I knew in an instant she was a long arm quilter. How weird? and Fun? at the same time. It is rare to meet someone who knows what a long-arm machine is let alone meet someone who actually knows how to run one. Throughout our conversation Teresa and I discussed quilting, our machines and our businesses. We both were constantly struck by the fact that we had never run across one another in our dealings with quilts! Crazy.
While at the party Teresa invited me to her Long-arm group meeting. I decided to take her up on it. It is not an official 'guild' but the bones of the meeting were about what I have experienced in past guild meetings. I received many, many new dates for shop-hops, quilt retreats and classes happening around South Carolina. I hope I actually get to attend a few! There was show and tell with some really beautiful quilt work. I took along my color wheel quilt to share.
(this was so difficult for me but it went really well. Well, at least no one said, "you really suck at this.") The women have a speaker each meeting, this months was a sewing machine repairman who really knew his stuff. He was a wealth of knowledge.
The group also issues a challenge to it's members to help them grow and 'challenge' themselves in their quilting.
I had a really fabulous time and met some very nice people. I was so thankful that I stumbled upon Teresa and the girls with long-arms.