Sew Fun 2 Quilt

Monday, May 20, 2019

Do You Have Fabric to Donate?

At UQSM I learned about Days for Girls
which is a wonderful organization that provides education and feminine hygiene supplies for girls in impoverished communities.  Above is a list of items they need donated.  Perhaps you have some of these items lying around your sewing room?  I'm pretty sure I do!

Paper Round by Kimberly Sandberg

The Modern Pineapple by Carolina Asmussen
Honorable Mention
(Don't you love the quilting?)

Cake Plate by Salena Korpi Beckwith
3rd Place Pieced
Again... Don't you LOVE the quilting??

Inspire by Marie Eldredge
First Place Modern

We got to see this little Cutie Pie's first dance recital this weekend!
What a JOY, what a TREAT, oh how FUN it is to be a GRANDMA! 😁

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Name tag!

I'm one of "those" people who doesn't wear her name tag to guild meetings.  Yes, guilty as charged. I never get my name entered in the "name tag" drawing, I have to "pay the kitty" etc. etc.

Well I finally made a name tag for the Embroidery Guild that I think I'll actually wear!  This month at the meeting we had a name tag workshop and four different types of name tags were offered - something for everyone!  Originally I picked Cutwork, because I wanted to try something new, but then I saw this cute wool one designed by Laura Pedge and just had to make it.  I also, realistically decided that I might actually finish it - which I did!  I'm so excited to wear it - everyone will be shocked when I show up with a NAME TAG on 😁

Enjoy some more photos from the UQSM quilt show!

Teal Unstopped by Toni Sharp and quilted by Cindy Williams
Judge's Choice

By Small and Simple Things
by Marie Eldredge
Honorable Mention
I love everything about this one - the colors, the words quilted into the design - awesome!

Spangled by Gail Stepanek and quilted by Jan Hutchison
2nd Place Mixed Technique and Award of Merit
WOW! Beautiful quilt and look at the quilting!

Starburst by Peggy Marquist
First Place Wall Hanging

Midnight Stars by Karen Kay Buckley and quilted by Renee Haddadin
3rd Place Appliqué 

Alternative Grids by Cindy Seitz-Krug
2nd Place Modern
(LOVE this one too :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019


At the UQSM, Malayna Smuin took 1st Place in the YOUTH category for The Elephant!  Wow!

100 Years of Moffat County Fair Happy Trails by Renata Beason
She is from Craig, Colorado!

Octopuses Garden - Baltimore Album
by Beverly Bradley, quilted by Linda Brown and Sharon Rawlings

First Place Appliqué went to Molly Hamilton-McNally for REJOICE

First Place Art-Innovative went to Claudia Pfeil for Boteh Symphony

The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn won:
First Place Mixed Technique AND
Best Achievement and Workmanship!
 (I would have to agree!)

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Prince Cherrywood Challenge

At UQSM in Salt Lake I was able to see the Prince Cherrywood Challenge from 2018.  It's always fun to see the challenge quilts all hung together with the chosen color and theme of the year.

The 2019 Cherrywood Challenge is Bob Ross!  You still have until July 1st to enter a quilt!  It will be fun to see those challenge quilts next year!

Friday, May 10, 2019

UQSM in Salt Lake City

Last week I went with my daughter Megan and granddaughter to the quilt show at UQSM, (Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace).  It's in South SLC.  It was really fun to walk around the vendors and see all of the quilts.  I think this year was better than last year - more vendors and more quilts!

Interestingly, there were a LOT of vendors that had something to do with pain management.  There are always a few, but there seemed to be more than usual.  And, for the first time that I've seen, you could be fitted for a bra at a quilt show vendor mall!  I'd never seen that before!  And shocker - I didn't buy anything!  It's unusual for me to go to a quilt show vendor mall and not find something that inspires me.  There were a lot of inspirational things, I just need to use up some of what I have first!

All in all, we had a great time and I'll be sharing some pictures!

Best of Show was won by Janet Stone for Garden Variety Sampler.  This is number 17 in her Alphabet Series.  Her work is impeccable.

Have a Happy Mother's Day!  One of my kids is on his way to spend the weekend with us so I'm looking forward to that!

Have a wonderful weekend 😊

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Sharon Wright and Barbara Walsh

CWQG and SSQ (quilt guilds in Grand Junction) were lucky to have TWO speakers and teachers this week, both from Utah.  According to them, they are the best of friends but couldn't be more different in their quilting styles.  Sharon said Barbara is an "excellent technician" and more of a traditional quilter, whereas Sharon creates her own designs and patterns as she goes.  Both of them are excellent quilters and make beautiful quilts.

The quilt above was designed and made by Sharon and the Kim Diehl quilt to the right was made by Barbara.  Barbara is friends with Kim Diehl and has made several of the quilts in Kim's books.

Sharon has entered into a "wool" phase of quilting in an effort to use up all of the wool fabric she has been collecting over the years.  She was inspired by this book on Welsh Quilts by Jen Jones, and has pieced several wool quilts and quilted them in the Welsh style of quilting.  I captured only a few photos of the many amazing quilts she brought.

The pieced designs on some of them were large and fairly simple, but the quilting was intricate and absolutely amazing - all done on a domestic home sewing machine.  Imagine pushing an entire wool quilt around on a domestic machine.  Imagining that makes this quilt even more amazing....

She has also dipped her fingers into quilting on silk - this quilt above is her first all silk quilt (even the batting is silk).

The members of both guilds really admired both Sharon's and Barbara's work.

Front and back of this quilt - so you can see the quilting better!

Above is one of Barbara's - machine embroidered
Below is one of Sharon's made from silk neckties

Below is the back of the necktie quilt - using even more neckties!


Sharon, visiting with guild members at SSQ.

Barbara visiting with Laura at SSQ.

Below - Christmas stockings designed and made by Sharon.

Barbara teaching Precision Piecing in the afternoon - her class members raved about all of the great tips they learned.

Sharon teaching Well Done - Finishing Techniques.  The students in this class learned:  Piped Faced binding, Piped binding, two-toned prairie points, tubing, and probably more that I'm not remembering!  It looked like everyone was getting the hang of it!
Below are some pictures of Sharon's quilts using these edging techniques.

I was lucky enough to host these two lovely ladies in my home and as a thank you gift they gave me some Jam in a Jiffy packages, which I am excited to try.  I love homemade jam and apparently all you have to do is mash up fresh fruit and mix a package of this in - how easy is that??  With the lovely fruits we get here in Western Colorado I am going to have some FUN making jam.

What a wonderful, inspiring couple of days!  I hope yours have been too!