Another Wilt – This time in Salt Lake City – Elaine’s Quilt Block

At the end of July I had the wonderful opportunity to return home to Salt Lake City to teach some Judy Niemeyer classes.  I had stopped by Elaine’s Quilt Block in December of 2012 (and purchased University of Utah fabric) and met the owner, Ione.  She said she would be very interested in having me come teach.  As I worked through my scheduled it just happened that I was flying through Salt Lake on my way Montana for a weeklong retreat with Judy Niemeyer.  So – I just extended my stop over on the way home to include a few days teaching and then playing (more on the playing in an upcoming post; stay-tuned).

Day 1 we had a beginning paper piecing class and made Hoffman Crackers.  Days 2-4 were Quilting Til We Wilted and when we start to wilt they would feed us – FABULOUS FOOD – and then Ione would make daily Starbuck’s runs so we could sew and sew and sew.  Pattern for our Wilt was Bali Wedding Star and there are some beautiful ones in the making.

Just in case you missed out on the fun in July – it looks like I will be coming back in February 2014.  If you have a Judy Niemeyer pattern you would like to make be sure to let the shop know as they are in the process of selecting which workshop(s) will be offered.

I hope you enjoy these photos from my workshops at Elaine’s Quilt Block

Beginning paper-piecing - Hoffman Crackers was the pattern of choice!
Beginning paper-piecing – Hoffman Crackers was the pattern of choice!
Adding a goose
Adding a goose
Love those swirling geese
Love those swirling geese
Marilyn is using a common background and sashing her geese
Marilyn is using a common background and sashing her geese
Nicole made hers out of a Moda Smores jelly roll - PS her quilt is ALL DONE - she added sashings and a piano key border!
Nicole made hers out of a Moda Smores jelly roll – PS her quilt is ALL DONE – she added sashings and a piano key border!
Bobbie made good use of the coloring page in the pattern - she has a plan and knows how to execute it
Bobbie made good use of the coloring page in the pattern – she has a plan and knows how to execute it
Bobbie's quilt is going to be stunning
Bobbie’s quilt is going to be stunning
These beautiful strips are from Artisan Batiks - they are going to make beautiful arcs
These beautiful strips are from Artisan Batiks – they are going to make beautiful arcs
My beautiful niece Nicole - she came to the beginning paper piecing class and stayed for the Quilt Til You Wilt
My beautiful niece Nicole – she came to the beginning paper piecing class and stayed for the Quilt Til You Wilt
Nicole is trimming her arcs
Nicole is trimming her arcs
Marilyn is being careful, has her klutz glove on and she is cutting all of those A/B arcs
Marilyn is being careful, has her klutz glove on and she is cutting all of those A/B arcs
Marilyn made good use of a shaded fabric and the creative grid rulers designed by Judy Niemeyer - no piecing in her arcs
Marilyn made good use of a shaded fabric and the creative grid rulers designed by Judy Niemeyer – no piecing in her arcs
Ann is using Hoffman Bali Pops for her arcs - aren't they scrumptious?
Ann is using Hoffman Bali Pops for her arcs – aren’t they scrumptious?
Gaye's 2nd Bali Wedding Star is "Shades of Grey" with  teal stars!
Gaye’s 2nd Bali Wedding Star is “Shades of Grey” with teal stars!
Gaye's has already made one of these quilts - isn't it beautiful - Asian fabrics
Gaye’s has already made one of these quilts – isn’t it beautiful – Asian fabrics
A little closer....
A little closer….
A close-up of the star.  I have seen her design for the quilting - it will be a SHOW STOPPER!
A close-up of the star. I have seen her design for the quilting – it will be a SHOW STOPPER!
Yippee!  LuAnn made a melon!
Yippee! LuAnn made a melon!
They are all working so hard!
They are all working so hard!
Strip piecing the arcs
Strip piecing the arcs
Diane really made lunch as pretty as it was yummy!
Diane really made lunch as pretty as it was yummy!
Presentation Presentation Presentation
Presentation Presentation Presentation
One of the 2 longarms at the shop made a great lunch buffet
One of the 2 longarms at the shop made a great lunch buffet
Kale Salad - it was very good
Kale Salad – it was very good
Another scrumptious salad
Another scrumptious salad
And this strawberry shortcake had HOMEMADE whip cream!
And this strawberry shortcake had HOMEMADE whip cream!
Sunrise over the mountains before I left to teach one morning
Sunrise over the mountains before I left to teach one morning
You can just barely see the mountain
You can just barely see the mountain

Big Sky – Big Quilts – Big Ambitions!

Good Day and welcome to technically day 3 of our adventure, but really the 2nd day of sewing.  I shared sunrise with you yesterday, today I was up before the sun peeked over the mountain and decided to take my quick shower – well up came the sun as I showered so I will share quilts this morning – they will brighten your day almost as much as sunrise!  I love the crisp cool mornings, I find them energizing!

So here are a few frames from our progress yesterday!

This is Roger - he has made 42 Judy Niemeyer quilts to date and loves to teach.  He and Ardelle are from Camden Canada
This is Roger – he has made 42 Judy Niemeyer quilts to date and loves to teach. He and Ardelle are from Camden Canada
This is Ardelle - she is a very accomplished long-arm quilter, mother of 3 and beautiful wife of Roger!
This is Ardelle – she is a very accomplished long-arm quilter, mother of 3 and beautiful wife of Roger!
Miss Jackie keeps us entertained - she is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor and after this week will be a certified online shop.  She loves bright colors and so willing to share all her tips and tricks about piecing, quilting, blogging etc.! (PS those border pieces are for Roger's quilt!)
Miss Jackie keeps us entertained – she is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor and after this week will be a certified online shop. She loves bright colors and so willing to share all her tips and tricks about piecing, quilting, blogging etc.! (PS those border pieces are for Roger’s quilt!)
Ginny is also a certified instructor and will be a certified ship, her colorful Mariner's Compass was the inspiration for my own!  Ginny is working on her Captains Wheel quilt - I love the red, white and blue!  Very appropriate to honor her Marine son!
Ginny is also a certified instructor and will be a certified ship, her colorful Mariner’s Compass was the inspiration for my own! Ginny is working on her Captains Wheel quilt – I love the red, white and blue! Very appropriate to honor her Marine son!
Peggy - our fearless leader at Pinwheels and Posies - she doesn't like her picture taken!
Peggy – our fearless leader at Pinwheels and Posies – she doesn’t like her picture taken!
Sustenance!  isn't it pretty?
Sustenance! isn’t it pretty?
I love how they are serving the salad dressing - it really is the little things in life that make me smile!
I love how they are serving the salad dressing – it really is the little things in life that make me smile!
Carol's Compass Flower for her Mariner's Compass, she is off and running after a slight food allergy that slowed her down on day 1!
Carol’s Compass Flower for her Mariner’s Compass, she is off and running after a slight food allergy that slowed her down on day 1!
I love Sally's colors - she is here with Batik's Etc from VA
I love Sally’s colors – she is here with Batik’s Etc from VA
Shaheena's Mariner's Compass, her shop will be the newest certified shop in Canada - she travelled a long way to get her
Shaheena’s Mariner’s Compass, her shop will be the newest certified shop in Canada – she travelled a long way to get her
Ardelle's Mariner's Compass is gorgeous - she and Roger each of the new Kaufman "silks" as accents in their quilts - talk about accentuate the positive!
Ardelle’s Mariner’s Compass is gorgeous – she and Roger each of the new Kaufman “silks” as accents in their quilts – talk about accentuate the positive!
Hurry up and sew Jackie - I want to see the rest of this one!
Hurry up and sew Jackie – I want to see the rest of this one!
Ginny now has 9 of these done - one is hiding!
Ginny now has 9 of these done – one is hiding!
Peggy and I are making progress on Pinwheels and Posies newest shop sample (kits coming soon!)  We actually have the other sails done too!
Peggy and I are making progress on Pinwheels and Posies newest shop sample (kits coming soon!) We actually have the other sails done too!
Good night moon!
Good night moon!

Quilt Camp in Pipe Creek

A couple of weekends ago a few of us quilters got together for a “quilt camp”.  We met at a very dear friends house in Pipe Creek and she and her hubby were wonderful hosts.  (Although I will say the latter was scarce most of the time!  Can you blame him with 6 wild and wacky quilters on the loose in his home?)

Susan, Denise, Linda, Marilynn, Susie and Holly
Susan, Denise, Linda, Marilynn, Susie and Holly
Our hostess with the mostest!
Our hostess with the mostest!
Holly supervising the wine in the kitchen!
Holly supervising the wine in the kitchen!

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The food was wonderful – Mexican at a local restaurant, take out from Rudy’s BBQ another night, this wonderful salad and casserole.  The last night was my friend Holly’s FAMOUS spaghetti, but sadly Marilynn and I had already departed and did not get to enjoy the feast.  🙁

I told you we had great food!
I told you we had great food!
Yummy!
Yummy!
This casserole was really good!
This casserole was really good!
A few of our beverages!
A few of our beverages!

A little bit of sewing did occur….

Marilynn gets a tutorial form Susie on how she does that gorgeous machine appliqué!
Marilynn gets a tutorial form Susie on how she does that gorgeous machine appliqué!

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A little sewing accomplished, Marilynn started and finished the Christmas top, I pieced 2 University of Utah Quilts - pattern Fat Quarter Frenzy, fabric and pattern purchased at Elaine's Quilt Block in Salt Lake City - I will be teaching there the end of July!
A little sewing accomplished, Marilynn started and finished the Christmas top, I pieced 2 University of Utah Quilts – pattern Fat Quarter Frenzy, fabric and pattern purchased at Elaine’s Quilt Block in Salt Lake City – I will be teaching there the end of July!
3 on the landing - our projects are waiting while we slumber.
3 on the landing – our projects are waiting while we slumber.
This Slim Flex looks like a great tool to mark even spacing for quilting.  And look at all of Susie's ribbons!
This Slim Flex looks like a great tool to mark even spacing for quilting. And look at all of Susie’s ribbons!

And just so you can get a feel for how peaceful and relaxing our time was there……

Sunset - we had most evenings so this was the best sunset I could capture, but the hill country sure does know how to put it all out there.
Sunset – we had most evenings so this was the best sunset I could capture, but the hill country sure does know how to put it all out there.
A view from the terrace.
A view from the terrace.
These are HUGE spiders that like to group together on the ceiling of the porch.  Harmless but look at those legs!
These are HUGE spiders that like to group together on the ceiling of the porch. Harmless but look at those legs!

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