Friday, April 24, 2015

And They Came to Spokane!

Spokane is such a wonderful city – a hidden gem to many.Yesterday was beautifully April, and we headed out at 10:30 am to set up for the Quarterly meetings of the Washington State Quilters.

Living in Idaho the many years that I have, spending my first couple of married years in not-too-far-away Prosser, Washington ((Where I encountered my first EVER quilt shop!)) I never had the opportunity to make it this far north to this beautiful area tucked into the mountains along the Idaho pan handle.

This place is AWESOME!

When I asked Lexi how many quilt shops they had in the area….she ran out of fingers to count them on.

How do you spell LUCKY?

The Washington State Quilters Guild meets 4 times a year, Quarterly and their members are many.  The Quarterly meetings have both a 1pm meeting, and for those who work, a 7pm session as well.

I was floored when I looked up from a packed book signing table to see this:


Over 350 bodies at 1pm!

They came from all over Washington State.  They came from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Canada!  So wonderful!

The few front empty seats are for board members who are seated on the stage at this time to conduct the general meeting.

This scene was repeated at the 7pm meeting as well!

I had a great time meeting everyone, and now have two full days of workshops to follow.  Today is Texas Braid from Adventures with Leaders & Enders, followed by Smith Mountain Morning from Scraps & Shirttails II tomorrow.  Both have close to 50 students each, so we will keep this fun rockin’ and rollin’ and have a stitchin’ good time!

Because there wasn’t much opportunity for scenic touristy photos ---we literally were at the community center from 11am until 10pm with a short break before the 7pm meeting for dinner, I’m going to throw in the rest of the wonderful Kansas Show & Share!


Scrappy Bargello from the Free Patterns tab!
((Every time I see one I want to make another!!))


So here IS another!

In this one our quilter kept her panel strips all in the same orientation so the fabrics would flow from one to another across the quilt.  Gorgeous!


A lovely Virginia Bound from Scraps & Shirttails!


Love that purple!

And another:


All from 2.5” strips!


Crabapples from Adventures with Leaders and Enders!

This was our birthday girl, Sharon !  Hope you are enjoying 70, Sharon!


Sister’s Nine Patch from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!


A gorgeous Classic Strippy from Adventures with Leaders & Enders also!

((I think Sharon is working her way through this book page by page, quilt by quilt!))


Her next project?  Making progress on Texas braid, using those sections as Leaders & Enders!


Scrappy Trips was our workshop the last time I visited the Country Rose Quilters!


Another finish from that workshop!


And this one, too!

You can find the free pattern for Scrappy Trips under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog.


Of course, I love all of the Grand Illusions that are popping up!


This one with purple!


This one became TWO!

((LOVE those borders!))


Basket Weave Strings with sashings!  So great!

You’ll find my on-point setting under the free patterns tab as well!


I love this Happily Scrappily Irish from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!

That red border sets everything off so nice!

Yes, you can build an Irish Chain using 4 patches as Leaders & Enders in between the lines of other chain sewing…try it! It’s easy!  And look at all of those colorful scraps!

Time to get myself pulled together and ready for today’s workshop here in Spokane.

Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY, everyone!

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Mary said...

Quarterly meetings sound good. Glad you made it up north to see the other corner of our beautiful State! It's worth the trip. You need to go down by the Big Red Wagon downtown by Spokane Falls.

Anonymous said...

I spent 4 days in Spokane a few years ago - it's a lovely place! I cannot believe now busy you are these days. I am living seeing all these quilts though. Can't wait to see you on the Tuscany trip. Just over a week now!

Lakegaldonna said...

Hi Bonnie

Glad you got in a visit to Lake Couer De Laine. It's a beautiful refreshing spot. My Dad lives near there.

Lots of great quilts at show and tell. Thanks for sharing.

Donna Barnes said...

I'm working on the Happily Scrapily Irish now. Nice version!

Julie Vernon said...

What a wonderful variety of quilts... the colors just jump out of the computer screen too.

I should try contacting the quilters who made the Virginia Bound! Ask her to just mail it to me because I like it so much :).... like this could ever happen!

Have fun and relaxed as much as possible... your health depends on exercise and good sleep.

Smiles, JuieinTN