Speaking to quilt groups is one of the most fun things to do. I get to meet new quilters, talk with other longarm owners, and have a great time. Last week I presented my program, Decisions Decisions, to the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and I have to say that I was treated like royalty from the moment we arrived. The Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild was the first NC guild to take on the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Challenge, and they really came through! During the course of our talks, the contact person Kathy Carpenter, came up with the idea of having me as a guest speaker and picking up their hurricane quilts. What a fabulous idea!
She invited DH and I to lunch before the meeting, and treated us at a local landmark in West Jefferson, NC called the Hotel Tavern. It is in the historic hotel building in the rural downtown area. It was built in order to provide services to the Virginia Creeper train that was in operation beginning in 1915, and running to 1977. It was a wonderful place to have a meal, with the wooden floors, black walnut bar, and cozy atmosphere. The building is the second oldest in West Jefferson, and the walls are decorated with historic black and white photos of the town. With an eye to preservation, the current owners kept much of the original building intact.
We ate and chatted for about an hour with several members of the guild, then did a short walking tour of the local sights. It was so much fun to get to know a few members one on one. This fence hides an unsightly view, and is decorated with historic photos of the town.
The county is known for two things, the Christmas tree farms and the local cheese factory. We definitely need to go back when we can for another visit to see all the art work and frescos, and do the Barn Quilts Trail in the county.
The Ashe County Cheese manufacturing plant was across the street from the retail store, and is the oldest cheese factory in NC. It has been there since 1930.
Yes, we had to get some local cheese to go. Kathy had advised that we bring a cooler, and we did. The retail shop has 20 varieties of original cheese in various types and flavors, homemade butter, fresh made fudge, local wines and honey.
Then, it was on to the quilt guild for their meeting and program. After a short business meeting, members showed the quilts that were made for the hurricane project. More than half of the members left their chairs to hold up group made quilts.
I have to say I was blown away by the number of quilts donated. Plus there are several more in the works that will be taken to a drop point in the next couple of months.
Beautiful aren’t they?
Fourteen quilts were loaded into the car at the end of the day. The challenge was to make five. What a generous and giving group! I’d love to be a member of this fun and friendly guild.
Kathy had members making Jacob’s Ladder blocks, and more quilts will be coming.
My heart swelled with gratitude.
After the show and tell, I spent just over an hour presenting my program, with lots of ideas on your choices after the top is done.
I talk about threads and battings, quilting choices, technical accuracy tips, and several neat tricks I’ve learned over the years, with lots of things to pass around and handle. Quilters are a tactile group!
I also talk about considerations when sending a top to a longarm quilter. The program concepts are applicable to those who quilt their own quilts too.
Part of the program is a trunk show of my quilts, most of my own designs. I use my quilts to illustrate the points in the program. This is Scrap Dance Tango, originally a mystery quilt along on the blog. This year’s quilt along Scrap Dance Minuet is in progress, and you can catch up. Steps post once a month. Scrap Dance patterns are available on my Patterns page, also on Etsy and Bluprint.
After the program, I was thrilled with the number of quilters who came up to say how much they enjoyed the program, and ask more questions. For me, this was very gratifying, and I appreciate their thoughts and comments.
Have you ever visited another quilt guild while traveling?
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