Friday, February 5, 2010

Going to Guild - Peggy Barkle

Last Monday at guild we had the talented and funny Peggy Barkle as our guest speaker.

When it comes to a speaker, I am looking for two things: lots of quilts and lots of personality! Peggy fulfills both needs easily. Her quilts are pure eye-candy, while also inspiring questions, ideas, and a desire to get back to the sewing room. Perfect! I think we've all heard speakers who may have good information, but are not comfortable in front of a group; you can barely hear them or the presentation is so bland that you feel the need to take notes or tune out. As you can see from this picture, Peggy was right at home, leaning on the huge stack of quilts she brought to show us, and making us feel like we were relaxing with an inordinately talented friend.

But the topic wasn't all fluff and jokes. Peggy shared with us the journey to her "blendable curves" technique. This quilt is a drop in the bucket, but should help you get an idea of her work.

Peggy graciously answered questions and signed books after her talk. I loved that she hung around for the meeting and Show & Tell, and jumped into the conversations.

Check out her book and let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend - stay warm and dry if you can!

1 comment:

  1. Jenny,
    You flatter me, i had such a wonderful time and if i was able to inspire just one person in the room, my goal was achieved. It took me a long time to get comfortable in front of a group but i have found over the years, that i'm just talking with friends. And i'm thrilled to leave with a new one in you!
    Thanks again for the hospitality and a great time.
    Peggy Barkle


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