Friday, February 29, 2008
Last year the Utah Quilt Guild had enough blocks to make 8 quilts and several miniature quilts. It is a fun, easy way to give and be a part of something big. The fat quarters will be available for purchase at the next few guild meetings.
Also, remember The Home and Garden Show March 6-9th at the South Town Expo Center. There will be fun quilts displayed, so go check it out.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Our next guild meeting, in only 2 weeks from today, is going to be a real treat. We have a guest coming. Her name is Marilyn Toone and she will be sharing her secrets of applique with us. She will be teaching a hands on class, so be looking in the newsletter for the materials you need to bring to participate.
Marilyn has been quilting for more than 40 years; she currently resides in Farmington, UT. She says there are two kinds of quilts; those that get worn out and those that become heirlooms.
She went to school at BYU, “I took sewing classes, but I didn’t like them. I took one econ class and ended up switching my major to history.” She was a history teacher for many years.
Marilyn made her first quilt after her second daughter was born. She and her mother worked on the quilt and quilting took over and became her passion.
She enjoys the stitching, which is why she quilts mostly by hand. “I do three things, I piece, I appliqué and I quilt. The quilting is my favorite.” She teaches classes at Threads of Time in Centerville, Utah and has won many awards and ribbons for her quilting in shows throughout the state.
To learn more about Marilyn, read the article published in the Deseret Morning News, January 25, 2008. This link should work:
Hopefully all of you wonderful quilters are excited about the fun treat we have in store for us this next month at quilt guild meeting.
For all you friendship group and round robin exchangers, get busy! Two more weeks until we trade again!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Just a little heads up for everyone, visit the Mormon Handicraft website for fun classes that are going on now. Some of the ones that are coming up are Beginning Machine Quilting, Hearts and Flowers Lap Quilt, fun bags, and Triple Play tablerunner. They also have a sale every month on fabric. February is 20% off red and pink fabric and March is 20% off green fabric. The website is www.mormonhandicraft.com. Just click on the very top of the page on the events/classes link. It shows you SLC, Orem, and St George class schedules, they are different so take a look!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This quilt is one that her daughter made for Cindy during their church's celebratory year. Her daughter made a block a month and then put it all together, with each block having meaning to Cindy and her church.
Cute crazy pumpkins, I think they were called 'drunk pumpkins' at our meeting! So very cute.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
There is a fun quilting magazine out that is called Quilter's Home. In the Sept/Oct 2007 issue, it has a big article about a Round Robin the author participated in. It is a super article and has great pictures of each quilt as each border was added. There are also a few guidelines they used that are worth sharing here.
* When picking fabric to use on a border, try to keep the particular theme of the quilt going.
* Usually, but not always, it is better to start with a smaller first border and as the borders progress, the size of the border should progress in width too. This is just an aestheticaly pleasing guideline, not a hard and fast rule.
* Be sure to square up the borders as you go, try to pass on a square quilt to the next person.
* The Golden Rule, sew for others as you would have them sew for you!
Good Luck ladies! There are a bunch of past round robin pictures on the website, http://www.hebervalleyquilters.iwarp.com/ if you want to look at them for ideas. Go to the slideshow link.
By the way, the picture is one of Cat's Round Robin Quilts, I think this one is from 2006.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
HVQ Design Challenge 2008
Theme: Elements—Water, Air, Fire, Earth
1. In January, you drew an element from the basket. You are using this element of nature as inspiration for your challenge quilt. Your element of nature does not change with each month’s instructions.
2. Each month—January to April—you will receive new instructions. Bring back your Elements quilt each month—February to April—to receive a participation prize.
3. June 5 will be the HVQ Elements quilt show. Your quilt must contain all the elements of quilting and be completely finished—quilted, bound, labeled—to be eligible for the viewers choice award of $25 gift certificate to Season’s of Home.
February: Element of Quilting—appliqué.
1. The block with borders that you pieced in January is to become the background on which you are going to add elements of quilting. This month, you are adding appliqué to your quilt.
2. The appliqué should enhance your quilt and build on the element of nature. It should not be appliqué just to meet the requirement. Be creative. Think about your element of nature and how appliqué will work beautifully on your quilt.
3. You may use any method of appliqué—needle turn, freezer paper, hand or machine, etc. If you need help with appliqué, please feel free to call Shantelle or any of the appliqué mentors in the guild.
4. You MUST add appliqué in order to be eligible for the March participation prize and the June viewers choice award.
5. DO NOT add borders to your quilt. DO NOT increase the perimeter of your quilt in adding appliqué.
If you have any questions about the instructions, please don’t hesitate to call Shantelle.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Jenny and Bethany were just a few of many that went up to get a good close look at Cat's expertise in action.
Shantelle taught us about quilt labels. Everything about labels. She showed many examples of her own quilt labels and the different ways she has made labels over the past few years. She taught us about different kinds of chemicals to use, photo fabrics, pigma pens, the goodness of freezer paper once again, designs, and a whole lot more. Shantelle's most important lesson of the evening was, "Don't be Anonymous, make a label!"
Thanks again Cat and Shantelle. We had a super guild night and had a few more join our ranks. We wish a welcome to Cathy, Toni, Mara, Wendy, and Stella. We hope you have a fabulous time with us this year!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Barbara - Not sure what she calls it, Beautiful sure fits.
Thanks everyone for sharing your creations. If only every quilt had a picture here... maybe next month.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
See everyone at February's quilt guild meeting on the 7th at 7:00. Remember to come at 6:00 for KayeDawn's Lullaby applique lesson. We will meet at 55 South 500 East in the county building. Enter through the north doors and head to conference room 132.