Friday, April 29, 2011

A Meet Up

Some weeks ago I received an email from a woman named Lani who kindly said she had been reading my blog for some time and enjoyed it--so nice of her to say--and that she had been quilting for 25 years.  She further mentioned the main reason she liked my blog was that she lives in the same town!  Lani mentioned she would love to meet and talk quilting.  It took some time before we could find an agreeable date but meet we did, at a restaurant on Tuesday night.  Lani immediately looked familiar to me and from our later conversation we discovered an astonishing coincidence--her niece lives on my street.  This niece used to play Bunco with us and Lani had sat in as a sub once or twice, so we had met before!  What a small world.

Lani shared some projects she is working on, letting me pet her beautiful pieced blocks and appliqued flower hexies, and we had a fun couple of hours talking quilting and family, and everything in between.  I was the surprised and happy recipient of some of her beautiful work.
Isn't this table runner sweet? 

Love the colors, prints, and cheerful baskets on the 9 patches.

So pretty!  It went straight onto the coffee table in the living room where I can see it coming down the stairs and from the dining room table.

The tablerunner came in this bag Lani embellished beautifully.

Her generous gifts will be treasured.  I look forward to our next meeting where hopefully some stitching together will be happening!   I thank Lani very much for having the courage to send an email to a stranger and hope she feels she has found a friend in the making, as I do.

11 comments:

Shay said...

It's wonderful to meet bloggy friends .(especially when quilting talk is involved) Glad you had a terrific dinner with lovely company. Beautiful gifts too!

Marg said...

I agree, meeting bloggy especially quilting bloggy friends is just fabulous.
They are lovely gifts.

Nana B said...

The fact that you had met and that she had been in you house before - too cool. I am so impressed that you. Lani, Shay and (from the sounds) Marg had the courage to step out of the lines and meet with a fellow blogger.

Stephanie said...

Small world. Sweet meet and lovely gifts.

Michele said...

How nice to meet a blogging friend so close to you. It sounds like there are many fun quilting get togethers in your future :-) lovely treats!

Kate said...

Very cool!

Quilter Kathy said...

How fun! What a great story on your quilting adventure! Love the gift...I always love a striped binding!

Lori said...

That is fantastic! I'm always amazed at how the internet can bring quiters together. I love your gifts too- how generous!

Joyful Quilter said...

Lucky you! You recieved two wonderful gifts, a new friend and a cute table runner!

Candace said...

How fun, Annie! The same thing happened to me here in our town and although we had not met before like you and Lani, we have formed a wonderful friendship - husbands included!
Cheers!

Rhonda G said...

How nice to be able to meet up with other quilters and make new friends. Lani's table runner is adorable. I love farmy chicken type of designs.