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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Were in the World Was I?

NOTE: This post is photo heavy!
Can you guess where I was?

Enjoying the lush beaches, in the warm sun...

This help you figure it out?
This is the Great Salt Lake. We took a little side trip before heading home from the "Garden of Quilts" in Lehi Utah. 

My good friend Carol Swift from "Just Let Me Quilt" turned me onto this show 3 years ago now, and it's my favorite show to go see. It's a non-juried outdoor show set up in the beautiful 50 acre "Ashton Gardens" at Thanksgiving Point. There is no better place for quilters of all levels to shine and share their works. Unfortunately Carol couldn't make it this year and oh, did I miss her. Next year Carol, next year!

Here is just a sampling of the hundreds of quilt on display.

This one in particular, absolutely blew me away!

The details were just incredible

and yes there was an actual phone and pair of scissor in the back pocket!
I was so enchanted with everything about it that I failed to get a photo of the information on who created it.  If by chance anyone knows who it is, please share it with me. 

Check out this quilting on one of the quilts. It was on a minky backing.
Be still my heart!

The gardens are amazing.

We were quite captivated by these strange looking plants. My friend had an app on her phone and was able to take a scan it and find out it was a balloon plant. Who knew! 

This trip is usually a 3 day trip for me, since I watch my grandies. One day driving there, the show and one day driving back. But this year I had a whole week off, so my friend and I made it a quilt retreat week as well. We loaded up the car with our machines and supplies and headed out. You would have thought we were moving we had so much packed! LOL!!

The hotel room was a perfect place to quilt. I didn't have to get out of bed all day. 
Coffee and my machine was at my fingertips!
But we did get out and do some serious quilt shop hopping while we were there.

Let me just say, not all quilt shops are created equal. This was the outdoor patio and gardens at the "Quilters Lodge" in Draper, UT. If you think this is fabulous, you should see the inside of the shop!
Be still my heart and yes, my credit card was on fire here.

It was a great week for sure, but being able to see these inspirational gals and hear them speak again, was icing on the cake.

Karen Ashton, on the right and Jenny Doan, Misty and Natalie from Missouri Star were the real hits of the week. What fun and inspiring ladies they all are.

If you have never heard of Karen Ashton, her husband was the co-founder of Word Perfect and sold it in 1994 for almost a billion dollars. He bought farm land and gifted it to his wife, who chose to build a community garden and a farm experience. A place that every one could come and enjoy.
Now that's some community garden Karen and us quilters love it!

One final note...This one got the "Halloween" in me going!
Yes, I am on the waiting list for the pattern that is supposed to be released this week.
Ohhh, I can hardly wait.

 til next time...

 Keep on Stitchin'

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  1. There just might have been a little tear in my eye as scanned through the photos. I really missed being there to hang out with you and see all the quilts. Next year for sure! That last quilt is on my list, too, but I haven't preordered the pattern yet. I guess I better go do that now. Thanks for sharing all this beauty!

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for posting.

  3. I loved seeing the pictures of the beautiful quilts and gorgeous gardens. It sounds like a fun week.

  4. So many gorgeous quilts. I especially love Welcome to Garden of Quilts. That really looks like it was a fun event.

  5. Joan, the quilt is called "The Year of the Masks", it is 86 x 86.6", made by Rhonda Montgomery (Utah), quilted by Charlene Nelson. You can check it out here too: https://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com/2022/11/masquerade.html Thanks for the quilts show photos too, Joan. I still want to go to that show as it looks amazing! Maybe next year?

  6. What fun! I love seeing this quilt show...and can imagine the fun you had sewing together. I never knew anything about Karen Ashton, but was Wordperfect user (and loved it) a long time ago. Thanks for sharing that tidbit!


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