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I belong to the Mid-Valley Quilt Guild in Salem, Oregon. Today our guest speaker was Colleen Wise. Colleen showed us some beautiful quilts and shared her story. She was a joy to listen to and her humor is wonderful. I loved hearing her stories about her quilts. If you get the chance to hear her speak, please do, you will have a good time.

While at the meeting, I checked out the free table we have at the back of the room. There always seems to be some treasures to find. Today a few things jumped into my bag to come home.  

I found 5 football panels, I’m thinking it might be fun to make a charity quilt from some of them. Our guild calls them comfort quilts. Each meeting people will share what they have made and which ones are for donations. All of them are wonderful and the people who receive them get a hug from our Guild. That being said, I don’t see “guy” quilts very often, so I’m thinking the football panel might be a welcome quilt. Now all I have to do is decide how to best use the panel squares and have some fun making a quilt.

Do you belong to a Quilt Guild?  If so what do you enjoy about your Guild? I have enjoyed the speakers that come, I had fun at this years quilt show. Some of the other things we do are quilt challenges, our charity quilts, every other year we have a quilt show, and the opposite years we have a quilt college. We are changing the name to quilt camp, next year.  Our Camp has classes taught by our Guild members or teachers from our local quilt shops. Usually the classes are small and you get lots of help. Last Camp, I learned how to make a fabric bowl using batiks and clothes line. I now have that bowl next to my machine with my leader/ender pieces. I also took a scrappy quilt ideas class. I taught a class making a sewing machine mat with pockets.  It was fun and I look forward to next year’s camp.  

I encourage you to at least check out your local Quilt Guild. I know it’s not for everyone, but you just might find new quilty friends.

Until later, Quilt Fearless my friends