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