Most of us have different friends for different parts of our lives. I have a good friend who has many friends and one day I commented to her that she has someone to do something with no matter what she is going to do. Concert? She knows someone who loves them. Antique shop hopping?
She has someone who loves to do that. Going for a walk on a nature trail? She has a walking friend. Berry picking? There's a friend for that. I always envied that in her. Her friends weren't upset if they weren't asked to go along on a certain excursion. She just knew walking friend couldn't sit still for a concert and walking friend knew it, too. I was her "living across the street keeping an eye on her (because she's 20 years older than me) and getting her into trouble friend." Then we moved. I miss the everyday-ness of her.
Making new friends can be hard. Starting over IS hard. But sometimes you luck out. Sometimes you make casual connections that take root and grow because you have something in common.
Like quilting. These are my quilting friends. The happenstance of our meeting is varied and grew in strange ways. But now they are just in the column marked FRIEND, with no disclaimer of being a quilter or a berry picker or reader or anything else.
Last year I asked if anyone was interested in doing a round robin quilt project with a group of women in Germany. I have a quilting friend, Elke, in Germany. We were first connected in a strange way but we've been corresponding for a few years. I asked if she would consider gathering seven friends and doing a round robin with seven of my friends. They agreed and we were off and running.
Last January we mailed to each other a box with 8 quilt squares measuring 12.5 inches. It didn't matter that they measure in centimeters and we in inches. The squares were just measured and we worked from there. No problem. Quilters know how to do anything!
On our side, when the box from Germany arrived, Friend Marilyn and little Adelaide and I drew names and distributed a center to a waiting quilter. We divided into two groups of four or the end quilt would be huge and the center medallion lost in the 8 borders. So each 12.5 inch square has four borders. We had a list of who to send to after each of us finished our round. We had 6 week deadlines to keep things moving.
And now we are finished! Last night we wrapped it up with a dinner, a reveal of our work and a toast to an amazing experience. What fun! I am completely amazed at what was done to each quilt and you will be, too, once I show them to you. I can't do that till they've been returned to the quilters in Germany. It wouldn't be fair for them to see their surprises online.
In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to my quilting friends. I shouldn't say that. They are in the FRIEND column. Unfortunately, one of them couldn't be with us last night. Janet is vacationing, but no less a part of us.
See what I mean? We all met in varied ways but managed to connect through needles and threads and scraps of fabric. Last night was the first time Dodie and Jan met the rest of the group, and the first time in this project we were all together. I'm very lucky to have met these women and connected with them.
I made a paella for dinner
with homemade blueberry ice cream for dessert.
Thanks again, friends indeed.
Thanks again, friends indeed.