Long overdue………..

This past October, DH and I took off for the East Coast for visits with old friends (who used to be close neighbors) and some meet-ups with gals whom I’ve gotten to know through blogging. The trip was absolutely the best ever and we attribute that to the fact that it’s the people that made the trip awesome and the sites visited were, although more than incidental, not the highlights.

First up……In Lexington, Virginia, we stopped by Erin’s shop, The Stitchin’ Post. In her words, “The Stitchin’ Post is a creative space for fiber artists to sell their work, teach their craft, share their resources, and engage with a supportive and collaborative community of other fiber artists.” Erin is a bubbly energetic gal whose personality and enthusiasm is totally reflected in this happy space!041   DH and I had so much fun taking in all the creativity on display and hearing about her vision for this endeavor. It is far more than an outlet for original handmade items, it’s a gathering place filled with opportunities for learning new skills. Her passion for sharing with young people is the driving force for sure.                         


Next, we headed toward the Washington, D.C., area to spend a few brief moments with Wendy, Ivory Spring. The time went by way too quickly!!!!! Wendy is the single most influential person in my machine quilting/FMQ journey. Her wonderful tutorials, sweet encouragement and guidance has made my quilting skill-building a pleasure filled challenge. Thank you, Wendy!!!!!!!! 049

Further along in our itinerary, we headed up the East Coast to Rockport, MA. I had been totally in love with some red poppy fabric that had come out several years ago inspired by a painting done by Karen Tusinski. Her studio/gallery is located just off the water in a quaint touristy part of Rockport. We had no trouble finding her studio….and she was busily at her painting. It’s always so much fun to put a “real person” behind all the public info and Karen is a real sweetheart!!!113

The next visit was with Michele, Quilts From My Crayon Box, in Albany, NY. Although our chosen “meet-up” spot was a busy noon hour Panera coffee shop, our non-stop talk time was like there was no one else in the room!! LOL! East Coast Trip...II 007  That seemed to be the common ‘thread’ that wove its way through each of these shared moments……..we really did “know” each other and these were merely continuing conversations begun in our virtual blog world!!!!!

Our last visit was with Valerie, Pumpkin Patch Quilter, and that definitely was non-stop chattering!!! Her mom was along (also a quilter) and the 4 of us had a great time!!! East Coast Trip...II 010   Valerie is another passionately obsessed quilter and incredibly talented!!!!! Our time together, once again, flew by and we bade them good-bye promising a future visit!

Our trip included such sites as Mount Vernon, Sturbridge Village and many quilt shops along the way but it’s always the people we meet that make the experience such a wonderful memory!!! Thank you, dear bloggy friends!!!! Til next time………..


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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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25 Responses to Long overdue………..

  1. Teje says:

    Hi Doreen! Must have been amazing to meet your friends alive! I haven’t met any of my blog friends, but one of my best friends I met through the internet when I was looking for a home for one puppy. We felt we know each other so well and then we were so nervous to meet – are we as we imagined?! Yes we were – like we had known always – so fun! Hugs! x Teje

    • treadlemusic says:

      I think DH was the most apprehensive, although he had had a great time when we met Kris in Sioux Falls,SD, in Sept. He and Kris’ hubby had tons in common and could have visited for so much longer!!!
      Even though we may not have a “meet up” in our future, I am so thankful our paths have crossed (in the virtual world)! Blessings, dear Friend………..

  2. Jackie says:

    Wow, what a fun trip meeting up with all those friends of yours. Did you come home with some new fabric?

  3. Oh, Doreen, what a great opportunity to meet so many of your online friends in person. Sounds like a fabulous trip all around and I bet DH knows even more about quilting now than he did prior.

  4. Michele says:

    We DID have a good time, though it was way too short. Not the greatest picture of me but oh well.

  5. witchylin says:

    What a fantastic trip, Doreen. Meeting such lovely people who have been bloggy friends is just the icing on the cake. Everyone looks so happy on the pictures, but of course quilters are happy people.

  6. Valerie says:

    Awww it was so wonderful to meet up with you Doreen, my only regret that would couldn’t visit longer! 🙂 Really fun to see the photos of all of your travels – looks like an amazing trip…and I’m so sorry to say we didn’t win the gas card!!!!!!!! HA!!!! 😉

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ha! It was like we had met many times before and I’m/we were so glad your mom joined in the craziness!! It’s so hard to believe that our friendship is really so “young”/recent and our quilting has come so far in a very short period of time!!! Love it!!!!! Next time our visit will be a bit longer…hmmmmmmm??????? Hugs….

  7. Thread crazy says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip. It’s always a joy to “meet & greet” those individuals that we’ve admired and followed. What a joy for you – glad you were able to do it.

  8. mtetar says:

    Prayerfully I’ll make you next trip post. You all had a great time the pics tell all. Blessings, Mtetar

  9. Malini says:

    This is so amazing to meet your blog-friends and spend time with them. Next time definitely stop by if you plan to visit Mass :-).

  10. Joanie says:

    Your trip sounds absolutely marvelous. How nice to meet online bloggers and quilters that you have met online and nowr face to face. Isn’t it amazing how you can pick up with them feeling like you already know them? I have had the opportunity to meet online blogging quilting friends when they know they are passing through Charlotte and ask about meeting me. I enjoyed meeting them so much! So fun! Oh by the way did you know it was snowing on your blog? 🙂 How cool is that?

    • treadlemusic says:

      Isn’t that the coolest!!!????!!!! I saw it on another WP blog that I follow and asked how to “turn on the snow”. She sent me a link and wha-la…….snow! It will automatically shut off on Jan. 4th…….ahhhhhh, the miracle of the tech age…..LOL!! And I am so challenged that way!!! I/we love traveling to the East Coast so maybe someday………….uber hugs to you!!!!!!

  11. Sheila (The Quintessential Magpie) says:

    What an amazing trip! And getting to meet Wendy is my dream. I think of her as a daughter.

    So glad you got to do this!



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