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! 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!!!!!!!!
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!!!
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! 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!!! 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………..