Handmade Quilts At Local Quilt Show

Wonderful handmade quilts were displayed at a local quilt show recently. The Utah Valley Quilt Guild sponsored a wonderful show featuring over 50 vendors who shared their quilting products and expertise. Quilt patterns varied from traditional patterns and seasonal subjects to unique designer patterns. Most of the vendors were designers… and their creativity was astounding clever. I love quilts.

Not only were the gals showing off their handy work… they they had quilt pattens, quilt kits, quilt fabric and fat quarters for sell. I love the idea that they have made it so easy for women to get into craft by doing all the thinking for you. The color and pattern selections in the kits and fat quarters were beautiful. No reason to get involved with color and fabric selection if that’s not a strong area for you.

The Cherry Tree Cottage from Spanish Fork, Utah was a large booth with lots of quilt fabric, patterns, and plenty of kits to help make your quilting experience easy and fun. So much to choose from. The subtle earth tones in the handmade quilts made me think of a warm country cabin. Their color selection is timeless. Machelle Preston, owner of The Cherry Tree Cottage said they had just moved to a new location so they can service you better. Their web site is thecherrytreecottage.com. You can also contact Machelle her e-mail address: thecherrytreecottage@yahoo.com.

Amy McClellan, owner of American Quilting in Orem, Utah says you can purchase her quilt patterns, quilt kits, and fabrics from her web site underthegardenmoon.com. She can also will be found on an up-coming site called american-quilting.com. Check to see if she’s up and running. Don’t see what you want? e-mail her at kmcclellan8479@msm.com. Her bright quits were to die for. I kept going back to look. Lots of contemporary patterns as well as quilts with traditional flare. I’m from Orem and I’ll be checking her out at her store… for sure.

Amid all of the finished quilts was an exciting booth manned by owner Laurel Christensen of Mayfield Utah. Her hand Dyed Fabrics were clever and unique. Each piece was completely different. All fabrics were saturated with color… I guess that’s why her business is called Fabric Candy. Laurel’s e-mail is laschristensen@yahoo.com…. or give her at call at 435 851-2115. To heck with quilts… I can just see a darling skirt made from her intense quilt fabrics.

The quilting machines were displayed by The Cotton Shops. If you’re interested in investing in one… contact them at thecottonshop.com.

Rebecca’s store is called Morganson Custom Frames and Sewforth located in Payson, Utah… just south of Spanish Fork… which is south of Orem. Just look at the talent in the area. Rebecca’s products can be found at stitchesandsewforth.com. She and her husband had some of their framing placed among her gorgeous quilts. It’s always nice to have the support of your husband! The selection of colors in her quilts were right up my alley…a handmade quilt look for sure. If I could have snitched one for my bedroom…I would have. If your missing a quilt Rebecca… you’ll know where to start looking.

My friend and fellow designer Lori Holt had a fantastic booth. Her patterns definitely had her designer touch. Her patterns reminded me of her tole painting patterns that were so successful years ago. Tole Painting is an craft of the past. I met several of my old painting friends at this show that had turned their talents to quilting. Lori’s talent goes beyond just quilts… the piece work in frames were just darling. She can be contacted be e-mail at beeinmybonnet1@yahoo.com. She would be happy to hear from you.

Yep… the video is not the best… I just bought a new Canon camera… and when I download to YouTube it looses the definition… as so many of the videos do on YouTube. I’m looking into passing this off to one of my kids and checking out a camera what will work better. Any suggestions? Go to these gals’s web sites and give them a look… you’ll be glad you did.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. When I went to the quilt show, I was expecting just a display of quilts… nobody around to see my lack of make-up and proper attire. Oh my gosh… was I fooled. So thanks gals for talking to me and letting me into your quilting life looking like something the cat dragged in. Your handmade quilts are the best!

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