Friday, June 23, 2017

For Fun

A friend of mine shared this picture with me.  I don't know who made this quilt but it sure is clever!  That little block popped right outta there!

I'm a little "saddle sore".  While my new saddle stool is great for my back, sitting on it for long hours starts to feel like I've been on my bicycle too long, or in spin class, or something uncomfortable like that... Hmmm... I'll have to "ride it" for shorter periods of time and see if I can get more used to it :)

It feels like a Saturday to me today, but it's not. Have a great weekend anyway!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

And the Rest....

OK, finally here are the rest of the photos I took at the UQSM in May!

Pieced and quilted by Melissa Miller Curley
(Bertha means "bright one")

Diamond in the Rough
Pieced and quilted by Christa Watson

Honorable Mention

Happy 2 (squared)
Pieced by Shelly Shoultes
Quilted by Linda Brown

Pieced and quilted by Valli Schiller

1st Place Modern

Oliver Octopus
Quilted by Carolina Asmussen

This is a whole cloth quilt!?  (It looks pieced!)

Quilted by Marion McClellan

Another whole cloth quilt!

Hawaiian Dream
Quilted by Cathleen Wallace

Another whole cloth quilt!  These must be panels....

OK - NOT a whole cloth quilt :)

Color Wheels
Pieced by Kimberly Einmo
Quilted by Carolyn Archer

Fire and Ice
Pieced by Kimberly Einmo
Quilted by Judi Madsen

Colorful Cathedral
Pieced by Kimberly Einmo
Quilted by Gina Perkes

Modern Sampler
Pieced by Kimberly Einmo
Quilted by Judi Madsen

Detail of Fire and Ice

Kimberly Einmo was a featured teacher at UQSM.  You can ready more about her at:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Quilting Stool

I finished pinning a bunch of quilts - it took me the better part of three days - and now I've moved on to quilting!

I purchased a saddle stool from Hi Fashion because I've been experiencing back pain after quilting for long periods of time.

This stool has no back, which you don't really need when quilting anyway. I can tilt it forward slightly and it forces me to sit up straight!  I think I was hunching over, which was causing the back pain before.  I quilted for three hours yesterday with no pain! Hurray!

Back to more quilting today - I'm trying to get these patriotic quilts done so I can get back to my own projects :)

Have a great day!!

Monday, June 19, 2017


This week I thought I would share the rest of the photos I took at the UQSM in SLC in May.  There were a lot of quilts made with the vintage linens, similar to what Cindy Needham does. Here are a couple.

Out West
Pieced and quilted by Carol Kolf

Urban Cabin
Pieced and quilted by Susan Adams

Pieced and quilted by Elaine Smith

Broken Window
Pieced and quilted by Alyce J. Leach
(I love the use of orange in this one :)

Magical Toys
Pieced and quilted by Flora Joy

This is one of those "three pictures" in one quilts and I thought I took a picture from all three angles but apparently not!  Very cool quilt!

Pieced and quilted by Sandra Clark

1st Place Wall Hanging

This quilt is hand appliquéd with beautiful Japanese fabrics using the tile quilt method done circa 1900's. It is an original design inspired by the book Tile Quilt Revival by Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley.

Detail of the quilting on Sunshine, pictured above.

One funny Father's Day story:
I teach the six year olds in church on Sundays and yesterday they were writing little notes for their Dads for Father's Day.  One little girl, whose Dad is not in the home, said she wanted to write her note to her Grandpa.  She asked me to help her write it and told me what to write, "Dear Grandpa, I love you because you married the nicest person in the whole world, and have the nicest kids!"  I think Grandma must've been feeling pretty good after reading that note :)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day to my amazing Dad!

And my wonderful husband!

I hope all the fathers and grandfathers out there have a fantastic day :)

I inherited another service project.  I spent 3 1/2 hours yesterday squaring up and pinning patriotic quilts.  I'm still not done!  I do think they'll be pretty when they're done though!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Show and Tell

I finally finished May's block for the My Girlfriend's mystery block of the month.  I haven't yet received the one for June - it's usually here by now...
The CWQG meeting speaker was Katherine Callahan from Wyoming who spoke on her star quilts.  She shared many styles and varieties of five pointed stars, including a chenille star - below.

Look what my friend Gini made me!!  She said she thought of me because I collect thimbles.  It says, "I went to the fabric store for one thimble.  I forget what happened after that."  Yeah we all know how that feels!

This is SO cute and will hang in my sewing room - thanks Gini!!

The following pictures are from the amazing show and tell at the Sunset Slope Quilt meeting I went to on Wednesday.  These first two are versions of the same quilt, one with jewel tones on black which makes it look like stained glass, and the other is 30's fabrics on white which turned out super cute!

I forget how many yo-yos the maker said were on this quilt - over 1000!  There are even yo-yos on the back!

I thought this quilt was adorable, with the cows :)

Check out this cool water table my daughter Megan made for my granddaughter!  It's just an under bed storage box, set on a cardboard box, with water and some fun plastic dishes.  Provides hours of entertainment :). What a cutie!!

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm going to be quilt pinning!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cindy Needham

Yesterday I went to a lecture and trunk show at the Sunset Slope Quilt Guild given by Cindy Needham.  It was fun, interesting and her work is amazing! She makes beautiful quilts and works of art using vintage linens.  This quilt is the Nun's Quilt and it has quite a story - a lot of history.

Detail of the Nun's Quilt.  You can see the quilting and beadwork she added that brought this piece back to life.

She taught a workshop yesterday and today on using her stencils for machine quilting.

In these two photos you can see that she included a photo in the display of what the vintage pieced looked like when she got it.  The picture below especially shows what she's done to restore the vintage linen.

On one of her pieced is a button that was on her grandmother's wedding dress.

She said when she's beading she sticks the small beads onto a piece of masking tape and safety pins it right to her work, so it's easy to take along and work on.

"Take the time to quilt something beautiful, your work will speak to generations to come
about your passion for quilting and give your quilt a voice, to speak to those who choose to listen."
Cindy Needham

She even uses vintage pieces for the sleeves!

Made from a vintage pillow case.

These next pictures show her process.  This is how the tablecloth looked originally.

She plans out and marks her quilting.

Quilts major designs.

Quilts fine details and adds beads.

It was truly an inspiring lecture and I'm sure those who took the classes were even more inspired!

You can read more about Cindy on her website at: