Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Festival!!!

September 26, 2016

uqg-quilt-fest-survivalJust in case you haven’t heard, we had some very interesting weather for Quilt Fest this year!!!

100_5442First, the torrential rain.  I was in the Vendors Mall helping out one of my volunteers…  The lights were flickering, so I told some of the Vendors that I would talk to management.  I walked out the door to this!  Looking out in the parking lot, I could see the bed cover on my truck flapping around in the wind.  I ran out to latch it down properly…  Whew!  Made it before the window broke or the cover was ripped off.

100_5450After the rain, came the rainbow!

100_5457We had a tornado (very unusual for Utah) touch down about 20 minutes to the North, although we had trees down all over the place here in Layton.  This U-Haul had been parked about 30 yards away from the Fifth wheel.  It came to within a foot of hitting it!

Word nerd that I am, I thought the name for the Fifth Wheel was Quite the co-incidence!

Meanwhile, back at the Davis Convention Center…

100_5453The Vendors Mall was dark.

100_5456The Quilt show was dark.

100_5446Linda M. Poole continued teaching in the dark once she and her students pulled the tables out into the lobby.

Talk about dedication!!!  Several of the teachers held classes by flash light and cell phone light!

Our Past President, Cindy Hutchinson went to the store and bought rolls/ meat/ cheese/ cookies/ fruit to keep us all happy and well fed.

It only took her an hour to go out as there were trees across the roads, in addition to downed power lines…

There were fireworks out across the street from the parking lot when the power company tried to turn back on the lights.  Needless to say, it wasn’t until 0500 in the morning before power was restored!  I forgot how hard it was to do anything in the dark!!!

More coming on classes I took at Quilt Fest a little while later…  It was such a fun time.  (Even the storm added a bit of excitement!)

Thanks for stopping by…

Missing in action, or Too busy to be believed?

September 16, 2016

Yes, I am still in the land of the living.  I told my friend Susie that I hadn’t been on the computer in about a week.

She’s said, “I think it’s been longer than that!”  Well, sure enough, it’s been almost 2 weeks!

I have been sewing sewing sewing…  Here are a few of the things I’ve been working on…

100_5352I quilted this quilt for my “Quilty Hugs” group that donates to local charities.  Emily with http://www.auntemsquilts.com/ has a group that meets with her once a month to work on these quilts…

100_5359This is Roy Quilt Guild members who have finished working on their mystery quilts.  (Okay, the 2 on the left are mine as I taught the mystery!)  I’ll post more next month as the tops come in…

100_5371And here’s my little quilt at the fair… 😉

100_5394This is Susie’s quilt that I quilted for her which she created using Emily’s pattern!  (I love that!)

100_5397I quilted this for a client!

100_5400And last, but not least is my “Going Coastal” quilty for the MQTS group on flickr.

It’s a pattern that I revamped a bit from a previous mini quilt that I designed.

I wanted something that represented Patrick’s State Park in California where we camped this summer.


Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll try to be better next time! 😉

Going “Coastal”…

September 5, 2016

Working on Pieces and Parts for my Coastal Swap on MQTS on flickr…  I drafted out my design and I’m starting with my piecing.  I decided to make 2 of them, one for me and one for my partner.  100_5348

Yes, I know my cutting board looks like crap, but it’s just a leftover I’m making use of!

100_5350The main piece is together!    I’m so glad I get to keep one!

Thanks for stopping by…

Teeny Tiny Quilt Swap!!!

August 17, 2016

Yes, I’m still a swap-a-holic…  The Mini QT Swap on flickr just offered a teeny tiny quilt swap.  I had to play along as I love Mini minis!!

This fabulous package came in the mail today!100_5182


My partner made me the sweetest little mini quilt…  She measures 5 inches square!!!  So sweet!  Thank you thank you Thank you Cindy!  (aka yayaquilter)  I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

All finished! Plus a little FMQ’ing…

August 5, 2016

I got my mini mini all quilted!  I am of the opinion that a mini quilt needs mini quilting and binding.  I love the idea of making them to scale, although binding is pretty hard to make that small…  But here it is!


It measures 5 1/2 inches square!  Woot!  Woot!

Our local guilds are participating in Utah Quilt Guild’s “Ruby Jubilee”.  They have requested that all of the guilds create a red and white quilt to celebrate their big birthday next year.  The quilts will go in a traveling show featured at numerous sites.  I quilted and headed up Roy Quilt Guild’s red and white quilt which was designed by Patsy Shelton, member extraordinaire, and helped create the blocks for Layton Quilt Guild’s red and white quilt.  Lorri Bashein designed and headed up Layton’s quilt.  I am in the process now of quilting it…  What a fun quilt!


I saw this border on FB and thought it was so beautiful that I had to try it…  I really like it!  It’s perfect for a little bit wider sashing filler!

I’m doing this one all FMQ (free motion quilting).  Thanks for stopping by!

Ta da!!! 5 3/8ths inch square!!!

July 30, 2016

I asked myself, “Can I do it?”  The answer is, “Yes I can!”

Here is the completed Teeny Tiny quilt swap that I am making for my partner on flickr in the MQTS  (Mini QT Swap) group.  I’ve made 2 of them so I could keep one for myself…  (Although mine is different colors/layout!)

100_5137I don’t know if you remember or not, but my mini quilt “Wee Red and White Delight was made using 1.5 inch blocks finished.  This one is 1 inch finished blocks…  I don’t think I want to try it any smaller.  (Unless…)

Thanks for stopping by!

How small is too small?!

July 28, 2016

Yes, I do have a thing for little quilts!  The Mini QT Swap on flickr decided to do a tiny quilt swap, less than 6 inches, so I knew I had to play!  (Even though I’ve sworn off swapping.  It’s mini, I had to do it!  Oh, and next month is “Beach” theme, so I have to do that one as well!)

Anyhoo, staying to making my favorite block/quilt, I decided to do a mini NYB.  16 1 inch blocks.  Yes, I am nuts!  But they’re so cute…  And tiny…


Here are the arcs waiting for the applique pieces to finish them…


I’m making 2 of them as I already know I’ll want to keep the one I’m making!

So that’s the question…  How small is too small?!

Thanks for visiting!

A couple of projects! Busy summer!!!

July 5, 2016

Hi everyone!  I’m sorry I’ve been such a slacker!  I am trying to fit way too many things into “not enough time”…  Here are a couple of things that I’ve quilted recently…

100_5013This is my friend Denise’s quilt…  It was from a round robin several years ago…

100_5012And another closeup view…

100_5011Here’s the whole thing…  Denise provided the inner block and sent it with fabrics around the robin.  I made the applique border.  It was a lot of fun to quilt this one!  (In addition to working on it…)

100_5010And last but not least, this was made by Pam Day for Clinton City Heritage Days.  She made 2 of them to give away at the quilt show.  I provided the quilting for them…  Thanks for stopping by!  More coming as soon as life slows down a tad… 🙂

Some highlights from my vacation…

June 21, 2016

It was definitely a “driving” vacation.  No rest what-so-ever!  LOL!  I’m exhausted…

Here are some highlights:

DSC_5736We started out at Coral Pink Sand Dunes, a Utah State Park.  These beautiful Lupine are so pretty against the orange sands…

DSC_5731And the Yuccas are in bloom.  So pretty!  And yes, it was hot!

DSC_5797Next we hit a roadside attraction on the Navajo Reservation.  The dinosaur tracks were pretty cool!

DSC_5809And who doesn’t appreciate dinosaur poop?  (I’ve always wanted to say that!  LOL!)


Says it all, doesn’t it?

DSC_5993Next we hit the Grand Canyon!  It was grand!  (And a canyon to boot…)

100_4829Love the tower at the East end of the Park…

DSC_6025And being hot, even the elk want to take a drink from the spring water fountains.  (I filled my water bottle from the tap on the far left…)

*No humans were hurt in the taking of this picture.  Or elk.  Yes, I have a long lens and know better!

DSC_6160Next, we hit Joshua Tree National Park.  (All the Joshua Trees are on the other side of the park where we didn’t go.)

But this cactus/bush/thing flower was pretty!

DSC_6222And this was for my 12 year old boy…  We toured “The Queen Mary”.  Awesome tour and tour guide, James.

“This waaaay my famiiily…”  Every time he led us to a new area, our tour guide said this!

And I appreciate all of the drama/acting experience available in Southern California!!!  It made for a great tour!


This hallway reminds me of the “Shining”.  It comes to mind any time I’m in a long, spooky hallway.

I wait for two little girls in blue at the end of the hall…  (Yes, this may be a theme for me!)

DSC_6431Next on to Sequoia National Park.  This is a pretty flower growing there…  Nope, no idea what kind.

And yup, the trees were gorgeous and big!  Impossible to do them justice!

100_4920And the drive goes on to Yosemite Valley.  El Capitan pictured here…  Look how dry the grass looks in this area even though it’s spring!


Yosemite Falls I think…  Let me know if I’m wrong!

100B4936The valley was so green here!  Traffic was super heavy…  Wish it were a little more wild, but those places are rapidly disappearing!

More to come later…  Thanks for joining me on my vacation!!!

A few critters…

June 15, 2016

Yes, I took a few (too many) pictures on vacation…  Here are a few critters for your viewing enjoyment.

(Or your creepie crawlies as the case may be…)

DSC_6167I hope you can see the little Costa Hummingbird.  This was at our cousins house in California…DSC_6444This handsome fellow (Mr. Yellow-bellied Marmot) was at Sequoia National Park.

DSC_6424And even though this rattlesnake is a bit spooky, he looks like a quilt to me!  My son found him at a picnic area about seat level between a rock and a tree root in the foothills before Sequoia.  We reported it to a ranger about an hour later when we found one.  Thank goodness for a long lens!!!

More pictures coming in a few days…  Here’s a little preview!

DSC_6651I love the ocean!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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