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ByMindy Carlson

Member Spotlight- Sarah Wheelwright

2017 guild president Sarah is known for her unique and impressive hawaiian applique quilts, and her delicious baked goodies. She was gracious enough to answer our questions for our member spotlight.

Quilty Stats:

Instagram handle: sarah_jwh

Quilty Experience: 
Since 2011
Where are you From?
San Francisco Bay Area
How did you get started quilting?
I needed something to keep me busy during a rough time and found a stack of coordinating fabrics in my mom’s garage and made her a tree skirt
How did you get started doing the Hawaiian applique?
I liked the symmetry of Hawaiian applique, but wanted to “make it modern” so I cut a sort of four part paper snowflake with triangles and straight lines and just went for it. I really liked the way it looked so I kept doing different variations
Favorite block/trend (obsession)
flying geese
Favorite color
blue, esp navy
What are your favorite quilts/projects you’ve done?
I don’t think I could pick!
How many quilts have you started? Finished?
What do you love most about quilting?
It’s a lot like baking; it’s precise and technical but I get to put my own spin on it and make something for other people to enjoy. It’s a fun creative outlet
What’s on your design wall?
Nothing right now, it’s packed away until I get the sewing room painted
What do you stitch with?
Either my Kenmore or my new fancy straight stitch machine
When did you join the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild?
What do you do when you’re not quilting?
I enjoy reading, baking, walking with my dog, and also playing with makeup or nails


BySarah Watts

Our First Guild Retreat!

We had been talking about it for years, and this year we finally made it happen – our first retreat! We had a great time and stitched up lots of great projects.

The retreat was held in near Eden, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The few storms we had roll through only made for better scenery. The food was yummy (thanks Mindy!) and the company was even better. I was amazed at how much everyone got done!

Some worked on their minis for our upcoming Las Vegas meets Salt Lake mini swap. Can’t wait to see everyone’s final minis!

Those Tula Skulls are fantastic and both the scrappy trips that Mindy got done are amazing.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made it a fun and memorable weekend. I hope we do it again next year!


August Recap

We had a great time at Hands on Art in August. Iraima, the owner was great to go over the color wheel and break it down for us. She recommended this color wheel. It comes in a bigger size too. Here’s a great site that breaks down the definitions of the basic color relationships: Complementary, Monochromatic, Analogous, Analogous, Triadic and Tetradic. 

We then went through the quilts we shared and looked for these color relationships. Afterwards we played with scraps of fabrics and found these color relationships.

So many details in this beautiful quilt by Kim

Top quilt by Barbie and bottom quilts by Marcea

Top L by JaNean using fabrics Barbie dyed. Top R Mindy’s baby quilt. Bottom two by Sylvia

For those that missed out, there’s a Creative Webinar coming up next month on the Color Wheel for quilts. Make sure you sign up online. Also check out this months’ pattern: Positively Transparent for some Color Wheel fun.

Some projects from Sewing Saturday. We missed those that couldn’t make it.




BySarah Watts

July Recap

We had our annual fabric dyeing event a couple weekends ago. We had a blast mixing, painting, twisting, flicking, dunking, soaking, and rinsing.


If you weren’t able to make it this year, definitely try to make it next year. We have a blast and it’s so fun to leave with fabric that you have dyed yourself. I’m excited to see how these hand-dyed fabrics get used in projects.


And a big thank you to Kim S. for hosting!

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September 14-16, 2017, Bear Lake. The retreat is open to all SLMQG members and friends of SLMQG. Join us for a stitchin-fun time! The price is $160 for members and $190 for non-members. Click here for more information and to sign up.



We have the perfect charity block solution to destash your stash – Scrappy Trip Around the World blocks! These blocks whip up in no time and each block only requires 6 – 2.5″ x 16″ strips of fabric. Follow this tutorial here. Quick Note: We’d like our blocks to have a solid black or dark gray center strip (which is the brown strip in the tutorial block).


Next Guild Meeting – Thursday, August 17th. More details soon on our Facebook events page.

Las Vegas MQG + SLMQG Mini Swap – If you’ve signed up, make sure you have posted your mosaic so your LV partner can get to know you and what you like.


Creative Webinar: Slow Improvisation – Improv Piecing with a Specific Theme in Mind. Register here for a webinar on Improv with Heidi Parkes on August 24th at 7pm.

Join Heidi Parkes for a 45 minute lecture on her 2016 QuiltCon award winning quilts, “Places Unfold,” (1st for Handwork) and “Night Flight no. 1,” (2nd for Improvisation). Both quilts were improv pieced on the theme of travel, and Parkes will describe her process in detail, from the initial ‘spark’ of inspiration, to the finer points of technique, title, and quilting.

BySarah Watts

Las Vegas + Salt Lake MQG Mini Swap

Ready for a fun Mini Swap?!

Our friends with the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild have invited us to join them in a mini swap. This will be a great way to make new friends with our Vegas counterparts. The theme for this mini swap is Rainbow. Each SLMQG participant will make a mini for a LVMQG participant and vice versa.

We (the SLMQG participants) will be turning in minis at the October 17th meeting, where board members will ship in one package down to the LVMQG board. We will receive the minis from the LVMQG and handout during our November 17th meeting. If you can’t make one or both of those meetings but still want to participate, don’t worry…you still can. We can work out alternative drop offs and pick ups with you.

Here’s all the information you need for the Las Vegas + Salt Lake Mini Swap:

Mini Swap Timeline and Important Dates:

Deadline to sign up – July 14th
Deadline to post mosaic on Instagram – August 1st
Deadline to finish mini – October 17th (bring to October meeting)
You will be receive your mini at the November meeting – November 17th

How to Sign Up

Please comment yes and include your instagram username on a post in our private facebook group for members only.

Mini Quilt Swap Guidelines:

  • This will be a secret swap, so Sally Seamstress from SLMQG will make a quilt for Nancy Notions from LVMQG who will in turn make a quilt for Teresa Thimble from SLMQG, and so on.
  • This swap will be open to Salt Lake MQG members of all skill levels – as long as you can make a mini quilt, you can join!
  • RAINBOW is the theme.
  • Read this post on swap etiquette for some guidelines.
  • When you sign up, we’ll ask you for your Instagram username so that the person making you a package can find out what you like.
  • Post an Instagram mosaic to show off some of your favorite quilt styles.
  • Please keep the deadline (October 17th) in mind when you sign up. We are giving plenty of time, so you have no excuse to be late!
  • The size is up to you, but the max on any given side should be no larger than 20”.
  • Swap extras are not required, but are not banned either. It is entirely up to you.
  • Please package your mini (and any extras, if including) with your name and the name of the recipient clearly marked.
  • Please post pictures on Instagram when you receive your quilt swap package.