Friends are relatives you make for yourself
-Eustache DeschampsWhere in the world do I begin this blog entry? We finished the Stitch In on Sunday night. Seven days of sewing from 9 a.m. - 9pm. To say it was a blast, fun, exhausting, and a thousand other adjectives is a complete understatement! The fellowship, sewing, laughing, eating, and just being together was unbelievable. I smile every time I think about it. There are so many stories that could be told, I think I could blog everyday for a month on the subject. One thing that sticks in my mind is just the overall comraderie between a room full of 30 women. We are all so different but we came together through a love of quilting. As it turns out the quilting takes a back seat to the fellowship! I feel like our stitch in is a modern day mirror image of what women used to feel when they sewed around a big quilting frame. We share our joys and sorrows, we celebrate and cheer for each finished project, we laugh so hard we pratically fall out of our chairs and we begin to get a little sad round day 5 which means the week will soon be coming to a close.
I have been the facilitator of this group for almost 5 years. I have seen first hand the power of quilting in the lives of the people who come to my club classes, workshops, lectures and retreats. It is AMAZING and very humbling. I am so blessed to be able to work in the quilt industry! The people I meet and talk to everyday bring such joy to my life..........How did I get so lucky???
Here are a couple of little pictures of the group playing Left, Right Center...which is a dice game that we play for fat quarters. It is hilarious! Everyone brings 3 fat quarters to the game and we roll dice, passing a fat quarter to the left or right, hold.... or thrown in the center never to be seen again. The winner is the last person with a fat quarter and she wins all the fat quarters in the center of the floor. Notice Catherine who is doing hand work DURING the game...now that is an overachiever!!! The last game of the week is for actual quilt blocks. We all made 9 patches from Red and Tan fabbies. The nine patches were 6 1/2" unfinished blocks.....GUESS WHO WON???? YUP YOURS TRULY...I'm sooooo doing the happy dance. I didn't count the blocks but I think I won around 78 blocks. I'll take a picture of them. I'm going to have to come up with some spectacular setting for these precious blocks!
Well I will post some more pictures of the stitch in and some of the spectacular quilts. Our resident photographer Sarah...has captured so many great moments and I will post some of her pictures as soon as I can steal them from her!!!
I know I'm sooo tardy with my postings.......I will do better, I will do better, I will do better, I will do better........well you get the picture!