A Weekend Excursion – No PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) | McCall’s Quilting Blog

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I didn’t work on any of my PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) this past week. Instead, I went on a little weekend trip and had a wonderful time.

Look who I ran into … well, okay, that might not be exactly how it happened.  “Ran into” implies that it just happened out of the blue.

The real story is this: a couple of weeks ago, I saw a post on Facebook saying that my good friend Louis Carney was going to be teaching a class on machine embroidery on the Brother Dream Machine II at the store where another good friend (and a frequent contributor to our magazines), Scott Flanagan, is the Creative Center Coordinator. That means Scott is in charge of the events that feature machines so he was the one I’d need to contact to set it up.

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Scott (left), Louis (right) and me

Louis and I have been friends for a long time. He’s a gifted designer. He makes everything from home dec to garments to quilts and does them all well. I found a class at SewItAlltv.com that he taught.

I called Scott and signed up for the Saturday class. The story is a little crazy. I haven’t seen Louis for at least 2 years so it was important to me to see him.  I believe that good friends are worth extra effort.

The store where Scott works is Country Traditions in Fremont, Nebraska. Google Maps says it is a little over 500 miles from my house to Fremont. But again, friends are worth extra effort so I left home on Friday and drove to Fremont. Louis and I had dinner together and had a wonderful time catching up.

Saturday morning, I went to Country Traditions. It’s a lovely store.  Here are a couple photos of the store. Here is their website.

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The Classroom on the Second Floor

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Near the Front Door

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My Projects

And here are my projects. The lunch bag is the perfect size to hold the accessories case for the Dream Machine II.

I had a wonderful time with Louis and Scott. I’m in love with the Brother Dream Machine II. And I can’t wait for the next time I have a chance to get away and spend some time with sewing buddies.

Until next time, happy quilting!

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