It was cold this morning--only forty degrees outside. The wind picked up around noon. While it was mostly sunny, a few rain showers did spare me the effort of dragging out a garden hose to water in the new plants I have put in. Red tide is once again affecting the nearby beaches. While Mike is feeling better, he was content to read and watch a history channel show about the Middle Ages. So it was a good thing that what I had planned for the afternoon was attending a demonstration put on by the Venice Area Quilters' Guild.
The show was set up in a large conference room at the Venice Community Center. There were guild members demonstrating each step of a basic guilt construction--from picking out the fabric to binding the completed quilt. Other members demonstrated machine embroidery, hand quilting, Japanese quilting techniques, and quilt preservation. There was a display of antique quilts. There were also craft stations where kids could do a small project to take home.
I picked up a few good pointers and tips. I like to go to see jury vetted crafts and art quilts, but they can be intimidating. This was fun just because it was simple and everyone was friendly and relaxed even as they worked. There was the occasional gasp of "whoops'" and seam rippers on every table. So I left feeling that I could do this.