I attended with my bestie Samantha from Toronto. We used our 40th birthdays as an excuse to the husbands to do this. Yes, I have milked this birthday for all it is worth and then some. I have no shame. We then got my good friends Kelly (Kelby Sews), Angela (Cut to Pieces) and Michelle (I like Orange, too) to join in the fun. Kelly lives in Franklin, TN, so we all came a day early and had a girlie pow wow at her house the night before! So much fun. Including the incredible quilt swap I talked about in my last post.
( I want everything in Kelly's sewing room. All the things!!)
Friday night, the weekend began with cocktails and appetizers at a local restaurant. I sat next to Heather (that's what I call her now. Heather. My buddy.). You know, no biggie.
And then here is Anna Maria checking out (and COMPIMENTING!) my handmade clutch. Gah!
Then it was off to the temporary studio to settle in for the weekend.
Okay, I am at a loss for words (weird, eh?). I have stopped and started a commentary about 10 times. How to describe this weekend? Essentially, this weekend was 25 amazing ladies, hanging out in a studio full of hand stitched inspiration, in close quarters with my two Quilting Rockstars. I told my husband that it was like if Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora had invited him to their place for the weekend to jam in the garage and hang out. Yah. That cool.
(God, I hate this picture of me. WHY DIDN'T I TAKE A DECENT PICTURE?!?!)
We went for dinner at Anna's HOUSE. I mean, she said to us as we entered, "go ahead and throw your stuff on our bed!" Talk about down to earth and folksy! We hung out with her family, who were amazingly welcoming and who actually performed a concert for us- songs written by her eldest son and his friend, along with other favourites, performed by the "boys", Anna's husband and daughter. Talented and creative just like their mother.
Then Anna Maria and Heather took the time to draw us each a picture of whatever we requested, to embroider later. How amazing is that???
Speaking of original art, back in January (my, ahem, ACTUAL birthday), my husband had ordered me a Heather Ross custom family portrait for my gift. I had been in contact with her about it and it was so incredibly great to be able to have her give it to me in person. I love it so much, and how it captures my family and our life right now, scampering around in the minivan. I have it framed and on my wall at home.
(I know it looks like Heather is trying to cop a feel in this picture, but I assure you,
she is far too classy to attempt such a thing)
So we stitched. We learned. We were inspired. We laughed. And time passed FAR too fast. I gained a love of needleworks that I didn't know I had. I look forward to incorporating more of it into my crafting in the future.