Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A big thank you!

Fran Ogden and her students go our donations and have passed on a really nice note. 

Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:34

The boxes arrived this morning.  Teens have been going thru the
fabrics like little kids at Christmas.  Since it is 65 miles to a
fabric shop and most of them don't have funds to get there, this is
awesome for them.   Some have funds most do not..  I am sure you will
see some of the fabric in the quilts we make for HMQS if we get them

This year I have almost all beginners so they are still trying
to figure out what 1/4 straight means.  They are currently making
crocheted hats for each of the grade school children for Christmas and
giant Christmas stockings for the 30 kindergarten children. I had moms
calling in Sept.  wanting to be sure their child was getting a giant
stocking.  Has been tradition for many years.  When your silbings are
all older and have a giant stocking made by the basketball players you
msut have one also.(:)

Coull you please forward on our greatest thanks for thinking of us.
It is only thru the generosity of so many people my teens can do and
learn what they do.  Your textiles friends from Idaho.   

Fran Ogden and students

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Great November Meeting

Great to see everyone, and the food was awesome!

We covered a lot. There were some great ideas for christmas motifs and how to handle odd fabrics like minty, t-shirt materials, flannel, silk, and others. We also collected a lot for the Council High School program up in Idaho. Thanks to all who donated!

There's a new Modern Quilts magazine out if any of you are interested in learning more about the new trend. We also recommend looking up some of the following authors some of the books we reviewed were excellent.

Leah Day - Free Motion, You can also check out her background filler book 365 Free Motion Quilting designs
Deb Travino
Angela Walters  - check out her blog here:
Ann Bright -

Also check out some of the great christmas pantographs from Meadow Lyon Pantographs.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you all again next year at our January Meeting on the 19th.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sept meeting

Hi Ladies,

We had a great meeting at Rocky Mountain Quilters with a presentation on machine maintenance with Nick Trujillo. He did an amazing job explaining tension and thread issues. Who knew thread passed through the needle eye 60 times before it made it into the quilt!

We thank him and our hosts for a really informative meeting.

We also talked a little about modern quilts, their characteristics, and how to quilt them. Go with geometric designs, lines, spirals, and angles. If you're interested in more you can look around for the Sale Lake Modern Quilt Guild. 

There is also a new guild - the South Jordan Modern Quilt Guild that meets at Material Girls out on about redwood and 10800 south. They meet every third Tuesday from 6:30-8:00.

If any of you are interested in donating more quilts to the Phonix Quilts organization they would be happy to take them. Julie Anderson was very appreciative of our help with the last batch and is overwhelmed at the support she's seeing from local guilds. You can contact her organization directly at:

Next month we're back in the Handi Quilter studio and it's Pot Luck. Remember to bring donations for the school group in Idaho if you have any leftovers you'd like to see go to a new home.

Rules for sewing

These were found in a Singer Sewing Machine manual from 1949...

1. Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.
2. Think about what you are going to do...never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadasically.
3. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.
4. Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.
5. When thereare unrent housekeeping chores, do these first so your moind id free to enjoy sewing.
6. when you sew, make yourself as atractive as possible. Put on a clean dress.
7. Keep a bag full of French chalk newar your sewing machine to dust your fingertips at intervals.
8. Have your hair in order, lipstick and powder put on and with you constantly, fearful that a visitor will drop by or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together. Otherwise you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

How times have changed! And keep that makeup handy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

I wanted to make you aware of the Heber Valley Civil War Weekend Quilt Show that will be held on September 29thin the Soldier Hollow Lodge in Midway, Utah. This is a completely free quilt show thanks to grants from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and also from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as contributions from a few very wonderful quilt lovers. It will be from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, September 29th.

Sandra Dallas, a New York Times best selling author, will be giving a free presentation at 3:00 pm. She has written novels that include The Persian Pickle ClubTallgrass, Prayers for Sale, and most recently, True Sisters. She also wrote The Quilt that Walked to Golden, and her new children's book that will be released in September,The Quilt Walk. Please come and listen to her experiences as a writer, an antique quilt lover, as well as serving on the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum's board of directors.

We would of course also encourage you to enter your reproduction quilt in this unique quilt show. Quilts representing the mid 1800s are welcome. Please see the attached documents for the quilt show's rules and entry forms. Cash prizes will be awarded, as well as beautiful blue and gray ribbons for various awards including Stonewall Jackson Award, Union Officer's Choice, and Whistling Dixie Award. Please see the event website for more information about this great opportunity in historical quilting bliss! Also, we have a Facebook page for the quilt show if you would like to keep updated and see photos from the two previous quilt shows.

Happy quilting!
Rachel Crane, Heber Valley Civil War Weekend Quilt Show Director


I got a phone call today from a lady, Kristine, who is looking for a quilt. I said I would e-mail all of my "Longarmers" in case they know anything. 

A year ago Kristine's mother, Gayle Peters passed away. She had made a quilt for her grandson and took it to a longarm quilter who is a complete mystery to the family. They would really love to get this quilt back. 

Gayle Peters lived in Brigham City, and passed away Aug 2011. The quilt is pieced  with a houndstooth in deep brown/black flannel. Also the quilt has rust or salmon, and green with plaid. If you have this quilt or know anything about it please contact Kris Adams.  E-mail : Thanks.

September Meeting

Our next meeting is on September 15th. We will meet at Rocky Mountain Electric Quilters. The address is: 8740 south 700 east, Sandy.

Take the 9000 south exit and head east to 700 east turn left (north), go 2 blocks on the west side of the street.

Nick Trujillo will be our main speaker. I’m sure he’s familiar to those of you who own a Gammil. He’ll be demonstrating some maintenance tips for us. If you have any specific problems you want addressed this is a good time to learn what you can do. Bring your questions, please, and hopefully he’ll be able to answer them all.

Kathryn Lindsay has asked that anyone who has made a ghastly fabric item bring it. Her education focus will take a look at modern quilting. What is it, and how to quilt it? Do you know what the Swoon Quilt block is? Copy the attachment, and then think of some ideas for quilting it, and share them with us. As always we will learn about some new gadgets and show and tell.

If you took a charity quilt top and backing for “Phoenix Quilts” please try and get them done so we can return the quilts to the organization founder.  Let’s bring those completed quilts to the meeting on the 15th.

See you at Rocky Mountain Electric Quilters on the 15th at 10 AM .      

Val Gines

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

July 2012 meeting

We had a great meeting last weekend. For those of you who missed it we had amazing food, a great show and tell with quilted and un-quilted tops, an excellent lesson on accounting by , and there were some really cool gadgets shown. My favorite was the spirograph tool. Worth checking out!

Our president Val also showed us how to add a binding to our quilts on the longarm. If you want a quick review you can see a video on Click on her blog.

If you are interested in adding your business to the quilters reference guide you can add a business card for free, or pay for a spot the deadline is Aug 1. Check out for more information.

Thank you to all of the guild members who were willing and able to take a quilt top to do for Phoenix Quilts. You can visit their website at for info on how to return the quilts - or bring them to the next meeting in September.

Don't forget that our September meeting is going to be held at Rocky Mountain Electric Quilters in Sandy.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, July 9, 2012

There is a new opportunity to help

I'm trying to spread the word about Operation Wood Hollow, which is an effort to give a quilt to EVERY family in the west who has lost their home to wildfires recently.  Julie of Having Fun Quilting is organizing all of this.  On the side of her blog is a count of donated quilts and quilt tops, and as of right now, she has 38 donated tops.  I'd like to help quilt a few of these, and I was wondering if guild members would be willing to donate some time and quilt even one top that needs finishing for this cause.  If you could talk to the guild president or anyone else, I would really appreciate it.  It breaks my heart to think of these families who have lost everything, and this seems like a way to bring some comfort to them. 

This is a link to Julie's blog with info on the operation: 

If you want more information please contact Barbie Mills -

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I thought you might know of someone who would be a good fit for us. Would you be willing to pass this information along to your quilting friends in Utah?


I’m looking for a longarm quilting educator to join our team. If you would like to apply, please respond to me at or please pass this along if you know someone who might be interested.

Longarm Quilting Educator

Handi Quilter, the worldwide leader in longarm quilting machines and accessories, has an immediate full-time Longarm Quilting Educator position available at their corporate facility in North Salt Lake, UT.
The Longarm Quilting Educator will teach longarm quilting classes, train retail partners, assist with R&D for new products and occasionally travel to work in show booths at quilt shows across the country.  The educator will interact on a daily basis with marketing, engineering and customer relations in creating videos, user manuals, webinars and newsletters and with current owners in answer phone calls for technical support. In addition, time is spent preparing kits and sew-offs and other duties as designated by the Education Coordinator. Up to 10% travel is possible and during certain events, evening and weekend hours are required.

Additional requirements for the Longarm Quilting Educator include:
·        Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds on occasion
·        Weekend and evening work hours during retreats (approximately 20 times a year)
·        Proficiency on the longarm quilting machine and computer-guided quilting systems (or ability to learn quickly)
·        Computer literacy (Microsoft Office Suite (word processing, basic spreadsheets), E-mail, Internet-savvy)
·        MUST work from North Salt Lake, Utah office

This position reports to the Education Coordinator.

Best regards,
Brenda Groelz
Director of Marketing & Education
Handi Quilter, Inc.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

For those of you who didn't make it to HMQS this year, the entire show was awsome! We really took it up a notch with the quilts and everything looked fantastic!

We want to congratulate our guild winners, and we hope to see you all at the meeting this weekend. 10am at Handiquilter - see the website for the address. We'll be talking about the show, new gadgets, and I've seen some of the door prizes - they're awsome!

Hope to see everyone there!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Next meeting is May 19th

Dear Guild Members,

Our next meeting is May 19th at 10:00/ Please support HMQS on May 10-12. I hope you have a class or 2 because we want to hear about them at our guild meeting. We just want to know what classes were good, and if they could be recommended for the future, and basically what the class was about. We will have a spotlight on education and new gadgets from the show!

We have a booth at HMQS, so be sure to stop by and say hello. We'll keep your bags safe for you while you shop. So please mark your calendars for these dates and we'll see you at HMQS.

Val Gines

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring update

Our March 17th meeting was packed full of information.  We heard from Deonn Stott, who showed us her 3 quilts which will be featured in her HMQS classes that she will be teaching in  May. They are : Cartenter's Star, and Soldier's Star quilts, and Hunter Star Tree Skirt. These classes sound like a lot of fun, I hope you will consider signing up for one of them. Kathryn Lindsey shared with us her print outs of sashings and borders. Thank- you so much for the sketches! I have already used quite a few of them. I'm keeping them where I can refer to them often.

Our block design of the month was the Log Cabin. Our guild members shared their ideas for quilting this popular quilt and Kathryn taught us how to use Lisa Calle's design article from Machine Quilter Magazine. We learned how to fill the blank areas on a quilt. Lastly Diane Jaegar told us about her involvement with Quilts of Valor. We learned how we can become involved with this organization, which provides veterans with beautiful homemade machine quilted quilts.

And we were given the opportunity to work on a QOV quilt that Diane had set up on a Handi-Quilter machine right there in the room with us (just one of the many perks we enjoy because of our wonderful hosts). It seems like we never have enough time when we all get together. I actually forgot  to have the ladies do show and tell at the end of the meeting, and that is always the favorite part of guild meetings! So, please forgive me. See you all in May! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Passing this on

It was great to see everyone at our first meeting of 2012, we have quite a good size group this year!

Just wanted to pass some info along. Debbie Mumm is celebrating their anniversary with a free quilt pattern which will come out in 6 installments through the year.

Click below to see the fun quilt and download the pattern for january. Follow up with the link to the site in our links area throughout the year.

Other 2012 block of the month site links to visit:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Welcome to a New Year with the Guild!

We are looking forward to starting off the new year with a new president and a new meeting location.

Our new president is Val Gines and Gaye Ryon will be serving as Vice President. Thanks to these two ladies for their service.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be meeting at  Handi Quilter in North Salt Lake. They have generously offered to let us have our meetings there, and we have happily accepted. From I15 the center street exit #314 and turn right. Go west to 700 West and , turn right again. Handi quilter is on your left.

November 19, 2011
10:00 a.m.
445 North 700 West
North Salt Lake, Utah

Gaye Ryon,our VP  will be talking about some of the things a judge looks at when she sees your quilt, which is good to know when you are preparing to enter a quilt contest such as HMQS. 

Also, Ann Collett will talk to us about the new theme, Star Spangled, and the charity they have chosen to support this year. 

We would like to finish up with dues for the 2012 year, so prepare to pay $15 for that if you haven't yet. 
When you bring a quilt to show the group we want to have them displayed as soon as you walk in, so we will encourage you to lay your quilt or quilts out on tables that will be designated for that purpose. This will allow people more time to view them.  

I wanted to bring back the block of the month idea share, so this time we will be looking for your ideas to stitch the Ohio Star.