a fun twist on the day

On my way to the gym one recent morning I stopped by the church to drop off some items for their food bank.  But as I was leaving I walked past the fellowship hall and happened to see a group of women gathering around a quilt in a frame.  This must be the quilting circle which I had always heard about but had never seen — and I realized I knew most of them but I had no idea they were a part of that group.

So I went in for a minute to say hello and admire the quilt they were working on.  But one thing led to another and I ended up staying for the rest of the morning to see if I could remember how to quilt.  The women were great at making interesting conversation without ever missing a stitch and I really enjoyed working on the quilt with them.

A fun twist to an otherwise routine day with a group of talented, friendly quilters and a chance to try my hand, many, many years after my last attempt at quilting, at something unexpectedly fun.

I’m going to go back, but I’m going to practice first. Those tiny little stitches are just as hard as I remembered.

6 Responses to a fun twist on the day

  1. Hilary says:

    Good for you, Sandra. Those unexpected twists, turns and surprises are what makes the day fun. And blog-worthy. 😉

  2. C. Beth says:

    What a fun way to rediscover an old talent!

  3. Linda says:

    I can’t believe they let you touch their quilt without first finding out if you had a clue as to how to quilt. Those are some saintly women!

  4. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Exactly! 🙂

    Beth — Well, I am pretty sure your mom wouldn’t call it “talent”, but it was fun to try again. It even sparked my interest in the lap quilt that I had never finished from a class I took years ago. I got it out last night and am thinking about starting on it again. Wish your mom lived next door. I know she would be a great encourager — and teacher! 🙂

    Linda — Okay, let’s put this in perspective. First of all, I did tell them that I had tried quilting before and had taken a class, so they knew I had SOME experience. Secondly, there is always a need for more quilters so I’m sure they are willing to bring along inexperienced quilters if they are willing to join. And thirdly, and most importantly, I would guess that they looked at what I did after I left and if it had been just awful, they would have redone it. So in that regard, I do take it as a good sign that when I was in that room yesterday morning for a bible study group and the quilt rack was leaning against the wall, I went over and looked at the small area where I had quilted and it was still my stitches! Saintly maybe, but not foolish. 🙂

  5. carlahoag says:

    Sounds wonderful! There’s something really comforting about women working on projects together.

  6. Cathy says:

    Great! So glad you picked back up on the GREATEST hobby in the world! And yes, I would love to help you on your quilting – so just come on down to AZ on vacation and bring your lap quilt!

    I’m not surprised they let you quilt on their quilt. Quilters always want to help out newbies. And since you told them that you’d done it before and not really a newbie, all the better – they want to “get you” back into their hobby! Quilters always think others will get sucked in if they every try or try again their hand at quilting! Keep stitching!

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