Who would have imagined that I’d be among palm trees again?
Linda is a wonderful friend and she’s been a fun part of quite a few of my blog posts. We’ve belonged to the same guilds, gone on retreats, and traveled to Paducah together quite a few times. Well, she had the nerve to move to Ft. Myers Florida a few years ago, and she’s been sorely missed. You can imagine how pleased I was to hear that she’d joined a local guild, and she told them about a teacher she knew in Wisconsin. If you guessed that the teacher was me ~ you’d be right! And if you thought spending a week in Florida when the temperatures were below zero in Wisconsin was a good idea ~ you’d be right again 😁!
I flew to Ft. Myers this past Monday. It’s been a marvelous week – with some ups and downs! Her guild is delightful ~ they have so many fun and talented members. I loved sharing my Quilt Tales lecture with them on Tuesday, and Wednesday was our sew day.
Did I mention Linda also signed up for the online Murder Mystery Quilt I told you about a while back? It’s time for an update. The first chapter of this Grecian mystery, and the corresponding block patterns, became available January 10th. All of those involved are invited to join a Facebook group in which we share photos, stories and a bit of craziness as we read along and make our blocks. Prior to the first installment I decided to put my “photoshopping skills” into practice and came up with a group shot of our “Grecian” gang to share in the group (click here for a previous post about how April got us all to join in).
We got our January blocks done and can’t wait for the next chapter and block!
It’s not too late for you to sign up. All the information is in the previous link.
On Thursday I drove up to Venice to visit Cindy and Stu. Cindy is the cousin who also decided moving to Florida was a good idea. It was so nice to share news about our kids and catch up with them in their lovely home. Cindy isn’t a quilter, but I still love her 😊.
I returned to Ft. Myers to find Linda in the hospital. She’s struggled with heart and other health issues for years and is scheduled for a procedure to try and figure out what’s going on tomorrow. So, Carl and I have been spending time with her there. He is such a sweet man, and has been very willing to be my chauffeur because I still had some teaching to do. On Saturday I had a wonderful time teaching Repliqué.
It was so much fun getting to know these ladies and they did a great job!
I on the other hand – had a bit of trouble remembering to tape my fabric in place on my block prior to stitching:
I continued to use it for demonstration purposes, and they were all so kind ~ after a good laugh. I WILL repair my Floridian home. Stay tuned for the results.
My husband has kept me updated on conditions at home and, even thought it’s been frigid for the past week there, it should be above freezing when I return tomorrow. I guess I’ll be bringing a little warmth back with me. Hope you’re all staying warm wherever you are!