Special Exhibits

Judy Elsley Featured Artist Exhibit

Friday, May 10th at 12:30 p.m. on the Main Stage

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This is Judy’s story in her own words. A little about me: I've worked at Weber State University for 22 years, teaching in the English Department. I also run the university's Honors Program. I was born and raised in England, and came to this country in 1979. I'm a long-time quilter who learned to dye fabrics 9 years ago.

In the first week of January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy in February and started aggressive chemo in March, finishing at the end of June. 2012 has been an intense year for me. One of the things that sustained me through the year was making quilts about the breast cancer experience. I dye and print all the fabrics I use in my quilt tops, starting with white PFD cotton. I piece the tops, and then take them to Sue McCarty who machine quilts them for me.

This body of work consists of over 20 quilts which fall into three categories:

1. What the Body Knew
In late 2011, I made a number of quilts that, at the time, seemed unrelated. I didn't know what they were about until after my diagnosis. My body knew what was going on and tried to communicate that to me through my quilt making.

2. Journal Quilts
In November 2011, I started making one 8" by 8" square each day and then writing what had happened that day, or what I was thinking about. I had two goals in doing this. First, I wanted to prepare for my upcoming sabbatical by getting into the habit of working with fabric every day, and second, I'm interested in integrating my two passions: writing and fabric work. In other words, text and textile.

3. The Breast Cancer Experience
I've made a series of quilts focusing on a particular idea related to my breast cancer experience. Again, all the tops are made from my hand-dyed and printed fabrics, and I write on each of them, “What will I do with these quilts?” In the short term, I want to exhibit them as a body of work. In the longer term, I will write a book about coping with breast cancer through quilt making.

HMQS is honored to showcase this touching collection of quilts from local quilter, Judy Elsley. To hear more about Judy’s experience. Attend her special noontime presentation and trunk show Friday, May 10th on the Main Stage.


Mt. Harrison Quilt Guild (ID)

Mt. Harrison Guild Members
The Mt. Harrison Quilters is made up of a diverse, talented and vibrant group of of Idaho quilters. Their membership in this rural guild averages around 50 and includes members from Burley, Declo, Heyburn, Oakley, Shoshone, Pocatello, Chubbuck, Albion, Jackson, Paul and Rupert.

The purpose of this guild is to contribute to the growth and knowledge of quilting techniques, patterns, history and quilt making by providing educational meetings, fun and fellowship; to sponsor and support quilting activities, to encourage quilt making and collecting, and to promote the knowledge and appreciation of fine quilts.

The regular meetings of the guild are held on the fourth Tuesday of the each month at 1:30p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall in Rupert, Idaho.

Mt. Harrison Quilters formed as a guild in 1986. In 1997, the guild held their first annual quilt show, which continued for a decade. The guild is also known for their charity quilts. Each year they contribute 25-35 quilts to the local community. HMQS is pleased to showcase this special guild.

"Around the Town" Exhibit
Pattern by Sue Garman

"My Little Town" by Carol Day
Stroll "Around Town" with us! This fun wall hanging is composed of many houses and buildings. Quilters who love to appliqué have found this a wonderful project that allows a lot of creativity. We know you will enjoy these quilts from people all around town!










Quilter’s Rule Tool Challenge

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Second place, Quilter's Rule Tool Challenge, by Jadine Hilt.


See the latest Quilter’s Rule Tool Challenge quilts! Quilter’s Rule is pleased to announce the winners of the First Tool Challenge to benefit Quilts of Valor. Congratulations to 1st place winner, Carol Christopherson; 2nd place winner, Jadine Hilt; and 3rd place winner, Kim Loar. Quilter’s Rule began a Tool Challenge with the purpose of providing quilts for our veterans. Each year a different tool is choosen to be used in the piecing of the quilt. For this challenge the tool was the Creative Curves Multi-Wedge Ruler. Participants could follow a pattern which was designed specifically for the challenge or they could create their own pattern, as long as the designated tool is used to make the quilt.

Quilter’s Rule is a strong supporter of our veterans and the men and women who are currently serving in our military. If you are interested in participating in the Quilter’s Rule Second Annual Tool Challenge, please visit Quilter’s Rule’s website (www.QuiltersRule.com). Stop by to see these amazing quilts in the Special Quilt Exhibit area.







"FUN WITH SULKY® BLENDABLES and Solid Color Cotton Threads" Exhibit

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Once again, Joyce Drexler has compiled the most amazing array of projects for her latest book, "FUN WITH SULKY® BLENDABLES and Solid Color Cotton Threads" (#900-B21). Beautiful contributions of projects book have been made by many well known designers for this book. With the focus on Sulky Cotton Blendables and Sulky Solid Color Cottons, which are exclusively sold to independent stores, this 104-page, full-color book is jam-packed full of ideas and techniques that will excite and motivate you. AND… now there are a total of 126 magnificent Blendables in both 12 wt. and 30 wt.! This special exhibit will display some of the amazing projects in this new book, which are virtually all done with Blendables and Solid Color Cottons, along with a few other Sulky Threads for accents.





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Collage of SL Modern Guild Quilts







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The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild started as a place to gather with like-minded friends, share projects, gain inspiration and develop talents. Along the way they have taken part in challenges, one in which they used solid fabrics to make bold, graphic quilts. The group always welcomes new members. For more information go to www.slmqg.com.

HMQS is pleased to showcase two special exhibits from this local modern guild.

EZ Dresden Ruler Challenge

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity and a host of other manufacturers last summer to celebrate Darlene Zimmerman’s 20th Anniversary designing quilting tools for EZ Quilting. As part of the celebration, EZ Quilting hosted a challenge for quilters around the world to use the EZ Dresden Ruler to create a project using the traditional wedge in a modern way. The projects were then entered in one of three categories: Small/Mini, Traditional and Innovative. Quilters entered the virtual quilt show, and a panel of judges including Darlene Zimmerman herself, chose the winning designs. The HMQS special exhibit will include samples from each of these categories. For a sneak peek of the virtual quilt show visit the guild’s website www.slmqg.com.

Truly Modern Quilts Display

Part of a new movement among new quilters today is to make non-traditional, "improv-pieced" quilts using bold, graphic designs, often with solid colors. Local Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild members will present a display of these type of modern quilts.



"The Farmer’s Wife" Special Quilt Exhibit

"Farmer's Wife" Quilt by Josie Becraft
For the last two years, 16 women have met in Layton, UT once a month for lunch to exchange "Farmer’s Wife Quilt" blocks. The "Farmer’s Wife Quilt" book was written by Laurie Hird. There are 111 blocks in the quilt. The Farmer's Wife sampler quilt was inspired from letters written in 1920's by farmer's wives. The Pittsburgh Observer newspaper had a contest for their readers. The paper had noticed a change for the worse during the past year in feminine dress, manners and general moral standards of women. With the end of World War I, the stock market crash, jazz music, and talking movies came into existence. Times were changing and women were coming into the forefront. With all these changes in our culture the paper ran a contest. The paper asked their readers to answer a simple question. "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, want her to marry a farmer?" The end result was an overwhelming 7,000 letters from the readers. When the opinions were tallied, it was found that the editors were correct, 94% of the readers indeed, wanted their daughter to marry a farmer. Each of the 111 quilt blocks in the book is accompanied with a letter from the contest.


The Best Modern Quilts of 2013
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The Modern Quilt Guild presents the award-winning quilts from their inaugural show, QuiltCon 2013. This inspiring collection showcases the best work of some amazing modern quilters. Graphic and hip, these quilts represent the top of what's coming out of today's modern quilting movement.

The Modern Quilt Guild was founded in 2009, and developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. It rapidly grew to more than 160 guilds across the country and the globe. The guild’s mission is to support and encourage the growth and development of modern quilting through art, education, and community. We know you’ll enjoy seeing the winning quilts from the 2013 QuiltCon.

Kaffe Club Exhibit

"Funkiness" by Kaye Evans, a Kaffe Club Quilt

This past year has been an exciting one for the Kaffe Club participants. Since this is the fifth year of Kaffe club meetings at Sweet Lavender in Roy, Utah, the group decided to “take it easy” and embark on a new adventure. The idea of doing a vertical row quilt was not only a new concept, but an ambitious one, seeing that each row was totally individualized and unique. Instruction was given each month by Kaye Evans, the group’s teacher, and each class member was to go home, select her own fabrics, and make the row that had been given. Show and tell commenced the next month, and it was amazing to see what each brought to the table in the way of creativity. It was enjoyable to see what changes were being made as the group worked on the quilt together. Inspiration was constantly present for each to breathe in. These 15 quilters have made extraordinary quilts, ones to be viewed, enjoyed and admired.


Sue Kinn’s Mouse Blankets

Sue Kinn lives in Ennis, Montana, a small ranching town in the Madison Valley. It has a lot of charm and character with a four-month tourist season. Sue’s closest neighbors are antelope, elk, eagles, badgers, prairie dogs and many others on four legs.

Sue loves the challenge of designing new quilting patterns. They come straight from her heart. She has made many of these quilts over the years and made my own buttons for them. She was encouraged by her friend, Susie, to make them into patterns. So, in August of 2009, Sue started her own business. The “mouse blanket” name came from her grandson who loved to play with some of her fabric coasters and asked if they were “mouse blankets.”

Sue has a great love of the outdoors and nature, and her quilt patterns reflect that interest. When she finishes a pattern design she hopes that she is passing on some of the joy that she experiences to other quilters.

Sue’s patterns are easy to follow with simple instructions, great for beginners and appealing to seasoned quilters as well. They make great gifts or small wall hangings, and the addition of the included buttons makes them charming art in fabric!

Machine Quilting Unlimited 2013 Whole Cloth Challenge
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The editors of Machine Quilting Unlimited challenged six well-known quilt artists to create a 36-inch square whole cloth quilt using ivory colored Radiance cotton/silk fabric and cotton sateen from Robert Kaufman Fabric Company. Paint, pencils or other media could be used to color the quilt if desired, and the type and color of thread and batting options were left up to the artists. Sandra Leichner, Mildred Sorrells, Teri Lucas, Lisa Calle, Jessica Schick, and Terri Doyle all answered the challenge, and their amazing whole cloth quilts can be seen in person for the first time in this exhibit.



HMQS Committee Antique Quilt Display

HMQS is celebrating its 10th year in 2013. This past decade, we have had the privilege of being a part of the evolution of the home machine quilter. We hope we have encouraged and supported your artistic quilting talents. Some of us are first generation quilters; some of us come from a family of multi-generations of quilters. No matter which, we all recognize that we have been inspired by the quilters of yesteryear.

The HMQS Committee is extremely excited to present an exhibit of antique quilts at the 2013 show honoring those quilters from the past.

Some of the antique quilts to be displayed are family heirlooms. Others belong to friends. Some are treasures we just had to purchase. We hope as you view these exquisite, yet simple quilts from the past, some with their faded and worn out fabrics, some still in amazing condition despite age, you will grasp the feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction and pride of their quilters from bygone days.

The contributions for this quilt display are by Ann Collet, Brenda Bell, Carole Lifferth, Chris Robinson, Deonn Stott, Diane Jaeger, Gaye Ryon, Leslie Randle, Patsy Shelton, Polly Holyoak, Roberta Boyce and Wren Woodland.




“Along the Trail” Challenge
By the Colorado Springs Fiber Artists

Deb Prewitt's Along the Trail quilt
In 2012, the Colorado Springs Fiber Artists decided to do a group challenge that represented how they view the trails near them in Colorado. The varied interpretations show what a diverse group of quilters they are! From the realistic views out their windows to the fantasy views in their minds, they all enjoyed working their insights into fabric and stitch. The quilts you see are made by artists who run the spectrum – from this being a first art quilt to those who have had quilts juried into many other shows. Their group hopes you find a view that speaks to you in their collection of trails.

Colorado Springs Fiber Artists As They Really Are!










Threads of Friendship
Exhibit in Honor of Cindy Barton Hampton
October 14, 1952 - November 1, 2012

Threads of Friendship Members
Cindy Hampton, LeAnn Tracy, Sharon Pitts and Bonnie Jacques, all of Ogden, UT, became friends at work more than 20 years ago. Learning that they all shared the same interest in quiltmaking, they decided to form their own guild in January of 2006. The “Threads of Friendship” members met twice a month during their work breaks until they all retired five years ago, and began meeting once a month for 2-3 hours. During this time, the four friends shared quilt information, their completed projects, local sales, new quilt blocks and future projects.

This special guild has been meeting for seven years now, and in this time they have made quilts for each other, quilts to aid children in earthquake areas, and quilts for local fundraisers. These women have lots of fun, enjoying their common love for quilting.

On November 1st of last year, Cindy Hampton of their group passed away. This special exhibit is in honor of the guild’s friendship and love for her. Cindy was a graduate from Weber State University and worked 30 years for the U.S. Forest Service. She was a very active member of the Burch Creek 4th Ward and held many callings. Cindy was a member of the Daughter of the Utah Pioneers. She liked sewing, quilting, scrapbooking and traveling. She loved to go camping with her husband, Brent, and her dog, Simi. HMQS is honored to host such a special tribute from a tight-knit group of friends brought together by their love of quilting.