Friday, 23 April 2010

Meeting a new friend

What a wonderful day I had yesterday!

I met Missy Ann !

Missy Ann and I have done a couple of round robins together and have been in contact by phone and email quite often this past year. Dh and I decided to visit with my sister in Texas before heading home to Canada. Missy Ann lived within driving distance of my sister. She and I managed to meet in person.

You would think we had been friends for years. We started talking the minute we met and we did not stop talking for 5 hours. We covered a wide range of topics and laughed lots.

We started our visit in the parking lot of a lovely needlework shop called Needlework Cottage. We were at the shop for 2 hours. The shop owner was wonderful and let us browse to our heart's content even hauling out boxes of Christmas and Halloween designs that were not on display. To top it all off, the store owner is a fellow Canadian and is from an area about 30 miles from me in Canada. It is indeed a small world! Here is the awesome stash that I accumulated there.

And here is a photo  that a store employee took of Missy Ann and I amidst all those beautiful threads.

From there, we went to a lovely quilt shop.   Here are my wonderful purchases from that store.

 I had the hardest time leaving this shop. They had a " Block of the Month" Nutcracker quilt that kept calling to me and it was tough to walk away. Shipping to Canada just did not make it practical to sign up. Maybe next fall when I head back to AZ.

We then adjourned to the Charleston Tea Room for lunch. We had a delicious lunch in a gorgeous little restaurant and kept on talking. It was with sadness and joy mixed that I said goodbye to Missy Ann after lunch. I look forward to seeing her again when I next come to visit my sister.

Missy Ann had hinted, after seeing other work I had done, that she likes my swedish weaving. I obliged her by making a table runner for her on huck towelling. I also included a beaded bookmark.

Until we meet again, I can only say thank goodness for the internet and telephone.

I also received a package in the mail just before I left AZ and forgot to post it. Here is my Friendship Sampler returned home!

 It is beautifully stitched and I look forward to finishing it. I have one Sampler left to stitch on and this RR will be wrapped up.

I left those darn frogs in San Antonio (WHEW). I started and finished Rachel's Mirablia RR but have to wait for a bit before posting it.

I finished hand sewing the binding on my mystery quilt and consider it a finish. I will post a photo later. My sis has 4 dogs and 2 cats and I don't know how to take a photo and not have the quilt covered in pet hair.

I have Ann's Neighborhood RR beside me and I've been stitching away. It is a little tricky as I have designed this one myself and have to make changes along the way. I  hope to have it finished by the time I get home to Canada.
We were heading out in the morning but the weather forecast for tomorrow is nasty - torrential rain, damaging winds, hail, and possible tornadoes. I think we will stay another day.

Sunday is supposed to be a beautiful, sunny day and so we will be on our way.

Until next time - stay away from San Antonio - I left some serious frogs there LOL.


Annette said...

When I was in Houston last fall, I don't think either Missy Ann or I took a breath when we were together LOL

Great stash and beautiful RR :)

Missy Ann said...

Hey I know that lady! lol

I'm hoping we can make it an annual visit when you come to see your sister. Thank you again 1000x for the lovely huck weaving & bookmark. :)

And everyone, just wait until you see that mystery quilt! Wowza. It is brilliant in person.

Rowyn said...

Sounds like you both had a fabulous time together. Looks like you got some great stash too.

Your Friendship RR is looking lovely - I like all the shades of blue.

saras said...

ooh! I forgot yours was all different blue colors! so pretty!

Linen Stitcher said...

What fun for you and Missy Ann! Glad you had a stitch-filled day. (And I'm glad to hear that you ditched the frogs. May you have smooth stitching all the way to Canada.)

Myra said...

How fun! You look like old friends. :o) Lovely stash haul. Have a safe trip home.

Lynn said...

Finally getting to meet someone you've chatted with for so long,how fun is that!! I'm so glad you two had such an enjoyable time. BTW,that table runner is gorgeous.
Your RR is looking great and I can't wait to see that mystery quilt.
Hope the final leg of your trip is a safe and good one.

Jules said...

How fun! Your Swedish weaving is incredible!! There is an article/chart in one of the stitchy magazines for this type of work that I have been contemplating.

Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

What a great post! Stitching, stash and friends. Have a safe journey home, we are all excited to see you soon!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Kathy, how lucky you are to meet Missy Ann! Sounds like you had a fantastic time!!! Can't wait to see you!

Carolyn NC said...

How exciting to meet a fellow partner in, that is! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I love the stash. Your RR is just beautiful. Can't wait to see how you finish it.

AnnMcD said...

What a grat way to send the day Kathy and Missy Ann!
We are looking forward to having you home you have an ETA?

Carol said...

Isn't it fun to actually meet fellow stitching friends face-to-face! Sounds like you two had a great time together :)

staci said...

That's so great that you and Missy Ann were able to meet...sounds like you had a fantastic time!

LOL, I'll be sure to avoid San Antonio!!!

Cheryl said...

Thats great you two got to meet! How fun!

sandra said...

I'm glad your frogs are gone!
How nice it is when virtual friends turn real!
Travel safe!

Cindy F. said...

OMG girl! You were in San Antonio!!
I wish I'd known!! We have 3 shops in SA and I would have loved to have met you!! Not a nice place to leave your nasty little frogs!!
That's so awesome you got to meet Missy Ann and do some fabulous shoping! I know she loves the amazing table runner and beaded bookmark you made for her! You're too sweet:) And congrats on getting your Friendship Sampler back. It's sooo pretty:)
Our news said San Antonio is expecting the worst bug problem ever?? this summer. Guess we'd better prepare for the frogs too!

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful time you had together. Love the stash you picked up.

Your RR looks lovely. Do you need someone else to stitch on it? I am happy to volunteer.

Jenny said...

Great pic of the two of you - I'm jealous of both of you getting to meet each other. :)

Katrina said...

Oh fun! Looks like a great day. Travel safe :-).

Meari said...

What an awesome visit, and great stashing!