Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cody Mazuran's Visit

What a great treat it was to have Cody Mazuran come and teach her A FINE FINISH 2 course to us. Thanks to KayeDawn for arranging her visit and for such a fun fun day. It was such a nice day, we sewed, we chatted, and we ate wonderful soups, salads, and desserts.

We learned how to prepare and cut bias strips for binding and we were busy all day learning and sewing.

Thanks so much to Deonn for arranging such a delicious and BEAUTIFUL lunch for us, and thank you to everyone that contributed to the wonderful foods table.

Next are a few projects we worked on and learned, all in various stages of completion. We were able to complete these little samples to take home with us as examples of the various methods we learned. Cody taught us many great techniques to finish a quilt with, including Cottage Quilt Binding, which is shown above with Kazuko and below with Suzanne. This kind of binding has 2 piped edges with a pretty bias strip between them. It gives such a charming and very finished look to a quilt.

Cody taught us how to make the pretty little loops for Lacy Loops and also how to make Yo Yos. She also had a great trunk show for us with examples of her A FINE FINISH techniques!

Cody's trunk show included many of her quilts that she has written patterns for and has them for sale. Seeing some of the techniques she taught us and talked about was a little treat for us. Seeing her FINE FINISH in action was inspiring!

Cody's business name is BUTTERCUP QUILTS and you can find her website at Check her website for patterns and also for her great reference book, A Fine Finish.

This quilt shows how yo yos can be worked into a sculpted edge binding - WOW!

This quilt shows the simple piped edge we learned in class and also made a sample of to take home with us.

This example is for a piped and sculpted French bias binding. We didn't get to this one during class, but we learned the piping technique and also the French bias technique. What a super day we had together, thanks ladies!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

September's Queen Bee

Our September Queen Bee is Tamara Ellis. She had a great trunk show for us with a few of the things she has made and likes to do. Because she is such a NICE and AMAZING lady, she made this little mini Lullaby quilt with all of that applique for her sister! Read your newsletter for more about Tamara. Thanks for sharing yourself with us Tamara!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Quiltfest - A Pieceful Paradise

The Utah Quilt Guild held its annual QUILTFEST during the last part of September and what a great time it was! Some of you may remember donating a tropical or otherwise wild and fun fat quarter at our September meeting for a centerpiece that was auctioned off. Well, here it is! It was so darling!

Sherron figured out the cutest way to put all of our tropical fat quarters, some cute drink glasses, a fun drink mix in a punch bowl with a few other Pieceful Paradise items together to auction off for the Utah Quilt Guild. Thanks Sherron for doing such a great job! It was wonderful to have the Heber Valley Quilters support the state guild. Thanks ladies for donating!

Shantelle and Deonn were instructors from our guild this year at Quiltfest. They each taught classes to other ladies sharing their great talents and excitement. Barbara M. is the President-elect for the Utah Quilt Guild, so she was there also in a great tropical ORANGE dress and lei helping oversee the events for the week.

Deonn and Debbie took advantage of the OPEN SEW area and started their darling Buggy Barn witches together. They turned out so cute!

Kim Shannon had a GORGEOUS booth in the vendor mall with her fun store, (There is a link to the left.) Kim, her mother, and Kami manned the booth selling cute cute fabric and had it looking wonderful with over 2000 ladies swarming the area!

Here it is ladies - KayeDawn's fun fun springtime quilt that won a gorgeous ribbon in the Machine Applique division of the quilt show. We are proud of you KayeDawn, you do great work!

This is just a quilt that caught my eye, I loved the snail trail blocks, and then when you got closer, you could see she had pieced in a bunch of snails. I thought it was darling. I should have written down the name of the artist, sorry.

This is just another beautiful quilt I liked in the quilt show. There were so many nice nice quilts and what a treat it was to go see them! For those of you that could not attend Quiltfest this year, get ready for next year. What a great time and experience it is! In 2010, Barbara has arranged for Quiltfest to be at Zermott in Midway! Hooray Barbara! I saw quite a few ladies from our guild at Quiltfest and if any of you want to share some of the projects you made or started in some of the classes, email me a picture and I will put it on the blog.