One of the first things I did when I moved to St.
George was to join the Dixie Quilt Guild. I knew that quilt people are the nicest people, and they would help me feel at home. Membership is usually around 200, making it quite a large guild. To help people have a chance to get to know each better, friendship groups are formed. At my first Dixie meeting, I was immediately approached and asked to join a group of women called "The Dixie Divas". There are 9 of us and we meet twice a month to work on projects. These are the most wonderful ladies! I count each of them such dear friends.
Right now we are participating in a block exchange. We each select our own colors, put our fabrics in a bag, and pass it from Diva to Diva each month. We make 6 blocks of a pre-selected pattern, then pass it on. Today I worked on Bev's quilt.
One of the "Divas" is Pat Peters, our current president of the Dixie Quilt Guild. Tonight we had a get- together and this is the quilt Pat brought to work on. We all like to bow in front of Pat and in a united voice chant "We're not worthy!"
Pat has been working on this applique quilt for around the last 15 months. All the flowers are made from batiks, and the rose alone has 21 pieces. She only does her applique at night and works on machine piecing during the day. This will be all hand quilted when she is done.
In the future when Pat wins awards for this quilt, we will feel lucky to say we sat by her when she was worked on it.
This is a quilt Ricci is currently working on. If you look at my header, you will notice it is the same quilt as mine, just in different colors. I have Ricci to thank for teaching me how to paper piece. A person can't go wrong with friends like these!