Monday, March 23, 2009

March Queen Bee

What a treat to have Joan be our Queen Bee of the month!
Joan became a member of the Heber Valley Quilt Guild 8 years ago and what a wonderful, fun feeling she has brought to the guild. Thanks Joan for your happiness and willingness to help us all have a great time at our guild meetings.

You can read the newsletter to get to know Joan a little better.
Thanks for the great trunk show Joan!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March Sew and Tell

We all love sew and tell!

Honoring the Aprons - super cute apron by Cathy

Beth's fun table runner for an Enrichment project

This is Beth's friendship block quilt from last year! It turned out so cute! Thanks ladies for participating in our fun Round Robins and Friendship Block Exchanges - look at what it produces!

Rachel's Block of the Month quilt top finished, another Enrichment project.

Paulette's chickens.

This is also Paulette's. She mentioned that this will be the free pattern using jelly rolls available at Seasons of Home during the last week of March. See their website (link to the right) for details.

This is Cat's row quilt from 2004. This was her Finishing Bee project - it is bound and finished now! Good Job Cat!

Shantelle's daughter made this fun jelly roll quilt.

This is also Shantelle's - it is a block of the month quilt from Mormon Handicraft a few years ago.

Debbie brought this pretty Irish Chain quilt for sew and tell that she used to sleep under as a girl when she stayed at her aunt's house. It was made by her great grandma and her grandma. What a treat!

This is Nita's 2008 Design Challenge quilt and it is finished! Good Job Nita!

Vicky is making a super cute nurse quilt for one of her nurse friends back east.

This is Jenny's Finishing Bee project for the month - a darling Buggy Barn Friendship quilt. Super cute!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Beautiful Mountains

We had a few mountains from our 2009 Heber Valley Row Quilt show up at our March meeting's sew and tell. Here are some of them. There were also a few ladies that brought their mountains in February that I didn't get a picture of yet. We received the pattern for the Farm Row at our March meeting. April's Sew and tell will be full of farms hopefully! Remember to make a copy or two of your paper pieced patterns before you begin!

Nita's mountains

Michele's mountains

Margaret's mountains AND applique row!

Rachel's mountains on the carpet

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More ways to Bee Daring!

At our March guild meeting we also got to learn a little about wool and be inspired by all the fun, beautiful things that Ann McEwen has made and brought to show us. She made this jacket and then added an amazing garden on it with wool. It turned out so very fun! Thanks Ann for sharing your amazing talent with us and inspiring us to be more daring!

Ann brought so many completed projects for us to see, but she also brought some raw wool that she has in her stash. This wool here has been home dyed with Kool Aid to get the fun pastel colors that may be hard to find elsewhere.

Thanks again Ann for coming to our guild meeting and sharing with us.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bee Daring

Bee Daring - Dare to use pre-cut fabrics!

Natalia did a great job at our March guild meeting inspiring us to be daring with all the fun pre-cut fabrics available.

She shared many beautiful quilts that she has made using all kinds of pre-cut fabrics. We got to see charm packs, jelly rolls, honey buns, layer cakes, and fat quarter bundles all put into action in various quilts. She also showed us some of the fun turnovers, jelly cakes, and charming jelly cakes that are available.

She had a few tips for us and one of them was that it is nice to shorten your stitch length a little when using pre-cut fabrics because many of the patterns that use jelly rolls, etc, have you cut the fabrics after they have been sewn together once.
This quilt was Natalia's first pre-cut fabric quilt project. She said from then on she has been hooked. Why cut fabric when the factory can do it for you?

These cute little bags are made from honey buns, 40 coordinating fabric strips cut into 1 1/2 inches by 44 inches. How darling! One honey bun will make 4 entire bags, inside and out, or 8 bags with another fabric used as lining.

This is a super fun quilt Natalia made using a jelly roll, 40 coordinating fabrics cut into 2 1/2 inch by 44 inch strips. She then added the large melon fabric and look how pretty it turned out!

Natalia told us that you can get fun free pre-cut patterns at

Also, check out Natalia's website. She sells all kinds of pre-cut fabrics, patterns, books, notions, and many other 'Quilter's Candy.' The address is If you have a few questions, you can email her at

Thanks so much Natalia for an inspiring night!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Twin Size Quilts Tops Needed

Debbie, a member of our guild, is helping some kids that need to get in community service hours actually get them done. This quilt is one that she made so the kids that do need to get in hours can tie it and get some of their service hours completed. This quilt also happens to be going to the juvenile detention center where they are short in twin sized blankets for the beds.

What a great project. If you would like to make or help make a twin size quilt top to donate to the juvenile detention center and would love for other kids needing service hours to quilt it, contact Debbie. Her email address is She would love to hear from you and would also love your help.