Last night, I attended the first guild meeting of our guild year. Edyta Sitar was our guest speaker and she was wonderful. Her stories were a pleasure to listen to and her quilts were amazing. What a way to begin the guild year.
I also had the opportunity to introduce my idea for a premier Applique Club and the first project installment. I was apprehensive that members would find a hand applique project daunting and not sign up to join me in making my Heart Sampler quilt. I had hoped for 6-10 members to join. I was blown away when 26 members joined the club. The enthusiasm and interest in completing the project I had selected thrilled me.
So, I got to work today preparing handouts for the members. I had planned to just demonstrate the techniques for the blocks at each monthly meeting, but decided that some quilters would prefer written information to reference at home. I am also planning on utilizing some joiners, who are accomplished hand appliquers, to assist with the demonstrations. From some of the questions posed by members, my impression is that several of the joiners have not made anything using hand applique. I want to ensure that they will find hand applique as enjoyable as I do, so that they will want to stay in the club.
As one member signed up for the club, I expressed my surprise at the response. She stated, "you make things enjoyable and you have a lot of knowledge to share." I hope that I can meet the expectations of the group. Wish me luck as I pursue this new endeavor with my local quilt guild. And, check back regularly on my progess as I complete the Heart Sampler quilt. There are nine total blocks and you can see my previous blog post and subsequent blogs with the pictures of the Stained Glass Heart, Shadow Applique heart, Broderie Perse & Celtic Hearts, and Folk-art style hearts blocks.