Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mid Valley Quilt Guild, Salem, Oregon

On March 28th, I had the opportunity to speak to the Mid Valley Quilt Guild located in Salem, Oregon.  There were about 135 attendees in the morning, and another 45 attendees during the evening program.  Lunch was at the original McGrath's in downtown Salem and was with a number of quilt guild members.  Two of those attendees were Gwen and JoAnn, who I have known and worked with for many, many years at Hewlett-Packard.  It was just great catching up with them.

After lunch, my hostess, Leola Flocker and I walked to Greenbaum's Quilted Forest - a great quilt shop I've wanted to visit for years.  The shop features a full line of batiks, lots of novelty prints, patterns, thread - just a lot of inspiration everywhere you look!  We then walked to Whitman's, a sewing machine and vacuum cleaner store.  Because of the sewing machines, they have a very good selection of threads available - always great to see!

In the evening, I drove to Dave and Leola's beautiful home.  They live on acreage in the rolling, wooded hills outside of Salem. Leola has the entire home decorated with quilts, and it was such a pleasure to sleep under a couple of beautiful quilts - what a gift!

On Thursday the 29th, I taught a Thread Painting class to a large group of guild attendees and Leola was my classroom helper - thanks SO MUCH for your help, Leola!

July 5, 2012
P.S.:  I've just received the following pictures from Dianne Nordyke.....congrats, Dianne, your heron is just terrific!!!  Thanks for sharing!!!


  1. I was in the Thread Painting class. I absolutely loved it! I learned so much :) I'm working today to finish my project using the techniques I learned.
    Thank you Barbara!!

  2. Thanks for your kind words! I hope you'll send me a picture of your completed Great Blue Heron!!

  3. Blown away by your The Quilt Show appearance. Can you set up your blog so it can be subscribed to via e-mail?