This is the Utah Valley, where the Utah Valley Quilt Guild lives, meets and has way too much fun (check their website to see what I’m talking about). In April, I was invited as their National Teacher, an annual honor, to present and to give a workshop. As I was born and raised in this valley, it stands to reason that I would know some people here…
…like Lisa, my “minder” and a sweet friend who recently moved here from SoCal. I was actually invited by Brenda S., who is serving an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have looked forward to coming to speak to this guild for over a year. Thank you, Brenda!
First up: teach a Workshop for their Guild. They actually wanted two combined into one, and I loved seeing all the different houses-on-a-square that resulted from this class:
Scenes from class that day.
I knew that Leslie (L) was a total geneology expert, so we figured out (via an app that we are both registered on) that not only was she my 9th cousin, I was also ninth cousin with another quilter (R), too!
Lisa took me to The Quilter’s Lodge, where I indulged, and where we saw Simone’s fabric. Truth: I went back two days later. Actually, you should all go!
Next up: the Trunk Show, where I was to give my Abecedary of Quilts lecture.
Because they have their lecture after their workshop, all those class ladies when home and sewed their brains out, and came up with the beginnings of their Home, Sweet, Home and Merrion Square mini quilts. Impressive!
Lisa, as Quilt Minder, had too much on her mind and left hers at home–she later sent me a photo of how cute her quilt had turned out. I love this version!
The guild was really responsive, and we laughed together–I was so appreciative of their keen interest. I was also impressed with all the good projects this guild is doing, so much that I joined the guild before I left!
While I was at the Workshop, my husband went to an art museum in Salt Lake City, that because he is also a well-trained quilter’s husband, zeroed in on these two pieces that were there. It’s nice to know that others see our art in cloth and thread, and want to include it in their exhibits.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this quild; they are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Thank you, Utah Valley!
4 thoughts on “Utah Valley Quilt Guild • National Teacher”
It looks and sounds like such fun. Nice to see Lisa was there too. I love her version, but orange??? Lisa is always purple to me. The orange is ME. lol
What a good time you must have had! Looks like a large guild with attentive students, and avid interest in quiltmaking. Isn’t it heartwarming to have such a nice turnout for your instruction and trunk show? And you joined their chapter, so that must mean you plan to return. Well, it looks like that quilt shop is a place that must be visited regularly. I can’t remember the last time I was in a quilt shop! Maybe two years ago? Makes me grateful for online stores, and vendors at shows. Anyway, I’m very happy for you to have had this great opportunity. You have great designs, and a lot of knowledge and experience to share!
You certainly looked like you had a great time! Your students, I bet, were captivated by your warm manner and expertise. They all did a great job! Wha t a great turnout you had for your trunk show. Congratulations!
Houses in a square looks like such a fun challenge! Congratulations on being the guild’s national teacher of the year!