Yesterday I had company – and old friend who I hadn’t seen in at least 2-3 years.

After she left, I thought about it – and we have known each other for about 21 years!!! Time really flies!!!!

I moved to northern Virginia from California when my son was about 3  1/2 years old. He soon reached the age for preschool – or should I say the age when I could part with him for a few hours a day!

A local preschool was recommended, Winnie the Pooh Preschool.

I went to the meeting at the new school, and seated to my right was a very nice woman and we started chatting.  She was a member of a  local babysitting co-op, and asked if I might be interested in participating in something like that.

Well, the rest is history and we’ve been friends ever since. Altho, I do regret, that once the kids got older, we did not get together as much as I would have liked- work and life in general, always seemed to get in the way.

And, then, we moved.

Saturday brought her to my neck of the woods – and I am so glad she was able to find the time to stop by for a few hours.  We got to talk – I also got to unload several bird house gourds, jars of jam,  iris and daffodil bulbs into her trunk!!!! One never leaves my house empty handed!!!

Toward the end of our visit, Effie mentioned she had brought her quilts to show me. She is a relatively new quilter, and I had seen a picture of a quilt she made for her husband.

She brought along that one  and several others – they are absolutely fabulous!!!

The gift to her husband – who has always been an avid sailor, and is going for his captain’s license for big ships- is a stunning Mariner’s Compass – !

I have always admired this pattern – but would never attempt it for my first big quilt- don’t have the patience! But Effie did it – and did an unbelievable job!!! The woman who did the machine quilting for Effie also did an amazing job with hand guided and patterned quilting. This quilt definitely deserves to be in a Quilters Unlimited Show!!!

So, with no further ado – here are Effie’s quilts:

We had to drape it over the couch!

We had to drape it over the couch!

Fabulous fabric choices!

Fabulous fabric choices!

Closeup of the anchor and constellations machine quilting

Closeup of the anchor and constellations machine quilting

Hand guided feathering on reverse of the star

Hand guided feathering on reverse of the star

I love vintage rick rack - this is Effie's Rick Rack Road quilt

I love vintage rick rack - this is Effie's Rick Rack Road quilt

One of 2 T-shirt quilts she made for her son

One of 2 T-shirt quilts she made for her son

I must say – I am very inspired by Effie’s quilts!! I have always wanted to take my husband’s t-shirts – they are the history of his life- and put them in a quilt!!! I love the rick rack quilt, and am  fully aware that I will probably NEVER attempt a Mariner’s Compass!!

Seeing these has spurred me on, to get my machines tuned up, and get that studio in working order!!!

Thanks, Effie – it was a great visit and I hope it won’t be too long before the next one!!!

All is well at Mountain Meadows this Sunday afternoon…………………….

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“Even manure has a place in life – I try to remember that when everything goes to shit!!!! Out of manure sprouts beauty……”————PM


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