Didn’t want to go camping…

September 21, 2014

But look at what I would have missed out one if I didn’t!

I was pretty tired when I got home from Quilt Fest, but the family decided that we had to go camping.  Yay.  No really, yay.

I decided to go for a little jog in the campground and look at what I found!!!

???????????????????????????????More from Quilt Fest to come!  Thanks for stopping by!

Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Show 2014

September 17, 2014

IMG_0319Davis Convention Center where Quilt Fest is being held this year.

IMG_0321Here’s Patsy covering the Magic Nine Patch table for me at the Opening Gala!

I always enjoy getting away for Quilt Retreat and when there’s a quilt show involved, even better!  I thought you all might enjoy seeing some of the quilts at the show.

My battery died during the pictures, and my backup was dead too…  (Sounds like a horror movie!  No!  Don’t look in the camera…)

Anyhoo, here’s a start…IMG_0325

     This was made by Nancy Henderson, and quilted by Jen Alexander.

IMG_0327Made by Marie Haws, quilted by Marie Haws and Denise Hone.

IMG_0329Made by Karen Martin, quilted by Lou Ann Benda.

IMG_0331Made and quilted by Kathy Souba.

IMG_0334Made and quilted by Mary Evans.

IMG_0335Made by Louise Lemon, quilted by Miriam Higginson.

IMG_0338Made by Josephine Keasler, quilted by Connie Atkisson.  The centers of this are old 45’s!

IMG_0342Snuck this one in…  Made and quilted by me!  Woo hoo!

IMG_0343Made by Susan Ford, quilted by Sue McCarty.

IMG_0344Made by Carol Sullivan, quilted by Linda Elkin.

IMG_0350Another one of mine…

IMG_0353Mady by Vivian Blotter, quilted by Me…

IMG_0348Made and quilted by Ruth Ewers.

IMG_0354Made and quilted by Kathy Souba.

IMG_0356Made and quilted by Sheila Stettler.

IMG_0358Made by Louise Lemon, quilted by Miriam Higginson.

IMG_0361Made by Karin Crawford, quilted by LaReesa Baldwin.

IMG_0363Made and quilted by Crystal North.

IMG_0364Made and quilted by Cathie Cee.

IMG_0365Made by Karin Crawford, quilted by Kathi Carter.

IMG_0367Made by Kathy Porter, quilted by Kim Peterson (I could be wrong on the quilter as I didn’t get a close up!)

IMG_0369Made and quilted by Helen Butler.  This is the gal who taught me the block that I used in the center of my “A Passion for Purple” fair challenge quilt…  She is an awesome talent!  Here’s a close up of her quilting:


Close up of Helen Butler’s quilting…  (I’m taking a couple of classes from her at Bryce this year if I get to go.)

Thanks for visiting!!!  I’ll have more battery life tomorrow….

A couple of new projects…

September 14, 2014

Things have been hectic here, but I have managed to get a little sewing in today…  I was quilting this little doll quilt that will go to the Women’s shelter,

IMG_0313And here it is finished!IMG_0318Last week, I spent a little time on this Halloween Swap mini quilt…

IMG_0302Who doesn’t love candy corns this time of year?  (Even if you don’t like the taste, they are so fun to look at!)

But Rat Zombie loves them…

More coming later!

Utah Quilt Guild’s Quilt Festival 2014!

September 10, 2014

I am getting so excited that I can’t stand it!  Next week begins Utah Quilt Guilds Annual Meeting and Festival…

There will be a quilt show (Yay!!!), vendors, and classes!

I was thrilled to be accepted as a teacher this year…  I’ll be teaching my retractable tape measure that was featured in “The Quilting Quarterly” Journal of the National Quilting Association, Inc~ Volume 42 Number 5 #169.  I added a few simpler paper piecing patterns for the class.

I finished up my patterns today, and I have 30 kits available that are pre-paper pieced if my students want to get straight to the nuts and bolts,  er…  Needles and Threads…

???????????????????????????????Thanks to my friend, MollySewn for sharing her pattern bags with me!!! I’d have been scrambling for sure if she hadn’t offered to bring me some.

Thanks for visiting!!!  Hope you all have a great rest of the week doing what you enjoy!

This was my sneak peek…

September 10, 2014

IMG_0284This was the picture I posted for my partner in the MQTS swap…  More coming later!  (It’s an old friend re-visiting…)

Thanks for stopping by!

Utah State Fair Challenge Quilts…

September 5, 2014

The theme this year was “Purplicious”  I thought I’d share how talented the quilters are who entered!  (And this is just a sampling as there were over 50 entrants!)IMG_0237IMG_0238IMG_0239IMG_0240IMG_0241IMG_0242IMG_0243IMG_0244IMG_0245IMG_0250IMG_0253IMG_0258IMG_0259IMG_0261IMG_0262IMG_0265

Made by my friend, Michelle!


Best of Show by my friend Lorri!

IMG_0252IMG_0246And last, but not least, my little quilt that I’ve been keeping under wraps!  With the level of talent here, I was so excited to get a Judges Choice!!!

Thanks for stopping by…  I’ll show close-ups of the quilting within a few days!

What I’ve been working on…

September 2, 2014



I had to start with a close-up of Poukie…  He approves of this quilt!  LOL!

IMG_0229In the BBC we are trading 3 inch whole cloth hand quilted blocks…  No idea how I’m going to put these together!  I have to make 9 or 10.  I don’t remember which…

IMG_0231And here is what I decided to do with half of my Disappearing Hourglass Blocks.  I wanted some big spaces to quilt in, and I think this fits the bill!

I may try to do show quality quilting and see if I’ve improved…  (Although marking a quilt this big is a daunting task to say the least!)

More to come when I get the rest together.  Then I have to get the Disappearing Pin Wheels done…

Thanks for visiting!

Disappearing Pinwheels and Hourglass Blocks…

August 29, 2014

I’ve been playing around with the Disappearing blocks that I’ve seen on the internet…  One of my guilds asked if I would teach them at our Sew-In last Thursday…

Supplies needed:

1 Layer Cake (Pre-cut 10 inch squres)

40- 10 inch squares cut from a coordinating background fabric

BSK (basic sewing kit)

Sewing Machine


I used a Moda Layer Cake called “Hope Chest” by Laundry Basket Quilts.  I paired the layer cake (pre-cut 10 inch squares) with 10 inch muslin squares.

I put a layer cake piece with a muslin piece, right sides together and stitched 1/4 inch around all 4 sides of the square.  Then I cut them on both diagonals.  This leaves you with 4- half square triangles.  (They are on the bias, so you have to press carefully as to not distort the shape.)

From this point, I divided my Layer Cake into dark prints and light prints.  I’m going to make a Disappearing Pinwheel with the light prints, and a Disappearing Hourglass with the dark prints…

Here is the technique for making Disappearing Pinwheels:???????????????????????????????  You put your 1/2 square triangles into a pinwheel block and then cut them into 9ths.  For a layer cake. I cut them into 4 1/4 inch squares.

After you cut them into a 9 patch you rearrange them like this:

???????????????????????????????You can play around with your layout with this pattern and achieve a few different blocks!

Here is the Disappearing Hourglass block…???????????????????????????????

Again, you make the block the same way, just positioning it into an hourglass (I’ve always called this “Broken Dishes”, but traditional quilt blocks have more than one name.)

Cut into a 9 patch using 4 1/4 inch measurements as before.  Then you reposition the pieces as shown below:

???????????????????????????????These are such fun blocks and look so much more difficult than they are!  I still have a bunch of work to do, but the layer cake will make 40 total blocks, so I’m shooting for 2 quilts.  A smaller 4 X 4 layout with the churndash/pinwheel, and a 5 X 5 layout with the star/hourglass block!  More to come when I get farther along!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Results of Roy Quilt Guild Challenge!

August 20, 2014

Here are the results of the Roy Quilt Guild Challenge…  They didn’t have to be quilts, and it was really fun to see the variety of entries!

IMG_0182Here is Paulas…  I love this one!  She incorporated a UFO block into the wall hanging.  (The green embroidered piece…)

IMG_0183 Here’s mine…  The labels were judged as well.  I took first for both.  (Although there were more creative labels than mine…  I just used an extra block?)

IMG_0184Here’s Midjes…  I love the vase!

IMG_0185Here is Marie’s beautiful bag which features lace she did on her embroidery machine…

IMG_0186I love this one that Rebecca did…  It is so pretty!  And she used one of the pincushion dress forms they sell at craft stores.

IMG_0187Sheri did a 3D piece as well…  It came out great!

IMG_0188Linda made a fashionable set of place mats so she can eat in style…

IMG_0189Sharon’s really made me laugh!  It is an awesome acrylic ruler holder!!!  Each area features a pocket to store her cutting rulers in…  She said she smiled every time she worked

on it!  Way to go everyone!!!  What a fun challenge!  Thanks to Karen for creating it and helping us all step out of our comfort zones!!!

Playing with color…

August 17, 2014

Last week, one of my friends, Emily from “Aunt Ems Quilts” invited me over to play with a technique she had found online!  Ever willing to experiment, I was thrilled!IMG_0169We gathered supplies, and got the crayons melting…IMG_0170Then we drew a pencil image on white fabric…IMG_0172Here’s Emily working on her little masterpiece!

IMG_0171Mine is almost done…  (Keep in mind if you try this, you’ll never be able to use your brushes again!  LOL!)

IMG_0173Then we hit them with the iron!  We used lots of newspaper to absorb the wax both sides.  Emily went first, and we discovered you have to press

straight down to avoid distorting the painted image…IMG_0174And I used a second piece of white fabric to absorb a mirror wax image from my first ironing…

It required a whole lot of work to get most of the crayon out.  I still think mine is a little stiff, but I may try some embroidery or embellishments to make the edges

a little crisper…  Hope you enjoyed watching us play with color!


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