Last month was a bit of a whirlwind, with a long drive up to Delaware in the midst of Autumn Jubilee to visit the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild. I got to meet in person my wonderful two moderators of our Friends of From My Carolina Home Facebook group. Normally, I do not go this far for guild speaking events, but the stars aligned on this one. First, because it was Pat and Mary’s home guild, I really wanted to do it. My Sweet Babboo wanted to go to Washington DC and spend some time at the museums and monuments, so it became a matter of just adding that side trip to our vacation plans. I set up the stage using member provided quilts from years past so I wouldn’t need to bring quite so much myself. There was a fabulous variety of table runners up to large quilts all using my patterns from my Scrap Dance series or Autumn Jubilee from years past. I brought my To The Nines quilt for the podium, and scrappy bags to illustrate points from my program along with a few table runners.
Thank you to Pat Semeraro on the left, and Mary Deeter on the right for your wonderful warm welcome, a fabulous dinner with your husbands, and a great class the next day!
It is a good thing that they had a wireless microphone for my lapel as I have a hard time staying behind a podium, LOL!! I have to tell you that after almost 2 years of not doing live speaker events, it was wonderful to be in front of a live audience. When I do these on Zoom, everyone is muted, so I don’t know if they are laughing at my jokes or nodding in agreement. That synergy of speaker and audience is a dynamic and living thing, and I really enjoy it.
The next morning, I taught a class for my To The Nines pattern. I challenged the group to finish their nine block table toppers by the end of October and send me a photo. Scott was the first to complete his and send his photo. His colors are wonderful, vibrant and bright.
Mary did hers in cool blues and purples.
Pam and Carol collaborated on this topper.
Linda did hers in a holiday theme.
Kathleen decided to do hers in the original pattern colorway and design, with all scraps in the larger nine patches. This uses up a lot more scraps and less background fabrics. Her patriotic theme could be used as a Quilt of Valor, which was the original idea of To The Nines.
My To The Nines pattern is available for purchase in my Etsy store, along with my Scrap Dance series. You can see it looks fabulous in every colorway you can imagine. The pattern contains charts for several sizes, and shows the chain version and the scrappy nine-patch alternate block version.
This week I am speaking at the Landrum Quilt Guild, and teaching my pin weaving class. I am so excited! It is just so great to be back to having those quilty interactions.
Are you attending more in-person events now?