Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quilts and Friendships

If you all have been quilting long you will soon realize quilting isn't only about quilts. It's about the friendships. That hit me afresh while I was doing my trunk show, "Quilting through the Seasons"

So many of the quilts I showed had a connection with my long time friend (and machine quilter- that came later) I thought I'd do a post about our friendship.
We met online through a group called Interquilt in 1997. That was the olden days of mirc chatrooms and online lists. We chatted online, we chatted on the phone and then Interquilt was doing a live get together and I was going! Kathy and her husband picked me up at the airport and that was the start of a long and quilty friendship.
 I attended her quilt group and they did an impromptu show and tell for me. 
Kathy was hand quilting this pickle dish with 1/4" lines!

 Then she made her first trip "out west" to the Sisters show. We did a class, appropriately called, "To Sisters Through Ohio"
To Sisters through Ohio

We've done some amazing road trips!



Pretended we were on the commercial for Rice- A Roni!
And made more quilts together:
Mystery Quilt class at Sisters Quilt Show

Road to Paducah (my first trip to Kentucky) 

Trip Around the World. We actually made this at my home when she came out for the Sisters Show one year. It was so hot and we were getting so giddy and Kat kept sewing the pieces wrong. Finally I told her she was a shitty piecer! She never let me forget I said that! Of course, you all saw the pickle dish quilt, right? Nuff said about that!

Road to CA- three of us got together and swapped parts.

When I met Kathy she was working in a paint plant. She disliked her job so several years later she jumped in with both feet, quit her job, bought a long arm and started her own business. That was about the time Bonnie H stopped quilting for others and it was a smooth transition to Kathy. She is my primary quilter these days when I have to send quilts out. 

 She guided me with the trapunto on this quilt showing me the Hari Walner way. Then she quilted it. She liked it so much we swapped a quilt top that I made for quilting one of my quilts.
This is the one I made her
Obviously I needed to add one more border. I made this ocean waves as a swap for quilting too.
January 2013 was my last trip to see Kathy and as you can see the weather wasn't favorable for traveling far, so we sewed a lot. 

She has had knee replacement and is on the mend. I'm hoping she'll be up for another road trip soon! I think we are overdue. Wow! 18 years has flown by!

28 comments:

  1. This is such a lovely blogpost about a wonderful friendship. Love all the pictures of you, Kathy and all the quilts! I hope that one day I will be able to write a blogpost like this. Cherish your friendship!

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  2. Quilting friendships can last a lifetime--great to learn of your bond to Kathy. This, and my connection to quilters of long ago are what keep me quilting.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your many happy memories of time spent together doing what you both love so much. Quilty friends are the best!

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  4. I love the story! Thank you for sharing the friendship story and the quilt pictures. It is so true that quilting is more than the creative process. I have made many good friends via quilting. The Pickle Dish quilting is beautiful. The Pomegranate quilt top.....I can see why she liked it so well.

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  5. Lori - you are such a good friend to many and I love to read about the gifts your have received through your quilting.

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  6. Well know you've done it. Made my day with this wonderful trip down memory lane! Thanks for posting some of the great times we have shared. I never knew a comment I made on Interquilt to you about your beautiful blooming crocuses while we were still under 6" of "partly cloudy" in OH. would lead to such adventures. Fun times, so happy our long distance friendship through quilting is ever growing! Love ya!

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  7. Such a wonderful story of quilting and friendship! Our lives are enriched in many ways through quilting and it's always a good thing to reflect on that.

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  8. What a wonderful complicity and friendship.....thank you so much for sharing these photos !
    I know a little bit more about you ! :)

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  9. What a special post! It is so good to have special friends. I have been Blogging for less than a year but I have already met so many people I would like to meet in person. Wonderful quilts and wonderful memories!

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  10. What a great story and the quilts you shared are wonderful! I love that trapunto - beautiful! You made an ocean waves top in exchange for quilting - wow! I'd like to make one someday but all those hst's to trim... May there be many more years and many more quilts to collaborate on :0)

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  11. Kathy's Pickle Dish is amazing, as is your Pomegranate quilt. But even more amazing is the quality of friendship that can develop through this thing we call quilting. How wonderful that the two of you have been able to connect and share such adventures over the years. Great story!

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  12. Great post, my best friends are quilters. I think of my small group my very own "Ya Ya Sisterhood" Lovely quilts to remember all the good times.

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  13. I loved your post...and your quilts of course! Friends withstanding the test of time!! Loved watching you age!! NOT that you are old!! haha Just babes...young...really YOUNG!!

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  14. Loved this post, as it was very clear during the lecture that she is very near and dear to you. Thanks for sharing a bit more about your escapades, they all look fun! And great quilts have been born through this friendship

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  15. Wow, it really is about the friendships and connections that we make through fabric isn't it? I am so happy for you and Kathy, and what a fun trip down memory lane! I completely agree that quilting wouldn't be nearly as dear to me if it weren't for the amazing friends I've made along the way. Thanks for sharing those awesome photos!

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  16. what a fun post. Quilt friends are the best

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  17. Love the story and it's great remembering meeting the two of you at IQCon when it was in Phoenix!

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  18. you are blessed indeed to have found a quilty soul mate....

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  19. Lori,
    What a nice story, I Couldn't figure out who the blonde was in the first photo! Great collection of quilts too.
    Laurie

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  20. What a lovely friendship. The blue Ocean Waves quilt is exceptional.

    lizzy

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  21. What a great journey the two of you have had. Here's to many more years, and many more quilts together!

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  22. a lovely story! it's a gift of life having a good friend!

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  23. A lovely friendship indeed!! I treasure the many friends I would probably never have met if it were not for quilting! And from my love of old quilts and the women who made them, I have "met" them also and enjoyed the life stories of many who have gone but left incredible quilts to inspire us decades, and even centuries, later!!

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  24. A lovely friendship indeed!! I treasure the many friends I would probably never have met if it were not for quilting! And from my love of old quilts and the women who made them, I have "met" them also and enjoyed the life stories of many who have gone but left incredible quilts to inspire us decades, and even centuries, later!!

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  25. What a great post! Thanks for sharing your friendship and the quilts that have come out of it.

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  26. Having a quilter for a friend must be the best! Love seeing all your quilts that you have done together! Have a great weekend!!

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  27. That is a lovely story. May there be many more road trips and many more quilts.

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  28. What a lovely post. Quilting friendships are amazing, and I wish you many, many more years of road trips and shared quilts.

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