Monday, August 16, 2010

Girlfriend Weekend

Designer friend, Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts, and I have enjoyed a wonderful weekend of antique shopping, stitching and chatting (til all hours of the night). We spent Friday exploring quilt shops and antique stores in the Kansas City area with a stop at Quilter's Station in Lee's Summit and treasure hunting in Greenwood just a few miles south. I found a couple of items to repurpose for the booth at market as Pam searched for the perfect bread board for her kitchen island. Saturday was 105 degrees outside, but a refreshing 72 degrees inside my studio as we both stitched on projects at a leisurely pace, enjoying the companionship. Sunday was glorious, sitting on the porch, sipping iced tea in the (finally) cooler temperatures with a gentle breeze.
Pam is in town for our local quilt guild's lecture tonight and is spending the day teaching a class on her favorite quilting techniques. She's fun to spend time with and is especially good at bouncing ideas around. I am always inspired and re-energized since, as designers, we both spend alot of time alone with our own thoughts twisting in our heads. I appreciate a new perspective and constructive criticism from someone whose opinion I value and trust. So, while preparing brunch Sunday morning, she encouraged me to photograph the egg casserole to share since it is one of our favorites from retreats and is a Robert specialty. She, too, is starting a blog (I'll have that link for you soon) so it was the topic of much discussion. Here's a peek at brunch and a pic of Pam. The recipe for the breakfast casserole will be posted in a couple of days. It's a winner for weekend guests since you make it the night before with simple ingredients and little fuss - after all, even Robert can do it (thank you, dear).

As our time together comes to an end, we're making plans to meet somewhere in the middle to refresh our souls once more before the bustle of the holidays sets in. Take the time to nourish your girlfriend relationships - it's more fun than therapy and saves more money for fabric!


  1. Sounds like you had lots of fun Lynne! So much fun spending time with friends. Haven't done that in a long time!

  2. We are having a "retreat" weekend this Friday and Saturday at my farmhouse shop in Kentucky. So far 17 have registered and we are looking forward to a wonderful time. I am furnishing all of the food on Saturday. We also have a spring and fall retreat at a 4H camp here in Ky. We really enjoy these since we get alot of projects finished and win prizes!!

  3. That sounds like a perfect way to spend the weekend.
    The breakfast looks delicious. I used to eat like that, now it is a bowl of shredded wheat every morning.


  4. Sounds like a wonderful time!! I just adore the cute little milk pitcher in your picture. I can't imagine a better way to spend time with a friend. A gal pal and myself spent 5 days in my camper last year and we spent every day antiquing and finding quilt shops, doing a little wool applique at night before bedtime. It was a great time and hoping we get a chance to do it again sometime. Nice for us to have supportive hubbies!!

  5. Lynne, A wonderful brunch and a dear friend, what could be better! Oh...a wonderful husband who helps cook! Thanks so much for sharing with us, we all need those friends in our lives who support us, makes it all worth it!

  6. Lynne & Robert,
    Thanks again for a wonderful time in the country! Sewing and eating was so fun in the relaxed atmosphere of Kansas Troubles! Shop hopping & antiquing in the 100+ Kansas heat was fun too (really!), because we found such great places that had wonderful goodies! The best though, were the gab-fests into the wee hours, although I will be going to bed early for a week to recover! There is nothing like spending time with those kindred-spirit girlfriends, who by their 'just being themselves' renew your soul! I'm a very lucky girl to call you, Lynne, girlfriend!

  7. That is such a special time getting brain-stormed from friends.. I was at Primitives of Midwest at Quilters Station and it was so much fun..Hope to see you there one of these days.