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Good Things Come in Threes

Sometimes, amongst all the anxiety and stress, a day comes along that seems so full of goodness it’s hard to believe. It’s like a beacon, something to hold on to while you weather the storm. Monday was one of those days.

When Two Quilters Meet

Meet Roz (on the left), we’ve been online quilty friends for a number of years now and this was our first ‘real life’ get together. Roz lives hundreds of miles away in glorious Yorkshire, but has come to Cornwall for a couple of weeks’ holiday. And not just anywhere in Cornwall, but a mere 3 or 4 miles down the road in St Agnes! (A lot of the photos I share on Instagram are taken around the coast of St Agnes – it’s a beautiful place to escape to. Have a look at my photos and you’ll see what I mean!) It was a rare opportunity we couldn’t pass up.

 

A photo posted by Roz Elliott (@ell55roz) on

We arranged to meet at a lovely open air National Trust cafe on the beach at Chapel Porth. I cycled there and on the way I was thinking that a few decades ago (more than I care to remember!) I’d have been full of nerves and trepidation, but today I was full of excitement. It was the first opportunity I’ve ever had to meet an online friend. And it was even more special because Roz is a quilter, and I hardly ever meet other quilters where I live.

Give Us A Hug!

I rode to the bottom of a stoney track and spotted Roz straight away, and the pair of us were grinning from ear to ear! I felt so exuberant: it was like meeting an old friend you haven’t seen for ages. The disbelief gave way to huge hugs and when we finally found some words I realised Roz had someone with her.

Roz brought her husband Geoff along and it turns out he’s as keen on the outdoors as I am. A biker, a cyclist, a runner, a traveller – they both had some wonderful stories to tell. And of course we talked about quilting! Roz is an awesome hand quilter and you can find her on Instagram and the Celebrate Hand Quilting group on Facebook. She’s also a keen bag maker and machine embroiderer. In short Roz is an inspiration and a most lovely person to boot. I wished we’d had some stitching with us and we could have talked quilting till the cows came home! I can’t wait to meet up again. There’s just so much to share! And luckily for me Cornwall’s a regular holiday destination for them both.

They Say Good Things Come in Threes

The first ‘good thing’ was pretty hard to beat on Monday and I planned to spend the rest of the afternoon gardening. When I got home I rode down the road to my local saw mills about a mile away. I wanted to find out the cost of the timber to make the first raised bed for my disaster-zone-garden. I was surprised at how affordable it was. I had one of those impulsive moments and decided to buy it there and then. Then thought…hmm, how to get it home?!

Making a raised bed with timber carried home on a mountain bike © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

From bike to raised bed!

I had it cut to size and strapped it to the handlebars and seat of my bike (thank goodness for bungees!) and pushed it back: ingenious, I thought. Back home I was sitting on the kitchen doorstep with a cuppa in my hand and feeling pretty pleased with myself: the second ‘good thing’ of the day had just happened.

I was enjoying a bit of sunshine when I heard a car door close and looked up. Another surprise? Oh yes: an unexpected visit from another old friend, Sally! Sally owns Coast and Country Crafts, (a lovely quilt shop) and brought over a couple of big bags of fabric scraps needing a new home.  This day was turning out to be pretty awesome! What an absolutely wonderful gift for someone who thinks scrappy quilts are the best. in. the. entire. universe!!! ‘Good thing’ number three: tick!

Magnificent Scraps!

We chewed the fat for a while and caught up on family life (our boys were great friends in primary school and went to the same secondary school) until Sally had to head back to the shop. I thought catching up with Sally was the third good thing of the day, but I was totally wrong! Sorry Sally but you were relegated to second place and gardening was kicked off the list altogether!

The bags of scraps she’d brought were hiding a treasure inside. There are lots of strips of fabric in the bags (perfect for a string quilt) but amongst them all were a couple of small pieces of a Kaffe Fassett fabric called Lotus Leaf. In red. I was over the moon: a score for my bunting inspired quilt ‘Fete‘! That really was the third best thing of the day. And in no danger of being struck from the list!

Fete – Growing Row by Row

There isn’t a quilter alive than can put off the excitement of using up a bit of fabric when it’s perfect for the job, so I know you’ll understand what I had to do next. I couldn’t wait to get stitching. I spent about 6 hours or more finishing up two rows of patchwork bunting for Fete, the celebration quilt I’m making for my sister’s 40th birthday.

'Fete' an original improv patchwork in progress © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Bringing in some blues and purples

Pride of place in the middle of a row are are two pennant flags in ‘Lotus Leaf’ from Sally’s scraps. The smile on my face was about big enough to go well beyond ear to ear by now!

'Fete' an original improv patchwork in progress by © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Kaffe Fassett scraps (2 large red triangles)

Monday turned out to be an incredible day, unforgettable, all thanks to Roz and Sally. And after such a crappy couple of weeks of raging anxiety it’s wonderful to have some balance restored.

Have you ever met an online friend in real life? What was it like the first time – are you still friends?!?!  Tell us your story in the comments – I’d love to know how you got on!

I’ll be back on Sunday for Slow Sunday Stitching (all being well). Until then…

Happy Stitching!

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts,  My Quilt Infatuation, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Fort Worth Studio

21 replies
  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    The bunting quilt is fabulous — it communicates a real joie de vivre!
    I recently discovered that a very sympatico fellow country-woman (we’re both from the US) and quilt-blogger lives only 12 km from me. We’ve met in the meantime, and she’s invited me to join a small quilting B in Hamburg. She and the other members are modern and improv quilters, while I’ve been more traditional up to now, but there is lots to talk about and to learn from each other.
    Recently my partner and I were reflecting that the very best holiday we’ve had in the eleven years we have known each other was in Cornwall. We stayed in Mousehole, but I think we were also in St. Agnes. If we ever go back, we will surely look you up!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Susan that’s wonderful, how amazing to meet another person who quilts and blogs, is from the US and only 12km away…in Germany! What are the chances?!?! I hope you enjoy the bee – I’d love to find something like that close to home. I honestly don’t think it matters what type of quilters we are when we get together, as you say there’s so much to learn from each other whatever style we work in.

      It’s lovely that you stayed in Mousehole – such a gorgeous little village with some fantastic views and coastal walking nearby. I must go back soon! If you ever come back to Cornwall, make sure you let me know! x

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  2. Karen Goad
    Karen Goad says:

    Stephie it sounds like you had a great day to come out of the funk you had been in. I did meet an on line friend last year when we were traveling -on my blog I had mentioned my husband and I were traveling in a certain area in Colorado and my husband and I had pulled over to look at scenery in a beautiful area of the mountains and while I was taking photos I had a lady come up to me and ask me if I was “Karen the quilter” I was stunned as I am no rock star LOL – Barbara was on vacation too and read what area of Colorado I was going to be and had seen a photo that my husband had taken of me that I had posted on my blog and she recognized me. She said she was kind of keeping an eye out for me as she knew we were generally in the same area. She stops by my blog now and then to visit but she has none of her own so we do not keep in close touch – would be nice though.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      What a lovely story Karen…are you sure Barbara wasn’t a quilting stalker though?!?! How incredible it must’ve been to meet like that – I’d have fallen over with shock. The world must have seemed like a really small place, even though you were looking at what I can only imagine is the vast expanse of Colorado! I bet you won’t forget it in a hurry 🙂 It’s sad that you’re unable to keep in closer contact though, but I’m glad she still visits from time to time – it’s such a special thing to share. x

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Hi there! Thats for such a lovely comment 🙂 I really do make it up as I go along! If it turns out well though I might adapt it and write up a pattern, if people are interested. What kind of quilting do you like to do?

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      • lswanekamp
        lswanekamp says:

        I love scrap quilting and improv scraps. I make a lot of made fabric and then use that as yardage. I would love to know how to make those triangles on curves, all the different sizes you used and it all fit together! You can see my work on my blog http://artinsearch.blogspot.com/. Look up the scrap and improv labels.
        I would really like to make this quilt, but I cannot figure out how to make it go together. I have sewn the improv triangles from Sujata’s book and I took a class with her, but all the blocks are squared up before sewing together.

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  3. Hannah @unsophisticated+jejune
    Hannah @unsophisticated+jejune says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love how you strapped the wood to your bike, reminds me of a time my friends and I went to a car boot sale and bought chairs. We strapped them onto the back of our bikes with a mixture of bungies, scarves and belts! We felt so accomplished when we got back from that endeavour! I am really loving the look of Fete too, I can’t understand how you did it! 🙂 Hannah

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Oh Hannah, now that is impressive…chairs?!?!? Err, just how?! I can see it now…one of you sat on the chair on the back like a Queen! It’s amazing the feeling of accomplishment though isn’t it?! I think it’s just got something to do with realising how ingenious and creative we are as human beings. Oh and not to forget the ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’ mentality, regardless of how unlikely success is going to be 🙂

      I’m not sure how I’m getting this quilt top to work either! A lot of fudging and patience is involved though 😀

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  4. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    What an all-round wonderful day! I almost met an online friend last year. She lives in Sydney and I was hoping to spend a few days there during a trip I was planning to Australia. Unfortunately my trip had to be made at short notice so I wasn’t able to spend more than a few hours in Sydney, with family. I hope that she and I will be able to meet during a future trip.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      It was the best day I can remember for a long time Dina 🙂 I think your ‘near-miss’ means you have to go back to Australia and put it right as soon as possible! It’d be a good enough excuse for me 😀 Something wonderful to look forward to though Dina, after everything that’s happened recently x

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  5. craftycreeky
    craftycreeky says:

    We have a bloggers meet up every few months near Leeds, it’s great to meet people you’ve corresponded with on blogs. We did laugh the first time though as we were doing just what we warn our kids against 🙂

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  6. Roz Elliott
    Roz Elliott says:

    What a great day you had Steph…. I must admit meeting you was a highlight of my holiday ????. Next year I think we should spend more time together and do some sewing – the icing on the cake. Your quilt is looking amazing xx

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Roz, it was down to you, thank you! Surely the wonderful boat surprise was the highlight though! I can’t imagine how awesome that must have felt 🙂 And some sewing is definitely on the agenda…I wonder what you’ll be working on by then. I’m pretty sure I’ll still be finishing up the stuff in my ufo pile! But you never know, I often get distracted and if you’ve got an idea in your head you’ve got to go with the flow haven’t you?! xx

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  7. Lara B.
    Lara B. says:

    Your Monday sounds like the best sort of day. How wonderful that you got to meet your friend Roz! Who knows, maybe you can meet up with Kaja next? LOL
    That Fete quilt is a jaw dropper – Fabulous! I love that particular Kaffe fabric too.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      It really was such a wonderful day Lara – and Kaja’s definitely next on the list, haha! Thanks for the lovely comment about Fete – I’m surprised how many people have said they like it (chuffed to bits though). I hope my sister likes it too. She’s not a quilter so she’ll have no idea how it’s made, it’s just going to be a ‘that looks nice’ or ‘that’s horrible’ decision for her!! But she told me to surprise her with it, colours and everything, so if it’s not up her street I’ll have it back and make her another one 😀 xx

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