On a bright and sunny Monday, i grabbed my purse, my keys, a few goodies on special order via text, and headed out to Gastonia, NC.
Gastonia is known to quilters world wide as the home to the fabric mecca called Mary Jo’s.
I had been waiting for this day for months and months, ever since Cheri contacted me about a certain Singer Library table style cabinet she had found in Minnesota of all places.
“It’s lovely, but it’s too far away and shipping would be astronomical” I told her via email.
She twisted my arm further by telling me that she would be happy to “Pony Express” it down to me on a driving trip to Florida early February.
She didn’t have to twist very hard, I’m kind of a push over that way.
I checked my calendar, and we chose some dates when I would be in between out of town teaching gigs, and that settled, on the back burner it went.
Until about a week ago. In came this message with itinerary! it was time! And I found out that she was bringing along Joyce to ride shot-gun.
A reunion! Joyce was just on my October Caribbean cruise! Oh hooray!
Here we are!
So much fabric to fondle!
Caught in the act!
I had just indulged at the Pineapple Fabrics warehouse sale on Friday, but I didn’t leave empty handed. Some Fat Quarters and remnants still managed to jump into my basket, the little devils!
Cheri and Joyce have been shop-hopping all the way down from Minnesota!
They stopped at Barb Welch’s shop, the Quilted Rooster in Tomah, WI!
When they walked in, they spotted 3 of my book titles on the counter, and further evidence of Quiltvillian activity on the design wall. They told owner Barb that they were on their way to see me and asked if they could get her photo with her Allietare quilt in progress to share with me. I’m so happy they did!
Evidently, Barb was up for it too because she chose this gift especially for Cheri and Joyce to hand carry down to me:
A denim rug for Quilt Villa VA!
I love love love this rug. It’s hand woven by the Amish in the area, and I know just where it is going to go. Thank you for your kindness, Barb! if I ever make it to Tomah, WI you are first on the list of places I have to see. There is also a goodie in the mail on it’s way to you. Thank you!
(Aren’t the connections between quilters just the greatest?!)
And back on the road Cheri and Joyce went until they got to Gastonia, letting me know by text that they had arrived and were excited for our Monday meet up.
But they managed to catch Quilt-Cam by phone on Sunday!
And all of this goodness and fun happened because of this little bit of cargo:
Completely batting wrapped!! HA!!
And as I plan to move cabin to cabin, I’m thinking that batting scraps are a great thing to use for packing furniture, fragile items, and great grannie’s china…..these batting scraps are being saved for that purpose!
Looks like a bread box!
And this is the part I didn’t remember. I remembered the cabinet. But the problem with buying a cabinet? It often comes with a machine! OH BOY!!
Hello, little library table!
I think Cheri completely mummified the table with batting AND masking tape – it took a while to get it all off! It is is gorgeous shape!
With insert in place.
With insert lowered ready for machine!
Just drop the whole shebang in there, case, base and all.
Hello little knee controlled, 99!
I’m so tickled!
Sadie and I are up at the cabin. I’ve got a few days to work hard and heavy on some projects. Deadlines loom. I’ll be joined by The Hubster on Friday evening.
Time here is winding down. After March 17th, even though this cabin hasn’t sold yet, we’ll be moving over to Quilt Villa, VA and I’ll no longer be sleeping here. It feels weird. I’m cherishing every moment, every nook and cranny, every familiar door frame, hand rail, sink faucet, committing them to memory.
And a new chapter will begin.
And here I sit at the end of this post realizing that my Quiltville Quote of the Day doesn’t gel with this post! HA!
So I will preface it with the observation that the positive people I have spent time with over the past week –Kim and the folks at Pineapple Fabrics, and Joyce and Cheri on their fun road trip down to Florida with a stop in Gastonia to see me –these are positive people that have shown me just the kind of person I want to be.
As for the others:
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage hearts quilt found in North Carolina. Perfect for the day after Valentine's Day!
Being thankful isn't easy, but it sure gives great perspective. Things could be worse, you could be just like them.
In fact, I’ll take it a bit farther. Let’s not be that person who is showing others who they do NOT want to be!
Have a lovely Wednesday, everyone!