Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Afternoon That Went Too Fast

Have you ever wanted to slow time down? Today I had an afternoon that went too fast!
Nanette (of Freda's Hive), Dawn (Piece & Love) and Sherri (A Quilting Life) all came into St.George and we shared a wonderful afternoon together. We have met through quilt blogs, and talk to each other often, but wanted a day to be together in person. We met in February at the Bryce Retreat, and decided next time Nanette came to St. George we needed some girlfriend time. Both Dawn and Sherri live in Logandale, Nevada about an hour south of my house.
I fixed a lunch so we could have plenty of time to visit without interruption.

I even made homemade salsa.
Nanette brought us all presents. She loves this Caldrea Countertop Cleanser, and made cute dishtowels to go with it.
She gave me this cute little Japanese bag kit as a birthday present. Thank you Nanette! I love it! The instructions are in Japanese so I'm not sure how to make it. My boss Heather Purcell lived in Japan for 10 years and I may have to drop by her house to have her help me.
We all have made Nanette's bag. This one is Sherri's.
Instead of long strips, Sherri combined fabrics in a patchwork design.
Even her handle is scrappy.
Dawn's bag is more pastel in pink and blue.

Sherri gave me this little bag as a gift. Nanette thought it would make a great camera bag.
Thank you Sherri!
After lunch we went into my sewing room and talked quilts.
Sherri had just inherited some antique Dresden Plates from a Great Grandmother.
Sherri also brought her latest show and tell. Look at all the work! Each block is so well done.

We asked Nanette a lot of questions. We wanted to know where she gets her inspiration to design. She brought a lot of her Japanese books for us to look at. Even though she doesn't speak Japanese, she can understand enough by looking at the pictures.
Nanette gets most of her books on line, and over the years has built quite a collection.

We also went to a few quilt stores together. I especially wanted to shop with these ladies to see what they pick out. Have you ever notice that you go into a store and only see your view? And then your friends pull out wonderful things that completely passed you by? I followed Nanette around like a little groupie with my camera.
Nanette bought a yard of this fabric. She said "Look at the potential for wonderful covered buttons that could come from this."
I bought a yard too, because I believe her.
Our time went too fast. Mr. Hive met us at one of the quilt stores, and wanted his wife back. After all they are here on vacation and have plans with extended family.
I guess I'm just going to have to make a trip to Alpine, Utah in the near future because I still have a lot of things I want to learn.
Thank you Sherri, Dawn and Nanette for a memorable day!


Trisha said...

How fun that you all met from your blogs and live close enough to get together now and then. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I think we are all wishing we could have been there with you.

Kim Walus said...

What fun you had together! I'm happy you shared pictures with us. It made me feel like I was there with you.

I loved that fabric you and Nanette bought too!

Anonymous said...

Your so lucky to have spent some time with Nanette! I love her blog, she makes some pretty amazing quilts.

Dawn said...

Hey Nedra!! It was a memorable visit! Yes, we do need to get together again! Thanks so much for a great lunch and a wonderful tour of your beautiful home! I had a blast!!

Karen said...

When I saw Nanette on Wed. she mentioned that she was going to St. George, but she didn't say she was in for this much fun! I agree with the "button" fabric and, like you probably wouldn't have seen the potential unless someone else pointed it out to me. Maybe I should shop with friends more often. Thanks for sharing;)

Micki said...

How nice that you could personally meet some of your blogging friends.You all look like you had a wonderful time!

Carol said...

What a fantastic day...I can't think of a better way to spend a day. All that inspiration in one room...wonderful lunch...and I think fabric shopping with other people is the BEST! I always find things I wouldn't normally see.

Unknown said...

Fantastic!! Thank you for sharing all the pictures and and the wonderful stories. Nanette is a wonderful inspiration to us all as are all of you ladies!! I love that fabric that Nanette picked out and I believe her too!

flora said...

You go girls! You all inspire us.

Sherri said...

Everything was are such a gracious hostess! I, too, believe the afternoon that went too fast is a perfect description of our day! We'll definitely have to get together again. Driving home I was seriously thinking about joining the St. George guild!!!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how wonderful of you to be a hostess for your blog friends and get to be with them in "real" life. Thank you for all the pictues, I felt as if I were with you girls. I am so happy you had a wonderful time!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic day you all had together! Thanks for sharing!!

Karen said...

Love the quilt in your header picture!

Material Mary said...

Oh to be a mouse in your pocket and enjoy you great ladies. Someday maybe....

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Nedra, you were a grand hostes for you girls getting together. So much fun. Loved seeing all the quilts. Beautiful home.
Keep Stitchen,

Joy said...

Hi Nedra ... I found you through Sherri's blog and I have to say I've really enjoyed your bloggy girls get-together. Thanks for sharing :o).
Joy :o)

Gayle said...

Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL day Nedra! I love seeing picture of other people visiting your home cuz I've been there too, and I know what's just around the corner! LOL

Here's a belated birthday wish - next year I know I'll remember.....

Nanette Merrill said...

Nedra! You are so gracious and give me way too much credit. Thank you so much for hosting our little party. I had a ball. It was something I'd been looking forward to since Bryce and it was so incredibly fun. I got back just a couple hours ago and it was such a fun little trip from beginning to end. I was sad to leave the warmth of St. George both from outside and from you and my sisters homes. We certainly WILL do this again. Next time my house!

jen duncan said...

Lucky girls, and what a lovely hostess. I wish I lived closer to quilting buddies!

Lori Holt said...

Thank you for sharing your afternoon that went too fast. Your home is beautiful and your Joseph Smith quilt is a lovely backdrop.
It looks like you definetly had alot of fun- lucky girls!!