, love the pink hats!  Thanks for the photos Marie.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Shop Hop Coming Up

The Wasatch Front Shop Hop is right around the corner!  June 12 - 15th are the dates for shopping, fun, and great prizes.  There will be 13 fantastic shops from Logan all the way down to Springville.  For complete information for the Hop go HERE which is their website.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Today is the Day!!

Yes, it is almost time for on-line registration for Quilt Fest to begin!  6:00 p.m. is the magic number for today, so get those brochures out again and double check the classes you want to take.  The Beeline is now available with more information about registration and timelines as well as the Utah Quilt Guild website.  There is a link on the left that is for events including Quilt Fest.  The home page has the link for on-line registration.  You may also mail your registration and fees if you prefer.  If you are a member of UQG, please read the instructions carefully so that you get the member discount for classes and events.  Lecture/luncheon table assignments will be at a later date. Again, check the brochure or on-line for answers to most any question you may have.  If not, contact information is available as well.

National Teachers for this year's "Sew Lovely" Quilt Fest, October 8 - 12, 2013, at the wonderful Zermatt Resort in Midway, UT are:
            Kim Diehl, Sue McBride Gilgen, Elly Sienkiewicz, and Anita Grossman Solomon

Monday, May 13, 2013


This year was the 10th anniversary of the HMQS and what a week it was!  This show was wonderful....inspiration and talent was everywhere.  For a full list of the winners go to the HMQS website.  I've uploaded pictures to flicker (click here).  Pictures just don't do the quilts justice but if you missed the show head on over to the flicker page for a sampling.  The quilting on these quilts is an art all by itself and then add piecing, applique, embroidery, or a combination and you get incredible. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy May! HMQS is almost here!

Can you believe it is time for the Home Machine Quilt Show?  This is the 10th year and each one get bigger and better!  Quilts from near and far will be hung on Wednesday, vendor booths set up, special exhibits arranged, etc., etc.  The behind the scenes activity and preparation is mind boggling, but thanks to the coordinators and volunteers everything will be in place and ready to be enjoyed by thousands on Thursday morning at 10:00.  Classes will begin on Wednesday.  There may be a few openings left for late registration so check the HMQS WEBSITE for availability and scheduled events.

Stop by the UQG booth for free demo's and guild information.  It's a great time to join and take advantage of member benefits.  Hope we see you there.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fun Guest Speaker at Kalico Kut-ups

Kalico Kut-ups April meeting had Karlee Porter as their guest speaker.  Karlee just turned 22 !  She is a very talented machine quilter and has won the "Create Your Style" art quilting design contest at the International Quilt Show in Houston last fall. (It was her first competition!)  Karlee has entered her quilt in the HMQS competition which is in two weeks.  Look for "Shimmering Symphony" (lots of crystals, too).  All I can say is "watch out quilting world, here comes Karlee"!

Hand dyed fabric.

Most of Karlee's quilts are whole cloth.  This one was spray painted and the letters were painted with acrylics.  Lots of machine quilting and sparkles.

She really likes words and swavorski crystals.

Click on the photo to get a better look at the quilting.

An here is "Shimmering Symphony".  A picture does not do it justice.

We also had another special visitor!  Lisa Chin and her daughter Ann Marie brought Shayla, a service dog (puppy) in training.  Most of our members didn't know she was even quiet and well behaved.....Ann Marie was too.

One of Lisa's work in progress designs.

Cindy's version of last year's bom designed by Bev.

And finally, Charlies nine patch quilt from blocks exchanged   years ago in another guild.  It went together beautifully!