Sisters We Met – Quilt-A-Fair 2011

From the Florida Sister

We met so many fun sister sets at the Colorado Quilt Council Show a little over a week ago. Some were sisters with genetic ties and some were stitching sisters connected by their love of patterns, thread and all things fabric.

We met sisters who have been sharing stitching fun for 40+ years and we also met sisters who have barely been alive 40+ years.

We met Pennie and Brenda who live in different states.  They frequently meet in the middle (Nebraska) for a couple of days to shop, cut and piece together. We hope the Trading Hearts plan in all of our patterns will give them hours of fun as they stitch together. (By the way, one of them is president of the Quilted Leaf Quilt Guild in Grant, Nebraska. Can you guess which sister knows how to call the meeting to order?)

We want you to meet Ida and Kathy who quilt across the miles between San Diego, California and Colorado. They obviously knew how to have quality quilting time at the Colorado Quilt Council show. Their laughter and delight in each other’s company overflowed from their common family history and their love of stitching.

We heard stories of dividing the work and sharing the fun and THAT is just what Sisters at Heart, Miles Apart is all about!

In fact, in a few days we will post some news about a Miles Apart Quilting Bee that quilt guilds can be part of. So, if you are looking for a way to connect with quilters who are close at Heart, though they live Miles Apart, stay tuned and we will help to make that happen!

FIRST QUILT SHOW …

Our first quilt show and Sisters At Heart, Miles Apart is launched!

The best way to describe this past weekend would be to combine a family reunion, a temporary move and opening holiday presents. Laughter and fun with both new and familiar friends, a little bit of chaos with lots of boxes and miscellaneous lost-then-found treasures, making lists and checking them twice – that’s what comprised our days at Quilt-A-Fair at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.

We LOVED finally getting to set our booth and samples in place, seeing our concept come to life and watching while others enjoyed the prospect of having their own versions of the Starry Night and the Thank you, God, for Everything collections.

We LOVED having our PostCard Projects front and center, thanks to the antique machine on loan from D&J Country Antiques! (Click on their name to go to their site.)

We LOVED seeing the variety and creativity of fabric projects in all the vendor booths. The quilts patterns and projects we saw covered a wide spectrum of design preferences and mediums using wool, embroidery, traditional blocks, applique, English paper piecing – and even old army blankets.

We LOVED meeting lots of other sisters – some who are connected with the same last name and some who are connected by a love of stitching. Hearing their stories and their shared love of creating together was music to our ears! We will post some pictures to introduce you to some of these stitching sisters in a couple of days.

Our thanks to those who organize the Colorado Quilt Council show every year! This was a wonderful venue to launch our business – where you find stitching to keep you connected even when you are up a creek without a needle saved.

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