Modern Quilts at HMQS 2014

This weekend I got a chance to attend the Home Machine Quilting Show in Sandy, Utah (near SLC). I attended this particular show for the first time last year and was excited to return again this year. Although I didn’t take any classes, and there was a little too much “bling” for my tastes, they had a very well-represented modern category.

hmqs logoIn fact, this was probably the best selection of modern quilts I’ve seen in the last few shows I’ve attended. I think more and more people are starting to “get” modern quilting, which I, for one, am thrilled about! I present these beauties now for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

modern_1st_maryModern Dots with a Passion, 1st Place Modern by Mary Buckeyene, Las Vegas, NV

Mary is a member of our local traditional guild. I was thrilled to see a ribbon hanging on her fabulous quilt, and pleased to see she’s made the modern switch!

modern_2nd_lindaModern Mojo 2nd Place Modern by Linda Thielfolt, Troy, MI

If I remember correctly, this quilt also got a ribbon at MQX in 2013. Nicely done, Linda! 🙂

modern_3rd_candaceFloating on a Lazy River, 3rd Place Modern by Candace West, Floral City, FL

It was fun to see a ribbon on this quilt. I remember seeing it hanging at Road to Ca earlier this year (ribbonless). It just goes to show that different judges have different tastes, so if you enter your quilts into a variety of shows, who knows – you just may hit the jackpot!

dandelion_clockDandelion Clock by Linda Hungerford, Honorable Mention, Conventional Machine

I just love this cheery quilt! It was made by my friend Linda and it just goes to show that turnabout is fair play. Linda photographed my quilt at Paducah for me a few weeks ago, and I was happy to return the favor at this show where she was unable to attend!

string_of_pearlsMy String of Pearls quilt at HMQS. I love entering my quilts in shows because the most fun part of finishing a quilt, is the sharing that comes after!

The rest of the quilts below earn my seal of approval for “awesomeness in modern quilting.” Most of the modern quilts at HMQS were pieced and quilted by the same person which thrills me to no end! Yes, you really can make show quality quilts on your own. 🙂

threes_a_charmThree’s a Charm by Sue Mariotti, Seattle, WA

zephyrVarigated by Paige Alexander, Easley, SC (pattern design by Debbie Grifka)

love_prayLove, Pray, Hope, Give by Kristin Barrus, Lehi, UT

greenTiki by Mary Eldredge, Murray, UT

gray_starsGray Stars by Corinna Weir, Salt Lake City, UT

alphabetModern Alphabet by Gerrie Thompson, Happy Valley, OR

green_trianglesSpring Frenzy by DeAnn Oliekan, Kaysville, UT

I hope you enjoyed the virtual show!

HMQS 2013 Part 3 – More Amazing Quilts

I still can’t get over how wonderful and beautiful the quilts from the Home Machine Quilting Show (HMQS) were. You can see pictures from Part 1 and Part 2, and today will be my final round of pictures. Enjoy the show!

Dancing Stars

Dancing Stars by Kimberly Loar
Judges Choice, Quilting Treasures Challenge

Rain Dance

Rain Dance by Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, California
Honorable Mention, Embroidery

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #15
by The Midnight Quilters, Heber, Utah, 2nd Place

Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust by Judy Woodworth
Gering, NE, Mixed Technique

Fire in the Sky

Fire in the Sky by Alice Kay Arnett and Sherry Reynolds, Laramie WY
2nd Place, Novelty Custom

Fettuccini Sunrise

Fettucci Sunrise by Corinna J. Weir
Salt Lake City, Utah, Theme Category

Elsa's Knot

Elsa’s Knot by Ann Helbling and Clem Buzick, North Dakota
2nd Place, Traditional Custom

Mermaid Dreams

Mermaid Dreams by Shelli Ricci, Dee Levgold, Mary Reinhardt, and Page Johnson, TN
3rd Place, Art Innovative

Bell Star

Bell Star by Jo Ann Blade and Kim Diamond, Sedro Woolley, WA
Teacher’s Choice, Computerized Quilting

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow by Gail Stepanek and Ronda K. Beyer
3rd Place, Traditional Custom

Shimmering Symphony

Shimmering Symphony by Karlee Porter, Clearfield, Utah
3rd Place, Utah’s Own

Young Women's Values

Young Women’s Values by Ann Seely, Taylorsville, Utah
1st Place, Utah’s Own

These are simply breathtaking and are only a fraction of the hundreds of beautiful quilts on display. My daughter’s favorites were the mermaid and the seahorse so I included those especially for her. 🙂

HMQS 2013 Part 2 – Modern Quilts

I was very pleased to see a nice showing of modern quilts at HMQS so I decided to share with you a few of my personal favorites. Most were either part of the QuiltCon exhibit, the Salt Lake City modern quilt guild, or part of the HMQS modern category. A few were entered into some of the other categories, but I still think they had a modern flair.

Click here for part 1 of my HMQS wrap up. I’ll post more amazing quilts tomorrow.

Coloring Outside the LInes

Coloring Outside the Lines by Mary K. Price
Oswego, Oregon, Embroidery

Fractured Pi

Fractured Pi by Lisa Chin
Salt Lake City Utah, Art Innovative


Trigonometry in Bloom by Ellen Stallard
Watertown, TN, Mixed Technique

Log Pyramids

Log Pyramids by Liz Havartine

Jumbo Star

Jumbo Star by Kati Spencer
Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild


Untitled by Kayli Taylor and Sarah Oviatt
Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild

5 HTP Squared

5 HTP Squared by Jen Carlton Bailly
Portland Oregon, Modern Category

Modern Coins

Modern Coins by Dawna Sanders
Thornton, Colorado, Modern Category

Green 2.103

Green 2.103 by Stephanie Zacharer Ruyle
Denver, Colorado, Modern Category

Fire and Water Under the Bridge

Fire and Water Under the Bridge by Debbie Neilsen
Mapleton, Utah, 2nd Place Modern


Simple by Ellen Stallard
Watertown, TN 1st Place Modern

Roller Coaster Fun

Roller Coaster Fun by Jana O’Brien
Fort Collins, Colorado, Modern Category

Aren’t these such beautiful quilts? They have inspired me to go modern!

HMQS 2013 Part 1 – Overview

This weekend Jason and I are in Utah, checking out HMQS – the Home Machine Quilting Show, and it is simply amazing! I took the plunge and entered my Busy Hands quilt into the show. After much trial and error, I was able to get most of the bleeding out, and I enjoyed seeing it hang in the show.

Busy Hands Quilt

Christa at HMQS

I eagerly await the judges critiques! (I’ve definitely decided I like entering my quilts into shows – it’s the best way for me to learn what quiltmaking skills need improvement.)

I also happened to catch a glimpse of my friend Melissa Corry‘s adorable Read With Me Quilt. Isn’t it the cutest?? In fact, there’s even a Moda Bakeshop tutorial for it!

Read With Me Quilt

Read With Me by Melissa Corry

While browsing around, I bumped into the fabulous Lisa Sipes giving demos at the Gammill booth. Her quilting helped win both the best of show quilts and viewer’s choice at Quiltcon.

Christa QuiltingLisa Sipes Quilting

She showed her stuff on the long-arm and I tried out the sit-down version. Almost it persuadeth me to become a long-armer, LOL!! You can read more indepth about Lisa and her amazing quilting in my previous post here.

Near the end of the day, I ran into Vicki Anderson, CEO & publisher of Modern Quilts Unlimited. She was nice enough to pose for a photo with me, next to this gorgeous quilt.

Christa and VIcki at HMQS

Christa and Vicki at HMQS, in front of “Andrew”, pieced and quilted by Kathi Carter of Vineyard, Utah.
Teacher’s Choice Award

It was fun seeing her again after meeting her for the first time at QuiltCon.

I shot so many pictures it will take me all weekend to sort them out. I’ll share more on Monday, including some beautiful award winners and a few fabulous modern quilts.  For now, I will end with the amazing Best of Show quilt by Marilyn Badger, called Super Star.

Best of Show

Super Star by Marilyn Badger of St. George, Utah
HMQS Best of Show Winner

What a wonderful day!

You can read my followup posts: HMQS Part 2 and HMQS Part 3.