Friday, May 18, 2012

It's a small world, after all

Lousy photo courtesy of bad hotel lighting
Today I was able to go visit Wanda of Exuberant Color in her hometown of Sandwich, Illinois.  It was like meeting an old friend for lunch and a nice visit.  Then I was taken on a tour of her sewing rooms* (yes, she has is her entire basement) and got to see some of her many, beautiful, quilts.  I was, quite frankly, too busy soaking up all the inspiration to think about photographs, but she said she has pics of her stash spots on her blog side bar, if you want to tease yourself.  I think it will take me years of fabric shopping to hold a candle to her stash.  (HUGE SIGH.)

As I was leaving, we exchanged gifts.  My gift was getting to grab scraps of all colors from her scrap boxes (again, heart palpitations).  She told me I was actually doing her a favor, so that made me feel a wee bit better.  (This, no doubt, in the spirit of one woman's scraps being another woman's treasure.) Then I gave her some fat quarters designed by my neighbor in Taos, Terrie Mangat...and it turns out Wanda has taken her classes and is a great admirer.  What are the chances of that happening?

As I was in Sandwich today (a really sweet little town with lots of great historic buildings), I had to stop to photograph this old building.  I just love the colors in the stones.  It makes me really happy when a building like this has been preserved for future generations.

*Roger is going to wish he hadn't encouraged me to visit me on this.


Michele Bilyeu said...

So, you are the wonderful now real life, once blogging friend! Such a great story that was and what beautiful fabrics you brought Wanda! I'm so happy to have come over for a visit..great fun, wonderful blog!

And Bless your heart! for reposting my link for the miracles we need for two dear people in my life!!!

Purple Pam said...

Glad you were able to meet and visit with Wanda. I am so envious. She does such beautiful quilts. She is a talented fabric artist.

Mary said...

I have followed Wanda's blog for years. She is such an inspiration. How wonderful that you got to spend time with her.