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

Kaffe Fassett quilt kits

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

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 or follow her blog at

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

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

"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.
  • 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.

Badges Awarded

A few photos taken at Quilt Fest 2015 are posted to the UQG Facebook page

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.