Today I'm headed to the Ballard neighborhood to go pick up my latest tool of my creative arsenal. A new machine. But I will post more on that later, after I finish a few projects and get to know my new baby more.
But this post has to do with the friendly folks in the Seattle sewing community I've had the honor of meeting in person. The young man, Adam, from Quality Sew and Vac in Ballard is just a sweetheart times eleventy! I've really enjoyed working with him on my machine purchase and will go to him again if my needs change. People like him make it a pleasure to do business.
I'm thinking about the owner of one of my nearby shops, Susan at Gathering Fabric in Woodinville, as well as her team (especially Anita and Lynn!). They were the first friendly faces I encountered almost a year ago!
Enough can't be said about my guild, The Stray Threads Guild, that meets in Woodinville. I'm especially sending a shout out to Kathy H. for "adopting" me and making me feel so welcome and part of the family. That also includes my small group, those ladies I love dearly. Oh, and Cheryl -- thanks for tutoring me on my Featherweight!
Another friendly face, was Katie from Sew Katie Did. What a wonderful teacher she was. So chock full of inspiration and passion, that you couldn't help but catch it. Judy Irish, a wonderful teacher with a passion for color and stitch.
Rosie from my late night sews... She kept me laughing and in stitches. And Janet, the late night sew leader at the Ben Franklin in Monroe. By the way, their staff rocks!
It's been year here this week. And I don't regret the move one bit.
While many may not know it, I love these people for making me feel welcome and instantly like part of the community. Each have gone out of their way. For that I'm grateful. It's such a blessing to be surrounded by such wonderful people!
Thanks y'all, for making my transition easier!
I have a former Cincinnati Guild member moving west soon. And my advice to her is to start with the sewing/quilting community. Visit the local shops. Investigate local guilds. Start a dialog with some of the quilters that blog. These folks will be the best ambassadors you will find. And soon you'll be "home" in no time!