April First is always bittersweet. Memories flood back remembering my dad’s passing. This year was a bit different as the Eastern Long Island Quilt Guild booked me to speak on Finding my Quilterly Groove. As I spoke about quilts and learning who I am as a quilter (that Groove!), one of the quilters who held my quilts is an active member of the Air Force. I wish I’d gotten a picture with her. Truth: I wish I’d taken my camera.
I picked up my friend Mary, who lives on the way, to spend some time with her and have some company for the 2 hour drive out. I do my best to be a bit early to give myself flat-tire time. Mary and I stopped for a little bit of shopping at the outlets. Let’s just say that some purchases were made at Williams-Sonoma were made and I found the perfect desk for my new venture with Missouri Star at Pottery Barn. It may have been perfect but it stayed right where it was. I have a desk that I will set up sometime over the next couple of weeks. It’ll require a little bit of rearranging in my sewing room but it’ll be worth it.
Many of the guild members participated in an “Ugly Fat Quarter Challenge”. The participating members chose their “ugliest” fat quarter, it was given to another member who made something from it. The creativity is off-the-chart, including the stories behind the quilts, purses and totes.
And, gratefully I was able to hug and visit with Elizabeth Rosenberg last night. We both were about in tears as it’s been a long time. I loved seeing her and chatting a bit. We shared a favorite memory: we had lunch with Melanie Testa in Mamaroneck and laughed so hard that we had a family at another table giving us dirty looks. It was such a fun moment I’d do it again.
Elizabeth is now the manager of the quilt shop at Riverhead Vacuum and Sewing Center. The shop is participating in the New York Row by Row Experience…I see a road trip in our near future. (Pssst, there are wineries out there!)
I will be going out to the guild again, probably in the fall to teach machine quilting.