Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hall County, GA Quilters

On April Fool's Day I traveled to Hall County GA (near Gainesville) to present a program and lead a workshop for the Civil War Potholder quilt table runner. Ir takes a bit of gumption to teach a group of southern quilters to tackle a quilt project popular with the Union ladies during the Civil War. But we did it and the quilters learned new tricks and techniques for marking quilt blocks with impromptu "templates" from the kitchen, using their machine walking foot to stitch gentle curves and how to sew their double fold binding with mitered corners, both front and back, on the sewing machine.

It was a lovely day. The Show and Tell is always my favorite part of a guild meeting when visiting a quilt guild. I am always amazed by the creativity of the quilters when they show their finished quilts. Almost always there is a group showing of quilts made for charity. The Hall County Quilts make quilts to be given to children in the hospital. Here are some of this month's donations.

Next came a big surprise for me. Lisa Reichenberg is a new quilter started her first quilt in my Lickety-Split Log Cabin quilt class last October at the Sewing Expo's Georgia Quilt Show in Gwinette, GA. (The class uses my Log Cabin Trim Tool - www.jeanannquilts.com). Lisa showed her finished quilt and I was so proud of her. She used whimsical fabrics with frogs in the quilt along with other bright prints for a really fun first quilt. She is on her way to being a power quilter. Welcome to our world, Lisa!

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