Thursday, June 20, 2013

Look what Barbara did!

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of reconnecting with a friend from Williamsburg, Virginia.  Barbara and I became friends there because we were both quilters and also both attended the historic Bruton Parish Church.  It turned out that we had both lived in the Bay Area of California for many years, knew some of the same people, but had never met here.  Barbara and her husband return to the Bay Area occasionally and I was happy to enjoy their company over a great lunch at Tacolicious in San Francisco. 

During this visit Barbara showed me her fabulous tile quilt.   She had our book, Tile Quilt Revival, and used several of the patterns that are included to make this quilt as a gift for a friend.  Great job, Barbara!  You make me proud.  I hope your friend loves it. (Apologies for the poor picture quality.)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pine Tree Quilt Guild

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful, historic Sierra Foothill town of Grass Valley.  I gave a lecture and taught a workshop on tile quilts for the Pine Tree Quilt Guild which is aptly named as the area is abundant with pine trees.

I learned that Lynda, the program chair has just won Best of Show at this year's California State Fair!  Congratulations, Lynda!  Besides a cash prize, she is awarded a California Bear as pictured on the state flag -- not a real bear but a small statue of sorts.  I didn't get to see the bear or the quilt so I can't show pictures but I do plan to get to the State Fair next month to check it out.

There were some lovely blocks made in the workshop, and as usual, a nice variety. The participants really enjoyed the class and really appreciated that it was a design class and not just an applique class.  Here are a few photos starting with Lynda's, who designed two blocks while in class, one of each of the patterns I offer. 

And here are the rest of the fine work from this guild.  One person left early and I'm sorry that I missed getting a photo of her block.You can see on several of the blocks that the maker has started the applique process of turning under the seam allowance to reveal the "grout".