Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Diva Night & Block Exchange

I'm so happy to be home because today I had time to quilt! Hurray!

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!

This is a quilt Melissa just finished, and brought for show and tell

More show and tell from Melissa

At our night meetings, we like to bring hand work. Jan K. is working on wool applique.


Janet said...

What a wide variety of interests and talents your friendship group has - thanks so much for posting these inspiring pictures. Janet

Ricci said...

I love the way you write. I laughed so hard when I read about the Museum in Arizona. It must have been a very moving experience.
I loved the Divas pictures, what a talented group....OK, I admit it, I'm one of the Divas. I feel so blessed to be a part of this group.

Nanette Merrill said...

Wow - Dixie Divas. What a cute name for quilters. I like it. Its so good to be involved with other women doing what you love. Smart of you to seek out the guild right away. They are always lovely people.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! Looks like a fun group. I'll have to join a guild when we move as well. It sounds like a great way to meet new people.

Kathi Thompson said...

Hi Nedra, thanks for checking in on our Material Girls Idaho. Jeanene is moving to Lehi, so she won't be close enough to your area. She said she'll be looking for a group to join as soon as she moves, so I'm sure she would have loved to have an instant friend like you. You have wonderful pictures and such a fun group!