Now coming up on 2 weeks ago, I flew to Texas to meet my dear friend, Heather. We’ve been online friends (we met through our homeschooling connections) for around 5 yrs and this was our first time to meet in real life! It was as fabulous as I expected; I cried to see her and I cried to say good-bye 3 1/2 days later. It was just wonderful! This was also my first visit to Texas! 🙂 (After IL had changed to fall-like temps, I was very glad to have summer back while there!)
Heather was a terrific hostess! Honestly, we could have hung out doing a whole lot of not much but talking but she took me to some amazing places! As they are just in the US for a few weeks visiting, mostly they were with her MIL & family but I also met her mom and a dear friend of hers. Of course, we still acted like a 3 night slumber party and kept sleep to a minimum. 🙂
The first night we exchanged gifts and she showed me her current quilting projects! That was so much fun as we’ve shared photos and chat about the projects since their inception. Heather is a hand-piecer (but just wait now!) and is self-taught. Somewhere in there she also pulled quilt designer out of her hat! I think with her location, she has limited access to the patterns as we here in the states have, so she works from her own ideas.
The next day we spent it with her dear friend, Robin, who is now a new friend to me as well. All the kids are great friends and were thrilled with another day to be with each other. Robin is a quilter as well. I took these photos of Heather’s projects as she showed them to Robin.
Clockwise: pattern for Radiant Stars, fabric in Heather’s colorway for Radiant Stars (blues, golden yellows, silver grays), 2/3 of a new baby quilt of her design, and 1/3 of a quilt for her oldest that will include his own comics.
It was fun to have a photo op in Robin’s backyard later in the day —
I’m not usually such an agriculturist but the fields of cotton were a first for me and their normal trees are not what we have either.
The bottom right tree is a pecan tree! Yummy!! Especially considering that I just paid $10.99 for a pound of pecans! I can’t imagine how wonderful a tree in my yard would be! These trees & the kids are all at Robin’s house.
Another day we drove to Stewart Beach in Galveston at my request to see a beach on the Gulf. Beautiful, I exclaimed! However, they live a country with the top 10 of the world’s best beaches so were surprised at my delight! (I think it has been about 8 years since I’ve been to a beach. *sigh*)
Yes, this is embarrassing that my hair is ALL over but I loved the photo with the 2 of us. I learned that next time I’ll aim to get more photos of us together! We were having too much fun!!
I was surprised and excited that our hotel was just a few blocks from Johnson Space Center! I never thought I’d get to see that! I am much happier with free and avoiding tourist traps and was thoroughly delighted with the free walking tour of Rocket Park!
And yes, even tho Houston should have one of the official shuttles, this one above is just a replica. Seems silly that Houston missed that lottery! The building at Rocket Park housed Saturn 5 and it is even larger than I’d ever imagine! Just stunning! The far wall was lined with information and photos on all the Apollo missions.
My flight was early evening on my last day but I was glad we could still do fun things that day. First up, we went to what will be her local quilt shop and she had classes for a new sewing machine! She’s never sewn on a machine and had the purchase and class all arranged for a day she was there. I’m so excited to see how fast she cranks out quilts now that she has an electric needle!!
The sewing machine dealership is just a piece of a very nice & large quilt shop! Of course, I found something to bring home! 🙂 I’m thinking of using these fabrics to make 3 Swoon blocks (also in photo) for a large table runner as each block is 24″.
After lunch, we visited her paternal grandparents and the Indian gallery they own. I brought home a pair of turquoise earrings in a silver setting. That meeting was special; Heather is close to these grandparents and our visit was a surprise! 🙂
We said goodbye at 4 that afternoon and I flew home. A bit late on arrival and Phil & I got home just after midnight!
It was a fantastic trip but with all good things, I was sad to have it end. Soon, Heather will be back home and we’ll be back to regular emails and occasional phone calls but all with a deeper friendship having spent these days together. Thanks for the great visit, H!
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