and its November

quilt lunchAlright. Its still just the beginning of November but we are already making quantum leaps towards the holidays as December is just around the corner. December 5th is the day of all the bazaars in Eureka and we want to be ready. Actually most of the women are. Cathryn has been making beautiful pine needle baskets. Joan is sewing up a storm with baby quilts. Carmen is knitting like mad. Judy is making holiday table runners and cute pin cushions shaped like birds. I admit that I am the only one who is still mulling over what to make for the bazaar. While most of these women have multiple talents besides quilting like Cathryn’s basketry or Carmen’s knitting (and did I mention Mary Louise’s utterly delicious homemade chocolate covered cherries?), I do better with other things.  I have tried sewing hats in the past and we ended up donating them to the thrift store. Or one year I tried making those small lapel wreaths that I remembered from my Girl Scout days and…well…they weren’t a hot item either.  Fortunately though the other women are very talented and we will have piles of lovely things to sell at our bazaar.  In fact we were so relaxed about it this past week that even with the bazaar approaching and two quilts set up on frames, we decided to do lunch out in Fortine where we spoiled ourselves with pies. It did seem like the ideal occasion to take a photo of the group. Unfortunately Renata leaned back just as the photo was taken and Dianne was still quilting.  But it is most of us gathered around the table at Renee’s Rolling in Dough rather then around the quilting frames. And I did so enjoy relaxing with the other women and didn’t ponder at all what I will do for the bazaar. Instead I just listened to their stories and savored the banana creme pie.

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About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

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