Remarkable Quilters Share Their Talents in the Latest UQSM Show

Inside: Fabulous quilts from 2019’s UQSM quilt show.

We have an annual quilt show in Salt Lake City, UQSM (or Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace.) It is a world-class show featuring machine quilting from all over the world. My name for it is My Annual I Am Not Worthy show! I bow down in humility to these amazing and talented quilters, and by the Best of Show quilt, I’m ready to lay down on the ground and worship! But more about that one later.

The quilts are much more stunning in person, but I hope you enjoy this virtual quilt show!

This first quilt was noteworthy because it won in the youth category. Her talent will just continue to grow, I think!

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The Elephant made and quilted by Malayna Smuin; Winner of 1st Place, Youth Category

I love bright colors, and this beauty was swimming in them!

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The Circle of Life: Sunshine and Shadows made and quilted by Shirley L. Olsen; Winner of Best Stationary Machine Quilting.

Having been to Mexico and seen the Mayan ruins, this one was very interesting and unique.

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Balam (Jaguar) made and quilted by Georgia Spalding Pierce; Honorable Mention.

This appliqué, quilting and borders: Wow! Wow, wow wow!

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Rejoice made by (N/A TERACHAPI), quilted by Molly Hamilton-McNally; Winner of Appliqué 1st Place.

I loved this appliqué version of a Baltimore album meets an undersea world! So cute.

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Octopuses Garden – Baltimore Album made by Beverly Bradley, quilted by Linda Brown and Sharon Rawlings.

This year there was a display of themed wall hangings, all square, the same size and the same colors. The theme this year was the artist Prince. I was amazed at the different interpretations all the artists had, and they came from all over the world. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Prince in Paisley with Fireworks by Cindy Myers of Ontario, CA.

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Shining On by Betsy Shannon of Minneapolis, MN

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Seemingly Impossible Range of Human Experience by Elizabeth Holec of Minnestrisa, MN

I loved this oriental-themed quilt, and you can see the impeccable handwork in the close-up.

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Kabuki Show made and quilted by Sandra Clark; Honorable Mention.

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Close-up of Kabuki Show by Sandra Clark.

This one was little-bitty pieces of bright silk. The tiny quilting is exquisite!

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Boteh Symphony made and quilted by Claudia Pfeil; Winner of Art-Innovative 1st Place.

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Close-up of Boteh Symphony by Claudia Pfeil.

Here’s another spectacular hand-appliquéd quilt. Just take a look at all those tiny circles! I wasn’t the only one that liked it, as it won Viewer’s Choice. 

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Midnight Stars made by Karen Kay Buckley, quilted by Renae Haddadin; winner of Appliqué 3rd Place, and Viewer’s Choice Award.

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Close-up of Midnight Stars by Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin.

I loved these incredible ships, vines and mariner’s compasses. Don’t count the half-square triangles!

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Ladies of the Sea made by Gretchen Greiner, quilted by Salena Beckwith; Winner of Director’s Choice.

The purples in this quilt were magnificent, and the quilting enhanced it so much. Even the little half-circles in the binding were quilted. It’s hard to see from the picture, but there are little, white triangles in between the half-circles.

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The Value of Violet made and quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn; Winner of Best Achievement and Workmanship.

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Close-up of The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn.

This one is fun and geometric, but what makes it really special is the quilting.

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By Small And Simple Things made and quilted by Marie Eldredge; Honorable Mention.

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Close-up of By Small And Simple Things by Marie Eldredge.

The time and effort to make a pictorial quilt was never lovelier than in this quilt!

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Reflections of Cape Town made and quilted by Cynthia England; Winner of Pictoral 1st Place.

I loved how the quilting in the border made a whole new element in this quilt.

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Bringing Home the Tree made and quilted by Sue Hawkes; Honorable Mention.

This pumpkin quilt was adorable, and I love the fall colors! It was made by a quilt guild.

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Pumpkin Farm made by Gone to Pieces quilt group, quilted by Charlene Nelson; Winner of Group 1st Place.

Another fabulous quilt, with bright colors and amazing quilting. (Running out of adjectives…)

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Starburst made and quilted by Peggy Marquist; Winner of Wall Hanging 1st Place.

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Close-up of Starburst by Peggy Marquist.

I adore the colors, the quilting, and the embellishment of this quilt!

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Spangled made by Gail Stepanek, quilted by Jan Hutchison; Winner of Mixed Technique 2nd Place and NACQJ Award of Merit.

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Close-up of Spangled by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison.

Again, circles, circles, circles! We wondered if the maker was insane at the end!

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Spring Thing made and quilted by Claudia Scheja; Winner of Wall Hanging 2nd Place.

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Close-up of Spring Thing by Claudia Scheja.

You’ll notice that the quilting in this one actually completes the design. The use of the colored threads was wonderful.

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Loose Weave made and quilted by Birgit Schuller; Winner of Modern 3rd Place.

I’m kind of a Potter-Head, so I had to include this one!

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Harry Potter Project of Doom made by Allie Bennett, quilted by DeAnn Terry.

Another imaginative bright-color-on-white quilt. The quilting in the negative space is beautiful. I might have called it Lone Star on Meth!

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Diamond Effervescence made by Beth Nufer, quilted by Clem Buzick; Winner of Pieced 1st Place.

I love maps, and this quilt was part of a special exhibit of Emily Taylor’s quilts. (Guess what? She’s from Utah, too!)

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USA made and quilted by Emily Taylor.

I thought the colors of these cute, funky flowers were great, and I love the ribbons on the edge detail! This was part of an exhibit of the Salt Lake City/Ogden Long Arm Guild.

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Blossoms in the Snow made and quilted by Ruth Davis.

There were some ladies standing by this special exhibit, and they explained that it was a class using Kaffe Fassett’s stars patterns. Each quilt was unique, and this artist reversed the colors so that the blue was the background. I fell in love with it!

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Caribbean Dreams made and quilted by Ruth Davis.

Now, saving the best for last, here is the fantastic winner of Best of Show. This quilt is A-MA-ZING! Beautiful appliqué, unique piecing, fabulous embellishments, what more could we ask? It is spectacularly quilted, which is the point of the show, after all. 

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Garden Variety Sampler made and quilted by Janet Stone; Winner of Best of Show.

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Close-up of Garden Variety Sampler by Janet Stone.

I hope you enjoyed a small sampling of this year’s fabulous show, and I’ll try to get my self-esteem back next week.

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