Saturday, November 17, 2007

Quilt Guild Day and a Presentation

Quilt Guild Day is better than Christmas, and this meeting we made it even better with an extra Holiday Gift Exchange, and a fantastic Pot Luck! Attendance was excellent -- about 55?, we had 4 visitors, and several of them joined the Guild. As you may remember, I live waaaaay out in the Nebraska Panhandle. While this meeting is in our town, most members drive a good long way to attend meetings. A round trip of 120 miles is not unusual. I was also honored to be asked to make a presentation of "String Quilts and their Units". Returning home, my head is spinning, my mouth is going non-stop to poor DH, and my brains are trying to decide on which of 20 new projects I should zero in on. Who needs drugs? - I am on a HIGH! Just can't sew now, so I'm blogging!!!

This is a flannel board on an easel I used to help show some individual units made for creating string quilts. Many gals want to use their strings, but the overall idea of "using strings" was too-open ended for those who need a little more guidance or clarification.

(Incidentally, flannel boards do NOT hold quilt blocks that still have paper foundation on them.)

Below, is the beginning of organizing my presentation in the right order, planning so I wouldn't trip over the stage and break a leg. Keeping things in the right order going TO the car with DH helping, unloading a lot of things out of the car, carrying up the steps, bringing food, the easel, flannelboard, purse, notebooks, Show and Tell, camera, etc, is as difficult as making a quilt!


Look at all those dear listening ladies - today was a GOOD day. The flannel board was an excellent teaching tool. I only did a presentation/short trunk show, and not a class. I think having the units clearly visible, in several possible steps, was a GOOD idea. Then I followed up the units with quilts that used those units. Sometimes it's hard to decipher the blocks in an entire quilt, so that's why showed step-by-step units. It went well, but the best part were the positive comments afterwards. I LOVE this Quilt Guild!



Below, another of the same, but what I'm noticing how clever that'ordinary' little quilt looks from far away. (Thank you Jody, for taking the photos!)

13 comments:

Darlene said...

Wishing I was nearby so I could have listened to your lecture. I'm so intrigued with your string quilts that I can imagine how interesting your lecture must have been.

Su Bee said...

Me too - wish I had been there. Your guild looks and sounds like the kind we all want!

julieQ said...

HOw neat and fun is that!! Congratulations on being selected to present. Beautiful work!!

julieQ

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

It sounds like your presentation was well received Elaine - I'm not at all surprised. How nice to be asked.

Tanya said...

Wish I could have attended your String Quilt presentation. Can you believe, I have yet to make a string quilt! I'm sure you'll catch me soon though! (I am saving up strings.)

joyce said...

I'm sure the guild ladies had as much fun as you did. They look rapt! Wish I could have been there.

paula, the quilter said...

55 is a good number. We have over 200 in ours. I'm probably close enuff that I could get there is about 4 or 5 hours. Depends on the weather. *grin*

Berglind said...

Quilt Guild participation is always soooo inspirational, congratulations on being asked to make the presintation!
Berglind

Marcie said...

So glad your presentation went well! The pictures look great, and with all your enthusiasm I bet they will all be making strings in no time.

meggie said...

I think we all would have liked to be there to see you!
Looks & sounds like a lovely guild.

Rose Marie said...

Since I first saw this string block, I am loving it lots and want to make something too!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

You are very clever...you really extend the life of the 'string" and you motivate me to go and create each and every time I visit.
Your presentation looks very well organized, and great to have quilts that include each type of block.
Your recent strings look great as well, I loved the quilting close up, Tracey

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

You put ALOT of thought and effort into your presentation - anyone who was lucky enough to be there is sure to be looking at their scrap bins differently!!! I wish I could have been there - it sounded great, but you did a great job sharing on the internet too! Thanks!

Cheers!

Evelyn