There are so many reasons I will never be able to pretend to be my sister. In the first place, our daughters look more like sisters than we do. And then there is the silence factor – it comes more naturally to her than to me. And we haven’t even mentioned the math – it makes me itch and she tracks the numbers for several business ventures all at once.
But, while Colorado Sister was in California welcoming her new granddaughter, I, the Florida Sister, came west to spend time with our dad
and just happened to be in town the day her guild, the Calico Quilters, met. So I fearlessly gathered the delivery I needed to make for the Colorado Sister and prepared to give my best impersonation – even though I pretty much knew what would happen when I walked into her quilt club and tried to be Cindy for even a few short hours.
Sure enough – their disbelieving laughter came before I finished my greeting of, “Good morning, I’m Cin …” But the gracious Calico Quilters welcomed me despite my feeble attempt to be my sister – and allowed me to enjoy their Show and Share, ask questions about how they do their challenges and stitch along during their class on felted wool.
Here’s a sampling of what the Calico Quilters were up to that day:
They have block of the month challenges when
And then there was the Precut Challenge that produced
and even wreaths ….
They try new techniques ..
and perfect favorite methods.
They showed us round quilts and
quilts with round designs that won prizes at the fair.
Some showed quilts from kits …
(Here’s where I learned that some quilt kits give you so much fabric that you have
enough left over fabric for the back and even …
enough for an extra quilt!)
And then they share their expertise with one another.
That’s where the wool class came in the program.
We worked on little stockings cut from felted wool and embellished with holly leaves and bells. I sat next to my high school Latin class buddy, Sandy, who showed me a fabulous new way to thread multiple stands of embroidery thread.
And I learned the benefits of using a conditioner on the embroidery thread to keep it from tangling.
And then my new friend showed me how to tie a great knot.
I know that sounds elementary but it was really a neat technique and I’m not that great at making a neat knot. I’ll try to put the little video I made of her technique on a post really soon.
Needless to say, the time with them was worth my momentary failure of assuming a different identity.
What good ideas can you pass along from your club, guild, or quilting bee?