Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Visit to Floyd

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the very talented ladies in the Old Church Quilter's Guild in Floyd, VA. Floyd is a quaint little town tucked away in the mountains of VA, with beautiful valleys, hills and I know where those quilters get all their wonderful inspiration for their landscape quilts!

My first stop was at Pauline and Kenneth Hodges' wonderful home, where I was treated to a scrumptious feast of chicken and all sorts of garden goodies: home-grown corn on the cob, tomatoes, cukes, all grown by Kenneth in their nearby garden. For dessert we had homemade applie pie to die for, made with apples picked from their onw tree...yum! Pauline treated me to her very own personal "trunk show" after supper, and after a good night's sleep and a delicious breakfast the next morning of muffins and fresh fruit, off we went to the guild meeting.

The trip to town was just as beautiful as my journey up the mountain, and the venue itself was so unique - the guild meets in a converted dairy barn that used to be a farm until one of the owners was caught manufacturing a different sort of drink other than milk (well so the rumor goes according to Kenneth! ^_^) At any rate, the barn now houses a 2-story assortment of galleries, offices and classrooms, our area was so spacious, and the guild had cleverly hung their beautiful quilts from the slanted ceiling on top. I was privileged to view some of their work, then shared mine; after lunch we spent the afternoon needle-felting book covers, and these gals really did some beautiful work! Everyone's felted cover was unique, both in their color palette and even their style; one gal brought some curly yarn and that was used to enhance several designs, I like it! The green texture of the yarn really added a nice depth and life to the design. Then it was time to head home...I had the pleasure of enjoying the mountain views yet again on my journey back down the mountain. This was truly a very special trip, and a very talented and nice bunch of ladies.

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