Visiting Guilds

It has been a whirlwind week this week, starting out with presentations to two guilds and a class. On Monday, we drove to Chapel Hill to present my Decisions Decisions program to the Durham Orange Quilt Guild. They are a large guild, with a full house that night, plus a couple of dozen attending on Zoom. This presentation was three years in the making! I was originally contracted in 2019 to do the program in 2020. We all know what happened that year. Then we postponed a year, and that too had to be canceled. Finally, we had a date we could do this year. These ladies were so welcoming and engaged with the program, and it was a pleasure to be in front of a real audience again.

After the meeting, I had a chance to talk to several members who had questions and wanted to see my quilts up close. This is such fun, getting to chat with quilters.

Driving to Wilmington the next day, we met friends at Elijah’s for an early dinner. We planned a 2-hour meal as we haven’t seen them in a long time. We visited this restaurant on our Outer Banks vacation, see my post HERE for photos of the waterfront. I do love oysters, and this time got the Rockefeller Oysters with hollandaise. Yum!

We treated ourselves to dessert, too. My Sweet Babboo and I shared this chocolate cake.

Then, we set up at the venue for Quilters by the Sea in Wilmington. Thank goodness for My Sweet Babboo and his knowledge of technology who saved the day when my slides wouldn’t come up in order!

The meeting began with a presentation of a Quilt of Valor. Kirsta Meadows from Jacksonville, NC came up to present the quilt to Worth Parker, USMC.

Then it was my turn, and I presented Well Loved Quilt Repair.

I don’t have repaired quilts to show, but I brought a trunk show of my designs because we have to see quilts, don’t we? This is my Sakura Tsuki quilt.

The class the next day was booked for my To The Nines pattern, available in my Etsy store.

Bright and early Wednesday, quilters set up their machines and got ready to sew.

We had an enjoyable morning, as they learned some speed piecing techniques, how to make no-waste flying geese, and had fun sewing. They were so nice to bring in lunch for the group and invite me and my husband to stay and eat before we had to start for home.

Several members joined our Facebook group, Friends of From My Carolina Home, and posted pictures of their completed tops. They had such great color combinations! Many were working on these blocks in red, white, and blue for more Quilts of Valor. They did get one top completely assembled, and they have blocks for two more.

So, I am busy today and tomorrow with the quilt show, and I’ll show you some of that soon. What are you working on this week?

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12 thoughts on “Visiting Guilds

  1. Julie

    Oh, I can hear all the machines whirring! My favorite sound. Not going to mention the chocolate cake – drooling too much.

  2. Rheanna

    I’m so happy you are back to doing guild meetings again. It looks like so much fun. I will have to look into the To the Nines pattern as I haven’t don’e that one and it does make a lovely quilt of valor.
    This week I am putting borders on a flannel queen size quilt which will be up for auction. I also got a table runner and baby quilt back from the long armer so putting binding on those 2 projects.

  3. Joan Sheppard

    Share a cake? Nope I need that all to myself! LOL How wonderful to see you back in the swing of things! Always good to learn something new and would have loved seeing your quilts in person!

  4. It’s wonderful that you’re able to visit guilds in person again, and I bet they get a lot out of your presentations and classes. To the Nines looks like it is perfect for a QOV! I’m glad your DH can come along as traveling companion and trouble-shooter, too. Yum on the chocolate cake!

  5. manasotavacation

    I had forgotten how beautiful your Sakura Tsuki quilt was! Thank you for sharing it again. I am sure Wilmington is STILL talking about your presentation and your quilts!!! I, too, love oysters.. It is getting late late for them so I have escargot for summer treats that I’ll dive into soon. Thanks again for the delightful posts and the photos!!

  6. What a fabulous post, Carole. I loved seeing your beautiful quilts — all of them (though VERY partial to the Sakura). And fun to see the Quilt of Valor recipient. I’m sure he was over the moon with this. All that and dinner too. I’m not even fond of chocolate and I’d devour that cake in a heartbeat!

  7. We really enjoyed your presentation at the DOQ meeting Monday night. It was much anticipated and certainly didn’t disappoint! So nice to finally meet you in person and get to see your beautiful quilts up close!

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