Last week, DH had work to do in Myrtle Beach and I decided that I needed some beach time. So I packed a bag and went with him. While he was working, I had a grand time on the Grand Strand! The Grand Strand is composed of a number of small communities along the coast, comprising over 60 miles of uninterrupted beach on the South Carolina Coast. Myrtle Beach is the largest, located roughly in the middle. One of the things I like to do when traveling is visit quilt shops (where I can), and this time was lucky enough to find the Grand Strand Quilters were having a meeting while I was there. I emailed the president, asking if I could visit, and of course as all quilters do she said “Certainly!!”. Thursday morning I arrived as the pre-meeting chat time was getting underway. It didn’t take but a moment for someone to say “Welcome!!” I had met a lovely lady the day before at one of the quilt shops, Leanne, and she was new to the area. We happened to walk in at the same time, so I was familiar with one face. We both were swept up in the group and I didn’t get a chance to talk to her again that morning. There were at least 50 women there, setting up machines, chatting, working on kits for charity quilts, all in a happy buzz of conversation. I chatted with a few here and there, and ended up at a table for the meeting with Barbara, Flo, Blanche, Nancy, Theresa, Sue and Cindi. Here, Blanche was showing her progress on her postage stamp applique quilt, such beautiful handwork! All those tiny pieces were appliqued to the base by hand. She has a few more rows and it will be done.
The meeting got underway, while many of the members worked on hand projects.
They have a microphone and speaker system so every presenter can be clearly heard by everyone.
The quilt show and tell was magnificent, such lovely work!! I wish I could show you all these quilts individually! But I will show you a few.
The room has a stage, so the quilts could easily be seen by the entire room. I didn’t get this quilter’s name as she was gone before I could get to her. But her blue quilt is beautiful.
Sue’s quilt is all HSTs and tiny squares, and is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter. I was so impressed with the number of bits in this one, and love her colors. Look at her scrappy border! You know I love scrappy.
Adrene’s quilt was made from a collection of African inspired prints she had collected that went beautifully with the panel found later.
Carole’s quilt (yes she spells her name like I do!) is for charity. She did a diagonal backing to mirror the string quilt blocks on the front. Very creative idea!
I had such a great time that morning!! Nancy and Theresa were just delightful to chat with.
Bonnie’s string quilt was so colorful!
Blanche had a wall hanging for show and tell.
Cindi’s lovely string quilt had a neat black border that set off the colors nicely.
This guild does an impressive amount of charity quilting, and they truly have it organized well. They meet weekly, so some sewing on the charity projects gets done every week. Kits are made with tops, backing and batting for members to take home to quilt, or to be sent to a longarm volunteer.
Joanne and Sandy (at the machines) are working on caps for children in chemo with another member who is working on a small quilt project.
In the back of the room, long tables were set up end to end to cut batting for kits.
Enjoying the quilts, chatting with all these friendly ladies, sharing ideas and inspiration, there is too much to show you in one post. So, stay tuned for the rest of the story tomorrow, and we’ll go shopping! Now published, click HERE to see Part 2!
Have you ever visited a quilt meeting while traveling?