As promised, here's a report on my road trip to see Mary D and deliver her
My DH went with me, and we left Fri about 2:30. Stopped at a small mall
about 1.5 hr later, as DH had forgotten his pillow, and wanted to get one
for napping, etc. Walked into the Target, and wh-lah!! Major sale - no
fabric, but new clothing for both me and DH. And about 2 hrs later, we got
the pillow we stopped for. LOL (I'm very lucky, my DH likes to shop!!)
Arrived in the small town where Mary D lives about 9-ish that night. Checked
in and got the car unloaded, and there's a knock on the door. There is Mary,
full of hugs and smiles, for a total stranger. What a sweetheart!! She
took us down to a local restaurant, so we could get some dinner, and drew me
a little map of how to get to her house. Later, after dinner, we met her
DH, who also works at the hotel where we were staying!! Awesome people,
both of them.
Next morning, Mary shows up with a map, with the LQS marked on it, as she
had to work until noon. My silly car won't start, so Mary drives her car
over to give it a jump start, and I go buy a new battery. Sheesh!! By now,
I'm getting very anxious to deliver the hug, but I have to wait. So, to
ease my anxiety, of course I go fabric shopping. The LQS is about 20 min
away, in a small mall. It's called "Something to Crow About", and carried
more chicken fabrics than I 've ever seen in one place before, in addition
to tons of other things. I got some unique patriotic cuts, the wildest
yellow/green you've ever seen, and several other nice prints, "just
because". Then I realize, "now just where has my DH got to?" Oh, there he
is over in the flannels and books. With his arms full!! A beautiful eagle
print (DH loves eagles), and some coordinating flannel batik-type prints.
"What are you making?" I ask. "Oh, I don't know, I'll just buy a couple
yards of each and we'll see" he says. It's rather like listening to
yourself talk. ;-) He's not made a quilt before, but I see no reason why he
shouldn't. He also picked up a book on Oragami quilting which has some neat
things in it. Too fussy for me, but he's fascinated by it. Works for me.
Now, on to the hug delivery and meet-up. We drive to Mary's house, and I
carry in a box or two, some to show and tell, and of course her hug. After
I had shown her a couple of the things I've got in progress, I then handed
her the box with the hug in it and said I'd brought something that she'd
really like. The look on her face was priceless when she realized what was
in the box. I hope the pictures capture the delight and wonder.!! We had a
great show and tell, I got to see lots of Mary's beautiful work, (she's very
prolific!) **and** she gave me a paper-piecing lesson!! How cool is that?!
We visited for a bit, but as Mary already said, not long enough. The drive
home was uneventful, thankfully. I will have to run down there more often!!
I promise, I will send the pics to TerBear for the gallery - but I had to
can pears yesterday.
TerriLee in WA (state)
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