Saturday, January 24, 2009

My first quilt guild meeting

I attended my first quilt guild meeting today in Houma, LA - it was so much fun! Mona and Deb, owners of Sew This! in Abita Springs, my Bernina dealer and quilt fabric shop, picked me up on their way through town this morning - we had a fun drive. The Gulf States Quilting Association, http://www.gulfstatesquilting.org/ had one of their general meetings today and I really didn't know what to expect but it was a great learning experience and I was amazed to see well over 100 quilting friends come together. Upon arrival, we signed in then proceeded to receive our first gift which was a new quilt pattern and 10 assorted strips of fabric to get us started thanks to Debbie Frank, quilt designer and owner of The Quilting Niche in Houma - http://www.quiltingniche.com/. I was very surprised to receive such a generous gift upon entering. I then proceeded to the membership desk to sign up and pay my dues for the year and learned about the upcoming March seminar and trade-show in Baton Rouge - i'm looking forward to that weekend but I don't think i'll be able to take any classes there. The oveall meeting was good, a little boring with standard guild business but the guest speaker this afternoon was Linda Griffith http://www.organizedoption.com/ who presented a great program on getting our sewing rooms organized. Linda was informative and I walked away with a few things I might implement in my sewing corner. One other thing I was surprised about was that they had a table full of books, magazines and patterns that was free for the taking -- I walked away with an issue of Fon's & Porter, a book on flying geese patterns, a book of differnt block patterns for each state of the US, an embroidery design book and a great book about oriental cross stitch patterns that I hope will inspire me to create some cross-stitched embroidery designs in the future. Here's a pic of my haul today!

7 comments:

CJ said...

Looks like a nice haul and a fun day! I'll have to go check out Linda's website, thanks for sharing the link.

Dianah said...

Rick!!! Good to see you back. Sounds like you had a great time at the guild meeting. You will learn lots from everyone.

Dy

Kim said...

It's fun to get out for these seminars. Free goodies are always nice. Hope you'll share the sewing space hints that prove to work well.

quilting forum said...

Looks like a nice haul and a fun day!

Vicky said...

I'll try again to leave a comment! Blogger doesn't like me these days!

Your day sounds wonderful! Love the loot!!

MouseChirpy said...

Hi Rick! I really enjoyed reading through your blog and seeing your beautiful work. The Christmas quilt that you and your mom put together left me breathless. It's so stunning that it had me drooling, I swear!
Take care.
Aloha!

Shasta said...

Wow - I would love to go to a group like that! Great information and great quilty stuff for free! I've only been to one meeting, and it was very informative. I was planning on going again the next time and sign up, but I never did get around to it.