Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's Official!

This year HMQS is embracing Modern Quilting.
Check out their web site for all the exciting new about the quilt
exhibits, quilt contests & classes.
As members of Utah County MQG we should all embrace, participate & attend!

HMQS 2013 is All About the Love!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

December Meeting Highlights

December marked the last month of our fun Polka Dot exchange.  For those who participated we will have your packets ready for pick up at our January meeting. And for those who missed class this month, next month you are welcome to bring a friend to hear Amy Smart talk about her quilting journey. Because of our numbers, we will be holding class in January at 930am or 11:15am, so please attend at either time.  Starting in Session #4 in February, we will be offering both times, so when you sign up again, make sure you choose the time that will work best for you. More on our exciting Session #4 next month!

We had so much great show-n-tell.....I am always inspired by all you are working on.  It is exciting to see the beautiful quilts and projects you create.  I always leave our meeting eager to go home and sew!  Check out the flickr group for all the great pictures.

We also showed the blocks QuiltCon sent us to put together in a charity quilt for a children's shelter in Austin, Texas. Very inspiring!

This meeting we talked about looking at your fabric with fresh eyes; Fussy Cutting fabric around particular motifs or patterns, etc.  Many of you brought great examples of you experiments with these concepts.

Anna showed us how to make a view window used for placement over particular motifs you want to accent in your paper piecing projects.  She also shared a great way to cut out motifs from scrap fabric and use it to embellish cards

JoyLyn showed us how to cut Dresden plate blades using border prints & stripes to create interesting patterns and accent color and pattern.

She also showed a simple way to use the new ombre fabrics coming out.

 And she shared fabrics with striped or "column" prints and fussy cutting them to create borders & sashing interest within a quilt, and also shared a quilt with the block centers cut from a particular motif within the fabric

Kristin shared her Polaroids quilt, a modern example of using fabric motifs to create photo blocks. She also shared a Kaffe Fassett quilt which was a medallion bouquet formed by cutting flower motifs from a variety of Kaffe's fabrics and layering them fusing & machine applique.

We challenge you to look at your fabric stash differently in the new year and stretch yourself to both use your stash and liberate your thinking in purchasing those fun can't-live-without fat quarters along the way.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Just a little reminder about our December meeting,
9:30 a.m. @ Broadbent's 
Saturday, December 15th.

We will be Finishing up our Polka-Dot exchange,
Talking about "Looking at Your Fabric in a new way",
Fussy Cutting, etc as well as drawing for quite a few items.

If you have any Show-n-tell which would be a good example of
fussy cutting, kaleidoscope, or other creative ways to use
fabric motifs, please bring them to share with the group.

So we hope to see you all there!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a most Happy New Year!

JoyLyn, Kristin, Anna & Sydney

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Advent

Good morning quilters! Hope you all had a delicious Thanksgiving and I see that many of your hearts are turning to the Christmas season around the corner with requests for the beautiful fabric advent calendar. Thanks for your patience. If you email JoyLyn (, who is the keeper of the pattern, she will send it to you. I have forwarded the requests of sewstitchcook, dottymo, and Maureen Bowers that have come in already.
Enjoy this magical time of year and see you in a few weeks!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November Favorite Things

November is a fun time to make little (and sometimes big) things for the people we love. A time to show how grateful we are for all of the ways the world has shown us compassion in the past year, and to prepare us for the gift-giving season around the corner. I know that JoyLyn, Syd, Anna and I are thankful for each of you. For the creativity and originality you bring to class. For feeling like your quilting isn't as good as the rest so that we know we're not alone. For helping each other. For your friendship. Thank you for being a part of our group.

Showcased here are the gifts we displayed in class today. Please be patient as we each update pertinent information for each craft.  If you want to review what we talked about in 2011's gift class, click here.

The tutorial for Anna's easy tissue holder can be found at the Bitty Bits and Pieces blog.

Here are the clear ornaments Kristin showed filled with measuring tapes, buttons or Lego's. Let your imagination run wild. They are inexpensive and often half off at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to check the top opening when choosing your size.

These are a quick easy project from Quiltsmart.  Cell phone pocket purse.
The pattern is printed on the interfacing, & the packet with instructions comes with
enough cord, Velcro & pattern interfacing for 3 bags.  Additional interfacing available by the panel.
Here is a LINK to a video showing you just how easy they really are.

Kristin made this Kindle (or iPad) bag from Kim Walus' The Bookkeeper for Moda Bake Shop. The version is easily changed to whatever size or style you want to create.

JoyLyn made these project bags, a free pattern passed out at Wasatch Front shop Hop.
(Email JoyLyn for the pattern.)

This No-Sew wreath idea was in the Winter 2012 Quilts & more magazine by Better Homes & Gardens.  It requires an 18" wire wreath form, 2 yards total assorted holiday prints, cut with a pinking blade in your rotary cutter @ 1"x6"-8" long.  (I got 4 (6" cuts) & 2 (8" cuts) from each strip.
Tie them onto the wire wreath form.  

Kristin always saves extra quilt blocks to make into mini-quilts as gifts for this time of year. It's also a good idea to use lettering in them. You can review our previous class on lettering in quilts here.

This is a portable pressing table, great for retreats or any other time you need a smaller pressing surface.  This project uses a T.V. tray table, 1-Fat quarter & 1/2 yard of Insul-bright heat resistant fleece interfacing.  Layer the Insul-bright on the tray top the put the fat quarter of fabric.  Pull over the edged & staple to the underneath with a staple gun.
This handy little thing is a hot iron tote which unfolds into a pressing matt.
The pattern comes with enough heat resistant fabric for one tote.  We have additional heat resistant fabric by the yard available for purchase.  Here is the pattern
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This is a dishtowel done with a 2 1/2" strip of fabric, Ric Rac covering the raw edges .
The cell phone covers with quilt designs come from Zazzel

Pin Cushions from Tea Cups & Saucers.  Glue the Tea Cup to the Saucer using
Aleene's Platinum Bond 7800 All purpose adhesive.  Then find a Styrofoam ball which fits into the Tea Cup, cover it with fabric & glue into the Tea Cup.  You can also glue the super strong mini magnets to the bottom of the saucer, hidden by the inner ring.  This will attract pins to the saucer.
You can also make a pouch from sand or walnut shells & glue that into the tea cup.

All About Online Swaps - from Oct Meeting

So, we had a great turnout in October!  We talked all about online swaps, exchanges, quilt-alongs, shop hops, and more!  Some of you even brought projects that you'd completed from participating in one of these online...they were great fun to see.  {they are on the UCMQG flickr site if you want to take a peek}  Also, several of you shared your tips and tricks to online exchanging...thank you!  I shared a handout of some of the things that I've learned along the way...but, I kept forgetting that I need to pass it along to those of you that weren't able to attend {we missed you, by the way!} if you click here you'll find the handout.

Here are links to some of the sites we talked about:

3x6 Bee on Flickr- block exchange
4x5 Bee on Flickr - block exchange
Fabric Swap Finder
Quilting Bee Blocks - block exchange finder

Big 10 Inch Swap - fabric swap
Fab Shop Hop

And...of course, the link to the Utah County MQG on flickr!

We also talked about our very first UCMQG block echange!  We're bringing together quilters from across Utah County to participate in a huge block exchange inspired by the colors of QuiltCon...and we want YOU to join us!  At the end of the exchange you'll end up with a unique modern quilt that represents what modern quilting means to each quilter.  There is no set pattern or number of blocks to make...we just want to see your creativity.  Sign-up information is posted here on the blog {see below}, on the Utah County MQG Facebook page, and on the Utah County MQG on Flickr.  Please note that you will have to join the group on Flickr in order to read the information or see the pictures people will submit of their blocks.

Please click here for all the details about the swap! We hope you'll join us in participating!

Here are a few block examples (they are all from the 99 Modern Blocks book):

Broadbents has fabulous fabric packs for sale!  They are fat-eighths of different solids and prints from the QuiltCon color palette!  And...they come with a fabulous clear plastic zipper case! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Little Reminder

Just a little reminder that this Saturday, November 17th @ 9:30 a.m.
we will be holding our Modern Quilt Meeting.

We will be talking about fabric/quilter's gifts
So If you have anything fun please bring it for show-n-tell!

Kristin, Anna, JoyLyn & Sydney will be bringing a few of their
"Favorite Things"!

Also remember your November Polka Dot exchange blocks.

See you Saturday!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Busy Weekend

Clip Art Christmas Cards
We are spreading the word about our busy weekend at the shop......

It's Broadbent's Annual
Christmas Open house.
You can follow this link for more information.  HERE

It is also the first Saturday of the Month so....

It's Quilter"s Share
You can read more about it by following this link. HERE 

Also There will be free  Quiltsmart demonstrations
at the the shop Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 10, 12, & 2
Don't miss it.

There are great deals for you all weekend long!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall Fabric Sale

Muriel Cook's semi-annual fabric sale is coming up. Here are the details:

November 3rd 8am-1pm
November 5th 3-6pm

11086 N 5650 W Highland

Saturday, October 20, 2012

QuiltCon Inspired Utah County Modern Block Exchange

Modern Quilt Guild's Blog, featuring blocks from their contest.

 This is the yummy packet of fabric Broadbent's has put together for the exchange.
There are 16 Fat Eighths in a great zipper project bag.  $23.89
This exchange is open to anyone especially those within the Utah County Area
Spread the word!


Monday, October 8, 2012

More 75 Quilt Kits Available

Great news, ladies. More and more friends keep joining our group, and some of you wanted more sets of 8" squares for your own 75 Quilts, so we've made up new kits and they are now available in the store for purchase. Most of these fabrics are different than the original kits. I've saved some kits to bring for class this month, in case you'd like to use your class discount that day.
Happy Fall Quilting!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Modern Quilts Unlimited Quilting Challenge

The folks at Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine are holding a miniature quilt challenge, in coordination with QuiltCon, and here are the fun details, in case you're interested.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Meeting In Review: Flags

Welcome Fall, and welcome back to Modern Quilt Group. This month we discussed using flags and maps in our quilting. Thanks to all who brought something to share, especially the flags or dots from home. We LOVE seeing what you are creating.

Kristin showed a Bohemian American Flag version she came up with, and here are the details. The quilt finishes 66x88".
You will need:
  • 1 2/3 variety of blues, or 8 fat quarters (you can get 3 rectangles per FQ) cut into 24 8.5x11.5" rectangles
  • 2 1/2 yds variety of large prints or 12 fat quarters (you can get 6 strips per FQ) cut into 72 3.5x14.5" strips
  • 7/8 yd white stripes cut into 48 1.5x14.5 strips
Sew the print strips to solid strips in an A-B-A-B-A pattern 24 times. Attach the blue rectangles to each strip set. You now have 24 finished mini flags. Using the picture for the layout, arrange your flags into four rows of six and sew together.

The US Map, using the pattern by Quilts by Elena, found at Etsy, and 50 different dot fabrics.

There are kits+pattern in the store for this, plus some of the 50 8" square packs.

Anna's beautiful paper pieced Union Jack from Modern Blocks:

 Or her online exchange cross flags:

JoyLyn's beautiful Union Jack beginnings,
Victory Garden by Busy Bee Designs:

There is one more kit+pattern and 2 patterns left in the store as of class day. 
JoyLyn will be putting together a few more kits so if you want one put your
name on the wish list and she will call you when they are in.

A variety of cool flag quilts online to get your modern juices flowing: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and magnificently here.

And here is a fun way to use dots, brought in during our summer Quilter's Share. Stay tuned for the email from JoyLyn next week letting those of you who signed up for the dot exchange know how many 8" squares to bring in October.

And stay tuned next month when the spotlight will be on Anna to discuss online fabric and block exchanges, shop and blog hops, and introduce our very first ever online Utah County Modern Block Exchange. You WON'T Want to miss it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Modern Group Sew In

Are you inspired by all that is shown by the quilters at Modern Quilt Group each month and don't want to lose momentum? Do you wish you could sew in the middle of all of the store's fabric at your fingertips? Or do you just love sewing with other gals who love oozing creative juices nearby?
Then next month's Sew In is for you! 11:30-3:00 Bring a lunch or take a break and grab something.  You can stay the entire time or leave when you need to.

Our first complimentary Modern Quilt Group Sew In, takes place immediately after class in October for twelve lucky quilters. You'll just bring your machine and project, stay after class, grab a table, and get sewing! Your class discount will last the entire time you're quilting so you can grab that perfect piece of something you needed and didn't know it, while working on your next favorite quilt or someone's Christmas gift. I'm sew there!

Contact Kristin if you're interested in signing up

Dot Exchange

For those of you interested in participating in our dot exchange, please sign up in class this month. We will let everyone know how many squares they will bring after we get a final tally. It will be somewhere between 10-15 squares.
How the exchange will work:
  • Your exchange fabric should be a quilt shop quality dot of any kind or color(s). Anything round counts, but please leave out dots that also include stripes, flowers, or other images. (See US Map above for a sample of acceptable dots.)
  • You are responsible for bringing X amount of 8" squares to our group meeting in October in a gallon ziploc baggie with your name on it and leave it. Because of the large number of quilters participating, you will not recieve your blocks at the first meeting.
  • For our November meeting, you will then bring a second set of X amount of 8" squares of a different fabric than your October exchange and leave those. Your October blocks will be available for pick up at this point, or you can leave them all in your baggie to accumulate until the very end of the exchange.
  • For our December meeting, you will bring a third set of X amount of 8" squares of a different fabric than the past two months and leave those. Your October and November blocks will be available for pick up at this point, or you can continue accumulating them in your baggie.
  • For our January meeting, you can collect all of your blocks as the official end of our block exchange, and run home to create whatever beauty your little heart desires. We'd love to see your finished products in February!
And if this exchange isn't going to satisfy your thirst for dots, we will have sets of 50 different precut 8" blocks available for purchase beginning at our September meeting, and in the store while supplies last.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

August and New Beginnings - HST's

Information / layout on this quilt can be found at this link.

Welcome old friends and new! This month we introduced a new session of Utah County Modern Quilt Group, and talked about half square triangles. Several methods were shown, listed below:
Here is the traditional method of drawing the diagonal line, sewing 1/4" on either side, then cutting down the line to end up with two half-square triangles. If you use your 6" squares from the kit, this method will yeild 2 - 5 1/2" HST's to work with.
Here is the second method Kristin showed, sewing 1/4" away from the edge of both fabrics, then cutting twice on the diagonal. If you use your 6" squares from the kit, this method will yeild 4 - 4" HST's to work with.

Ok now for a few ideas from JoyLyn....
Pre-Printed papers from Spinning Star Designs.  They are sold according to the finished size you need your HST'S.
If you want the flexibility to print your own papers, this computer C.D. has numerous sizes of  HST grids.  Very simple, just put two pieces of fabric right sides together.  Place the paper grid on top & sew on the marked lines, then cut on the marked lines.

Triangulations 2.0 CD

Another way is using the Square-in-a-Square ruler & system.  It is good for many other things but HST'S are great since there is not pressing and trimming of individual units.  Check out their videos on using the ruler.  Email JoyLyn if you want further information on this system, she teaches classes specifically using this system.  These youtube videos are a great intorduction:

And as always, lots of HST examples online: here, here, here, here, here , here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. And here's the link to the Z's quilt Kristin made for her daughter.

Here are a few links to JoyLyn's ideas she found in blogland.

I just think this is such a beautiful use of color.  She does some wonderful things.

Remember this month and next, we will have our sign-ups for the 8" polka dot fabric exchange, beginning in October. This was such a fun exchange of fabric last session, we'd love to have any group members join us!

Lastly, this was too happy to pass up, and since Susan is a friend I thought she'd OK this for me. Here's her show and tell, without the editing of faces, because look at the joy on that beautiful face! This was our first session's quilt and she did a great job with her twist on it. I figured all of us can relate to the pure elation when your quilt is finished!