Monday, March 16, 2009

Surprise! Quilting Content!

I've just returned to a visit with my aunt Carole and uncle Jack who live in Penn Valley, a town in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. I don't get up to see them as often as I'd like as it's a solid 3-hour drive up there, so it was good to have the opportunity to spend a bit of time with them.

The occasion of this visit was my appearance as "guest speaker" for my aunt's "Collectibelles" group. It's a group of senior ladies who get together once a month in their neighborhood to see someone's collection of something. When my aunt was designated to find a guest speaker, I offered to bring my quilts and show them... so that's what I did. I pulled all of the quilts down from the walls around the house (Roger asked whether I was moving out!) -- I'd never really seen them in one big pile like that, so it was kind of startling!

In any event, the talk went well -- there wasn't a quilter in the bunch (to my great surprise) but they all oohed and aahed and fondled them and argued over which were their favorites, and my aunt just sat there grinning with pride. It was fun, and my aunt was pleased. She's not a quilter either, and I don't think she expected the pile of them that I brought along. She kept saying, "You've made ALL of these???"

On the way home, I took a short detour to visit a quilt shop I've heard raves about -- Cabin Fever Quilt Shop in Auburn, California. What a fun place -- great quilts on the walls, a wide assortment of fabrics, all sorts of stuff to admire. I did break down and buy a few fat quarters (from Moda's new Momo collection) and a magazine.

Now I'm rehanging quilts (and moving them around to "refresh" the collection) and preparing to start my "windows" quilt for the Twelve by 12 challenge due in two weeks.


  1. What fun, Diane! And a coincidence, too...I was invited to speak about my quilts at the local Arthritis Society meeting this week, also my first time to speak about my quilting. Wasn't it a fun experience?! All the ladies oohing and aahing over their favorites and asking a million questions!

  2. That looks like a lovely pile of quilts. I am sure it was a pleasure for everyone all around.

  3. What a wonderful pat on the back. :-)