|Jolene and Shelley in the lobby of Hampton Inn, Kalispell, Mt|
|Jolene holds a very long receipt for materials we'll use for our Christmas Market products.|
Soon after we arrived a local woman came in the door, looked around and said, "What on earth is going on?" I said: "A busload of 45 women was just dropped off." Seeing she was just about to make a grumpy comment, I added: "And I'm part of the busload." We both laughed.
|Sheila and her brand-new, practical boots.|
|Lucy the sock monkey gets packed, ready for a child's welcomed gift.|
Frequently on my travels I carry my backpack with "necessities." This time a Threads sewing magazine, a slim, interesting biography of Canada's first woman judge, Emily Murphy and that blue flowery fabric-covered notebook is my planning book for Love and Comfort Designs. One needs a creative book for creative planning, of course! The sock monkey came home with me for my six-year-old daughter who named her Lucy. Lucy is smaller than regular monkeys and bore the tag "Handmade in Idaho by Victoria for over 50 years." Victoria and her husband were at the Quilt Show and you can see more of Victoria's work at Admitonefabrics.
For years, I must say I've dreamed of taking such a trip with other women. I've read on Pattern Review of women meeting up in places such as New York and Chicago and Montreal to go fabric shopping together and relishing together in their common love of fabric and all things sewn. Thanks to Theresa and Linda and the Chinook Country Quilters for making a fun dream come true.