last december my dear friend melinda at quirkygranolagirl moved from wisconsin to washington dc. this made our usual meetup place in lacrosse, wi rather unpractical, which is sad... but means that last weekend i got to go out to dc to visit her!
we were so busy crafting and chatting and having a wonderful time that this is the only photo we managed to take together!
the crafty goal for the weekend was to get me to finish my little apples quilt, i'm sure you remember... the quilt i started, ahem, a year ago october when melinda and i were in lacrosse, and then haven't looked at since... yeah, that quilt.
melinda was dead set that i was going to take a finished quilt back with me to minnesota and therefore took it upon herself to do a lot of the work for me (some of it had to do with her being a good, accurate, quick sewist while i am a sloppy, crappy, slow sewist, but mostly it was because she is amazing and talented and generous and helpful.)
here she is putting the back together for me while i sit like a weasel and crochet... yes, i felt very spoiled, selfish, and lazy... but also rather happy to just let her do whatever she wanted!
she showed me how to baste and then left me to it. (i was good at pinning, since it doesn't require the accuracy of sewing straight lines!)
after a demonstration i was also able to mark out my quilting lines and then did almost all of the quilting myself!
i made sure to get melinda to take a photo of me at the sewing machine so there was proof that i actually did some work!
with a great burst of determination (and lack of sleep) we (and by "we" i mean mostly melinda) got the quilt 98% finished before i left! i just have a little hand stitching to do on the binding and it's done!! i would like to publicly promise melinda that all her hard work was not in vain and i will have the stitching done by the end of THIS weekend!!
while the crafting was the major focus of our meetup, we also took some time to go and play tourist in downtown dc with her wonderful family!
some of my very favorite moments of the trip were spent in the back seat of their car singing "if i had a million dollars" with henry.
thank you so much melinda for all your help and encouragement (there was a moment when i attempted to pout so i wouldn't have to reload the bobbin myself and melinda just looked at me and said, "are you trying to pout at me?!? go load the bobbin!") and your humor and kindness and friendship!
i had a wonderful visit, i hope we can do it again soon!!