Traveling to visit and speak to quilt guilds is so fun! I have a couple of hours to talk to DH while we drive. He is so helpful with set up and handouts, and it is nice to have him with me. Last week, we drove over to Sevierville, Tennessee to give my Decisions Decisions program to the Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Driving in the mountains is a wonderful thing, even if it is on the freeway. You know I cannot stop taking pictures of mountains.
We started out in the morning, just after rush hour so it was clear sailing over the high mountains of northern Haywood county on I-40 on the way to Tennessee. Morning sun and some scattered clouds gave the mountain greenery a beautiful glow.
Crossing over the pass, and down into Tennessee, I loved the pastoral scenes on our route. Clouds were rolling in, and hung low over the mountaintops.
Arriving at the senior center, the wonderful ladies of the guild had invited us to lunch, and insisted we go through the line first to get a lovely chicken salad sandwich with grapes and apples on a croissant, along with chips and a drink. After lunch, I came back to arrange the trunk show.
We set up the room with handouts on the chairs, then invited everyone in. Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and Quilter’s Dream gave me fantastic handouts for the group.
I started in with the lecture portion of the program.
Then moved to the trunk show which pulls all the concepts together. My lovely quilt angel on the left here is fellow blogger Susan, who blogs at Desert Sky Quilting. We have ‘talked’ on each others blogs and on email for some time now. She drove an hour to come to this meeting as a guest so we could finally meet in person.
The young man on the right is quilter Richard Gilbert. We had a nice chat after the program, and I love that the next generation is interested in quilting. We are looking at my Chocolate Cherries quilt. That pattern is available on My Patterns page.
Here I was talking about my Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt, and the quilting design.
This is Scrap Dance Tango, pattern also available on My Patterns page.
This is the Christmas quilt, where I talk about what not to do.
Susan of Desert Sky Quilting, Kathie Weatherford and Louise Kemp were so nice to let me get a picture of them with the Hobbs handout. I know those were really appreciated, thank you Hobbs!!
Traveling home, the clouds were rolling in over the mountains. We knew we would get rain that day and were lucky that it didn’t hit before the drive home.
More mountains, the scale and height is easier to appreciate with the little cars on the road.
Along about here I was noticing that the other side of the freeway didn’t have any cars on it.
A bit later we found out why. A rock slide on I-40 again, completely closed the freeway westbound. The backup went six miles then there was empty freeway to the next exit where state troopers had blocked the road to prevent even more backup. We found out later those poor people were stuck for five hours until one lane was cleared. I was very grateful that it happened while we were already in Tennessee instead of on the way to it.
So we made it back to our part of the woods. It was a long day, but so much fun.
I am willing to come a reasonable driving distance to your guild. I am retired and I don’t want this to turn into a job, so I am only wanting to drive about 3 hours, maybe four with an overnight stay tops. My speaker rate is lower than most, and if you’d like to talk about me coming to your group, please see my Speaker Programs page and the comments on it. The program Decisions Decisions has been well received everywhere I have done it.
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