Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Quilt Satisfaction and Patchwork “Perks”

Recently I drove home from the Foothills Piecemakers Quilt Guild (encompasses Taylors, Spartanburg, Landrum and Greenville, SC) with a great deal of contentment. It was the night before their semi-annual quilt show and there I was giving a lecture on creativity. Hopefully, I was the kick off for their show. They had been hanging quilts all day and knew they had two full days ahead of them, but there they were. How great to see familiar faces and renew friendships. Our quilt community spans the years. Many told me of quilts they had finished from my TV shows and books. One member now joins my very private club of people who actually completed The Ultimate Postage Stamp Quilt. That quilt is on the cover of my Bright Ideas book. Check it out on my Quilt Store link on the web site. How wonderful it is to finish! Of course, having a quilt show is a great impetus, also.

“Perks” Webster dictionary claims is to make or become vigorous or lively again. That is how all quilters feel when show and tell happens at guild meetings. It is my favorite time when members take center stage with their handiwork. That night there was an amazing quilt from the Salvation Army, a wedding quilt with some awesome quilting lines and then a snappy Art quilt among the offering.

I feel so fortunate to live in a real “hot bed” of quilt activity. Being in two groupies and a member of three guilds keeps me busy. This time of the year with the yard and garden work calling makes it especially challenging. What’s ahead this spring? Teaching soon at Randy’s Quilt Shop in Greensboro. Then there is the quilt exhibit at the Folk Art Center in Asheville. www.craftguild.org
My pineapple quilt will be featured there. Actually, it is the quilt from New Ideas from Lap Quilting. My sister had done the quilt in that book so I never had my own. Well, it took me several years to complete so I named it “Finally”. It is based on paper piecing, but sewn on the front side and not a reverse situation. I will be teaching that pattern in Houston this fall. www.quilts.com

Next week at our local Arts Council of Henderson County on Main Street we install a “Teapots” exhibit and yes, a small piece of mine was accepted. I call it “Three for Tea” It will hang from April 28th until June 30th along with all of the unique and one of a kind teapots. (828-693-8504)

Certainly do not forget that I conduct a free “Coffee Clatch” every 4th Monday at My Quilt Shoppe. The topics vary, but it is a great sharing time, with instruction on many related quilt topics. Just check their web site for any changes and notification at www.MyQuiltShoppe.com

Time is getting close for the induction of Virginia Avery in July at the Hall of Fame. www.quiltershalloffame.net
I look forward to that drive up through the mountains and into farm country with arrival in Marion, Indiana. Mark your calendars and come join us.

Next blog update after a European trip. You better be sure I will be checking out quilt shops.

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