Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Very, Very Good Day

I just had one of my best days... ever!

And it wasn't just because I got to go here. Though, this was pretty amazing. 

I'd heard of Hamilton, Missouri, and how Jenny Doan has put the city on the map since buying up several stores to expand her quilting empire. Goodness knows, I passed by that Cameron, Missouri exit on I-35 quite literally hundreds of times when traveling from West Des Moines (where I lived for more than 22 years) to Kansas City, when visiting my family. But I'd never driven that extra 12 miles east from the Interstate, to Hamilton. 

Did you know that James Cash Penney put Hamilton on the map the first time? He was born in Hamilton, and after becoming successful, returned to his hometown to open the 500th J. C. Penney's store. It's now one of several Missouri Star Quilt Company store fronts.

That particular store is where I found quilter extraordinaire, Angela Walters, signing her latest quilting book. She now has four books under her belt (check out Shape by Shape), offers several Craftsy free motion quilting classes, and is simply a really nice person.

Angela and I had met before, at a Kansas City MQG meeting, but it was my Flourishing Palms name that brought recognition to her face. Just like old friends, we had a nice chat, even talking about her recent trip to Australia, visit to the Blue Mountains (one of my favorite places in Australia), and her workshops in Katoomba. 

Later in the afternoon, I had the chance to meet Alexandra Ledgerwood of TeaginnyDesigns, and author of Improvising Tradition. I've been one of Alex's Instagram and blog fans because her modern designs are always fresh and innovative.

In just two of the half-dozen Missouri Star Quilt Company shops, I gave a great boost to the Hamilton economy! Alex's book is among my purchases as well as the elusive In-R-Form Plus, a fusible foam product for making bags. Crafty Gemini friend, Vanessa, (also president of the Gainesville, Florida, MQG) made a video with Jenny Doan, using In-R-Form Plus to sew a tote bag. That's all it took for the product to sell out and become unavailable, for several weeks, on Amazon and Missouri Star! 

But the most wonderful, fantastic, super-special part of being in Hamilton, Missouri for four glorious hours, was getting to spend time with these dear, dear women - quilter best friends from the Des Moines 'burbs who were, and will always be my besties.
L-R: Bug, me, Mary, Michelle
I made our meet-up plans with Linda (AKA "Bug"), and knew Michelle was coming too, but I didn't know Mary would also be there. Literally running to meet them, I embarrassed myself by crying. I knew I missed these precious women, but I surprised myself with how much I miss them. It's been three years, come May, since we've been together, so my heart was full to bursting over our reunion.  God blessed me when He placed these women in my life at Lutheran Church of Hope, and strengthened our relationships through quilting with Hope Quilters and Stitchin' Mission (my interdenominational ministry that's no longer exists).

If today was a foretaste of heaven, the real heavenly reunion is going to be phenomenal! Linda

19 comments:

  1. You certainly look happy to be back among friends! I look forward to seeing what bag you make with the In-R-Form!

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  2. So pleased you where able to meet your special quilting friends. It is interesting how quilting plays such a big part in special friendships that we cherish.

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  3. I love that you were able to do this! My sister lives in Jefferson City, Missouri and as many times as I've been to see her I've never driven on the couple of house to Hamilton. I hope to do that this summer, and also visit the nearby Mennonite community. blessings, marlene

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  4. Oh that sounds like it was just perfect. I hope to some day get to visit Hamilton too.

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  5. What a wonderful day you had! How special! I received Alex's book as a Christmas gift. It's an awesome book.

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  6. An extra special trip for you, Linda. How wonderful! And such a delightful post. Safe travels for the remainder of your journey!

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  7. Such a wonderful reunion- and in such a happy place! So glad you got to enjoy yourself.

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  8. Now having met you in real life, this post just made my heart smile.

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  9. What a reunion. I could almost feel your excitement just reading your blog. Have a wonderful visit and a safe journey home (i.e. back to The Villages!!)

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    1. Yes, our reunion was special. I was too emotional, but it was a fantastic afternoon, nonetheless. Thanks for your travel wishes. (I would reply to your comment via email, but I'm not sure who you are, and you're a "no reply commenter.")

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  10. I'm so happy your friends got to meet you in Hamilton, Linda. And now you have lots of happy memories to relive!

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  11. That is such a heart warming blog. Almost made me cry. I am moving to Ohio to be close to my sister. We have been apart for 31 years. Where does the time go. My daughter and her fiancée passed away in a fiery car crash 16 months ago, it seems like yesterday. One reason I did not go back to Gainesville MQG, and going to Ohio. I could imagine my sister and I crying because were living close to each other. Even 1000 miles apart were best friends. We are so much alike. Thank you for sharing, you put a smile in my heart. God Bless You...

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Laura. I would reply via email, but you're a "no reply commenter." I'm sorry for your recent loss, but you are blessed to have such a close relationship with your sister. It something all of us need in our lives. I'm glad for you to be going to a place where you will find the love and support you need. Blessings to you too.

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  12. Oh Linda, how very special to have friends like that. And what an added treat to meet Angela. You are both amazing quilters.

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  13. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful day and now I'll have to plan a trip to that shop. Don't be embarrassed by crying. I think that happens when our hearts are so filled with joy that they can't hold it all in so it comes out through happy tears.

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  14. It is wonderful that you are able to enjoy the company of good friends in such a 'quilty' environment. May you continue to enjoy the journey.

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  15. This brought tears to my eyes from your happy emotions at seeing your friends. What a wonderful day you had with the shops in Hamilton, getting to see Angela again (isn't she just the nicest person?) and your best friends. I know this will always be a great memory for you.

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  16. (I thought I had left a comment--well, I'm going to fix that right now!) I had seen some of these photos on IG, and I was so incredibly thrilled that you were able to meet up again with some of your friends. I think that phrase: "some are gold" applies here. And now I'm glad you have some more memories to take back with you to the Villages!

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