I’m leading off this post about my visit to the Pass Patchers Quilt Guild, with a look at the friendly faces and bright smiles of the talented quilters who were at the workshop today. I arrived early, but Pam, the Workshop coordinator had beat me there, bringing in irons, cords, lunch, treats, fruit trays, vegetable trays and drinks to keep us supplied while we worked. But first, let me back up to yesterday morning:
Because their regular place in Beaumont was under some renovation, we met in the neighboring town of Yucaipa, but really it was almost to Calimesa, out in the foothills. After setting up, the stage looked like the photo above.
I turned the camera outward to show the room where all the Guild Chairmen had set up tables for Workshops, Grab-n-Go, Charity, Membership, among other things. This is a busy guild, drawing members from the San Gorgonio Pass area, about ninety miles east of Los Angeles. I was honored to come and speak with them on Wednesday morning.
I usually bring some stitching when I go to my own Guild meetings, so I was happy to see that Harriet brought her knitting–a woman after my own heart.
One interesting feature of the meetings is the Historian, who looks up details from history. This month was Mr. Lincoln and his wife, and the quilts and blocks inspired by this couple. The Historian, Vivian, even made up a block called Lincoln’s Hat, shown here in red, cream and navy on top of the quilt.
I took one of the Guild members home after the meeting, and near her house was this colorful fence. I don’t know how she felt about it, but it was fun seeing these cool colors — a reminder to look for quilt inspiration wherever you are.
The next morning (Thursday) was the Merrion Square Workshop. Susan cut out 96 different doors and 96 different houses, and we had a great conversation about recognizing about when fabrics have a conversation with each other, or when it’s time to let them clash a bit, to bring up a strong contrast.
Amyre took the pattern and designed her own version, just begining (above). I’m impressed how she is making the Merrion Square pattern her own.
We laid out houses and doors and centers whenever a quilter would get to this stage (this is Sandie’s, but there were others).
I thought this was clever how Lynette tacked up her first sample on the padded chair across from her, like a mini-design wall. She also took the pattern and made some changes; it’s fun when a design can inspire others to create.
I made the all workshop members promise to send me photos of their finished quilts; I look forward to seeing them come together. It was a great day and great fun to spend time with these women of Pass Patchers Guild. Thank you for inviting me!