Do you have that friend that understands your quilting needs? Someone that appreciates a good fabric sale or the release of a new fabric line? Someone that helps fuel the addicting quilting habit? I do – her name is Julie!
We have known each other since high school – been 20 plus years. Julie had a couple quilts under her belt, but life and kids happened. Now that her kids are a bit older, she has more time to devote to a hobby. As a newbie, I decided to take a class at the local quilt store, a turning twenty class for beginners. She decided a refresher class would be a good idea. We decided to take a class together. From there it was a slippery slope.
We have since embarked on learning how to long arm quilt, attending quilt retreats, and encouraging each other through various projects. We do our own version of shop hops. There are usually multiple texts and photos during a quilt project. We try to schedule our long arm quilting sessions together and share some wine at a local vineyard afterwards. Julie and I tend to keep a running total of money that we owe each other from picking up supplies or fabric – we are saving money by combining shipping, right? If we save money on the shipping, that means we get to spend more money on fabric?
It is nice to have someone to share the hobby with. Non of my teacher friends, college, or local friends are quilters. Most of our time ends up being an adventure. I am currently trying to convince her to attend the 2014 MN Quilt Show in St. Cloud, MN in June. We tried painting, but are much better at quilting.
Julie has a great blog over at Wanna-Be-Quilter. She has been making some amazing quilts – her latest chevron quilt was a true custom quilt job. You should check out her latest and greatest projects! I repeat, everyone should have a Julie!
P.S. We also share a love of Kenny Chesney concerts!