Friday, October 19, 2012

Teaching in Hilton Head

I have spent the past two days on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, (lucky me!) with the Palmetto Quilt Guild. What a great bunch of talented women. They have some really amazing appliquers in that guild, including my hostess, Maureen Mack, who took me to several spots on the island so I could get a better look in the short time I was there. 

I took the shot above and these two below at a public park with a beach. I must admit that I like the beach better when it is not summer! We had beautiful blue skies and coolish weather, and it was a wonderful stroll. Aren’t the marsh grasses a lovely shade of chartreuse?

 I took this photo of a live oak with Spanish moss at Maureen’s house:

On Thursday night, they took me to a wonderful restaurant on the sound:

… and there was a gorgeous sunset!

Today, I taught my “Round Red Barn” class. The Palmetto Quilt Guild is extremely fortunate to have a large space in which they hold workshops and display their work. It is retail space unfilled due to the recession, and has been “donated” to the guild for several years. What a great use of an empty storefront! The guild also uses it to educate passers-by, and to let people know about the guild and what it does. Very cool!

This is the guild’s donation quilt (below) for their next quilt show (in 2014, I think). It is even more spectacular when you see it in person. It is hand appliqued, and beautifully machine quilted, and is a large queen size (queen with a pillow tuck). For those of you reading this who don’t know what is mean by a “donation quilt,” it is basically a quilt that is raffled off to raise money for the guild or for a charity. In some states, you can’t legally hold raffles, but you can ask people to donate money to your cause for a chance to win. Silly legal semantics, if you ask me!

Thanks, Palmetto Quilt Guild!