Switching Identities and Gathering Ideas

FL Sister id tagSister 2 doesn’t usually ask me to do the impossible but this time …

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

He’s an “easy keeper” and our favorite Marine.

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:

scrappy brights sm

They make big quilts

little fake cathedral window sm

and small quilts;

stuff for son's appartment sm

little projects for others

hexagon trivet sm

and little projects for themselves.

strip piecing on dryer sheets sm

They strip quilt with dryer sheets as a foundation.

stack and wack sm

and sometimes they stack ’em and whack ’em.

quilt from paint chips sm

They find inspiration in many places …

paint chip idea sm

like this paint advertisement for “colors of the year.”

window pane sm

They challenge each other and they challenge themselves …


They have block of the month challenges when

block of the month - Sunbonnet Sue2 sm

some choose everything from Sunbonnet Sue …

block of the month - Sunbonnet Sue sm

I loved this one best because it made me think of the Sister’s fabric packages we exchange.

block of the month - stars sm

to stars …..


And then there was the Precut Challenge that produced

precut 3 sm

and …

big quilt sm

and …

precut - scrappy sm

and even wreaths ….

wreath sm

organizing idea sm

along with great organizing tips.

They try new techniques ..

precut challange - modern sm

and perfect favorite methods.

purple modern sm

They showed us round quilts and

circle flying geese sm

quilts with round designs that won prizes at the fair.

circles -fair winner sm

Some showed quilts from kits …

gray and yellow sm

(Here’s where I learned that some quilt kits give you so much fabric that you have

kit sm

enough left over fabric for the back and even …

kt backing sm

enough for an extra quilt!)

kit leftover sm

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.

class and Sandy sm

(This is so much more fun than Latin!)

And I learned the benefits of using a conditioner on the embroidery thread to keep it from tangling.

thread conditioner sm

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.


knot friend sm


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?

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