A Quilty Lunch Date

We are still on vacation in Maine and having the best time. The weather has been wonderful and we have been to lots of fun places. It has been exactly what I was hoping for.


We have coffee on the deck each morning and watch the lobster boats come in and check their traps. So cool!


When Ray and I decided to plan a trip for this summer, I reached out to several quilty friends that live in various parts of the mid-west and the east to get ideas for our trip. It was so great to bounce ideas off of Janine, Mari, and Kitty since I haven’t been out here for such a long time and really, never came this far north and east. All three women were so kind as to give me loads of ideas to choose from for the trip. After much discussion, Ray and I decided on Maine.

Some time later, Mari and I were chatting via email and she suggested that since she has family in Maine, maybe she could plan a trip to visit during the time that we were scheduled to be up here. Guess what, it worked! Today we were able to meet  each other in person. W decided to meet for lunch in the tiny town of Hallowell. The criteria for the meeting place was that we split the distance between us and drive to the midpoint, and that the town had to have a quilt shop (naturally). Hallowell worked out perfectly.


I was so excited to get together with Mari. You might remember that I followed along with Mari’s 2015 BOM, Classic Stitches, last year. I loved making that row quilt and learned so much from Mari’s tutorials each month. We have been on-line friends for two years now (which seems so crazy- two years already?) When we were both walking up to the restaurant that we planned to meet at it was like seeing a long-time friend. We greeted each other with a big hug and a fantastic lunch followed. Conversation flowed so easily. The afternoon flew by, too quickly actually.

Mari was so sweet to bring me a gift. She is a thoughtful soul.


Yummy fat quarters and gorgeous spools of Essential Thread, plus treats (some of which we may have shared after lunch?) The fat quarters are hand dyed by Vicki Welsh. I do have a small stash of Vicki’s fabric, but I don’t have these colors. They are a beautiful addition of gorgeous color.


What a fun day. We did get over to the quilt shop and both of us indulged. I will take pictures later on to share with you. I am so happy that I got a chance to spend some time with Mari in person. What a treat! I know we aren’t likely to get together again for a long while but who knows….hopefully we will have another opportunity to meet somewhere in the future. Till then, blogging, quilting and emailing makes for a very cool friendship. Thanks so much Mari for making the trek up here! It was so much fun.

18 thoughts on “A Quilty Lunch Date

  1. Mari

    Oh Bernie, you are so sweet! I had a great time! Thanks for taking the time from your vacation to meet up.. And thanks to whoever invented the Internet for making it possible for us to know each other! Safe travels home.

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      1. Tami

        I am chucklingredients over the AL Gore reference. We throw that into conversations often and almost nobody gets it anymore. Love your humor, Bernie!

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          1. Bernie Post author

            Auto correct was designed purely for the humor it brings. Those software engineers are laughing all along the way.

        1. Bernie Post author

          Haha. I realize it was probably taken far out of context. Surely he never actually meant to say that, but it’s kinda funny anyway. Have a nice day Tami. ?

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    1. Bernie Post author

      It was awesome. I told the kids I was leaving and they looked at me sideways- you’re meeting up with who? It was so fun❤️

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    1. Bernie Post author

      It was just wonderful! So nice to have friends all over the place. The world has certainly become smaller with the ease of online communication.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      This whole week has been such a special time. Maine is absolutely gorgeous and I have all of my kids here. Does it get any better?

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  2. Jen R

    How great that you were able to meet up with a quilting friend.
    And Maine! I would Love, Love to take a vacation over there. It sounds like you had a great time.
    Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

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  3. Tami

    This is now officially my dream vacation! Family, water and lovely surroundings, food, quilt shop AND a quilty friend! Wow. So glad you ladies got to meet up. Makes my heart smile!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      It is such a great trip. We have been spoiled by the weather, the food and the company. Not to mention gorgeous, lovely Maine. It is picture postcard amazing. Meeting Mari was the icing on an already gorgeous cake.

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  4. Tish

    Looks like you had a wonderful vacation. I could definitely sip some tea and enjoy the scenery. How awesome that you and Mari were able to meet during the vacation. I have high hopes that eventually I can meet some actual blogging friends in real life.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I hope you do as well. Since all of us are spread out across the States, Canada and Europe- it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Have a great day Tish’

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