Sunday, October 31, 2010

I have not disappeared...

Really.  I know it's hard to believe because I haven't posted anything for so long.  So, I have a lot of catching up to do.  But I will start with just last week. 

As some of you know, last year I caught up with my best friend from high school, Nancy, through facebook.  We had lost contact for 27 years and, when we met up last year in Chicago, it was almost as if we had grown into the same people; not quite exactly alike but very similar.  We got together again briefly this past May at my house in NC when Nancy and Bill (her husband, who, by the way was her high school sweetheart, so it was a reunion for us as well) were driving through to have a family gathering at the NC shore.

We had decided that these fleeting get-togethers weren't enough so off I went to visit her in Indiana (she moved out of California for pretty much the same reasons we did).  We had a wonderful week; we laughed, cried, toured around her beautiful town (Bloomington) and had a fantastic time.   I now know exactly why she was my best friend...I have rediscovered her and love her even more than before!  Anyway,  she is an amazing quilter and did own her own quilting shop for 5 years.   I love quilts but have tried my hand at the craft and just couldn't make it happen (I'll stick to knitting and crochet).  I have taken many pictures of her quilts to share:
Above is the house that Nancy had her quilt store in.  It's available!  Anyone interested?  I think a yarn store would be perfect!

One of Nancy's quilts; Molly, one of her 3 dachshunds, is carefully inspecting her handiwork.

Nancy, on left, and Jane, who has the long arm quilting machine (seen on the right edge of the picture).
This quilt was designed by Suzanne, Nancy's daughter-in-law, and sewn up by Nancy.  Jane finished with the quilting on the long arm machine.  It is so gorgeous! The end result is going to Olivia, Nancy's baby granddaughter....lucky thing!

Jane lives in a beautiful log cabin in the middle of the woods.  Her quilts are everywhere!

Below are close-ups of her quilts

The quilt above has writing quilted in the backgrou

I did try to teach Nancy how to knit (those are her hands in the photo).  It's a good thing she's such a fast learner because, as you can see, we had our hands, or should I say, our laps full.  Three very cuddly and spoiled dachshunds felt that our sole purpose in life was to rub their heads.  That's Herbie, with the dolefull eyes, Molly is in the middle, and Daisy is on the top with back legs on my lap and front paws on Nancy's.  It was too, too cute!

I arrived back home on Thursday morning after some weather related flight cancellations.  I had to get back for Friday football!  As some of you know, I'm a football mom, so I prepare, with about 6 or 7 other football moms, a pre-game meal for about 70 to 80 boys before every game.  This Friday was a special night to honor all of the graduating seniors, of which my son, Evan is one.  After four years of football, it is really difficult to say good-bye.  It has been wonderful; the parents, the coaches but especially the boys have been absolutely so special.  I've enjoyed every minute.

Bill, Evan and Lydia

Evan and his girlfriend, Courtney

All of us....

There will be more posts coming.  I do have some additional pictures of knit camp in Scotland but am ahem....waiting on someone to give them to me (you know who you are!).  I will also be posting more about this last football season....once I get all my pictures sorted out.

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