Last week I travelled to Cedar Rapids in Iowa, which is about a 4-1/2 hour drive for me from my house. I was invited by the Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters, to do two lectures and two workshops. I got to my hotel room on monday night and the first lecture started 9am on tuesday. There are over 350 members in the guild so there were over 130 quilters there bright and early tuesday, ready to hear my lecture. My lecture tells the story of how I got to where I am today, from starting out in Iceland and ending up in Chanhassen, Minnesota. This is a great group of ladies, they were so welcoming and very talented quilters, their show and tell was really great. Guess what someone brought to show and tell? My Quiltie Trio, all done up in the fabric line supporting Ovarian Cancer. Aren't these the cutest?!!
After the lecture, we went to lunch at Granite City. The food was very good, I had an awesome cup of soup and salad, but I think they really need to rethink their portion sizes!! My salad came in a bowl as big as a bathroom sink and there was no way for me to eat more then about 1/6 of it! I just hate to waste food like that. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take the leftovers with me since I was going to be doing workshops all day.
After lunch I taught a "Quilt As You Go" workshop. The ladies could pick between two different patterns, Holiday or not Runner, and Bloomin' Runner. I had about 25 ladies in class and we had a great time. Here are some pictures from the workshop.
After the workshop, I did another lecture for the evening group which went really well. The next morning I also taught another workshop for one of my strip patterns, Strip Search. I have another post with pictures from that workshop which you will have to wait until tomorrow to see. Thanks to all of you ladies for beeing so great, I had great fun visiting. Now......back to finishing the June newsletter!