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.

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

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