Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I've been on vacation since December 20, and I am having a ball. I could get used to living like this very easily.

I met and had coffee with Angela from Raggedy Owl blog. She is as darn cute as her picture and her blog. We are starting a small quilt group, and it was fun to make plans for that.

Melanie from Covered Porches sent me a sweet book on quilting and a charm pack a while ago. I started reading Melanie's blog long before I started writing my own. She is definitely a kindred spirit, and I enjoy our friendship so much. I've been working on a tablerunner with the charm pack, and I'll show that soon. I haven't met Melanie in person yet, but I'm looking forward to that sometime in the future.

Sue from The House that Love Built sent me two Crabapple Hill embroidery patterns. Sue is another special online email/blogger friend. Her emails and comments are always so encouraging. One pattern is called An Embroiderer's Blessing, and she said she thought of me when she read it. It says May your stitches be even, The back neat and tidy, Your threads never tangled, And may you always see well enough to thread your needle. The name of my blog came from my friend Nancyz who is in my quilt group and who has also quilted several of my quilt tops. She made the comment a couple times that the backs of my quilt tops are neat and tidy. Mom used to say that the back of my work should be as neat as the front. I'm hoping to meet Sue someday as well.

I had a sew day with Audrey who is not only my cousin but one of my best friends. Her new sewing room has two sewing machines set on cabinets that face each other. Next to our machines, she had a small Christmas candy dish with Christmas candy in each. It was so special! We had a ball sewing and talked non-stop. I would still be there now if someone at home was expecting supper that night.

I got a surprise email from Laurie Aaron Hird, author of The Farmer's Wife Quilt book and blog. It was nice that she thought to send a special wish my way, and I so appreciated that.

I had lunch with my old and dear friend Marla. We sat down in the restaurant at 11:30 and never left until 4:00! It was great. Years ago when the kids were small, she dabbled in quilting but never got into it much. As we sat at the table, she pulled out a tote bag and said she wanted me to see what she was working on. And she has been sewing patchwork Christmas tree skirts for her daughters. I was thrilled and invited her to join our quilt group as well.

It's been a great time connecting with online friends and friends I can see, and I've enjoyed it so much. Marla gave me this angel. Can you read what is printed on her skirt? It says Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them but you know they are always there. Isn't that true?


Sue said...

What a sweet post, Mary. Yes, friends that share the same interests are quite special and I feel a blessing from God.

Enjoy your time off of work and have tons of fun stitching!


Pokey said...

Friends are the best gift we can give to ourselves, and to be a good friend is even better. You are that, Mary, to many. I love the little Angel, and her saying! I want to use that saying somehow, it is so sweet!

The Old Parsonage said...

Oh Mary, I am so glad to hear that you are having a wonderful vacation.

Happy New Year my Sweet Friend!

Elizabethd said...

Blogging brings us friends from all over the wrold...isnt it lovely!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I LOVE that wonderful!

Barb said...

Enjoy your vacation time Mary, fill each day with laughter and fun! Friends are wonderful and truly a gift from God, each friend with their own special gift to share, just as you share yours with all of us! Blessings to you Mary!

Linda said...

Glad to hear you are having a nice vacation...friends are the best!!
Happy New Year!!

Karen Sue said...

So glad I got to meet my first bloggy friend this month! Maybe I can head over to OK or CA to meet another this year!!
Have a happy New Years!

Angela {fussycut} said...

sounds like a wonderful vacation from work! i had such a great time meeting for coffee, we'll definitely have to do that again soon!

happy new year! :)

Kerrie said...

That is really cute and so true!