Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Viroqua Guild Talk

Not even freezing wind chill temperatures of -12 degrees stopped the women from the Vernon County Piecemakers Quilt Guild from attending my guild talk and trunk show in Viroqua, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, November 18. We had a fun night and I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you!

I had coaxed my hubby to join me (that's code for help me) on a fun two day adventure. Viroqua, in western Wisconsin, is about five hours from our home in the southern suburbs of Chicago. We took a roundabout route so Bob could explore a few museums (that's code for casinos) along the Mississippi River. Heading due west across Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, we then headed north along the Great River Road. We wove our way through bluffs and the beautiful geological Driftless Zone of the Upper Mississippi River Basin toward Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. We watched as the waters of The Big Muddy became increasingly frozen..."I've never seen it frozen this early," a local retired man told my husband. The final 60 mile leg of our trip consisted of snow covered farm land with few small towns and no public restrooms.
We took a slight detour on our way to Viroqua and visited LeClaire, Iowa--Home of the American Pickers: Antique Archeology. No sign of Mike, Frank, or Danielle, but a half block away is a very nice quilt shop!
Here I am chatting up my books.
My Threads that Bind quilt.
Dresden Plate with Robyn Pandolph fabrics--Used on the cover of Book 1
This was a gutsy moves showing my Chicago Bears quilt deep in the heart of Packer Land, Wisconsin, and just a stones throw across the river from Viking Territory! The ladies were very gracious and we only joked a little about our famous football rivalry!
Monterrey Medallions a Terry Atkinson Design
My own design--Rocking Horse Quilt
Another of my designs--Quilters Spools
Quilters Spools Wall Hanging
Many thanks to the VCPQG for inviting me to speak and the warm welcome and hospitality you extended to Bob and me...I had a blast!

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