Friday, March 12, 2010

Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild -- Santa Clarita CA

Last night I took a leisurely scenic drive from Palmdale to Santa Clarita via Bouquet Canyon Road, basically going from desert landscape to city by way of what feels like back roads in the country. This includes an area with a lot of trees and residences that look like cabins. You get the feeling you can park by the side of the road, whip the tent out of the back of your car and set up camp.

The Santa Clarita Valley guild is celebrating its 20th year this month and it was fun to recall that I was one of the charter members attending that first meeting. I had not yet made a quilt, but my good friend Mary Ponce was joining and I spent a lot of time with her, so I signed up, too. A lot has happened in the last 20 years!

The lighting in the stage area was not very good, so during the break between the main part of the meeting and the speaker (that would be me!) I dragged Patty Vergon into a better lighted area so you could see her appliqued quilt. It is from a Pearl Pereira pattern and the hand work is amazing. Just had to share this!

Light was horrible, but this machine embroidered quilt caught my eye....

The guild library is huge! Took over this entire table and then spilled over to a second one. There are also quilt magazines for sale for 25 cents each!

Ways and means is very active; there were lots of goodies that you could buy tickets for and a lot of donated fabric, mostly in 1/2 and 1 yard cuts, but some larger, that were priced most attractively.

Spring themed blocks of the month were pinned up to be admired by all...

A big project for this guild is Quilts of Valor. Pre-cut kits were made for the Friendship Star block shown above and members were encouraged to take these and assemble them so that quilts can be made for soldiers. A big stack was already done, but there were 80 more kits and the lady who cut them insisted that she wasn't taking any home! Everybody dutifully said, "Yes, Ma'am!"

I go back to the guild on Saturday to teach an all day "Free Motion Boot Camp" workshop. As of last night, there were two spaces available; if you are interested, you can call Kris Dolan at

1 comment:

  1. Paula, I had fun at the workshop and enjoyed your talk on Thursday.

    Adva Price
    Santa Clarita


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