I had used part of the time to research the quilting community in AZ and had already joined AQG and Nimble Thimbles. The past president of the NT chapter, Karen Ewart, had been very helpful. She had given me directions to the meeting place and informed me that for the first time, the group was meeting during the summer. That was good news as I had been extremely active in the quilting community where we lived and was not looking forward to not knowing any quilters until Fall.
At that first meeting, I met Joyce and Diane among others. Being summer it was a small gathering. Joyce and Diane had joined the group in March on the same night and were forever after always being called the other ones name. Through those meetings, Joyce, Diane and I became the best of friends.
We have made road trips to quilt shows, met in our homes, closed down restaurants with our late night meetings after Nimble Thimbles meetings, supported each other through our kids teenage years, celebrated our children's weddings, the arrival of grandchildren, held each others hand when we've lost loved ones and have generally become quilt sisters.
Diane made this wall hanging for me for Christmas in 1997. The label on the back reads, " When I first saw this pattern, I immediately thought of you and knew I would eventually make it for you. I also finally knew what I wanted to do with my dad's and Steve's old neckties. Merry Christmas, 1997." Of course, it is a treasure.
Here is a detail of the ties in the borders. All those ties took a lot of time to take apart before cutting. I had just made a vest for our daughter using my dad's and husband's old ties along with the fabric from her bridesmaid's dresses. I know it took a lot of work to just get the fabric ready for the border. Thank you, again, Diane!
The inside of the card read, "With a friend you're never alone." A truer statement has never been made. With our friends we can handle things we don't think we can by ourselves.
In the detail you can see the license plate, "Drive Carefully."
As Joyce about our trip to Paducah one year. We were busy doing what friends do in a car and missed a turn. Joyce got sent to ask for directions. She was told we were WAY lost. Part of the directions were to go to a certain point and "Daon't turn." That isn't a typo, we were in Tennessee where some words that are normally one syllable become two syllables. We enjoyed our cross country trek probably more than the direct route we should have taken on the Interstate, but the words, "Daon't turn" have forever been burned in our memories.
Friends are such a special treat in life. I hope you treasure yours. Having lived in many different states, I've had the pleasure of making many fiends and treasure each of them. Special friends like Joyce and Diane are forever friends who last through moves to other states and back again.
Joyce, Diane and me at the 42nd annual NQA Quilt show last week. Hmmm, I should have photoshopped this to make us taller and thinner. Maybe next time!
Thank you Joyce, Diane and all of you who are friends both "old" and "new".
Do you have a BFF? I hope so, if not, get busy and find someone who shares your values and interests and make some memories.
Until next time,