The hygienist was very nice. I was expecting a lecture as I confessed my dental sins, but she was very gracious. Then we started making small talk. She asked where I worked and I said that I'd been working at The Sewing Circle before I had my daughter. She said, "Oh, so you know Beth." Yes, I knew Beth, she was one of my co-workers and my friend. I asked how she knew Beth, expecting her to say that they went to church together or something like that. She answered, "I know her from the Modern Quilt Guild." Then I looked at her name tag. It said "Penny" in nice shiny letters.
OH NO! No, no no no no no no! is what my brain immediately said.
I had heard of Penny a number times. Why? Because she is super cool. She has an amazing blog, is published in books and magazines, and has a super talent for creating paper piecing and other beautiful sewn items. Whenever I'd heard anyone mention Penny it was always like, "Penny, she's the coolest."
So there I was, with my mouth hanging open and spit running down my face, embarrassed by my overdue dental visit and meeting super cool Penny for the first time. I thought I would die of mortification right then and there.
Lucky for me, Penny is as nice as she is talented and she wasn't fazed by my awkwardness in the dental chair. I texted Beth later that day and said, "I met your friend Penny today." (I casually left out the part about my bazillion cavities.) Beth responded with, "We have a Modern Quilt Guild meeting this week, you should come." So I did go to the meeting and the rest is history.
The good news is, I survived that trip to dentist (and the fillings that followed, blerg), and I joined the Modern Quilt Guild after that first meeting I attended. I'm so grateful that all of this happened because joining the guild has been a huge blessing in my life. It's been so fun to meet other crafty people and also to have a creative outlet in my little-kiddo filled life.
With all that being said, let's move on to the fun stuff: the roaming quilt bee. Yay! As you recall, this is what my starter block looked like:
Penny was the first person to receive my quilt. Inspired by the tiny pajama pants on the Old Navy label, she paper pieced a giant pair of pajama pants (15"x25").
|Photo by sewtakeahike|
So now this quilt block will become traveling pants (haha) and roam around with the Scrappy Rambler.
Stay tuned for the next installment. :-)
P.S. You can check out Penny's blog here: