It is always sad to say good-bye to the quilters in my Florida group, but most are preparing to head north, while a few live here full time.
Today there were 3 quilts pin-basted, and two began their "stitch-in-the-ditch" quilting. Several others were asking their last question so they could get their latest project finished. Hugs were given all around, with plans being made for next season's projects.
This is always a bitter/sweet time, as we never know just what life has in store for us. We hope all our neighbours will return next fall, but there is always the chance that health or family issues will prevent their return. We have such great friends on our street - everyone is helpful, and we look out for some of the older residents in our area. We've met each others' children and grandchildren, so it feels like an extended family. Some of the quilting group have been attending every Wednesday for 8 or 9 years. There is so much to learn, new projects to begin, new techniques and tips and never enough hours in each day to quilt!
Back to packing........