I am a member of the Lodi Valley Quilt Guild…the best quilt guild EVER! (Yup…I’m biased). This group of ladies just has it together and it shows. In the small community of Lodi, WI over 100 women gather monthly for the quilt guild meeting. Last night – this number reached well over 200 to see our featured speaker – Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.
It was a big night at the guild and everyone was excited!
This is a picture of her sales booth BEFORE the presentation even started. These ladies were thrilled to see Edyta and to stock up on her patterns, books, tools and fabrics!
Edyta Sitar did her presentation “Reasons for Quilting” for our group. She brought along LOTS of her quilts and what’s even better – the stories behind her quilts and her quilting journey. She was a joy to listen to and her quilts were jaw dropping! (To see bigger pictures of the quilts check out our guilds’ facebook page.)
We were the first group she shared her brand new book ‘Handfuls of Scraps’ with!
Here she showed us the cover quilt of her new book – Flower Garden. STUNNING!
Of course – I couldn’t leave without a copy of her book (signed too!) and it is just wonderful! The first chapter shares with us images of 36 Inspiring Antique Quilts – some of these inspired some of the 15 Scrappy Quilt Patterns Edyta Sitar put in the book. Others – are meant for inspiration and to quote, to “discover beauty in imperfection.”
Here are a few of the quilts made for the book…
My personal favorite…that I do believe I’m going to attempt in 2015 (after apple season)… is this one ‘Slow and Steady’. I love a good twist on a tradition and this twisted Snail Trail block is definitely taunting me to give it a try! I’m even thinking about a possible quilt along on this quilt in 2015…anyone else in? You’d have to buy the book…(or win it)…I’m not usually a sashing girl…but the way the quilt ‘Looking Glass’ utilizes sashing is pure brilliance!Another quilt from the book ‘Let it Shine’.
The simple drama created with ‘Love at First Sight’ is definitely a quilt I could tackle. It’s hard to see in this picture but the two sides and bottom are bordered with classic basket blocks. Wonderful!
And now –
After the presentation, I went to introduce myself to Edyta Sitar and of course…get an '#usie’ with her!
She was super nice in person too and I’m so glad I went up to her. Since I’m a board member of the guild I stuck around to fold her quilts and load up the van. We were chatting a bit and she asked if I had a blog. Uhm…YUP!
Minutes later… Edyta Sitar gave me two copies of her new book ‘Handfuls of Scraps’! One was for me to keep and one was to giveaway to a lucky blog reader!
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