Monday, May 7, 2018

All In with McKinney MQG

It was nearly a year ago that my buddy Ellyn/ellyn's place first suggested the possibility of me traveling to Texas to do a workshop and trunk show for McKinney MQG. We worked out all the details and then waited for the time to come. Finally, last week it did!

The workshop, Everyday Improv, focused on the 15 improvisational piecing techniques I'd worked into my recent All In. I also shared several other quilts with the group that used some of those techniques, just to give them some idea of how versatile they can be.

Guild president Martha/@sewgreen created the perfect atmosphere with her infamous letter dishes.

And needless to say, we all had alot of fun immersing ourselves in improv.

It was so good seeing friends again, meeting online friends for the first time, and of course, making new friends.

Chris, Chris, Jeri, Stephanie, Michelle [Sterrett, not pictured]

So the next couple of days I had 'off' and had a chance to explore McKinney with my hubby, who had traveled to Texas with me. [Check out the Instagram hashtag #debandjoegototexas if you like.] We also hooked up with Ellyn again to visit Urban Spools, a wonderfully modern shop and 'sewing lounge' in nearby Dallas.

That night, it was time to share a trunk show with the entire McKinney MQG! I had taken 25(!) quilts of various sizes, from my very first quilt to my most recent, and a variety representing my quilting journey in between. I gotta say, it's gratifying when folks are interested in your story... a good reminder to be open and affirming, no matter what phase and stage our fellow creators may be at.

Bonnie gifted me with a McKinney MQG mug and a few tasty treats.

And Stephanie kindly brought one of her quilts that I had admired on Instagram and featured in my most recent newsletter. It was SO good to see it in person!

So... there's a little recap of my visit to McKinney MQG. It was a very good time!


  1. I'm glad it was such a good time; it looked like a great trip from what I saw as you shared on Instagram. :)

  2. I so loved having you here!

  3. Seems like you had a great time. I am sure they learned a great deal from you.

  4. Aww snap! I should have reached out to you. I go to Urban Spools quite often.

  5. Very cool!! Looks like you ALL enjoyed it.

  6. Looks like you had a wonderful trip and great teaching experience! Did you fly down with all 25 quilts? I recently did a trunk show in Charlotte (driving) and the 28 quilts I brought took up my entire Civic's trunk :)

  7. What a great experiance for you and the McKinney MQG! I love your mosaic of the quilts you brought for the trunk they say...You've come a long way baby! Your quilting style is amazing!

  8. Sounds like you had fun. I'm sure the guild loved seeing your work in person.

  9. What a wonderful opportunity for you to share your talent with others! I love what you shared... the progression of your quilts, and your gift for improv. I have no doubt everyone enjoyed your visit. Traveling like that really opens your world, doesn't it? I'm so glad you had a good experience.