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Guild meeting
Nov 8, 2023
Improv Challenge


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Nov 2023  

Improv Quilt Challenge

UVQG Guild Meeting

(also book sale, new board)

Wed, Nov 8th,

Orem Senior Center

Our guild meeting for November will be held on the 2nd Wednesday, November 8 at 1:30 at the Orem Friendship Center. (1:15 for the start of the annual book sale and to help hang your quilt if you participated in the challenge.)

This month’s meeting includes our annual book sale, show and tell, refreshments, and quilt display of this year's improv quilt challenge.


The program will be a celebration of improv with a quilt show of this year’s president-elect challenge quilts. Three ribbons will be given for viewer’s choice awards. Remember that any size quilt is acceptable, as long as you have used improv techniques to create the pattern. Quilted garments are also acceptable. To be eligible for a ribbon, it must be completed. We hope you are as excited as we are to see your wonderful creations.


Those who are bringing improv quilts to the guild meeting should plan to arrive by 1:15 to help set up their quilt on a quilt stand. There will be stands set up with sheets attached where small quilts and quilted garments can be attached with pins. Numbers will be attached to each entry to make voting easier. Attendees can look at quilts and vote for their favorites from 1:30 to 2:00 (approx). During the meeting, quilt entrants will be given a minute or so to talk about his/her piece.


Schedule of Events

1:15- book sale begins,  quilt set up

1:30 - usual start time: finish quilt set up - view and vote

2:00 or so - book sale is paused as the meeting begins, votes are collected

after meeting - winners are announced, refreshments are served and the book sale resumes for a brief closing period

2023 Challenge

Improv Quilting

President-elect Kim McCloskey picked improv quilting for this year's challenge. Improv simply means to put something together without planning it all in advance, to make a quilt without a pattern and little to no planning. A good way to sew for the pure joy of it.


You can choose to create in a free-for-all manner or set some guidelines for yourself. I will demo some improv piecing techniques at upcoming guild meetings.


Quilts must be made in 2023. Complete your quilt by Nov 8 for display at our guild meeting. (3 layers, quilted, and bound)

View more details.

   Tutorial #1 (shared in Feb) Log Cabin

  Tutorial #2 (shared in April) Curved piecing 

   Tutorial #3 (shared in June) Applique

2023 UVQG Retreat - FULL

   November 15-18, 2023 

I  have just been informed that we had more people sign up for the fall retreat than I ever imagined. I am so excited that so many of you want to come.  We will have a great time!


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Barb Murdock, retreat chair


We will be having our 2023 retreat at Zermatt again. However, we were required to change the week of attendance to two weeks later in the year, which will be the week before Thanksgiving.


NO pistachios, NO rosemary, NO scented lotions or soaps. 

Click HERE if you want to read Barb's article in Feb 2023 Patchwords.


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Giving Update September 2023

Mutual Dell girls camp attendees helped tie 67 quilts we prepared, which were donated to The Utah County Department of Health. The Children's Justice center received 11 quilts, given to children during medical exams. 3 twin-size quilts were donated to The Refuge.

Our giving total for the year so far is 140 quilts, 92 other items.

June 2023 - Several at home service opportunites are listed on the Service Page!

Giving Total for 2022

Our giving total for 2022 was 414 items, 165 of those items were quilts. I had set a goal of 222 quilts, so I am not sure if we met the goal or surpassed it. What a busy year of serving! Even though they are not quilts, other items like afghans, receiving blankets, plush balls and bears were sent out to many in need. And as always, many hands worked together to make it all possible

Giving Update 2023

As of March 15, 2023 our giving total for the year is 39 quilts, 31 balls and 2 hats for a total of 72 items, including ● 7 quilts to the Festival of Trees ● 16 quilts to a group that provides mental health services for female first responders.

Service Day Despite the rain, we had a successful service day for our March meeting. Thirty one members attended that day and six more participated from home. Many won a door prize and there was plenty of pizza! Everyone working together completed the following ● 27 enveloped quilts for Mutual Dell Camp to tie this summer ● 31 soft balls stuffed and stitched ● Made 12 “I Spy” quilt kits and assembled 3 tops ● Cut batting and sewed backings for 26 quilts now ready to be machine quilted ● 6 other quilt tops sewn together My sincere thanks for all who came to help and those who continually support our service efforts. Sarah Yorgason

Service Bee

"Many Hands"

This group is a support for the guild's mission statement of providing service. The name evokes the true adage "Many hands make light work."

Sarah Yorgason will be heading this group. Meeting dates will vary from month to month, while the location and activity varies as well. You might be cutting fabric scraps or donations or putting together charity quilt kits. So look at the activities each month to find the ones that fit your schedule and preferred activity.

Oct 9  Mon / 10:30 am -2:30 pm

Dave's Bernina

2017 N 550 W, Provo

Sewing flannel receiving blankets for Little Lambs Foster. (bring sewing machine)

Oct 18  Wed / 8:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Orem Senior Friendship Center

Kiwanis Room

93 N 400 E, Orem

Sewing twin sized quilt tops.

Bring sewing machine.

(No regular meeting as Quilt Fest is this month, but the dates are different, so you can do both!)

Nov 3  Fri / 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Sarah Yorgason's home

249 E 3140 N, Provo

[Sarah Yorgason: 435-315-7632]

Making quilt kits from flannel squares.

Quilt of Valor National Block Drive

Do you want to help Quilts of Valor, but don’t have time to do a whole quilt? They are doing a national block drive. Blocks should be red white and blue and made from this pattern.

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Special Dollivery

This organization restores American Girl Dolls, creates outfits for them and then give them to children in need to support their imagination and dreams. You can assist by making a doll quilt to go with the doll. (Size should be about 18" x 24")

Stitching Hearts Worldwide

Kristi Wright from Stitching Hearts Worldwide presented a program about her organization which provides service opportunities by making handmade essential items for people in need.

Some of the items made are quilts, woven mats from plastic grocery bags for homeless or refugee camps, receiving blankets, lovey squares for victims of abuse or those with sensory issues, and more. They have gifted items locally here in Utah, as well as around the world.

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            Cell Phone Etiquette

Please turn your cell phones off or put on vibrate during our guild meetings. If it must be on and it could bother others, use the “silent” mode and move away to talk. 


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