Quilt Friends at the Quilt Show

I was going to name this post, “I Slept with Three Married Women,” but decided that some kid would see it. LOL! Every time I go to a quilt show, quilt camp, or quilt retreat I am the odd man out, really. It usually costs me 3 or 4 times more to go because I have to stay by myself. All the women quilters share rooms and I am by myself. Once I went to Houston and it cost me $1,000 a night to stay in the same hotel that my friends were booked in,  The hotel had blocked a certain amount of rooms for quilters and they were full.  I told them I wasn’t with the quilters and took the room at business class. Now this trip to the Houston Quilt Show is about my 15th time to go. I was invited to go with my three married quilter good  friends. Plans were to drive and stay in the same hotel and share the costs. All of us have jobs, and homes, and money, but we do like to be thrifty. (We tried to get another room, but they were full up.) So, we got a big room with two kings, and took a blow-up mattress. I don’t sleep, but a few hours, so before the crack of dawn I was up, showered, dressed and down in the lobby doing needlework four hours before they stirred.  It worked out great and saved us a bunch of money. One of the neat things is we are all from different area, but about the same age, and can relate to each other’s family. We all shared stories about parents, kids, and grandkids. We all said we had one of the best times ever. It was laid back, easy, and we all had a great visit. Thanks,  Jackie, Marty, and Phyllis for putting up with me. Oh, I ran into Dot Collins from Beaumont and our friend Allan. Ricky Tims ran up and hugged my neck. It was so good to see him. And Mary Jane and Cloie from the Little Rock guild were in our hotel.

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Marty, Phyllis, and Jackie

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Allan and Dot

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Jim and Ricky Tims

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Mary Jane and Cloie

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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