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My Visit to Spring Valley Quilt Guild

On Wednesday, I presented a trunk show at the Spring Valley Quilt Guild in Pendleton, Indiana. Everyone was so nice, and there were many friendly faces in the audience. I want to especially thank Linda and her crew for the warm reception!

The quilters in this guild are super talented, based on the quilt I saw hanging in the library where they meet. It really tells a story! Look at the sheer variety of blocks that represent Indiana in some way, and the original way they blended the blocks with photos of the surrounding area. Lovely!

My husband Scott and my daughter Katerina came too. Scott has an artist’s eye and Katerina is a quilter so they have always provided me with much needed support (along with photo taking and quilt holding when needed <grin>).

The trunk show included quilts from my book and my new patterns. I also presented quilts I’ve made as an Island Batik Ambassador and many other new quilts. I also talked briefly about my recent trip to Quilt Market. What fun!

I love speaking at guilds because I get to see what other quilters are in to right now. My favorite part of any guild meeting is Show and Tell. Although the one that night was short, it was still fun to see everyone's recent projects.

Thank you Spring Valley Quilt Guild for inviting me to come visit. It was wonderful!

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Thanks Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis South!

It may seem from my recent infrequent blog post that I’ve been away, but I’ve just been busy designing new patterns. Lots of things to show you, but for now I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis South.

I belong to QGI (the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis), and even served as its President a few years ago. Our guild is large, with around 400 members. We have three meetings every month: two during the day (one on the Northside and one on the Southside) plus an evening meeting. I recently got the privilege of presenting my trunk show at our Southside meeting, known affectionately as QGI South.

Strawberry Preserves

Strawberry Preserves

It was so wonderful to present the quilts from my book plus my new patterns to all my friends! To say I got a warm reception would be an understatement. A special thank you to Terri and Margie for all their help, and to Elizabeth for taking photos.

Snake Eyes

I love showing my quilt patterns in alternate colorways because I think that helps a quilter to imagine my pattern in their favorite colors instead of mine. Isn’t it amazing how different each quilt looks in these photos?

Stargazer

Goodnight Moon, Goodnight Stars

Mirage

At the meeting I shared some of my more recent patterns as well, such as Brickyard…

Brickyard

and Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones Alternate

The meeting concluded with my favorite part: Show and Tell!

Thank you, QGIS, for inviting me to come visit. I had an awesome time!

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Thanks Mudsock Quilters Guild!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been away, but I’ve been busy too! Lots of things to show you, but for now I want to tell you about my recent visit to the Mudsock Quilters Guild.

I presented a trunk show of my quilts and the guild members couldn’t have been more wonderful. Mudsock Quilters Guild meets nearby, so I saw a lot of familiar faces. I brought a smiling face with me as well—my daughter Katerina—who’ll be returning to college way too soon for me.

Some of the quilts I showed are patterns included in my book, while others are patterns I've recently added to my shop. Still others are quilts I'd hope to create patterns for soon. Do you get that I like to create quilt patterns? <grin>

I love visiting different guilds because I get so inspired! I’ve been feeling a bit “tapped out” lately so this visit couldn’t have come at a better time. Here are just a few of the quilts I saw during Show and Tell—one of my favorite part of any guild meeting.

I love seeing kids at a guild meeting! Even if they don’t seem interested, they are learning to love color and design and to appreciate what we all do. I used to bring my daughter to meetings even when she was too young to join our guild, and now she’s a quilter with several completed quilts to her credit.

 

Mudsock is a fairly new guild, and a lot of their members are new quilters. So one of their members is teaching these newbies how to quilt. How cool is that?

Thank you, Mudsock, for inviting me to come visit. I had an awesome time! If you're visiting my blog for the first time, be sure to sign up for my newsletter or follow me through social media. You'll find both of those options in my sidebar. You might find my private Facebook group fun! There we share our latest achievements (and lots of versions of Stepping Stones!)

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Thanks Common Threads Quilt Guild!

It’s Saturday, and where has the time gone? Earlier in the week, I had a giveaway for my upcoming quilt along and boy that was fun! You can check out the winners here and learn more about the quilt along, which starts March 16th, by clicking here.

Since then, I’ve been working on several projects and putting the finishing touches on my Stepping Stones pattern. I’ve been so busy that I forgot to tell you all about my nice visit to the Common Threads Quilt Guild!

I presented a trunk show of my quilts including several new patterns, and the guild members couldn’t have been more gracious. I love visiting different quilt guilds because I make new friends, see new ideas, and walk away refreshed and renewed for my love of quilting. My favorite part of any quilt meeting is Show and Tell, and at Common Threads they showed some very lovely quilts. Next time I’ll have to remember bring my zoom lens and to focus more quickly. Show and tell goes fast and I’m usually admiring the quilts when I should be taking pictures <grin>!

For their block of the month, members are invited to sew up the block in red, blue, and white. The blocks are then made into Quilts of Valor quilts. Isn’t that a lovely idea? And look how many members joined in! I love how charitable and giving quilters are with their time and talent.

Thank you, Common Threads, for inviting me to come visit. I had a wonderful time. Special shout out to Martha Higdon who met me at the door and got me all set up and comfy. Thanks Martha—you’re awesome!

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