Peek Inside the Party: A Quilter's Circle Weekly Dinner in Los Angeles

More than my boss, my mom or even my boyfriend, the people who know me best may be my circle of quilting friends. They're the ones I see every Wednesday night to eat, chat and quilt. It's a weekly ritual I've come to rely on for a good dinner and great company.

We rotate hosting duties; the host provides the main dish and, potluck-style, everyone contributes either an appetizer, salad, wine or dessert. It's casual and fun; we eat, quilt, break for dessert and then quilt some more. There have been a few culinary disasters (my lumpy, greasy hollandaise sauce comes to mind), but it's amazing how, with practice, we've all become capable and confident hosts.

Here's a peek into our party:

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Hosts: Joy, Corey and Arlo the dog.

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Location: Their loft, downtown Los Angeles.

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Menu: This week, Joy served a baked potato bar with all the fixings. She made a creamy cheese sauce and we piled on veggies, bacon, chives, butter and sour cream. Molly made a chopped salad and Brigette brought apple crisp. It was a warm, hearty meal, perfect for one of our first truly chilly days in LA.

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Decor: Joy and Corey's loft is small but streamlined and very welcoming and comfortable. After nearly four years of quilting, we feel at home in each others' spaces and our casual parties don't warrant much more than a quick straightening up.
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Activities: Quilting! Unlike a more traditional quilting circle, we each work on our own project at our own pace. It's great to work together; when sewing challenges arise, someone in the group always figures out a way to solve the issue. Likewise, when I've had a bad week or I need to talk out a non-sewing dilemma, someone always has a new point of view or suggestion to help me see things clearly.

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Each week I look forward to quilting night. In what can be a harsh and lonely city, it's so wonderful to have a standing date with friends, food and fabric.

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(Images: Jennifer Hunter)