This week I went to Gig Harbor and spoke to the Gig Harbor Quilters Guild. Quilts historically were often made by more than one person, at quilting bees.
In modern times quilters maintain community through quilters guilds. It is wonderful to meet women (and occasionally men) who build a community through a shared love of textiles. The Gig Harbor group is friendly and interesting. The president Barbara Kadden and the treasurer Dana Toulson are organized and kept everything running smoothly.
I talked about how I design fabric, draw pictures, draw inspiration and make quilts. Here are a few of the images from my talk:
Some cloth quilts:
And a paper quilt:
These are some of the quilts and other projects that the guild members shared. The work was inspiring in its range and beauty. Please excuse my photography which doesn’t do the work justice Also, a few people showed quilts before I thought to get out my camera!
I was especially touched that several guild members made pieces using my fabric line Kalinka. There were quilts, pillows, trapunto and hangings.
Dana Toulson made this quilt with Kalinka on the front and back.Barbara Kadden quilted lines from Yedid Nefesh, an old Jewish liturgical poem:
Heart’s delight, Source of Mercy
draw Your servant into Your arms.
I leap like a deer
to stand in awe before You.
I was nervous beforehand to stand before a quilter’s guild. But their warmth and friendliness filled my heart with delight. Thank you, Gig Harbor.