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:
Location: Their loft, downtown Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
(Images: Jennifer Hunter)