Friday was our meet up day with Ray. I’ve never done anything like this so I really didn’t know what to expect. I know many people are still working so didn’t know if Fridays are a good day…didn’t know if a weekend day would be better but then people have things going on then. We settled on Friday and hoped for the best.
There weren’t a lot of us but I think we all left happy that we spent the day with each other.
Going around the table left to the back and right back to the front are…
Cheryl, Connie, Gloria, Ray, Ray’s daughter Amanda. The Cresco Ladies, Sandra, Donna, and Sylvia. Then me and Karen.
Besides Ray and Amanda, I hadn’t met Cheryl or Karen. I have exchanged emails and goodies with both of them the in the past but I had no name and face to put together.
Before we met, Ray and Amanda had met up with a blog reader, Colleen. She passed fabric to Ray and Ray brought it and shared it with us! They met in JoAnn’s parking lot. FUN!!
Before I tell you more about the day I want to give a HUGE shout out to my son Karl. He is the one who suggested we meet here. It was the perfect location for what we needed. We arrived at 11 am and I think it was later than 4 pm when the last of us left. We never felt rushed or hurried. We had PLENTY of room and the food was GREAT!!
A couple of us ordered this pizza. I don’t remember the name of it but it had halved cherry tomatoes, pepperoni, and sweet corn on it. There were other things too…but YUM!! It was very seasonal and very farm country eats.
We sat around and chatted. It was so good to be with people who shared common interests. It’s always good when quilters are with quilters. We don’t have to explain the madness of the hobby. HA!
This is Sandra at the end of the table with Ray. Many of you have wanted to know about the Cresco Ladies. My main contact is Sandra. She, along with Donna, are the main two who coordinate things. They are workers for sure.
It is Karen and she finishes community quilts too. She is gearing up to do more. (By the way: Check out her HUGE salad) Karen is from Indiana and came to Minnesota for the meet-up. She actually has family nearby so made the trip into a “two birds and one stone” trip. She could meet with us and visit family. Perfect!
Karen talked with us about a project that she is gearing up for and working to help with. It involves community quilts. She brought some information about it and gave it to me. I plan to do a write-up about it here on the blog for next week. I’m hoping some of you might be willing to help Karen. It’s a great project and Karen and I are happy to be able to tell you more about it.
It was a great day. I had a lovely time. I am so appreciative of Ray for suggesting this meet-up. I never dreamed I would have a chance to meet him. I was able to apologize in person to Ray. When I first heard from Ray it was through email. The email was from raylagrange. I just made the assumption that the person’s first name was Rayla and the last name was Grange. I was wrong. Ray was a guy quilter and his last name is LaGrange.
It was great to hear his story about how he got to longarming. As I said and keep saying, it was a great day.
BUT, it gets…
You might remember my super shy Australian Shepherd Simone. Thursday night before the meet up I was messaging my friend Connie. I thought she might be coming to the meet-up but didn’t know for sure. I messaged her and then had an idea that I was going to put a bug in her ear.
Connie recently lost her husband and the house is quiet. She thought about getting a dog but then changed her mind. She thought about getting a cat but didn’t. She’s previously had cats and was a great cat mom. I had the idea that Simone would be the perfect dog for Connie.
Simone needed someone with a quiet house. She needed someone who was willing to go slow and be patient. Oh my word, Connie all of those things!! So I put the bug in Connie’s ear that maybe she should meet Simone. Maybe the two were destined to be together.
So Connie and talked at the meetup. I talked with everyone and told them about Simone and Connie and guess what? Connie decided to come to my house after the meet-up and would meet Simone.
I warned her and told her Simone is scared and timid. Connie came in and was immediately on the floor and loving on her. I didn’t get a good picture of them together. To be honest, I don’t know that Simone was ready for a formal picture. She is so uncertain. I did get this picture. It’s Connie signing the adoption papers!!
YES!! Connie did adopt her!! It took some scrambling to get the forms all through and in order but it worked out perfectly.
Connie didn’t have a kennel or anything for a dog. Remember she came expecting to meet quilters, not adopt a dog!! HA!!
I ended up following her toward her home. I had Simone with me. She ran into Walmart and got the first round of doggie goodies. Then we transferred Simone to her car and they were on their way headed to Connie’s house.
I am SO HAPPY for the two of them. Connie has changed her name to Sophie. That’s very fitting for her. She’s a soft, gentle girl and the sound of that name makes me think that.
So…I had a fabulous day. I met up with quilting friends and met new ones too!! I also found the best home for my foster dog…and helped Connie find the perfect new furball!! It couldn’t have been a better day…unless maybe I also won the lottery…but I never buy a ticket so, I think this is the best day I could ever have.
Make sure to stop back next week and learn about the project that Karen is working on. It’s a good one many of us will want to support!