The past Tuesday, DH and I had the pleasure of driving down to Georgia for a speaking engagement for the Misty Mountain Quilter’s Guild in Blairsville. We left fairly early, amazingly missing most of rush hour traffic. As the drive went through the western mountains of NC and through the Nantahala Forest, we enjoyed the many colors of spring along the way.
All along the road, the dogwoods were blooming in white or pink. They were frothy confections of blooms against the greens of new leafing trees.
The northern Georgia mountains were farther along in leafing out as this is a warmer area than our part of the world. Coming into Blairsville, we were early enough to look around a bit and have some lunch.
The town square has a historic courthouse built in 1899 in the center with a bell tower, surrounded by small shops and places to eat. It is home to the Union County Historical Society, and is on the National Register of historic places.
We stopped for a sandwich, then went on to the meeting at a local church. All around the parking lot were beds of irises in full bloom.
We set up the trunk show at the front of the room. My fabulous husband worked hard to carry things from the car, set up tables, hand out the program materials, and run door prizes out to the winners. DH is a keeper.
This time I brought 16 quilts to show as part of the program to help illustrate the points in the talk.
The room was quite large, and there were more than 80 people there. I know because I ran out of handouts! This warm and welcoming group of quilters made me feel right at home, chatting with me before the program and after.
The president, Tim, was one of the volunteers to hold up quilts for me. This one is Sakura Tsuki from the Japanese Inspired February event last year. Thank you, Tim!! DH was happy to see a couple of guys in this group.
More helpers volunteered to hold up quilts as we talked about threads and battings. Forgive the dumb expression on my face in these shots, I was busy talking and forgot to give DH a nice photo op. This is Chocolate Covered Cherries, pattern available on My Patterns page.
I go through ideas for custom quilting, and design choices, too, again using my own designs and quilts to illustrate the points. This is Scrap Dance Tango, also available on My Patterns page. Forgive the bit of blurriness, it is hard to get a clear shot of a constantly moving target, LOL!, but DH did try.
Coming back home in the late afternoon, the sunlight lit up the trees with vibrant green.
Thank you to everyone that came up after the program to get a batting sample, ask questions, and to tell me that they enjoyed the program. I really appreciated that!! It was a wonderful day for me, and I loved meeting everyone. I even got a chance to meet a couple of people that have read my blog for years, what fun! Two generous members gave me quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project as well, but didn’t put their names on the donations. Thank you ladies!
My next speaking event will be on June 10th at the Piecemakers Quilt Guild in Sevier County, Tennessee. If your guild is within a day’s drive of Western NC, I love to meet new quilters and present my program. Details are on my Speaker page. Just send me an email and we can chat!
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