Don't you just love belonging to quilt guilds? I belong to two of them and tonight went to Lakeshore Quilters in Shoreview. Closer to my house so easy to get there. They meet at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Victoria just north of 694. They meet the fourth Tuesday at 7pm.
So I scooted in with Kathryn ... both of us a couple minutes late. Turns out she lives just a few exits past mine so was probably hot on my tail on the interstate. They had a quick game ... match up the quilt blocks with the name ... before we could pull our pencils out the next table had them matched! But that was ok because there were prizes for everyone ... and we matched ours perfectly.
Over at a different table, Nancy was showing her blocks that she made during Pat Sloan's online retreat this weekend. The theme was all about orange ... that seems to be a popular one lately! Nancy's blocks looked great!
This guild is pretty busy. They have a web site for members to keep up with the group ... sew ins ... retreats ... fabulous show and tell. Man, they've got talent!
Pam Hanson from Emmaline Design was the speaker. She had some great patterns! I loved the one she made with little tiny pinwheels in the center ... maybe 2" blocks? Sew cool. Check out her machine quilting on her blog. Really beautiful.
Oh ... but the best part ... as a fund raiser, members bring in quilting things they want to pass on to someone else. They line them all up on a table and you can take a chance for fifty cents each. I saw two things that I wanted ... these two books. I used to have a copy of The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt but when my car was broken into a few years back, that's one of the things they grabbed. It was an original version and had belonged to my mom ... I had it tucked into a tote bag with my sketch books. I've been looking for a copy ever since with no luck ... until tonight. I was the winner!! I feel like I have an old friend back now and am anxious to crack the book open and enjoy it all over again.