If You Were Friend Shopping…

Hey guys, it’s usually an Instagram thing to share and tell about someone’s work you admire for others to follow. Well, I figured, why not do that occasionally here on the blog? Meet my friends Ida, who blogs at Ida Rather be Quilting, and Vicki who blogs at Orchid Owl Quilts.

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 In this picture Vicki and Ida are just behind me in the back row on the left and right. We went with several other fun members of our Modern Quilt Guild to a Quilt Show in St. George, Utah.

I first met Ida last year when she moved into my neighborhood and I found out she was a quilter. We can just find each other – you know?? Vicki moved to town about a year later and she got involved right away with the local guilds.  Both of them have helped me so much this year as I’ve led our local Modern Quilt Guild. I love all of my online friendships, but there’s nothing quite like having friends close by who get your obsession for all things quilting!

ida_shoppingIda was stocking up on solids during a recent shopping trip to Superior Threads.

Ida is a military wife so she is very good as making friends quickly and adapting to new surroundings. Be sure to visit her blog and scroll through her posts for some excellent eye candy along with musings on military life. One of my favorite tutorials is her improv zipper pouch which I followed to make a recent guild swap gift. I also adore her Plus One quilt, shown below.

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Vicki and I actually met online through Instagram, and became fast friends when I learned she was moving here. We clicked right away because we both have that innate desire to show and share our quilts with as many people as possible, and we both love talking about the “industry” side of quilting. (In fact, Ida loves to refer to Vicki and I as the “quilt divas” when we are talking shop, LOL!!)

orchidowlVicki and with her quilt Me and My Shadow which won judge’s choice at a recent quilt show.

I love what Vicki wrote recently on her blog about entering quilt shows. She also shares a bit of that competitive spirit with me and it’s fun to cheer each other on as we enter our work into shows. (I told her she will always beat the pants off me any day with that luscious feather quilting!!)

bigstar_vickiAnother of Vicki’s award-winning quilts.

So if you are looking for more inspiring blogs to follow, I can highly recommend Ida Rather Be Quilting and Orchid Owl Quilts. Go give them some comment love and make some new friends!

11 thoughts on “If You Were Friend Shopping…

  1. Diane says:

    Christa, thanks for introducing Ida and Vicki. I loved Vicki’s Me and My Shadow quilt when I saw it during the Michael Miller challenge and Ida’s improv pouch is really cute! I’ve added both blogs to my long list to follow and I’m sure I’ll spend way too much time exploring them.

  2. HopeTN says:

    It’s great that you have local friends who like to quilt. I talk quilting with my local fabric shop owner, but that’s about it apart from online friends.

    Thanks for sharing your friends’ blogs. I will bookmark them for a proper look later.

  3. Karen says:

    Christa, what the heck is going on in Las Vegas?? What an amazing group of stunningly talented friends–including you, of course! I’d love to come to a meeting–but a flight from Maine would represent money for a whole lot of fabric! And thanks for the info on new blogs–can’t wait to check out these quilters!

  4. bermudagirl says:

    Wow your blog is looking great these days Christa, I guess I haven’t been directly to your website in ages. Yes it must be really nice to have quilty friends who live near you. I love Vicky’s quilt Me and My Shadow it is amazing. I have the quilty magazine you made the cover of and still plan to make that Chevron design. It is on my list!
    Jodie

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