Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Instagram Giveaway

To help celebrate QuiltBLISS Registration: Monday, July 28th at 9am MST we are hosting a fabulous giveaway on Instagram. Here are the goodies you can win for yourself and share with a friend: 6 FQ of Camille Roskelley fabric and her Simplify book. 2 giveaways on 2 IG accounts. Go visit my IG account @frenchknots and/or Kristin's IG account @ucmqg  and enter to win!! Help us spread the word about QuiltBLISS. Wahoo!!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

QuiltBLISS 2015 Teachers

We are ecstatic to be announcing our teachers and classes for QuiltBLISS 2015. We have some amazing classes in store with the opportunity to learn new skills and try techniques out of our comfort zone.

We are offering 5 classes at QuiltBLISS. Attendees will have the opportunity to enroll in ALL classes. Classes are included in your retreat ticket price, unless otherwise noted*. There will be no restrictions on class attendance.

"Class kits" will be available for specific classes at registration. 

*Our hand-dyed fabrics class has a limit of 8 students. So if this is a class you want to take, sign up early. Class fee is $45.00

Camille Roskelley 

Thimble Blossom ~ Big Quilt Block

Excited to spend the weekend sewing with Camille Roskelley? Me too! Camille will not only be sewing all weekend, but teaching a super fancy, super brand new Big Quilt Block at QuiltBLISS. This 3 hour class will be a block from one of her highly anticipated new patterns releasing in Fall 2014. So, Sign Up for Camille's class and in a few months we will announce the pattern! Very special. 

We are offering an optional "class kit" for Camille's Class. The kit will include the pattern and Thimble Blossom/Moda fabric to make one block.  Select the "class kit" at registration and your kit will be ready and waiting for you at QuiltBLISS. If you decide to buy your own pattern and select your own fabrics you will receive an email with your class supply list 2 months in advance 

Instagram: @thimbleblossoms

JoyLyn Rigby
JoyLyn is the magic and motivation behind the Utah County Modern Quilt Group. She has a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise in all areas of quilting. She is constantly compelled to learn & master new methods & techniques. We are very fortunate to have her teaching her beautiful handiwork techniques in our Big-Stitch Quilting Class.

Hooked on Handiwork ~ Big Stitch Hand Quilting

Learn the basic tools & techniques to adding Big-Stitch hand quilting to your creations. The Australians have been adding Big-Stitch or Utility Quilting to their creations for years. You will find it is super easy & quite therapeutic!   A few examples as well as books with beautiful examples will be shown.  We will also cover the basics of Quilt Sandwich, basting, marking & the Big-Stitch.  
Supplies needed for this class: 
Perle' Cotton #8 or #10
Chenille needles assorted size #18-#24
Clover Embroidery threader #8611
2-Fat quarters for quilting
Hera Marker 
505 spray basting
Metal tip thimble with a lip/slip stop
Needle Grip-It (stick on needle gripper)

Instagram: @justusquiltchicks

Heather Cartwright
Heather is the brilliant owner of the Quilt Barn in Kimberly Idaho. She has a vast knowledge of fabrics, techniques and tools. You will have so much fun taking Heather's class. She has a love for quilting that is contagious!

English Paper Piecing ~ Beyond Hexagons

Join Heather in taking EPP beyond hexagons into the world of endless possibilities!  You will learn 3 different methods to attach fabric to paper shapes and 2 different stitches to hand sew the shapes together.  A perfectly portable project, EPP is just the thing to work on in the waiting room, carpool line, in between tournament games, etc.

Supplies needed for this list:
1 Charm Pack
#10 Straw Needle
Sewline Glue Pen
Embroidery Scissors (or small sharp point scissors)

Instagram: thequiltbarn

Jeanette Hartvigsen
Jeanette has a BA in Fine Arts from Westminster College and that has been instrumental in her quilting. She has been teaching for the last 12 years in all aspects of quilting, from hand  appliqué, piecing and quilting to machine piecing and color theory. Her quilts have taken awards in local competitions, and she enjoys seeing how quilting has evolved since she started.  Jeanette will be teaching two excellent classes. Color Theory and Hand Dyed Fabrics. 

Color Theory 

Color theory encompasses a multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications - enough to fill several encyclopedias. However, there are three basic categories of color theory that are logical and useful : The color wheel, color harmony, and the context of how colors are used.  
Join Jeanette as she teaches how to use color, hue, tone, scale, intensity, proportion, volume and variety to make appropriate fabric choices to ensure a successful quilt.
Learn to use your stash in new combinations stretching your fabrics even further.  Gain confidence in choosing fabrics from outside of your comfort zone to diversify your stash and quilts.
Hand Dyed Fabrics Class

This class will be a comprehensive hands on class about hand dying your own fabrics. Jeanette will take you step by step through the process of hand dying. Jeanette has been dying her own fabric for 15 years and has experience mixing and creating colors that can't be found in a fabric store. You will have so much fun experimenting and dying your own muslin ...coming up with completely original colors! The fat quarters are like potato chips, you can't dye just one! This class is available to 8 students.

Class Kit: $45.00 for 12 - Fat Quarters (3 yards of fabric) The fat quarters will be a quilters grade muslin that has been precut and pretreated in preparation for hand dying.

This class is very limited and will only be available to 8 students because of the hands on nature.  We will have 2 classes / 4 students per class. Class is 1 1/2 hours.
Purchasing a "Class Kit" at registration will automatically enroll you in the Hand Dyed Fabrics class.

Instagram: misnettamarie

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Camille Roskelley

See this Darling Face? Well, we are all going to be seeing a lot more of it come QuiltBLISS 2015. Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms will be joins us at QuiltBLISS not only as a teacher, but attendee.

Camille will be sharing her love of quilting and her fabulous QUILTS at a private trunk show just for attendees of QuiltBLISS. She will also be teaching 2 classes over the retreat weekend: a brand new, soon to be released Big Block Pattern!

So mark your calendars for July 28th at 9am MST and register for QuiltBLISS.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Love For Clara

A portion of the proceeds from QuiltBLISS ticket sales will go to the Sandi Henderson Family for their baby daughter Clara. Tickets go on sale, July 28th 2014.

If you would like to donate SOONER to this wonderful family and help them with their medical finances please make a donation at Love For Clara.

Love For Clara

Saturday, May 10, 2014

QuiltBLISS 2015

We are excited to announce our dates for QuiltBLISS 2015! It seems crazy to already be thinking and planning for next year. Mark your calendars for Thursday, FEBRUARY 26TH - Sunday, MARCH 1ST 2015. *An add on day (wednesday) will be available*

Tickets will go on SALE Monday, July 28th at 9am. A full list of weekend prices and room/sleeping accommodations will be available for viewing 1 month before. This will give you the opportunity to discuss with sewing friends and make plans.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

QuiltBLISS ~ Blissfully the Best

Hello Everyone! Hooray for QuiltBLISS. I felt the happiest exhaustion on Sunday Morning as I said good bye to all the attendees and wished them happy quilting until next year. QuiltBLISS was an amazing weekend full of good friends, good food and a creative spark by all.

I have been waiting to post a recap about QuiltBLISS until I got our video back from Lilly at Picket Fence Films.  I knew QuiltBLISS would be something I never-ever-ever wanted to forget so I splurged and had a video made of the awesome weekend. So glad I did, because after all the behind the scenes, running around like a chicken with my head cut off and the nuts and bolts of the retreat ~ this video not only captures the weekend but the feelings too!  Lily does amazing work ~ see for your self.

QuiltBLISS 2014 from Lilly McDowell on Vimeo.

After the crazy initially snow fall and getting everyone up to the retreat, we were eventually all snuggled in and were ready to have a winter wonderland weekend!!!

I learned a lot from hosting a retreat; more than I ever planned. I learned a lot about myself, pressure, comfort zone and being in the moment. Attendees of QuiltBLISS were from all over the United States and Canada they all had their reasons for coming and what a weekend away meant for themselves. My FAVORITE part of the retreat was sitting down and getting to know the attendees. I really didn't schedule any time to do that at the retreat. I thought it would come naturally and be organic, but I was pulled in so many different directions, next year I HAVE to schedule down time to just be in the moment. I think it will make the experience that much more fulfilling and enriching. Lesson learned.

The food was AMAZING. I knew I wanted really standout food at QuiltBLISS. I come from an incredible family of cooks, so I didn't have to look far to find my kitchen staff. My Sister and Mom worked tirelessly on the menu and even harder, with my Aunts help, to pull off each and every delicious meal.

We had some really special classes and teachers who stretched our attendees. Everyone loved Anna's paper piecing class and Kristin's Quilt Journal class (tears!). As well as Amy's scrap block class and Jeanette's hand dyed fabrics class. The quilting community has some incredible teachers out there. We were so lucky to have 7 of them.

Sarah Wright from Sarah Jane Studios and Sherri McConnell from a Quilting Life shared their creative journeys and being in the business of quilting. They shared their quilts and the stories behind them.

We have tentative dates planned for QuiltBLISS February 2015. Come back in the next few months and hear about next years line-up and register!

For more pictures visit our Flickr page and of course #quiltbliss on Instagram.

I couldn't have done any of this without UCMQG my family and friends: JoyLyn, Anna, Kristin, Kristen, Jennifer, Tina, Ginny and Becky!! They are worth their weight in GOLD.

image credit: Amy S.

Several Bloggers have posted recaps of QuiltBLISS.  To read all about it from an attendees perspective click below:


Thank you for coming to QuiltBLISS and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Week Away

I can't believe QuiltBLISS is one week away. We are in full prep mode and are excited to meet each and every one of you. We have about 45 women signed up for weekend with around 8 more joining us for day only passes. It is a fun group of women from all over the US and Canada!!

Part of the QuiltBLISS prep process was SPONSORS. We have connected with some amazing companies that are only enhancing your QuiltBLISS experience. I hope your as excited as we are:

We want to give a huge BLISSFUL thank you to our sponsors:

Grand Sewing Room and Dinner Sponsor

Omnigrid and Dritz's perfect products at our fingertips
Sarah Jane Studios new "Wee Wander" line

Crafts and Goodies Galore

Yay! 2 Cricket Expressions

 FLATTER Official Ironing Spray
Lots of Batting to keep us Warm
We have many more amazing sponsors! Please Visit our Sponsor Page to learn More.