Monday, November 30, 2015

Tearing Through Salt Lake City, the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar

Background:  

·         Quilt Magazine Designer Spotlight http://www.quiltmag.com/designers/quilt101-spotlight-on-ricky-tims/

President Elect Kathy Porter as Ricky's Special Assistant
Volunteers:  Early to Rise, Late to Bed.  From dawn to well… past dusk, volunteers helped their well-oiled operation by both Cyndy and Justin.  Unloading and loading the trailer, setting up and taking down the store and quilt show, had daily job assignments and shifts including designated "white gloves" for the quilt show, ushers for seminar entry and awarding of prizes, store shop-keeps, registration, and TheQuiltShow.com helpers.  Believe me we earned our keep And Our 60% Off, Whoo Hoo!!!  FabricBooksDVDsPatternsMusic

President Cindy Hutchinson showing the back of Dad's Lone Star
Linda Rowberry assisting John with TheQuiltShow.com memberships

Seminar:  You might have previously read these and thought, yeah that's just "marketing"... well I said it as did many others in attendance.

"Never in my twenty years of quilting have I had such a mind-opening experience as the Ricky Tims Quilt Seminar."  

"This is the best seminar I've EVER taken!" 

"This was the best class I've had in years and well worth it!" 
- From SLC

"Ricky and Alex explain things like no one else does and they definitely were not boring speakers!" - From SLC

What we learned....

ü  Quilting Caveman Style
ü  An improvisational approach to piecing without templates, measuring, or sewing quarter-inch seams.
ü  Convergence Quilts
ü  Magical, mysterious, easy, and fun art quilts.
ü  Out of Your Mind?
ü  Learn the design elements of art and create your own original quilts. This study applies to both traditional quilters and art quilters.
ü  Rhapsody Quilts
ü  Create your own formal, multi-technique, innovative and original quilt, with flowing curves that are mirrored and reversed to create perfectly balanced symmetry.
ü  No Pins Curves; That’s right, no pins!
ü  Setting-in Corners and Circles
ü  Imagine sewing a circle into a hole!  Not appliquéd
ü  Magical Marking Techniques; This will change your life!
ü  Heirloom Machine Quilting Secrets
ü  What batting? What is the best design?
ü  How can you manage a large quilt?
ü  Award-winning Machine Applique
ü  Learn to Outline Appliqué for finesse and Scribble Applique to create wonderful landscape expressions
ü  Kool Kaleidoscope Quilts
ü  A Kaleidoscope quilt that is easy and accessible for all quilters
ü  Spectacular Piped Bindings These time-saving and breathtaking bindings are put on entirely by machine
ü  Bobbinwork Basics




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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Do You Know Kaffe Fassett?

Recently, fellow quilters had the opportunity to learn from designer extraordinaires, Messers Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mabley in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Quilters in this workshop were educated from a spectacular artistic eye on design, theory, placement, and textile.  “In 2013, Fassett followed up his 1988 exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum with ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Color’ at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.  The exhibit featured over 100 works including nine foot nine wide knitwear and throws, patchwork quilts, as well as items never before seen in the public eye.  Fassett even designed a tactile installation for visitors to touch so that they would get a better understanding of the structure behind his work.”- Wikipedia

Inspiration happening...

Feeling purple

Feeling green

Measure twice

Cut once
Shar, our cutting savior
The man himself
Kaffe Fasset studio http://www.kaffefassett.com

Kaffe Fassett quilt kits http://www.sewingparty.com/





Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Quilt Fest 2016 - "A Quilted Christmas"

Mr. & Mrs. Clause and several of Santa's helpers announced the 2016 theme "A Quilted Christmas" after reading off a few names from his Naughty List.  You might want to be on your best behavior for next year, because Santa Knows and is Always Watching...  Many things are being planned including an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.  I know that sweater, vest, sweatshirt, cover-up, suspenders in the back of your closet will come to good use.  If you've already cleaned out your closets of your holiday attire, you might want to start shopping soon.

















Santa also announced our National Teachers for next year.  Survey results said you wanted more challenging classes.  Review their work and let Quilt Fest Chair, Cindy Hutchison know which patterns/classes you would like taught.  The ones with the  most votes will be selected.  Decision to be made before the end of February 2016.

Jacquelyn De Jong

Dutch quilt artist, Jacquelyn De Jong, of Be Colourful Quilts. Jacqueline is a lady of color, pattern designer, teacher, and fabric designer. You can follow Jacqueline's blog at www.Becolourfulquilts.blogspot.com

Linda Poole

Linda Poole is a quilter, artist, fabric designer and lecturer.  Linda does beautiful painted appliqué. She has taught all over the world. - Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey and the United States www.Lindampoole.com or follow her blog at www.lmpoole.blogspot.com.







Laura Heine

Laura Heine is our third national teacher.  Many of you met Laura at the 2014 Quilt Fest.  She is an international quilt educator, a fabric designer for Kings Road, an educator for YLI Thread Company, Pattern Designer and teacher.  Laura owns the quilt shop in Montana called Fiberworks and can be located at www.Fiberworks-heine.com.







Our final national teacher will be Deb Karasik, she is a fiber artist, designer, teacher and author. Go to Deb's site and click on her FREE STUFF.  There are several free patterns you can print.  If you are not acquainted with paper piecing, print a few of these and start practicing so you will feel comfortable taking some of these classes. You can find Deb at www.Debkarasik.com.





"A Quilted Christmas" Quilt Fest 2016 is September 20 - 24, 2016 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, UT.



Happenings - Ruby Jubilee

The Beeline is out.  Check your inboxes!  A few highlighted events from the Happenings section are below:


  • UQG is turning 40!  Announcing the big Ruby Jubilee
  • Family Promise Quilt Show, Oct. 24, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E 3300 S, SLC, UT. http://www.fpsl.org
  • 11th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup, Oct. 9-10-11, 2015, Mazatzal Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Payson, AZ
  • Holiday Quilt Show & Auction Events Nov. 13, 2015, Opening Reception, Nov. 14-19, 2015, Quilt Show, Nov. 20, 2015, Dinner & Auction.
  • Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar, Nov. 19-21, 2015, Sheraton Salt Lake (Downtown), SLC, UT.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Josephine Keasler.
  • Cedar Chest Quilters Winter Quilt Retreat, Jan. 27-30, 2016, Crystal Inn, Cedar City, UT.
  • HMQS, May 5 - 7, 2016, South Towne Exposition Center, Sandy, UT.  http://www.HMQS.org
     

Badges Awarded

A few photos taken at Quilt Fest 2015 are posted to the UQG Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Utah-Quilt-Guild-184041761628913/photos/

Krisanne Watkins thanked her wonderful committee for all of their hard work at Quilt Fest 2015.

Cindy Hutchison went above and beyond in searching out financial support and in kind donations.

Kathy Porter came up with the Merit Badge idea and spent untold hours creating them.  She also helped me out with the Tuesday night orientation and Meet the Teachers.

Marie Haws again did a wonderful job on the Art Auction.  And she once again made wonderful theme related lanyards for the quilt fest committee.

Brenda Bell is the most amazingly well organized Secretary ever.

Crystal North created a wonderful Vendor’s Mall and really looked out for the vendors.  The Jamboree was a huge success.  Not to mention all of the problems encountered with the website this year. She was helping us out from Paris when the website went down early on.

Marian Gallian took care of the finances and kept me on the straight and narrow when I came up with new ways to spend guild money.

Lanise Thompson and Carrolee Howell essentially did not receive any official training, but took on the Registrar position.

Barb Walsh did an excellent job in teacher selection and is a worthy Silver Thimble winner.

Carole Lifferth did an amazing job with the Quilt Show.

Bev DeMaria aptly filled the slots with volunteers ready to fill in as needed.

Marsha Chappell did a wonderful job with our Teacher’s Pets.

I heard such positive feedback on the table favors done by Shelli Stephenson, as well as the door prizes collected and distributed by Sue Tubbs and Lorri Bashein.

Brenda Richardson, Margaret Gray, Valerie Burton, and Kaye Evans each accepted responsibilities for Mini Quilts, Save the Boobies, Challenge Quilts, and Hand Quilting.

Allison Babcock yet again did a wonderful job with luncheon reservations.

Shantelle Cox created the amazing brochure.

Jill Cox did a great job with Publicity and T-shirts.

Elise Larsen pitched in whenever and wherever needed as our floater.

Mary Evans directed our Camp Retreat, sewing machine storage, and Mystery Quilt.

Helen Meeks and Sylvia Lewis watched over our Open Sew.

Geralyn Powers came up with a wonderful Make and Take idea, and then carried it out.

Elaine Carlson took over the lunchroom mini quilt shows.

Nina Cooke helped out with the welcome bags.

Karen Olsen was in charge of property -loading it all up and setting it up in the conference center. She and Margaret Gray were still involved in taking it all down and returning it to the storage unit up until 9:30pm.

Finally, thanks to all of you who volunteered.  Your contributions were greatly appreciated.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Quilt Camp in Less Than 2 Days!


Camper's Packing List: Altered Quilter's Camp List:
Sleeping Bag
Hotel Room
Campfire Games
Projects
Hobo Dinners
Restaurants
Maps
Registration Paperwork
Convenience Store
Vendors Mall
A Nice View
Quilt Show
Bug Spray
Best Press Spray
Tin Foil
Fabric Bolts
Fishing Poles
Rulers
Toilet Paper
Indoor Plumbing
Hand Sanitizer
Gloves in a Bottle
Canteen
Beverage of your choice
Compass
Measuring Tape
Backup Generator
Sewing Machine
Flashlight
Ot Light
Batteries
Spools of Thread
Rain Gear
Silly Quilter's Attire

2015 Quilt Festival September 15-19 
Lodging available at Hilton Garden Inn or Home2 Suites
See which classes are still available Class Registration
Don’t forget to make your Luncheon Reservations
and gather your Finished Class Homework





Saturday, August 8, 2015

Call for Quilt Fest Volunteers and Quilt Show Entries!!!

It is hard to believe the summer is almost over and it's even harder to believe that we are just a few weeks away from Quilt Fest.  If you would like to volunteer some of your time and help us this year, we sure could use you even if for a couple of hours.  Come see old friend and make some new ones.   Some of the needs include help at the registration desk, white glove "Vanna's" at the quilt show, mini quilt ticket sales and challenge quilts, and of course at the art auction baskets.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Bev DeMaria.  Members can obtain her contact information from the UQG website.   Thank you in advance.

If you’ve never entered a quilt in a competition before, it is where you can learn and improve so much.  We can’t have a quilt show without your beautiful quilts.  Don’t forget to sew a label and a proper sleeve on your quilt.  A proper sleeve ensures that your quilt can be hung on our quilt hanging system.  Step by step instructions for adding a sleeve to your quilt can be found at UQG website under the Events tab.  I have even searching for a few videos for you.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Deadlines are Approaching for Quilt Festival

Don't worry, there's still time!!!  

You can still register for classes/lunches/lectures, finish that quilt, enter your quilt into the show, and volunteer at www.utahquiltguild.org

Quilt Festival Timeline Registration Opened:  June 1, 2015
Final Mailing Deadline:  August 22, 2015
Last Day to Get a Refund:  August 22, 2015 - 5:00 pm MST
Last Day to Reserve Hotel at UQG Discounted Rate:  September 1, 2015

Quilt Show Entries Due: 
August 22, 2015 - for Paperwork 
August 31, 2015 - for the Quilt Festival  

National Teacher Luncheons
Wednesday……… Lisa Bongean 
Thursday………..  Marsha McCloskey 
Friday…………… Cynthia England 
Saturday………… drawings, auctions, prizes, etc.

Questions about Registration?  For questions or problems with registration, please email: uqgquiltfest2015@gmail.com  If you do not have email, you may call 435-850-9389.  Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, a good time to return your call, and the reason.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Utah Arts Festival - Last Day

The Utah Arts Festival is an annual event held at Library Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  You can see live events, eat fantastic food, view and even purchase art from all sorts of artists.  Just to highlight a few quilt-related artists that are at this year's event, see below (ends tonight):

Lisa Kattenbraker works with batiks on cotton fabric.  Her visual stories of life in the south (where she lived prior to Olympia) influenced her creativity.


http://uaf.org/2015/artist-marketplace/item/1511-yan-inlow
Yan Inlow first prints an image on silk backing then embroiders with silk these amazing works of art.


Busy Lil' Bees



Our members have been busy indoors quilting.  It's not unlikely that the 100 degree temperature outside is being used as an excuse to get some sewing done ;)

Here are a few updates from UQG groups:

http://quiltkeepers.blogspot.com/

http://bunchberrystudio.blogspot.com/

http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/

http://www.pieplatepatterns.com/

http://syracuseutahquilters.blogspot.com/

http://uvqg.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/235305559853715/



Monday, June 15, 2015

For All of You Idaho (Northern Utah) Quilters - A New Store!!!

I just visited our ONLY dedicated quilt store in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  DAYDREAMS QUILT N SEW is owned and managed by Annalee Leonard.  The UQG Board was interested in learning about Annalee and her store.  Here is what I found out talking to her this afternoon.

Annalee sewed as a youngster and loved it.  When her new toy sewing machine failed to work, her mom let her sew on the grown-up machine.  Annalee became an 8-year old couturier, turning scraps into doll clothes. “I was in heaven,” she recalls.  She smiles remembering visits to her grandmother when she played underneath the quilting frame - and was allowed to “help” with any quilt that was currently on it.  She earned a degree in Fashion Design and Production at Ricks College (now BYU-I), and married Tim.  They have four kids (ages 13-19) and a menagerie of assorted pets.

Many people will recognize Annalee as the manager of the the Ribbon Retreat’s quilt store in Shelley, ID.  The store was a trial addition to The Ribbon Retreat’s on-line ribbon business.  “I had to learn the vocabulary of quilting so I could talk to my customers!  I loved coming to work there.” When The Ribbon Retreat closed it’s fabric shop, Annalee (and her quilting customers!) were heartbroken.  There were no other quilt stores in the area and large craft stores just aren’t the same. That’s when the dream of opening her own shop took shape.  Annalee started to plan and dreamt big. The result was Daydreams which opened in November, 2014.  She and Tim cashed in his 401K to invest in the shop.  They found a lovely location overlooking the Snake River.   Her inventory of fabrics and tools is relatively small, but growing as the store becomes established. The fabric is of excellent quality and well-chosen.  The shop has superb lighting (a real plus!) and a comfortable work area that can accommodate 14 quilters.  The shop offers both day and night activities and is very welcoming.



Go ahead and visit Daydreams when you are in the Idaho Falls area.  Special Note:  Daydreams is hosting several Snake River Valley Quilt Guild sew-ins.  They are making quilts for area domestic crisis shelters.  This project is part of the UQG’s service project for 2015, and we very much appreciate Annalee’s support.  Daydream Quilt N Sew is located at 802 Pancheri Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83402-3344, telephone (208) 227-8394, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/daydreamsquiltsAnnaleeLeonard

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quilt Fest Brochures, Challenges, and Reminders

You should by now have received your copy of the brochure in the mail if you are a current member. You can also access it online at our website.  This year, teachers are attempting to bring their projects around and have members see the class project in person.  Your Area Reps will have extra information.

So far, President Cindy Hutchinson and Kaye Evans recently showed their class project ideas to the Kalico Kutups Quilt Group meeting.






Looking for some inspiration for the green fabric leaf challenge?  Sneak a peak at Kathy Porter's work in progress and why not search around Pinterest?  If you haven't used that site yet, it's a good idea source. 

Our Members Are Busy Bees

Instead of writing a blog post today, I thought I'd share links to what everyone is busy working on that have notified me.  Thanks again, and please keep the notifications coming!  :)

These ladies update their blog often!

The Midway Thursday Threads and Midway Heritage Quilt Guilds on a 2-day retreat!

The Holiday Quilt Guild recently got together to work on Battered Women's Shelter quilts.

Kalico Kutups welcomed Ruth Davis who provided a trunk show. https://www.facebook.com/groups/235305559853715/ 


Many helped out during service days at the Utah Valley Quilt Guild.


If you are curious why your group/guild updates aren't posted, that's because we haven't been notified of anything to reference.  We'd be more than happy to post your updates too!  Just send notification to UQGsocialmedia@mail.com or via the Social Media Coordinator email address for Levi posted within the monthly Beeline (or on the website UtahQuiltGuild.org).



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scholarship for Beginning Quilter

Due June 1, 2015

As UQG Officers, we know that for the art of quilt-making to thrive we must do all we can to encourage new quilters.  Let’s face it, the average age for a quilter is 65 and we have to encourage new quilters to replace us as we fade away.  Every year we offer a
scholarship for a BEGINNING quilter, young or old.

These are the benefits:

1. Registration Fee to Quilt Fest (QF) 2015 is PAID

2. Tuesday Night Opening Gala is FREE

3. Two 3 hr classes or one 6 hr class from a local teacher is FREE

4. Two FREE lunch/National Teacher lectures

5. One night at the Hilton FREE.  The Scholarship is valued at about $250.


These are the requirements:

1. Needs to have quilted less than 3 years, and be at least 18 years old.

2. Needs to have started at least 3 quilts. (Finishing is a good goal as well. Maybe QF can help with that).

3. Needs to be a member of the UQG ($20)

4. Needs to write a small essay, 300-500 words describing what quilting means to you, and what you would like to learn at QF

5. Two pictures of your quilts with a little explanation. Make sure your name is on the essay and the pictures.

6. Fill out the simple form below and send it all to: UQG c/o K.Porter.

American Heart Association Fat Quarter Challenge

The heart disease research challenge fabric has arrived.  Please check with your Area Representative and purchase your fat quarter soon.

We hope you enjoy working on your quilt.  Please remember no more than 160" perimeter, at least ONE LEAF included in your project and use a recognizable amount of the fabric.  Again, the leaf may be pieced, appliqued, embroidered, quilted, painted, stamped - whatever your imagination suggests.  You may have a terrestrial or aquatic leaf, realistic, or stylized.  The leaf does not have to be out of the challenge fabric.  You do not need to limit yourself to one leaf.

You are asked to donate your completed quilt for show and sell at Quilt Fest 2015.  This is how UQG is raising monies for our selected charity.  the funds will be donated to heart disease research.  Thank you for your participation in this worthwhile project.  The fabric reminds us of that early spring green.  The green that is so vibrant it almost hurts your eyes.  If you have lived in the Midwest, you know what we mean.  Those just budding out leaves, before they get covered in dust.  That type of green is such a wonderful color to experience.  Fabric selected is Marcus Fabrics Primo Batiks R07-5839-005 in case you need ore than is available from your Area Rep for your quilt.

The studies we are most interested in include peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) which is a potentially lethal condition that affects women either near the end of pregnancy or shortly after delivery.  The mother’s heart loses its ability to function, jeopardizing the lives of both the mother and the baby at this time it cannot be prevented as no one knows what causes the condition.  The researchers are looking for markers in the blood or in the DNA that may predict who will develop PPCM.  The other study concerns Atrial Fibrillation (AF), which is an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart related conditions.  It turns out that AF patients are at a higher risk of developing dementia.  The researchers are looking at three possible explanations as to why AF patients are at a higher risk for this horrible disease.  One is genetic markers, the other two concerns the medication the AF patients receive do they cause micro strokes or reduce blood flow to vital organs?  One or both studies will benefit from the UQG challenge. Please see your area rep for fabric.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

Monday, April 6, 2015

We Want Your Updates


Calling all Bloggers, Facebookers, Instagramers, and Twitter-ers (Is that a word? If not it is now, maybe I should have said Tweeters).

With so many cellular phones that have camera capabilities, why not snap a few shots from your group meetings and submit them to me with a paragraph write-up?  It's that simple!  If you have a blog or website that you keep up-to-date, send me an email or tag me so I can use that information. Send it to UQGsocialmedia@mail.com.

Just look at ALL of these regional groups that could be submitting short stories on their group activities:

Bear River Area-
  • Happy Harvest Quilt Guild
  • Oneida Quilters
  • Quilt Set

Cache/Rich Area-
  • Needles and Friends
  • Patchwork Friends Quilt Guild
  • Peace by Piece Guild
  • Preston Piecers
  • Sew Small
  • South Cache Quilters
  • Ties That Bind

Davis-North/Weber Area-
  • Layton Quilters
  • Piece of Mind
  • Roy Pioneer Quilt Guild
  • Kalico Kut-Ups
  • Syracuse Quilt Guild
  • Ogden Quilt Guild

Davis-South Area-
  • Ogden/Salt Lake Long-Arm Guild
  • Computerized Quilter's Guild
  • Crazy Quilters
  • Quilt Addicts
  • Quilt Spinners
  • Main Street Quilters

East Central Area-
  • Quilt Keepers
  • Sanpete Stitchin' Sisters
  • Horseshoe Mountain Quilters
  • White Hills Quilt Guild
  • Mountain Valley Quilt Guild

Salt Lake North Area-
  • City Stitchers
  • Gone to Pieces
  • Colonial Quilters
  • Quilters Holladay
  • Rose Park Patchwork Quilters

Salt Lake South Area-
  • Keepsake Quilters
  • Sandy Stitchers
  • Quilting Divas
  • Nuttall's Nimble Thimbles
  • Southeast Area-
  • Castle Country Quilters
  • Castle Country Quilters Evening Group
  • San Rafael Piecemakers
  • Delicate Stitchers
  • Grayson County Quilters
  • Melon Seam Spitters
  • Quiltin' Time Quilters

Southwest Area-
  • Raising Kane
  • Dixie Quilt Guild
  • Canyon Country Quilt Guild

Summit Area-
  • Heber Valley Quilters
  • Kamas Valley Quilters
  • Midway Heritage Quilt Guild
  • Midway Thursday Threads

Utah County North Area-
  • Basting Buddies Quilt Guild
  • Dog Kennel Quilt Guild
  • New Friends Quilt Circle
  • That Alpine Group
  • The Utah Valley Quilt Guild
  • The Maple Mountain Quilt Guild
  • Knotts
  • LongArm QTs

West Central Area-
  • Piece in the Valley


Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day
Celebrating 100 Years


Make It Happen is this year's theme and this day represents an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements around the world.  The UQG President chose the Battered Women's Shelters in Utah and Eastern Idaho and this year's charity project.  Your Area Representatives will collect donated quilts and coordinate with local shelters.  If you are interested in working on this effort, members have begun to organize membership sew-ins.  While you are cleaning out your staff, keep in mind this goal and help Make It Happen.

It can't be said enough, you too can Make It Happen but submitting blog content (group updates, announcements, photographs, etc) to the Blog/Social Media Coordinator; just reference the latest Beeline newsletter for contact information.

Below are a couple of commemorative quilts supporting and celebrating this day.

Women's Rights Quilt ca. 1875 Midwest, United States http://met.org/1zjgem9





Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Quilt Camp", 2015 Quilt Festival


Our annual quilt festival is shaping up.  It will be held September 15 through 19, 2015, at the Davis Conference Center located in Layton, Utah.  Don't wait and lock in your hotel rate at $99 per night.  Be sure to mention that you are a member of the Utah Quilt Guild when making your reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn which is connected directly to the convention center.  If it rains, you won't get wet.  If you need to wheel your sewing machine around or if you left a ruler in your room, how convenient is that where you don't have to get in your car and go back to do/get those things.  We keep YOU in mind because WE TOO have been there.  But in case you do want to venture outside, there are near by items of interest including the Layton Hills Mall and Station Park Shopping Center, several movie theaters, an amusement park, an air force museum, "restaurant row", and saving the best for last.... quilt stores!  

We have secured the following National Teachers:
Lisa Bongean
Karen Kay Buckley
Cynthia England
Marsha McCloskey
This year we are trying something a little different by not mailing letters to potential teachers/local instructors.  Instead, we have posted the details on our website.  If you have a class you would like to teach, YOU could be a great teacher!!!  Submit your proposal no later than March 1st via the website and include all the necessary data.  We know our members have knowledge and techniques to share!  Submit that handbag, wool applique, modern art, traditional, landscape, red & white, quilt-related proposal to the UQG.  March will be here before you know it so get started this weekend!  And.....GO!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top Ten Quilting Goals for January

Happy Saturday Fellow Quilters!

By now most of you have put away your holiday decorations and are wanting to get organized.  Do you know someone out there in the world captures the Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for each New Year?  Well know you do and I've associated them in regards to the quilting/sewing world below:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others with their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

1, 2, 3, 5 = Clean out your stash!  We hear this all of the time; why not start now?  While cleaning you'll burn calories, come across that kit you purchased a few years ago, toss or donate scraps/materials/projects that you've collected.  You'll feel good about yourself and feel good for contributing to the possible success of others.

6 = Sign up for a quilt festival class and learn a new technique this year.  Keep your eyes open for upcoming announcements.  Pay attention to our website, monthly newsletter, this blog, and our new Twitter and Instagram accounts.

7 = You don't have to be an actual smoker to understand what I'm about to say.  Ever walk passed your sewing room and a project gives you the "evil eye"?  Each time you walk by, it says to you a comment similar to the Little Shop of Horrors movie where Seymour moans"Feeeeeed Me!"  There's something you have almost screaming at you.  Quit making excuses and instead set aside 30-60 minutes a day/week.  Even if you make small progress.... it is progress.

8 = Are you good (don't have to be great) with a certain style of quilting?  Why not sign up and become a teacher this year?  It's rewarding to share your knowledge with others.  Several up-and-coming "green" quilters need your expertise and would love to hear your take on what you do!  Promote yourself and help others with their wants to succeed.  Can you visualize the art quilts, landscape quilts, and machine quilting skills you're seeing today?  Just imagine if they knew what you knew.... what could come of that knowledge in the future in regards to the quilting realm...

4, 9, 10 = I would like us to become a quilting organization that communicates better.  Submit to me what your groups are doing.  If you don't submit it , then I'm to simply come up with my own articles.  After all, we are a family; if our family doesn't know what each of us are up to, then we become simple acquaintances. Let's build up the family and shine in our quilting community.