A Quilt Trunk Show by Penny Stephenson

I first met Penny Stephenson about 30 years ago when I signed up for my first quilt classes at a shop in Orem called Fantastic Fabrics.  Adam was a baby and I wanted to start sewing again.  I loved sewing when I was in high school and made many of my school clothes and prom dresses.

In 1991 I joined the Utah Valley Quilt Guild, with lots of other women who loved learning to quilt.  In 1998 I was the President of the Guild.

For the last 20 years or so, I’ve been in a weekly quilt group with Penny and others.  We’ve shared our love for quilting and we’ve cheered each other on.  We’ve exchanged fabrics and worked on many of the same quilts.

Today another group of quilting friends invited Penny to show some of her quilts.  Penny invited me to join them and it was like a walk down memory lane.  Nine of the quilts Penny showed today are quilts I’ve also made, and there are several more we both made that she didn’t bring with her.

We had a delightful afternoon enjoying this visual feast.

Here are the quilts Penny shared with us.

After Penny finished, the ladies shared what they’ve been working on.  Here is Julia Smoot’s masterpiece, completely done by hand:

Here’s Melory’s:

Sharlene and Peggy have both made this beautiful album quilt:

Peggy’s wool sampler and a basket quilt top:

Sharlene’s wool sampler:

Diane made this for a grandchild:

We finished the afternoon with Penny demonstrating how she does hand quilting.

I love my quilt friends and I love seeing their incredible masterpieces.  I don’t know why fabrics, chopped and sewn together again move me like they do, but I’m glad for the happy feelings I have when I’m in a room full of quilts and quilting friends.

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3 Responses to A Quilt Trunk Show by Penny Stephenson

  1. Karin Crawford says:

    Great photos, beautiful quilts. Thank you for lunch today! I would love the casserole recipe!
    Karin C.

  2. Jeanette West (Micah’s mom) says:

    Hey! That’s my cousin Melory! What a funny, small world this is. How long have you two known each other?

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