About the Show

Small Town Quilt Show — in a Big Town Way, is sponsored by High Valley Arts Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to encouraging Excellence in the Arts, including visual and performing arts.  HVAF brings together a network of talent, art enthusiasts and art advocates including individuals, businesses and community organizations to further the enjoyment of the arts.

Small Town Quilt Show will take place June 26-28, 2014 at Zermatt Resort, Midway, Utah.  This three-day event is for quilters, sewers and lovers of the art of fabric at all levels and interests.

Small Town Quilt Show Features:

    • Nationally Recognized Teachers
    • Hands-on Workshops
    • Vendor Mall
    • Trunk Shows and Lectures
    • Raffle Prize Drawings
    • Opening Gala
    • Open Sew

Who’s Making This Happen?

Sue Waldrip

SueSue Waldrip is the founder and chair of the High Valley Arts Foundation which presents musicals and heritage events in Midway, Utah.  She is a University of Utah music graduate with post-graduate classes in musical composition and drama.  She has written three full-length stage musicals and a Christmas oratorio “He is Born”.  She is founder and director of the High Valley Singers, a 16-voice chorale.  She and her husband Stuart have 6 children and 14, soon-to-be 15 grandchildren.

She loves the arts in all their dimensions.  Although she would rather die than sew anything at all, she loves quilts — the colors, the designs, the intricacy. and the creativity.  She is delighted to help Michelle, Natalia, and Kathleen bring this wonderful heritage art form to Midway.  This quilt show is a realization of a long-time dream she has had — that Midway is the perfect place for lovers of quilting and fabrics to enjoy this heritage art form amidst Midway’s natural splendor.

Michelle Hanks


Michelle worked in the consumer product industry with Quaker Oats company for 8 years managing millions of dollars of advertising and promotional dollars.  It was there she gained experience with budgets and how to manage expenditures.  She also worked with First Security Bank and helped with the reorganization of the bank which saved the bank millions of dollars.  She has been with High Valley Arts for a year where her knowledge of budgeting and contracts has helped the Foundation with wise use of its funds.

She is seamstress and wonderful cook, among other talents.  In January she will participate in the Disney World Dopey Race where she will run a 5 K on Thursday, a 10 K on Friday, a half marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday.  She and her husband Nate are the parents of 7 children.  By February, 2014, they will have 4 grandchildren.  She is excited to bring a heritage art form – “Small Town Quilt Show”  – to Midway.

Natalia Bonner

natalia bonnerNatalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine. She felt good about it, but decided that if she really wanted
to take her quilting to the next level, she needed to invest in a longarm machine. In 2007, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she got the crazy idea to quit her job as a dental assistant and become a
longarm quilter. Without really knowing what a longarm machine was, she spent a day at a longarm dealer’s shop and walked out after purchasing a Gammill machine. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being
creative has grown each day since.

Whether it’s working on an intense show quilt or a simple baby quilt, Natalia has become a real quilting addict. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as “Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations” with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, “Modern Quilts” From the Blogging Universe. Natalia is the author of “Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting”  and co-author of “Modern One-Block Quilts”. 

Kathleen Whiting

kathleen whitingKathleen Jasperson Whiting has been sewing as long as she can remember. Her mother and grandmother always had a quilting project going on, so naturally it became a part of her life. Kathleen is from Boise, Idaho, and has lived the past 35 years in a small town in the Utah mountains where she raised five children and now is grandma to five granddaughters and a grandson.

Sewing, quilting, designing and decorating are her passions.  In 2010 Kathleen was named the first McCalls Quilting Quilt Design Star. She has won numerous awards for her quilts and her designs have been published in American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, Fons & Porter Magazine, Quiltmaker Magazine, & McCalls Quilting Magazine. Kathleen is also the co-author of “Modern-One Block quilts”.