Welcome to the Utah Quilt Guild
From Our President, Krisanne Watkins
For those of you who have wondered just exactly who the current president of the guild is, let me introduce myself briefly.
My maternal grandmother, Marie Andersen Wood, was a quiltmaker. My siblings and I got to spend a week every summer with her and my grandfather, Clark Wood on their small farm in Levan, Utah. My older brother, Brian and I usually went together, and our other siblings at another time.
One of my earliest memories is of sitting at Grandma’s knee and watching her feet fly as she pieced quilts on her Singer Treadle sewing machine. She had been given two different electric machines, but continued to favor the treadle.
Often, she would hold a quilting bee in her home. Friends gathered around the quilt frame resplendent with a gorgeous quilt while tiny stitches were swiftly taken and much gossip voiced. Brian and I learned a lot about life while playing under the quilt frames.
Sometimes Grandma would allow me to play in her scrap bag. If I was very lucky, I would return home with a new outfit or two from the scraps for Barbie. Thus was born my love of fabric and color.
I started piecing my first quilt while in High School. The honest reason why I decided to make quilts was because I had already developed a love for purchasing fabric with no clear idea in mind as far as what to make of it. Thus was my obsession with quilt making began; making quilts out of guilt. One of my sons in later years called UVQG “quilt guilt.” I did not correct him because he was right.
Several years ago, I was approached by a good friend of mine to serve as President of the Utah Quilt Guild. At the time, I was working, as well as taking care of several aging family members. The time did not seem right for me to serve. In late 2012, I opted to take an early retirement, in order to better take care of other obligations in my life. About six months later, things settled down, and I was finally able to concentrate on how I really wanted to spend my time. I concentrated on quilt making, and created more quilts in the next year than I ever had before. One of my goals had always been to “give back” to the Utah Quilt Guild. I accepted the nomination for president of the guild.
For those of you who think the UQG Board is the same old, same old people, this is my first time serving in Guild leadership. As positions on the board have opened, attempts have been made to fill them with others like me, who have not served in positions of leadership before. If you are interested in serving in the future, please let me know.
Quilting and guilds have enriched my life. One of my goals for this year is to attend as many quilt retreats as I am able to attend. I am interested in seeing for myself just how our guilds enrich your lives. This far, I have been to three retreats and have been very impressed by every one of them. We have great guilds and great quilters in Utah.
In 1991, the National Quilting Association opted to start observing National Quilt Day. It is traditionally held on the third Saturday in March. This year, it will be officially celebrated on March 16, 2014.
Numerous Area Reps have been busily putting together celebrations for National Quilt Day. Cindy Hutchinson and I plan to attend as many of these celebrations as we can manage. Please look for these events in your area, and plan to support them by attending and participating.
Also, HMQS is rapidly approaching. If you are able to volunteer to either sit with the opportunity quilt or man our booth, please let Cindy Hutchinson know.
We are fortunate to be part of a guild that “encourages, promotes, and preserves the art of quilt making in Utah.” Hope to see you soon at a guild sponsored event,
Krisanne Watkins, President UQG 2014
Grand Canyons Quilt by Carol Johnson
Sew Many Pieces
September 16-20, 2014